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Upcoming event at Estacada Public Library will feature free books, games and music

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: ALICE PEREZ VERVERA - From 1-4 p.m. Saturday, April 28, the Estacada Public Library staff will host a celebration for El Día de los Niños/El Día de los Libros, also known as Childrens Day/Book Day. Staff have put together a display of several childrens books in observance of the event.

An upcoming event at the Estacada Public Library will strive to get young attendees excited about books.

From 1-4 p.m. Saturday, April 28, the library will host a celebration for El Día de los Niños/El Día de los Libros, also known as Children's Day/Book Day. The tradition in libraries and schools was started by author Pat Mora, who was inspired by the Mexican traditional holiday "El Día de los Niños." Children's Day/Book Day is celebrated around the U.S. and strives to emphasize the value of literacy for children from all backgrounds

"The goal of the event is to connect children and families to the world of books, learning, and libraries," said Library Specialist Alice Perez Ververa, who is organizing the event.

While supplies last every child in attendance will receive a free book. The afternoon will feature activities and games for children, including a piñata and a performance by ukuleleist Lizann Schultz.

The event will also feature representatives from Todos Juntos and the Oregon Latino Health Coalition, who will share information about community resources.

"We want to emphasize the importance of literacy for children of all linguistics and cultural backgrounds," Perez Ververa said.

This is the first year that the Estacada Public Library has held an event for El Día de los Niños/El Día de los Libros, and Perez

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