Children and families are invited to celebrate Día de los Niños / Día de los Libros from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, at Springfield Public Library, and on Sunday, April 28, 2:30 to 5 p.m. at the Downtown Eugene Public Library. Admission is free.
Día de los Niños / Día de los Libros (Children’s Day / Book Day) is an international holiday celebrating “many children, many cultures, many books!” The family festival at Eugene and Springfield Public Libraries includes storytelling, live music and dance, and creative activities, plus free books for kids to take home.
The City of Eugene, City of Springfield, and State of Oregon issued official proclamations in honor of Día de los Niños / Día de los Libros 2013, emphasizing the importance of literacy in building a positive future for children and communities.
At the Springfield Public Library on Saturday, April 27, there will be free events including a welcome by Springfield Mayor Christine Lundberg, bilingual storytelling by Carmen “T” Bernier-Grand, an award-winning children’s book author, storyteller, and educator; music and dance by Taller de Son Jarocho Eugene; folklórico dance by Alma de México; and Bhangra Dance with Sat Pavan Kaur Khalsa.
Festivities at the Downtown Eugene Public Library on April 28, between 2:30 and 5 p.m., include free events including a welcome by Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy, bilingual storyteller Carmen “T” Bernier-Grand; Niños de Bethel Ballet Folklórico; and music by Samuel Becerra and Tito Amaya.
Día de los Niños / Día de los Libros is co-sponsored by Eugene Public Library, Springfield Public Library, Community Health Centers of Lane County, Food For Lane County, Springfield Public Schools, Bethel School District, Eugene School District 4J, Downtown Languages, SELCO, and United Way of Lane County.
For more information, contact Eugene Public Library at 541-682-5450 (press 5 for Spanish) or visit the Library website, link below.