Celebrate with us: Día del Niño!

Blog contents by the Día team: Andrea, Chien, Nancy, and Yasmeen.

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What is Día del Niño? Día del Niño is the Day of the Child. In parts of Latin America, children are celebrated on April 30. Like Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, Children too have a special day, one filled with gifts, music, art, festivities, magicians, and other performers. It is a day set aside to celebrate play, joy, and the laughter brought into our lives by children.

At the library, we wish to borrow from this holiday and celebrate Día by sharing the joy of reading and imagination in the stories we tell children. Childhood is a short and special time in our lives we all experienced and may continue to experience with our own children whether they be our sons, daughters, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, students, or young friends.

Celebrate Día del Niño with us, take home a Craft Kit or Loteria Kit filled with materials to play and have fun. You can decorate your doll in creative clothing, traditional clothing, or make it look like you! Play a game of Loteria with us, register for the activity on our website and pickup your Loteria set at your local library. What are some games your children enjoy? What are some games you enjoyed as a child?

Ask us about how to use your Alameda County Library Card to gain free access to local children’s museums and botanical gardens using Discover&GO. Depending on where you are located, you may gain access to:

  • Bay Area Discovery Museum
  • California Academy of Sciences
  • Chabot Space and Science Center
  • Children’s Creativity Museum

We will be celebrating with the following children’s programs on the week of April 24:

  • Bilingual English/Mandarin Chinese Storytime (virtual, link to register) - 4/26 @ 2pm
  • Spanish Storytime (virtual, link to register) - 4/26 @ 4pm 
  • Loteria Program (virtual, link to register) - 4/27 @ 4pm
  • Paper Doll Craft, in-person, Fremont - 4/27 @ 2pm - 5pm
  • Promotores Group in Newark
    • Día meeting (virtual) - 4/27
    • Bilingual English/Spanish Storytime, in-person - 4/30 @ 11am
    • Paper Doll Craft, in-person - 4/30 @ 1130am - 3pm

Find titles that celebrate children and play: Booklist on BiblioCommons

Find out more about Día del Niño from the following: American Library Association, Children's Author, Pat Mora, and Colorín Colorado.