Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Dynamic DIA Programs

Local children's librarians from the  Longwood, Riverhead, Brentwood, and Mastics-Moriches-Shirley libraries shared their ideas and expertise today with other youth services librarians and members of the M.O.S.I.A.C. Committee, including co-chair Elma Lugo, about organizing and offering Dia programs at your library.

What is Dia? Each year on April 30th, a celebration of children, families, and reading is offered at hundreds of libraries across the country. These celebrations emphasize the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

Did you know that you can apply for a mini grant through ALA to fund your Dia programming? Hurry! This year's deadline is October 17th - get that program idea funded by submitting your application today! You will also find a vast amount of resources at the ALA Dia site - including booklists, book discussion toolkits, a poster that can be customized, and more.

Handouts from today's program that feature craft ideas, songs, etc... from our local librarians can be found on the Gateway under the Youth Services tab. You can then click on "meeting resources" OR - search on the Gateway calendar for October 14, 2014 to find the handouts linked to the program description. We still have THREE TOOLKITS left to give out. These include a large 20x24 full color poster, booklist, and a discussion guide for a dia book group, along with any other handouts that our panel librarians brought with them this morning. If you would like a Dia Toolkit sent your way - comment below or email lisa@suffolknet.org and say "I read the blog and would like a toolkit!" First come, first served :-)

A special thank you to: Elaine Perez (feel better!), Barbara Acard, Patricia Mininni, and Oksana Kondrashova, and Elma for sharing their knowledge with all of us this morning. I've already heard from one of this morning's participants: this was a "great panel this morning! I've reserved our meeting rooms for an April event!" So tell us - will YOUR library try a Dia event?

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