The Orange City Public Library will host its second annual Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros celebration on Saturday, April 30, from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Libraries across the U.S. have combined a Mexican holiday honoring children with a celebration of children’s literacy in an event called Day of Children, Day of Books.
This year’s theme is “Trickster Tales from Around the World.” Stories featured include Aesop’s The Fox and the Crow and the traditional Korean tale Why the Sea is Salty.
Trickster tales are often origin stories, offering explanations for things such as how the sun ended up in the sky or why zebras are striped. The Trickster is a mischievous figure in folklore who tries (and sometimes fails!) to deceive others in order to get something or simply for the fun of it. Famous trickster figures throughout the world include Coyote, Fox, Brer Rabbit, Anansi the Spider, Loki, and Til Eulenspiegel.
Our 2016 Día celebration will begin at 9:00 am on April 30 with a bilingual storytime, which is open to English speakers and Spanish speakers alike. From 9:00-12:00, participants can learn about five different cultures around the library, earning prize drawing entries for each stamp in their Día passport. The five stations will display information about Panama, Ghana, Greece, South Korea, and the Tlingit Indians of the Pacific Northwest. Each station will also feature a trickster tale and an activity or craft. Stories that stem from those cultures will be read at 9:30, 10:30, and 11:00. A 10:00, we’ll play a game of Lotería — a traditional Mexican game similar to bingo, which has been adapted to incorporate popular children’s book characters. Children’s books, in English and in Spanish, will be given away throughout the day, and patrons will be able to taste snacks from different countries.
If you are interested in attending or assisting with this program, feel free to contact Anna at the Orange City Public Library at 707-4302 or firstname.lastname@example.org. More information about Día celebrations across the country can be found at http://dia.ala.org/content/about-d%C3%ADa.