Dia de los Niños y del Libro shows kids 'reading is fun,' librarian says

Dia de los Niños y del Libro
Posted at 9:06 PM, Apr 27, 2024

RICHMOND, Va. -- The Richmond Public Library hosted its third annual Dia de los Niños y del Libro or Children's Day/Book Day Saturday at the Broad Rock Branch Library in South Richmond.

Dia de los Niños y del Libro

Literacy organizations from across Richmond held story times and activities to highlight Richmond’s vibrant Hispanic culture and connect families to educational resources.

Heather Montgomery, the Broad Rock Branch Library's community service manager, said the event's "ultimate goal" is to celebrate literacy and get children reading.

FULL INTERVIEW: Librarian on Dia de los Niños y del Libro: 'Everything we do here at Boad Rock is bilingual'

FULL INTERVIEW: Librarian on Dia de los Niños y del Libro

"The more books and words that a child is exposed to, the more success they're going to have in school, the more success they'll have in life," Montgomery said. "Exposure to books exposes them to new ideas, new worlds, new ways of being in the world and it validates the experiences that they have."

Montgomery said that is critical for many who live on Richmond's Southside as literacy and education levels are lower in that community.

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