Dia = Diversity in Action with Children’s Book Day

Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)

Día 2014

In early November ALSC launched a redesigned Día website and redesigned and new Día program downloads
including the 2014 Día booklist, activity sheets, and coloring sheets. The Día Program Registry was also opened and libraries were invited to register their Día programs in the 2014 National Program Registry.

Libraries that register will receive Día stickers, buttons and bookmarks (while supplies last). The Día celebration was chosen to be included in the Best Practices publication for the Library of Congress Literacy Awards.

Source: Fiels, Keith Michael. Report to [ALA] Council and Executive Board, December 12, 2013.

Dia stands for Diversity in Action and is tied to Children’s book day. They also have a Pinterest board and a Facebook page. Here’s a copy and paste from the Dia website’s “learn more” page:

About Día

El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), commonly known as Día, is a celebration every day of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

Día is a nationally recognized initiative that emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children from all backgrounds. It is a daily commitment to linking children and their families to diverse books, languages and cultures. The common goals of all Día programming are to:

  • Celebrate children and connect them to the world of learning through books, stories and libraries.
  • Nurture cognitive and literacy development in ways that honor and embrace a child’s home language and culture.
  • Introduce families to community resources that provide opportunities for learning through multiple literacies.
  • Recognize and respect culture, heritage and language as powerful tools for strengthening families and communities.

* Many thanks to our friends at Charlotte Mecklenburg (North Carolina) Library who have supported Dia and successfully promoted it as “Diversity in Action.”

This seems like another worthwhile initiative. If your library has participated in Dia in the past, it would be great to hear from you.

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