El Paso Library Teases Return of Dia de los Ninos, Dia de los Libros
In-person events put on pause last year due to the pandemic are coming back, and the children's literacy event Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros looks to be one of them. The El Paso Public Library and Día de los Niños El Paso have both begun teasing the imminent return of the book day on its social media.
The library recently shared a Día de los Niños El Paso photo of boxes of what I can only assume are books in what appears to be a warehouse with the caption, “It’s coming. Getting ready…stay tuned!” Meanwhile, Día de los Niños published a throwback photo of a previous Día de los Libros gathering on its page with the caption, “hope to see you soon!”
On what scale the free books event is coming back and in what form remains to be seen, as details have not been revealed yet. Typically, Día de los Niños takes place on the last Saturday of April and includes live entertainment, jumping balloons, activity booths, and vendors. And as has been the case since its inception, thousands of brand-new books are given away to children who attend.
But with the pandemic still very much a part of our daily lives, and the city being very careful to follow health official’s guidelines on events it is involved in, the 2021 celebration may be different than those in the past.
The children's day book day dates back to 1997, and is a partnership spearheaded by the El Paso Public Library and El Paso Parks and Recreation. It is the largest and most successful literacy celebration of its type in the Southwest.