The annual celebration of Da de los Nios/Da de los Libros (Children's Day/Book Day) is planned from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Marshalltown Public Library. This national event celebrates children and the importance of books and reading in their lives.
This year, many of the activities will be outside on the library's west lawn and in the west corner of the parking lot. The Marshalltown Fire and Police Departments will bring vehicles for kids to explore. Dancing will take place on the lawn, by Estellas de Fuego (MHS Latino dance group) as well as the local Aztec-style Nahui Tonantzin group. Other outdoor activities will include face painting (by youth volunteers, including girls from Latinas al Exito), parachute play by the YMCA/YWCA, an activity by UnitedHealthcare, sidewalk chalk and more.
MHS sophomore, Julisa Jaimes, will share her musical talents by singing and playing the guitar. Jaimes, who enjoys singing and playing music from a variety of genres, will share songs for the whole family in English, Spanish, and teach children a Korean song, as well.
The library’s annual Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros will return Wednesday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. This national event celebrates children and the importance of books and reading in their lives.
All attendees should stop by the youth desk to get a ticket (for babies through teens) to trade for a free book in the large meeting room, as well as a chance to win one of a few larger prizes. Kids can decorate a bookmark to put in their prize book, thanks to volunteers from Life Connections, and learn important child safety information from the USDA Food Safety program and Marshalltown's Lead Prevention program.
Local favorite, William and Blackjack the Dragon, will join Spider-Man, and Martha from the PBS show, Martha Speaks at this event. Families can also take turns with the free PBS Play and Learn app on library iPads, and even get help downloading this free educational app to their own phones.
All activities are free and open to all children (ages 8 and under should be accompanied by a caregiver). Bilingual volunteers will help families sign in and register for library cards, if needed. For a child to get a library card, a parent or legal guardian needs to sign for children 3-12 years old, as well as provide proof of name and address (by showing a driver's license, or a bill, a piece of mail, etc.) Library cards are free, and allow free borrowing of books, magazines, and movies, as well as internet time and access to downloadable audiobooks and ebooks.
The same morning of Da on Wednesday, the library will also offer the final storytime of the Spring Session, featuring bilingual stories about dogs, and a special visit by Martha, of the PBS show Martha Speaks (cameras welcome!). This storytime takes place at 9:30 a.m. and features songs, stories, fingerplays, and is open to any interested child with a caregiver.
Please call the library at 641-754-5738, ext. 3, with any questions about this program. Families are invited to "join" and share the event on the library's Facebook page, as well.