Libraries Win Big for Literacy and Community Building Efforts

Día LogoSeveral awards were announced today in conjunction with the culmination of the annual event Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros (Day of the Child/Day of the Book)

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) announced the winners of the El dia de los ninos/El dia de los libros Family Book Club mini-grants.

Twelve libraries:

Chicago Public Library-Theodore Roosevelt Branch; The Urbana Free Library; Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library; Springdale Public Library; North Miami Public Library; Irving Public Library, East Branch; Gail Borden Public Library District; Orlando Public Library – Orange County Library System; Finkelstein Memorial Library; Lancaster Public Library; Palmdale City Library; and Joliet Public Library

were chosen to receive $5,000 each to offer a Día Family Book Club.  These clubs will utilize multi-cultural, multi-lingual or second language books to provide an opportunity for the community to come together.  The mini-grants are part of ALSC’s Everyone Reads @ your library grant, generously funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

The purpose of the Everyone Reads @ your library grant is for ALSC to prepare libraries to incorporate Día into their existing programs, every day of the year. To help meet this goal, ALSC will provide 12 mini-grants to libraries to initiate a Día Family Book Club Program. ALSC will also develop a Día Family Book Club Toolkit to support the mini-grant awarded libraries, as well as libraries across the nation, in the successful execution of a Día Family Book Club.

In another Día-related giveaway, The Arco Iris Spanish Immersion School received a generous gift of the following books, thanks to donations directly from authors and publishers such as Arte Publico Press, Candlewick Press and Lee & Low Books:

Book Fiesta! by Pat Mora
Round is a Tortilla, A Book of Shapes by Roseanne Greenfield Thong, illustrated by John Parra
When Thunder Comes: Poems for Civil Rights Leaders by J. Patrick Lewis, illustrated by John Parra
How Far Do You Love Me? by Lulu Delacre
Rosita y Conchita by Eric Gonzalez and Erich Haeger
The Poet Upstairs by Judith Ortiz Cofer, illustrated by Oscar Ortiz
Clara and the Curandera by Monica Brown, illustrated by Thelma Muraida
Delicious Hullaballoo by Pat Mora and Francisco X. Mora
Rene Has Two Last Names by René Colato Laínez, illustrated by Fabiola Graullera Ramirez
Dancing Home by Alma Flor Ada and Gabriel M. Zubizarreta
Nacer Bailando by Alma Flor Ada and Gabriel M. Zubizarreta
Love, Amalia by Alma Flor Ada and Gabriel M. Zubizarreta
Con cariño, Amalia by Alma Flor Ada and Gabriel M. Zubizarreta
Pancho Rabbit by Duncan Tonatiuh
Jungle Tales by Jeff Zorilla
Runaway Piggy by James Luna, illustrated by Laura Lacamara
The Surrender Tree by Margarita Engle
Sundays on Fourth Street by Amy Costales, illustrate by Elaine Jerome
Tia Isa Wants a Car by Meg Medina, illustrated by Claudio Munoz
Starfields by Carolyn Marsden
My Havana: Memories of a Cuban Boyhood by Rosemary Wells & Secundino Fernandez, illustrated by Peter Ferguson
Grandma’s Chocolate/El chocolate de Abuelita by Mara Price, illustrated by Lisa Fields
The Tooth Fairy Meets El Ratón Pérez by René Colato-Laínez, illustrated by Tom Lintern
Marisol Mcdonald Doesn’t Match/ Marisol Mcdonald No Combina by Monica Brown, illustrated by Sara Palacios
Laughing Tomatoes And Other Spring Poems / Jitomates Risueños Y Otros Poemas De Primavera by Francisco X. Alarcon, illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez
My First Book Of  Proverbs/ Mi Primer Libro De Dichos by by Ralfka Gonzalez, Ana Ruiz and an introduction by Sandra Cisneros
Summer of the Mariposas by Guadalupe Garcia McCall
The Whole Sky Full of Stars by René Saldaña
Chipi Chipis Small Shells of the Sea / Chipi Chipis Caracolitos del Mar by Irania Patterson, illustrated by Catherine Courtlandt-McElvane
Wings and Dreams: The Legend of Angel Falls / Alas y Sueños: La Leyenda del Salto del Angel by Irania Patterson, illustrated by Catherine Courtlandt-McElvane
Congratulations to all the Libraries that won big for their support of Literacy, Community and Diversity!

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