El día de los niños/ El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), commonly known as Día, is a celebration every day of children, families, and reading that culminates in the spring time celebrations. Día brings families together and emphasizes the importance of literacy for every child, regardless of linguistic or cultural background. Hundreds of libraries, schools and communities throughout the country will host celebrations and programs. Stanislaus County Libraries join this national effort to honor multiculturalism and stress the importance of books and literacy.

Día is an enhancement of Día de los niños/Children's Day which is held annually on April 30 and began in 1925. Children's Day was designated as a day to bring attention to the importance and well-being of children. In 1996, nationally acclaimed children's book author Pat Mora proposed linking the celebration of childhood and children with literacy to found El día de los niños/ El día de los libros.

To learn more check out the American Library Association's Día website.

Past Día Programs:


One world, many rhythms! All thirteen branches participated in Día celebrations in 2017. Each location offered a special Bilingual Story Time, snacks, crafts, and an activity book. Folkloric dancers and other performers were at a few locations. Free new books were given to every child 0 - 18 years old.

2016:  10th Anniversary Celebration!

All thirteen Stanislaus County Library branches celebrated our 10th annual Día celebration! Each library featured a Story Time program and STEAM activity (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math). In addition, each child received a commemorative activity book and a free new book, through the Stanislaus READS! Initiative.


Crafts, games, snacks, and free books were offered at all of this years celebrations! Bilingual Story Time and performers added to the festivities at others. Participating branches were: Hughson, Keyes, Modesto, Newman, Oakdale, Patterson, Riverbank, Salida, and Turlock.


World music, Folkloric dancers, and crafts, and a special Bilingual Story Time are some of the many activities were enjoyed by families at the following library branches: Ceres, Patterson, Keyes, Modesto, Salida, Riverbank, and Hughson.


This year many more libraries joined with their own celebrations! Crafts, games, snacks, and books were enjoyed at all of the celebrations. Bilingual Story Time and performers added to the festivities at others. Participating branches were: Empire, Hughson, Modesto, Patterson, Riverbank and Salida.


  • Modesto: Our StoryTellers presented a special Bilingual Story Time, Ballet Folklorico Los Falcones y Xochipilli , crafts, games, snacks, and free books.
  • Riverbank: A special Bilingual Story Time, Ballet Folklorico Dancers from the Cultural Center, crafts, snacks, and free books!
  • Salida: The Nick W. Blom Salida Regional Library celebration featured a Bilingual Story Time, Folkloric Dancers, crafts, book giveaways and snacks.


  • Modesto: Bilingual English/Spanish Story Time, Ballet Folkloric Anahuac, arts, crafts, snacks, and other fun activities were offered. Between Friends of the Modesto Library and California Library Association 100 children were able to take home a free book. A total of 47 volunteers each donated between three to seven hours of their time that day and touched the lives of over 600 families!
  • Riverbank: Two StoryTellers from the Modesto Children's Library kicked off the celebration with a Bilingual Story Time. Folkloric Dancers dazzled the audience with their exquisite dances. There were five craft stations where children could express their creativity. Snacks were available for families to enjoy together. Finally, free books from California Library Association found new homes with happy children!
  • Salida: An interactive Bilingual Story Time featured books, music, and action rhymes. Three craft stations were there for children to express their creativity. A light snack was available for families to enjoy together. Free books from California Library Association were given to every child participant.
  • Hughson: The celebration began with two Modesto Library StoryTellers performing a Bilingual Story Time. Children then enjoyed crafts and games. Each child received a free book from California Library Association.


  • Modesto: Bilingual Story Time, Storyteller Olga Loya, local folkloric dancers, free books, crafts, snacks, balloons and more!
  • Patterson: Bilingual Story Time, free books, crafts, snacks and more!
  • Riverbank: Bilingual Story Time, free books, crafts, snacks and more!


Modesto Library celebrated with a Bilingual Story Time, Aztec Pinocchio by Caterpillar Puppets, new book raffle, snacks, balloons, crafts and more!


Modesto Library had "Chac - the Rain Spirit" (a Mayan folktale) by Opera Piccola.


Modesto Library invited families to enjoy multicultural music by Colibrí.


Modesto Library hosted a Dinner Theater program with storyteller Olga Loya.

Discover more about Dia de los Ninos/Dia de los Libros at the following websites:

American Library Association, online home of Dia, offers a wealth of information about the program and features an interactive map to search for events in your area.

Pat Mora, author, speaker and creator of Dia, offers a detailed history as well as resources to help you start your own Dia celebration!