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The ALSC Releases the Día Family Book Club Curriculum

The Association for Library Service to Children (A.L.S.C.), a division of the American Library Association (A.L.A.), announced on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 the release of the Día Family Book Club Curriculum. As an extension of El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), commonly known as Día, the Día Family Book Club is an A.L.A. "reading program that engages children and families in the shared reading and discussion of contemporary children’s literature that reflects our common plurality."

“The Día initiative is a daily commitment to linking children and their families to diverse books, languages and cultures,” said A.L.S.C. President Starr LaTronica. “This great resource by children’s librarians and for children’s librarians will allow libraries across the country to do just that.”

All lesson plans are available to download and print for free through the Día Web site. The Día Family Book Club Toolkit is also available. Released in 2013, it takes librarians who wish to create a program through the step by step process.

A team created the lesson plans for the Día Family Book Club Curriculum. The team was comprised of Sherry Bridges, masters student, the School of Library & Information Studies at the University of Alabama; Oralia Garza de Cortes, consultant, Latino Children’s Books; Jamie Holcomb, masters student, the School of Library & Information Studies at the University of Alabama; Jamie C. Naidoo, Ph.D, Associate Professor at the University of Alabama School of Library and Information Studies; Jenna Nemec-Loise, Children’s Librarian, Chicago Public Library; Lessa Pelayo-Lozada, Children’s Librarian, Glendale Library, Arts & Culture.

The curriculum was created through the Everyone Reads @ your Library grant funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Additional resources including booklists, coloring and activity sheets, and Día posters are also available online.

The A.L.S.C. is the world’s largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children. With a network of more than 4,000 children’s and youth librarians, literature experts, publishers and educational faculty, the A.L.S.C. is committed to creating a better future for children through libraries.

With more than 11,000 stores in forty states, the Dollar General Corporation has more retail locations than any retailer in U.S. I have written in the past about the A.L.A. or local libraries that benefitted from grants from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.