El Dia de los Ninos/ El Dia de los Libros

Date and Time:
Domingo, Abril 21, 2013 - 1:00pm3:00pm
Have you ever wanted to go on an adventure like the characters in your favorite children’s books? On April 21 from 1 to 3 p.m., the Waukegan Public Library will host its annual El Dìa de los Niños/El Dìa de los Libros family festival featuring games and activities from classic children’s books including “Charlotte’s Web”, “The Giving Tree”, “The Cat in the Hat” and “Harry Potter”.

Library books will come alive as children of all ages make Wild Things monster masks for a bonfire dance, taste apples from the Giving Tree, balance a stack of household items with the Cat in the Hat, cast spells at Hogwarts, go on a pirate treasure hunt and meet well-known book characters. Every 15 minutes, families will be entertained with bilingual stories in the library’s Early Learning Center and then have a chance to explore the Farm Fun exhibit, milk a life-size fiberglass cow, and hold real baby chicks.

The library will also highlight mariachi culture from the bilingual children’s book “Delicious Hullabaloo/Pachanga Deliciosa” with a performance by a local mariachi group as a preview for that evening’s performance of the Chicago Lyric Opera’s “Cruzar la cara de la luna” at 7:30 p.m. at the Genesee Theatre. Four tickets to the performance will be raffled off during the festival.

Each family will also take home a free bag of books while supplies last, courtesy of Bernie’s Book Bank. Partner organizations the Green Youth Farm, the United Way and Words on Wheels will also take part in the festivities. Complimentary refreshments will be served.
Registration is not available for this event.