El Dia, a Celebration of Culture, is April 30

Often times our wish to travel around the globe is restricted by our finances, lack of time or family obligations. Even though you may not be able to physically visit far away places, you can experience cultural diversity at the library Tuesday, April 30, 2013. Join us for El Dia de los Ninos/El Dia de los Libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), which is an annual celebration of children, reading and all cultures. All ages will enjoy El Dia. Programs are offered at three times for your convenience.

Schedule of Events | Cambio de horario
10:00 am & 1:30 pm – African-American Storyteller Rosalyn Carr, Native American Dancer Dennis Rogers & Hispanic Art and Culture with the Tonantzin Society | Narradora Africa-Americana Rosalyn Carr, Danzante Nativo-Americano Dennis Rogers y cultura hispana con La sociedad de Tonantzin

6:00 pm – Ballet Folklorico de Topeka, Phase Altered, Standing Bear Intertribal Brotherhood, Srividya Dasaraju/Middle Eastern Dancing, and Girasol, a local Mariachi Band | Ballet Folklorico de Topeka, Hermandad entre tribus “Standing Bear” (Oso parado), Srividya Dasaraju/Bailarinas Arabes y alegre Banda de Mariachi Girasol

This year El Dia is highlighting multiple cultures, including Mexican, Indian and Filipino, with performances and an assortment of booths, activities and crafts. There’s a free book to every family in attendance, while supplies last, along with a couple of door prizes to be awarded at the end of the program.

Someday, while on your long awaited trip to Mexico, you will want to take your English/Spanish dictionary. Make sure to learn several basic words such as help (ayudar), water (agua), and bathroom (bano) beforehand. Spanish is the most widely spoken language in Mexico, although the Mexican government does recognize 62 other indigenous languages. While preparing for your “someday” trip to Mexico, come to the library to experience traditional Mexican folk dance and music through Girasol, a local Mariachi band and the dance group Ballet Folklorico de Topeka.

Maybe you’re dreaming of a trip to the Republic of the Philippines (customarily referred to as the Philippines). The Philippines is a chain of islands in the western Pacific Ocean.  The official languages are Filipino (sometimes called Tagalog) and English. If a trip to one of the thousands of miles of the Philippines beautiful coastlines isn’t in the budget, you can get a taste of one of the most popular and well-known of traditional Philippine dances, Tinikling. Tinikling involves two people tapping and sliding bamboo poles on the ground in coordination with dancers who step over and in between the poles in a dance. This performance is sure to draw a crowd.

Have you always been fascinated by the Taj Mahal, Hindi Cinema (commonly known as Bollywood), and the Hindu faith? India’s rich culture is quite the draw for travelers.  Being the second most populated country in the world, India has much to offer, including it’s traditional folk dance, which you can experience firsthand when you come to the public library on April 30 for El Dia de los Ninos!

Día was founded in 1996 by author Pat Mora to link children to books, languages and culture. Día means “day” in Spanish and is a family literacy initiative celebrated every year. It’s an opportunity for communities across the country to practice “DIA = Diversity in Action.” Learn more about this multicultural celebration here.  Hope to see you here April 30th!



Michelle Morris

I am in the Public Services department, which means you can catch me at the Red Carpet desk, the Topeka Room, or any of the Reference desks. I graduated with my bachelors in Sociology, which makes the library the perfect place for my love of people watching. I am a believer in public libraries and love that I get to share my passion for reading with people daily.

One thought on “El Dia, a Celebration of Culture, is April 30

Comments are closed.