Celebrate literacy and cultural awareness in children during a special “El Dia de los Ninos” event set for 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday, April 30, at the Mesa County Libraries Central Library, 5th Street and Grand Avenue in Grand Junction.
The celebration will include drummers, dancers, face-painting, clowns, and crafts. It is open to children and their families at no charge.
The entertainment schedule for the day is:
10 a.m. – Mathias Mulumba, African drummer
10:30 a.m. – Levi and Lace Square Dance Club
11:40 a.m. – Arte en Movimiento Ballet Folklorico
El Dia de los Ninos, celebrated by libraries throughout the United States, is intended to connect kids to the world of learning through books, stories, music, and libraries.
According to the Association for Library Service to Children, El Dia de los Ninos is an enhancement of Children’s Day, which began in 1925 as result of the first “World Conference for the Well-Being of Children” in Geneva, Switzerland. Children’s Day was designated as a day to bring attention to the importance and well-being of children. In 1996, Pat Mora, acclaimed author of books for children and adults, proposed linking the celebration of childhood and children with literacy. The result is El Dia de los Ninos.