Celebrate! ¡Celebramos! El día de los niños/día de los libros

Come to the fiesta celebrating kids, books and cultures

Read bookmark with lizard

Join us at the library Wednesday, April 30, 2014 for El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day). Día takes place all over the country, emphasizing the importance of reading for all kids from all backgrounds and celebrating diverse books, languages and cultures. We are offering two family-friendly events – come to one or both!

Schedule of Events:

Library shelver posing with frog craft

Library Shelving Assistant Colton shows off his rana (frog)


10:00-11:00 am –  Bilingual Storytime and Craft in the Kids Library Story Zone

7:00-8:00 pmMulticultural fair featuring live performances and arts, crafts and demonstrations in Marvin Auditorium

Back by popular demand, Adriana Lozano, guitarist will welcome and entertain kids and adults with fun songs in Spanish and English.

Well-known for the Mexican Folkloric dancing, Ballet Folklorico de Topeka will take the main stage to perform traditional dances of Mexico.

Native American educator Dennis Rogers will delight your family with Navajo dance. Rogers is known not only for sharing Native American culture locally; he has performed internationally as well.

You’ll be on your feet and dancing with Mexican folk music provided by Mariachi Girasol.  

Community partners will bring a variety of crafts and hands-on activities:

  • Amazing Animals
  • El Centro
  • MANA de Topeka
  • Tonantzín Society
  • TSCPL Summerfest
  • Washburn University French Club
  • Women Empowerment, Inc. (Little Free Libraries)
  • Yequiang Wang, Chinese artist

7:00-8:00 pm  Instrument Petting Zoo in the Story Zone:

  • Music is one important aspect of culture.  Manning Music will be bringing a collection of band and orchestra instruments for kids to try.

It’s a lively family evening to enjoy music and dance, try your hand at crafts and activities from around the world, and take home a free book (while supplies last). We look forward to seeing you!

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Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities

Natalie Moreland

Natalie works in the Kids Library and has a background in teaching. She delights in spreading bookjoy to people of all ages. She also takes interest in cycling, creating art, social justice, raising small livestock, and making music.