Burien Library to Encourage Reading Diverse Books Through DÍA Celebration

National Children’s Day (DÍA) to be Celebrated at King County Library System’s Burien Library
DÍA promotes reading diverse literature
ISSAQUAH, Wa. — April 23, 2018 – Serving residents within 39 cities of its large and diverse service area, King County Library System (KCLS) will emphasize the importance of literacy for children from all backgrounds on Sunday, April 29, from 2-6pm at the Burien Library, in celebration of DÍA. Also known as Children’s Day/Book Day, DÍA is a nationally recognized initiative that connects children and their families to multicultural books, languages and cultures through work at schools and libraries. 2018 marks the 8th year KCLS has celebrated this important event.

“As part of our Strategic Focus, King County Library System is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion whether it is through the collection of literature we carry in our catalog, the partnerships we nurture, the backgrounds and talents of staff we hire, or the programs we host, like DÍA,” said Lisa Rosenblum, KCLS Library Director. “DÍA, and other events that are offered at our 49 libraries year-round, are examples of how KCLS provides resources and services to meet the interests of the diverse communities we serve.”

Rosenblum, Burien Mayor Jimmy Matta, and KCLS Library Regional Manager Angelina Benedetti will begin the program at 2pm with opening remarks, followed by special story times read aloud by local guests. A dance party with the Gansango Music & Dance Company, Rhythms of India, the Bailadores de Bronce, and the Shahrazad Dance Ensemble of Seattle will be featured to celebrate multiculturalism. The program will conclude with a screening of “Esteban,” a bilingual movie about a nine-year-old boy who follows his dreams, co-sponsored by the Seattle Latino Film Festival.

Thanks to a grant from the KCLS Foundation, multicultural books will be given to library patrons on a first-come, first-served basis during the DÍA event.

In addition to the April 29 DÍA event at the Burien Library, other KCLS Libraries will host DÍA programs during the week of April 23-30. Please check the KCLS online calendar for additional information on special DÍA programs, to explore the diversity of materials in our libraries, to view DÍA booklists and recommended materials in many languages at www.kcls.org/dia.
About King County Library System
Founded in 1942, the King County Library System (KCLS) is one of the busiest library systems in the country. Serving the communities of King County in Washington State, KCLS currently has 49 libraries and more than 700,000 cardholders. In 2017, KCLS welcomed more than 10 million visitors, and King County residents checked out nearly 21 million items, including more than 4.7 million digital eBooks and audiobooks.

King County Library System Media Contact: Julie Acteson, 425.369.3273, jbacteson@kcls.org