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Camden County Library Celebrates El día de los niños/El día de los libros

NEWS RELEASE April 23, 2014

Contact: Mark Amorosi, Public Information Officer, 856-772-1636 ext. 7323

mamorosi@camdencountylibrary.org      http://www.camdencountylibrary.org

Events planned at two branches of library system

Former New Jersey Assemblywoman Nilsa I. Cruz-Perez will read to children as part of the Camden County Library’s celebration of El día de los niños/El día de los libros at its two Camden branch locations on April 29 and 30.

VOORHEES, NJ – April 23, 2014 -- With the growing diversity of the population in Camden County, New Jersey and across the nation, the Camden County Library will join libraries nationwide in celebration of El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day).

The library is staging two events: one on Tuesday, April 29, 4 p.m. at the Ferry Ave. branch and the other at the Nilsa I. Cruz-Perez Downtown branch on Wednesday, April 30, 4 p.m.  The programs will include story times, refreshments, music, crafts and free books for all attendees.  Former Assemblywoman Cruz-Perez will visit and read a children’s story at each of the branch events as part of the celebration.

“Our children’s future relies heavily on the educational opportunities that shape their lives,” said Freeholder Ian Leonard, liaison to the Camden County Library System.  “We are proud to be an integral part of the community in Camden, and we strive to reach out to all children with events and programming that interest and inspire them to achieve great things.”

El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), known as Día, is a celebration EVERY DAY of children, families and reading that culminates each year at the end of April. The day emphasizes the importance of advocating literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds, and it’s celebrated worldwide.

Camden County Library System serves a diverse population through its eight branches and online presence. According to the 2010 Census, the county’s population of over a half million was composed of about 35 percent minorities including African American, Hispanic, Asian and other persons. The population of Camden City itself, home to the two library branches hosting El dia, is made up of 47 percent Hispanic or Latino persons according to the 2010 Census. Forty-two percent of city residents speak Spanish at home.

“Libraries are part of the American Dream, places that support family, education, self-help and lifelong learning,” said Camden County Library System Director Linda Devlin. “Through literacy events and programs like Día, libraries are working with parents and caregivers to raise avid readers.”

Día is an enhancement of Children’s Day, which began in 1925.   Children’s Day was designated as a day to bring attention to the importance and well-being of children.   In 1996, nationally acclaimed children’s book author Pat Mora proposed linking the celebration of childhood and children with literacy to found El día de los niños/El día de los libros. 

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Established in 1921, Camden County Library System seeks to meet the recreational, informational and educational needs of its customers with locations in Bellmawr, Camden, Gloucester Township, Haddon Township, Merchantville, Winslow Township and Voorhees.   The Library is governed and supported by the Camden County Board of Freeholders and the Camden County Library Commission.

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