WHEREAS; libraries and librarians are critical to family literacy and multicultural awareness; and
WHEREAS: literacy is defined as the foundation of learning and is essential to the growth and success of all children; and
WHEREAS; children represent the hopes and dreams of the people of the United States; and
WHEREAS; children from all backgrounds should be nurtured and invested in to preserve and enhance the American Spirit, economic prosperity and democracy; and
WHEREAS; Iowa and the Davenport Public Library are partners with educators, and community based organizations to serve our youth; and
WHEREAS, the children of our nation are the responsibility of all its peoples, and people should be encouraged to celebrate the gifts of children to society- their cultures, curiosity, laughter , energy, sprit, hopes and dreams; and
WHEREAS, I encourage all residents to take advantage of the wonderful multicultural resources available at the Davenport Public Library and thank their librarians for making information available to all who walk through their doors.
NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved that we do hereby proclaim April 30, 2013, El día de los niños/El día de los libros throughout Davenport, Iowa.
Día (Diversity in Action) is a celebration EVERY DAY of children, families, and reading that culminates every year on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of advocating literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds. It is an annual celebration of the joys and wonders of childhood and the importance of literacy in the lives of families.
For more information, visit dia.ala.org.