Children are experiencing different cultures and customs around the library system this spring and summer. Around April 30, librarians across the nation hold Children’s Day/Book Day or Dia de los ninos and Dia de los libros celebrations. Russell Memorial holds a large program for Children’s Day. This year children at the Central Library heard stories from Mexico, Brazil, Korea, Hawaii, India and South Africa. They played Loteria (Mexican bingo), made maracas and Mexican paper flowers and filled Cascarones (confetti filled eggs) to crack on each other’s heads. Children also experienced the Aboriginal culture in a S.T.E.A.M. class where they saw a real didgeridoo, learned about the Dream time and painted pictures using techniques as old as this ancient culture. If you missed these programs, be sure to watch for Dia programs in the Spring 2016 edition of The Loop.
For more information about multicultural books, you can go to the National Education Association’s website. For more information about Children’s Day/Book Day, you can contact me, Jeri Morton, at 410-7164.