Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of El Día with Free Books!
In partnership with Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, the NMSU Library will be hosting two El día de los niños/El día de los libros events this Saturday, April 30, in honor of the 20th Anniversary of Día.
Cindy Williams, retired school librarian and teacher, will be sharing her storytelling gift with a special free story session at the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library from 10 a.m. to noon in the upstairs Roadrunner Room. A book giveaway for attending children will follow as supplies last.
In the afternoon, Williams will demonstrate how to make story-telling enthralling for all listeners with hands-on workshop at 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Zuhl Library, Room 123, on the NMSU campus. Parking is free and there will be a raffle of books for educators, such as “Story Learning in Early Childhood”, “Multicultural Literature for Latino Bilingual Children”, and “Bilingual Book of Rhymes, Songs, Stories and Fingerplays.” Space is limited: please register with John Sandstrom at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 575-646-8093.
Williams has a B.S. in Education from Sul Ross, and a Master’s in Reading Education from U.T.E.P. She got her second Master’s degree in School Librarianship from the University of North Texas. She was a teacher or librarian for a total of 31 years.
El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), known as Día, is a celebration of children, families, and reading on April 30 every year. It emphasizes the importance of advocating literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Día is an enhancement of Children’s Day, which began in 1925 and was designated as a day to bring attention to the importance and well-being of children. In 1996, acclaimed children’s book author and New Mexico native Pat Mora proposed linking the celebration of children with literacy to found Día.