Once again, we’re having student volunteers blog programs of interest from the ALA Annual Conference. This time, Nicole Helregel covers “Bilingual & Culturally Inclusive Storytime Programs,” held on Saturday, June 29, at 1 p.m.
On April 30, families, children and communities will celebrate our nation’s rich cultural tapestry during El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day). Also known as Día, libraries across the country will host multicultural celebrations that include family programs, bilingual story hours, book giveaways, and other literacy events.
Our Ancestors tell us that from the beginning of time, our people “ataaxam” have always occupied the San Luis Rey Valley, including the coastline, the neighboring lagoons, the oak forest, the lush meadows, the vernal springs, and the creeks and rivers to the north and south of the valley. The ataaxam harvested the fertile land and sea, and their extensive knowledge of the environment was passed on through culture, songs, stories and dances, from generation to generation.—The San Luis Rey Band of Mission Indians Tribal Council
Living and working in Miami’s diverse, multicultural environment, I am constantly exposed to new ways of thinking about culture at work and in the community. As a librarian, some of the best times I’ve had involved moments when I was able to learn about my students’ cultural backgrounds, particularly how they celebrate and experience culture. So it’s no wonder that I’m kind of passionate about bringing multicultural literacy to libraries to create cultural bonds within the community.
As libraries throughout the country continue to expand their collections for diverse communities, thousands will celebrate El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), also known as Día, on April 30, 2012. Libraries from coast-to-coast will host celebrations with family programs, including bilingual story hours, book giveaways and other literacy events.
To better serve the growing population of libraries offering events for El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), also known as día, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) released a new día website.
participants in an adult literacy class at the King County Library System
Fiestas de Alfabetización Temprana en Español at King County Library System
The first step in diversifying the audiences for your library’s cultural programs is deciding who you want to attend. A “general” strategy is almost sure to fail—e.g., deciding to try to attract more young people, more Latinos, and more men with the same program is going to be tough. There are exceptions, of course. A reading by Junot Díaz (The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao) or a film screening of Motorcycle Diaries could conceivably attract a sizable audience of young Latino males.