On April 1, 2023, families with young children came for a celebration of language and literacy at Día del Niño Be My Neighbor Day at Central Library! Activities included storytimes in English and Spanish, animals up close with Silly Safaris, a concert by Latin-Grammy winning duo 123 Andrés, and more! Kids met Daniel Tiger and Katerina Kittycat and took home free books! They also played big games at the Playground, got temporary tattoos at the Tattoo Parlor, and wrote letters to thank first responders at the Post Office. Parents gathered information from community partners in our neighborhood about food, housing, medical care, and more. Join us next year for Día del Niño 2024!
Attendees donated lip balm to donate to Riley Children’s Hospital.
Made possible by Eric and Pat Gillispie, College Choice 529 and Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.
This event is in partnership with WFYI and is supported by PNC Grow Up Great and Fred Rogers Productions.
Community partners include Child Care Answers, Reach Out and Read Indiana, and the Indiana Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Celebrated in Mexico since around 1925, the philosophy of "this day" honestly, is magical all year long. El día de los niños honors home language, the beauty of childhood, the magic of culture and reading aloud. Here are a few books we like for fun and some for sharing culture. We love that our collection also has many of the titles available in Spanish, too! Find a new read aloud to share!
Adorable book that illustrates the love and honor of relatives and ancestors and how and why Alma was named.
PURE JOY! I love the story and the art.
Sweet beautiful answers to a question that is oft asked to humans of color. Affirming and and loving.