Celebrating Culture, Reading, & Family Literacy @ the Library withthe Latino Reading and Literacy Programs “El día de los niños/El día de los libros” (Día) and “Nochede Cuentos”<br />Presented by <br />Jamie Campbell Naidoo, Ph.D.<br />University of Alabama<br />Tuscaloosa, AL (USA)<br /> <br /> <br />
Paper by <br />Jamie Campbell Naidoo, Ph.D.<br />University of Alabama<br />Patricia Montiel-Overall, Ph.D.<br />University of Arizona<br /> LucíaGonzález<br />REFORMA<br />Oralia Garza de Cortés<br />REFORMA<br />IraniaMacías Patterson<br />Charlotte Mecklenburg Library<br /> <br /> <br />
Affiliate of the American Library Association Dedicated to Library Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking<br />
Literacy Development<br /><ul><li>Developing literacy is one of the key functions of school and public libraries throughout the world.
Literacy extends beyond traditional reading literacy to also include cultural literacy and family literacy.
In addition to reading, library programs often include art, dance, drama, storytelling, and numerous other expressions of literacy.</li></li></ul><li>Role of Libraries in Literacy Development<br /><ul><li>Provide opportunities for children and their families to interact with high-quality children’s literature in the first language of the family.
Offer exciting, culturally relevant, literacy programs in the library throughout the calendar year.
Connect all children with rich materials (print and non-print) that represent their cultural experiences.</li></li></ul><li>Role of the Library in Literacy Development<br /><ul><li>Demonstrate the importance of literacy to life-long learning.
Promote cultural competence by creating a forum for facilitating understanding and acceptance of diversity based upon culture, ethnicity, linguistic ability, religion, physical ability, immigration status, and sexual orientation.</li></li></ul><li>2 Latino Literacy Programs<br /><ul><li>“El día de los niños/El dia de los libros (Día)” and “Nochede Cuentos” are two library programs that promote the literacy development of second language learners.
Both programs focus on cultural literacy and family literacy.
Both programs include numerous expressions of literacy (reading, art, dance, drama, and storytelling).</li></li></ul><li>Día: Children’s Day / Book Day<br /><ul><li>Founded in 1996 by award-winning Latina author and literacy advocate, Pat Mora, who was assisted by REFORMA.
Celebration of children, families, and reading that culminates every year on April 30th.
Highlights the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.</li></li></ul><li>Día: Children’s Day / Book Day<br /><ul><li>Daily commitment to link all children to books, languages, and cultures. It celebrates individuality and cultural diversity and emphasizes culturally pluralistic library programs and collections. (Pat Mora Website)
Currently housed at the American Library Association: www.ala.org/dia</li></li></ul><li>Día’s Potential<br /><ul><li>Increases understanding of the importance of serving multicultural, multilingual populations.
Allows librarians to introduce families from all cultural backgrounds to the rich diversity of other cultures from the United States and around the world; thus, promoting cultural literacy.
Builds community and provides a logical avenue for community collaborations.</li></li></ul><li>Día’s Potential<br /><ul><li>Día is more than a single day celebration.
Incorporating programming ideas from Día into daily, weekly, and monthly library services:
Encourages everyone to learn about the cultures that are different from their own.
Communicates to all members of the community that the library values their cultures and languages as well as the literary contributions of their people.</li></li></ul><li>Noche de Cuentos: Evening of Stories<br /><ul><li>A family literacy initiative created by REFORMA
Encourages families from Latino communities to gather in libraries across the U.S. on March 20th, World Storytelling Day, to share:
Experiences from their families, communities, and native countries.</li></li></ul><li>Noche de Cuentos: Evening of Stories<br /><ul><li>In 2009, Noche became part of ALA President CamilaAlire’sFamily Literacy Focus Initiative “Libraries: The Heart of ALL Communities,” which encourages families in ethnically diverse communities to read and learn together.</li></li></ul><li>Noche de Cuentos: Evening of Stories<br /><ul><li>In March 2010 with the theme "Everyone Comes from Somewhere," REFORMA invited libraries everywhere to join in bringing Latino families and communities together through the celebration of Noche de Cuentos. </li></li></ul><li>Noche’s Potential <br /><ul><li>Creates a forum that allows everyone in the audience to connect with the rich Latino culture.
Extends beyond a single day to encourage children and families from all cultures to share their personal stories throughout the year.
Facilitates an appreciation of oral tradition as well as respect for the stories from other cultures which can lead to the development of cultural competence. </li></li></ul><li>Noche’s Potential <br /><ul><li>Children and their families who hear stories from other cultures are encouraged to explore additional cuentos via the library’s collection and then draw intercultural connections between the stories of their culture and that of their neighbors’ culture. </li></li></ul><li>Exemplary Día and Noche Programs<br /><ul><li>Estela and Raúl Mora Awardfor Día Programs: http://www.reforma.org/Mora2010.htm
Noche de Cuentos Mini Grants: http://nochedecuentos.wordpress.com/
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library – Charlotte, North Carolina (USA): http://www.plcmc.org/programs/diaarchive.asp</li></li></ul><li>Questions? Comments?<br />Día & Noche: Linkingchildren of all<br /> languages and cultures with books!<br />
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