Washtenaw County is a wonderful place to live and visit! Amazing events are happening every day, including many locals’ favorites that are accessible to visitors as well. The libraries in Washtenaw County are special treasures in that regard, providing family entertainment and education as well as thoughtful, socially-relevant programming. In a few instances, the local libraries come together to provide programs for their combined communities, such as the recent Washtenaw Reads event which focused on poverty in America.
Each year, the libraries trade off hosting a family event celebrating books and Spanish-speaking cultures called El Día de los Niños/el Día de los Libros. It is a joint program of the Ann Arbor & Ypsilanti District Libraries marking over ten years of being partners. Diversity of cultures and peoples are a hallmark of Washtenaw County’s unique appeal and this is a unique opportunity to learn more about our Spanish-speaking friends’ culture. This year’s event will be held at the Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Road in Ypsilanti on Sunday, April 30.
Through El Día (which is a national celebration), libraries (ala.org) work to…
• Celebrate children and connect them to the world of learning through books, stories and libraries.
• Recognize and respect culture, heritage, and language as powerful tools for strengthening families and communities.
• Introduce families to community resources that provide opportunities for learning.
Mark your calendars for April 30, 2017! The celebration kicks off that Sunday at 1:30 p.m. with craft activities in the youth department for kids to make and take. At 2:30 p.m., grab a free snack (thanks to the generous support of the Ann Arbor Tortilla Factory), then watch Raíces Mexicanas perform folkloric Mexican dance. The event will end at 3:30pm.
Throughout the event, participants can decorate the traditional Milagro Tree with a wish and participate in an “I Spy/Yo Veo” game in the youth department.
This event is FREE and all are welcome! Hope to see you there!
For more information, visit ypsilibrary.org or contact Garboden@ypsilibrary.org or call (734) 482-4110. To reach the Ypsilanti District Library, take I-94 exit for Huron Street/ Ypsilanti (exit 183) and go south 2.1 miles through the roundabout. The library will be on your left. There is plenty of free parking. If you would prefer, the Ann Arbor Area Transit Authority bus #46 frequents the library every hour on the half-hour.