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Day of the Child/Day of the Book

Saturday, April 26
Starts at 11:00 AM

McLean County Museum of History
200 N. Main St, Bloomington IL 61701

Day of the Child/Day of the Book

Museum to participate in El Dia de Los Niños/El Dia de los Libros celebration

In our continuing educational programming for the ¡Fiesta! exhibit, for the second year in a row the Museum will join a variety of community organizations in celebrating El Dia de los Niños/El Dia de los Libros (Day of the Child/Day of the Books) at Bloomington Public Library on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. This bilingual program is FREE and open to the public.

The first Dia celebrations were held in New Mexico and Texas. Dia is a 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 literacy.
• Recognize and respect culture, heritage and language as powerful tools for strengthening families and communities.
Nationwide, the celebration is now in its 17th year. Bloomington Public Library has presented this program annually for the past seven years and the Museum is excited to be participating again this year.

During this year’s celebration, attendees will enjoy music, crafts, face painting, dancing, mascots, community groups, food, and fun throughout the Library. Two craft activities will be featured for children to make: a Maraca, a traditional Mexican musical instrument; and a bracelet craft. There will also be representatives from community organizations with information about free services and opportunities available and each child who attends will receive a free book and goodie bag.

For more information about this program, please visit or contact the Library’s Children’s Services at (309) 828-6094 or via email at