Festival Celebrates Children, Literacy

Festival Celebrates Children, LiteracyIf imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then the Public Library and Parks and Recreation departments should be very flattered indeed. Eleven years ago, the two City of El Paso Departments began collaborating on a project to instill good reading habits in children. That event, which began at the Armijo Recreation Center and Library, was called Día de los Niños / Día de los Libros. Today, in El Paso and throughout the country, the event has become a model for hundreds of similar programs.

The first is still the best however and on April 28th, the Original Día de los Niños / Día de los Libros celebration will take place at Washington Park in Central El Paso. This year's special guest will be Dora the Explorer courtesy of Time Warner Cable. The live on-stage entertainment, coordinated by Parks and Recreation, will begin at 11 AM and promises to be the best ever in the history of the event. The library, with the help of Gem's Gems, will give away thousands of free books to children. Parks and Recreation will have a Healthy Hearts with Parks walk beginning at 10 AM. There will be free parking and shuttle service, courtesy of Sun West Charter, from the El Paso County Coliseum. There will be free transportation for children 18 and under to and from the event courtesy of Sun Metro. There will also be many food and activity booths for everyone to enjoy. There is no charge to attend and all activities, books and entertainment are free.

For more information call 543-5468 or visit www.elpasolibrary.org.