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Celebrate multicultural literacy with Día programming at the King County Library System

Join KCLS for a featured event at the Auburn Library on Saturday, April 27

 

ISSAQUAH, Wash. — April 25, 2024 The King County Library System (KCLS) invites King County residents to celebrate Día, also known as Children’s Day/Book Day (El Día del niño y del libro). Brought to the United States in 1996 by Mexican American author Pat Mora, Día is a nationally recognized initiative that connects children and their families to diverse books, languages and cultures through activities at libraries and schools.

The year-round initiative is a daily commitment to advance literacy development for all children that culminates on April 30. KCLS honors Día from April 22 to April 30 with reading lists that highlight diversity and multicultural programming, including family-friendly events. Visit kcls.org/dia for a full list of events and activities. Programming is free and open to all.

FEATURED EVENTCelebrate Día Saturday, April 2711:30AM-5:00PM Auburn Library: 1102 Auburn Way S, Auburn WA 98002Join KCLS for a full day of Día programming including a bilingual Story Time with Se Habla news anchor Jaime Méndez, activities in languages from around the world, including Spanish, Ukrainian, Marshallese and Southern Lushootseed, and multicultural music from Marco Cortés. Patrons may also attend a World Language Community Listening Session to share their thoughts on how KCLS can help build even stronger communities to better meet community members’ needs.

"We are excited for our 14th annual Día celebration,” stated KCLS World Language Coordinator Teresa Luengo Cid. “We invite families from all backgrounds to join us for fun multilingual and multicultural activities, crafts, giveaways and more!”

About the King County Library System: Founded in 1942, the King County Library System (KCLS) is one of the busiest public library systems in the country. Supporting the communities of King County (outside the city of Seattle), KCLS has 50 libraries and serves approximately 1.6 million people. In 2023, residents checked out 8.8 million digital eBooks and audiobooks through OverDrive, making KCLS the second-highest digital circulating library system in the U.S. In 2011, KCLS was named Library of the Year by Gale/Library Journal. 

Media Contact: Sarah Thomas, sjthomas@kcls.org, 425.369.3277

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