TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Tahoe Truckee Unified School District (TTUSD) and community partners Tahoe Truckee Reads, KidZone, Communities for Kids, Placer and Nevada County First Five Commissions, Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe, Placer and Nevada County Libraries and the Family Resource Center of Truckee will celebrate Day of the Child/Day of the Book with week-long activities.
Día means “day” in Spanish. In 1996, author Pat Mora learned about the Mexican tradition of celebrating April 30 as El día del niño, the day of the child. Pat thought, “We have Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. We need a kids’ day too, but I want to connect all children with books and joy, the pleasure of reading.”
Pat was supported in starting this community based, family literacy initiative by REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish speaking. As a result, El día de los niños/El día de los libros or Day of the Child/Day of the Book (referred to as Día for short) is the culminating celebration of a daily commitment to link all children to books, languages and cultures, day by day, día por día.
Día is now housed at the Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association. Every year, across the country, libraries, schools, and community organizations plan book fiestas creating April Día celebrations that unite communities.
TTUSD Superintendent-Chief Learning Officer Dr. Rob Leri is proud of the year-round work in the community to support early literacy development.
“These events are another great way to celebrate our All-America City goals through Tahoe Truckee Reads, raising awareness of the importance of early literacy for life-long learning success,” said Leri.
Child Development Conference on School Readiness
Dr. Leri will be a keynote speaker at the 10th Anniversary Child Development Conference on School Readiness to be held at the TTUSD District Office in Truckee on May 4. Parents, early educators, and early literacy advocates are invited to take part in an enriching and educational day exploring “School Readiness, Birth to Five.”
Olga Loya, storyteller, author and educator will also be a keynote speaker. Fourteen workshops will be offered with the latest research and tools for home and school that support optimum development of infants, toddlers and preschoolers for learning and success.
Tahoe-Truckee Día events
April 26, Friday, 5-7 p.m., Truckee Elementary, Family Resource Center of Truckee presents Family Fun Night with Clifford, the Big Red Dog and Harry Potter
April 29, Monday, 11 a.m., Truckee Library, Toddler-Pre-K, Bilingual Story Time with Clifford, the Big Red Dog
April 30, Tuesday, 10:30 a.m., Kings Beach Library, Kings Beach Library Story Time with Clifford, the Big Red Dog
May 3, Friday, 5-7 p.m. Boys & Girls Club at Kings Beach Elementary 5-6 p.m. Mexican dinner, 6-7 p.m. Olga Loya, nationally known Latina storyteller to perform bilingual stories of Latin America
May 4, Saturday, 8-3:15 p.m., TTUSD District Office in Truckee,10th Anniversary Child Development Conference on School Readiness. Register at www.ttusd.org/Common/News2/HomePagePopUps/Default.asp?ItemID=51131&ISrc=District&Itype=News
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call TTUSD Early Learning at 530-582-2583.