What’s New @ The Library: Program takes young readers around the world

By charles Brown

Special to The Advocate

“Many Children, Many Cultures, Many Books” is the theme for the Pebbles Center’s annual “El día de los niños/El día de los libros” program, which translates to “Children’s Day/Book Day.”

Día, as it is most commonly referred to, emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

Each Día program focuses on a different country or world area and is held at various New Orleans Public Library branches in April.

Participants receive a “passport” to be stamped for completing Día goals, such as attending a Día program at the library, or reading a story about another country. Four stamps earn a small prize.

On Thursday at 10:30 a.m., the Hubbell branch will host a special Día storytime for toddlers featuring stories from Asia.

The Children’s Resource Center will have Día activities and a storytime featuring France at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

More Día events are scheduled throughout the remainder of April and will feature Africa, Indonesia and South American countries, with a culminating event held April 30 at the Children’s Resource Center, featuring Calliope Puppets.

For information about the Día program or any other NOPL events, visit http://www.neworleanspubliclibrary.org.

Charles Brown is the executive director of the New Orleans Public Library.

New Orleans Public Libraries

Algiers Regional

Alvar Branch

Central City Branch

Children’s Resource Center

East New Orleans Regional

Hubbell Branch

Keller Library and Community Center

King Branch

Latter Branch

Mid-City Branch

Nix Branch

Norman Mayer Branch

Smith Branch

Main Library