Wayne County Public Library has received a Grassroots Art Program grant through the Arts Council of Wayne County for the third year in a row to host an event for El Día de los Niños/El Día de los Libros (Day of the Child/Day of the Book) on Saturday, April 29 from 12-3pm at the Maxwell Center.
This event, part of a nationally recognized initiative commonly known as Día, is a celebration of children, families, and reading, and emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Caroline Clucas, Head of the Children’s Department, says, “This event will allow families in our community to come together to celebrate our shared love of reading, learning, and fun. Attendees will experience different cultures through dance, storytelling, crafts, music, and Virtual Reality activities. There is a lot of diversity in Wayne County, and this gives us a chance to learn about different traditions in our community while having a great time!”
The event has expanded focus since last year, and will concentrate on celebrating France, Taiwan, and Venezuela in a festive, fair-type atmosphere. Working with several wonderful community partners, the Library has chosen performers for the event, including a Venezuelan singer and dance group, and a storyteller who will play music and tell stories from the three countries highlighted this year. In addition to these performers, there will be free face painting, balloon animals, quilt making, popcorn, and a chance to read with Dolly the therapy dog. Attendees will also receive a goody bag which will include a free book donated by Book Rich Environment.
For more information about the Library’s Día event, contact Caroline Clucas, Head of the Children’s Department, at (919) 735-1824 ext 5104.
This project was supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, as well as the Wayne County Public Library Foundation.