Media Contact: Eunicia Baker, MPA - Senior Public Information Officer
City of North Miami
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LIBRARY AWARDED NATIONAL BOOK MINI-GRANT TO ENCOURAGE FAMILY LITERACY

North Miami, FL – 4/5/2013

The North Miami Public Library is the recipient of El Día de los Niños / El Día de Los Libros Family Book Club mini-grant, awarded by The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). Twelve libraries were chosen to receive $5,000 each to offer a Día Family Book Club. These clubs will utilize multi-cultural, multi-lingual or second language books to provide an opportunity for the community to come together. The mini-grants are part of ALSC’s Everyone Reads at your library grant, generously funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

“Libraries are part of the American Dream, places that support family, education, self-help and lifelong learning,” explained Lucia Gonzalez, Library Services Manager, “Through literacy events and programs like Día, libraries are working with parents and caregivers to raise avid readers.

”The featured award-winning author this year is Baba Wague Diakite, twice the winner of the Coretta Scott King Honor Medal Book Award. Funds from the grant will provide young readers and their family 500 complimentary copies of the author’s book, The Hunter and the Crocodile. To kickoff the Día Family Book Club series on Thursday the 25th at 6:30 p.m. Baba Wague will be at the North Miami Library to read and discuss his book and the creative process he used. The author will also visit local schools during his stay. Funding from the grant will also go towards the family dinner following the reading, a practice encouraged by the program. The Día Family Book Club members will meet twice per month for dinner and discussion of selected books.  A different book will be selected for each session and participants will receive a complimentary copy of the featured books, made possible also by the grant.

For more details, call the library at 305-891-5535 or visit www.northmiamifl.gov/nomilibrary

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