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El Día De Los Niños Celebrates 13 years at the County Library

The Tuscarawas County Public Library will host its 13th Annual El Día De Los Niños/ El Día De Los Libros (Day of Children/Day of Books) on Saturday, April 29th from 12 p.m.-3 p.m.  This year’s event is sponsored in part by The Commercial & Savings Bank.

Día De Los Niños/Día De Los Libros (Day of Children/Day of Books) is a national event that was founded in 1996 by children’s book author Pat Mora as a way to celebrate the importance of literacy for children of all cultural backgrounds. 

“El Día De Los Niños is a wonderful opportunity for families to celebrate books, children and culture,” says Kathryn Green, Children’s Services Manager. “Participants have the chance to learn what children in other countries wear, eat and how they celebrate by participating in crafts, activities and special music.”

This year participants will have the opportunity to explore the library’s MakerSpace by creating buttons with the button maker for no cost during the event.   

El Día De Los Niños/ El Día De Los Libros will feature two special events. Storyteller Mark Burgan will share stories of the Delaware (Lenape) Indians in the Children’s Department. Featured outside, Aunt E’s Farm Animals will share an educational presentation showcasing a variety of farm animals.

Students from the Library’s Cultural Enrichment Club will participate by sponsoring an art display and craft for kids related to Guatemala.

“Visitors can view clothes, toys, flags, and instruments of the teens from Guatemala,” said Laura Hanna, Public Service Associate and advisor to the Cultural Enrichment Club. “Club members will also have make-it and take-it crafts available for kids.”

The family cultural festival will include samples of food from around the world, face painting, crafts, festival games, door prizes, and photo opportunities with Dora and Diego. The library will give a free book to each child under the age of 12.

“We are so delighted to be offering this annual event once again,” said director Michelle McMorrow Ramsell.  “It is exciting to see families returning each year to celebrate with us. The event has become a cherished family celebration for so many in Tuscarawas County.”

The main library is located at 121 Fair Ave. NW in New Philadelphia. For more information call 330-364-4474 ext. 102.