Lynden Public Library wins 2012 Mora Award

Lynden Public Library wins 2012 Mora Award

REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking, is pleased to announce that Lynden Public Library of the Whatcom County Library System is the recipient of the 2012 Estela and Raúl Mora Award for exemplary efforts promoting El día de los niños, El día de los libros/Children’s Day, Book Day. Lynden Public Library is located in Lynden, Washington, approximately 95 miles north of Seattle. They will be awarded $1,000. The Lynden celebration featured a book giveaway for each child, craft activities led by bilingual teen volunteers, and several storytimes—held throughout the day—each followed by a game of lotería (Mexican bingo) with books as prizes.

For the first time, Mora honor awards were named as well: District of Columbia Public Library; King County Library System, Wash.; and Sacramento Public Library will each receive $300. REFORMA will present the award during the Midwinter meeting of the American Library Association next January in Seattle. This family literacy initiative is now housed at the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association. The ALSC page lists planning resources and celebrations across the country at http://dia.ala.org/.

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