Children’s Day/Book Day, also known as El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Día), is a celebration of children, families and reading that culminates each year on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Omaha Public Library (OPL) will offer a variety of programs in honor of Día with the goal of connecting children to a world of learning through books, stories and libraries. All programs are free and open to the public, and children participating in these programs will receive a free book to keep.
- Wednesday, April 22, 6:30 p.m.: Children’s Day Bilingual Storytime at Florence Branch, 2920 Bondesson St., 402-444-5299
- Friday, April 24, 6:30 p.m.: Children’s Day Art Reception at South Omaha Library, 2808 Q St., 402-444-4850. Celebrate art, culture and the creative achievements of South Omaha youth. Students from Gateway Elementary School, Indian Hill Elementary School, and Marrs Middle School will display their artwork in the library. Live music, storytelling, activities and refreshments will be provided.
- Wednesday, April 29, 4 p.m.: Children’s Day Storytime & Craft at Benson Branch, 6015 Binney St., 402-444-4846. Celebrate Children’s Day/Book Day with a delightful story about two sisters’ determination to purchase a solar light for their family, and then create a solar craft! Registration required online or by contacting the Benson Branch.
- Thursday, April 30
- 9 a.m.: Children’s Day Celebration of Asian Birthday Traditions at Millard Branch, 13214 Westwood Ln., 402-444-4848. Learn about and celebrate the birthday traditions of several Asian cultures through games, crafts, music, dancing and storytime. Countries represented will include China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Nepal, India, and the Philippines.
- 10 a.m.: Children’s Day/Book Day Story Hour at Charles B. Washington Branch, 2868 Ames Ave., 402-444-4849.
Visit omahalibrary.org for information about additional programs offered at Omaha Public Library’s 12 metro locations.