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In many places of Latin America, “Día del Niño” (Day of the Child) or “Día de los Niños” (Children’s Day) marks an opportunity to celebrate and honor the life of all children. Although the exact date of the celebration varies from country to country, April 30th is usually reserved for this holiday. In addition, in the 1950s, the United Nations signed resolutions that affirmed the universal rights of children and encouraged countries to dedicate a day to them.
In the mid 1990s in the United States, author and poet Pat Mora began to promote Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros / Children’s Day, Book Day (also known as DIA), a new holiday that celebrated childhood, literacy, and language. In Utah, educators and librarians embraced this holiday and every year hold events and activities that highlight the importance of literacy, books, and reading in the lives of children.
The Utah State Library Division has developed a directed mini grant project to support libraries throughout the state in their efforts to connect children and families of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds to the wondrous realm of books and reading and the transformational services of libraries with special activities or events held during the month of April 2013.
The Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC) and REFORMA, have created an awesome website full of resources to help you plan and conduct meaningful and successful DIA events and activities. Visit the DIA website and check out the Resource Guide.
The DIA Multicultural Mini Grant Project is open to all school libraries and public libraries in the State of Utah interested in holding their own DIA event or activities. School libraries within the same district are encouraged to apply individually. Likewise, branch libraries within the same system are encouraged to apply individually.
- Allowable use of funds include:
- Expenses to bring an author, poet, educator, trainer, or presenter
- Educational material
- Supplies, printing, postage
- FOOD OR REFRESHMENTS ARE NOT ALLOWABLE EXPENSES
Application Criteria & Commitment
The desired results (outcomes) for the DIA Mini Grant Project include:
- Celebrate children and connect them to the world of learning through books, stories and libraries.
- Nurture cognitive and literacy development in ways that honor and embrace a child’s home language and culture.
- Introduce families to community resources that provide opportunities for learning through multiple literacies.
- Recognize and respect culture, heritage and language as powerful tools for strengthening families and communities.
A successful mini grant application will clearly:
- Outline the event or activities planned AND highlight how the event or activities will achieve one or more of the desired results noted above.
- Identify at least one strategic community partnership AND highlight how the partnership will help achieve the desired results.
- Estimate of how much in local funds will be used for this project (i.e. local match).
The DIA Mini Grant recipient will:
- Plan and conduct at least one event or activity during the month of April
- Register the event or activities at the National DIA Program Registry
- Acknowledge in the publicity the source of the funds for the DIA Mini Grant. A suggested acknowledgement is: Funds for this project were provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Library Services and Technology Act and were administered by the Utah State Library Division.
- Conduct a brief survey of event participants
- Fill out and submit an online evaluation
DIA Mini Grant applications are not available at this time.