Editor, Manteca Bulletin,
On Saturday, May 7, the Manteca Branch Library hosted Dia De Los Ninos 2011, a special celebration of literacy and cultural diversity. As in previous years, the day was a wonderful success thanks to the dedicated participation of many outstanding community members who provided free books, delicious treats and a variety of popular activities for all ages to enjoy.
•Target stores not only funded the free book giveaway, but also offered snack foods, balloons, crafts and several hardworking team members who staffed their tables and kept a diversity of activities running smoothly.
•The Manteca Junior Women brought a popcorn machine which filled the room with a fresh popped aroma. Many families enjoyed the overflowing bags of free popcorn, while the Junior Women offered a delightful bookmark craft and assisted the staff from the Manteca Parks and Recreation Department with face painting.
•Craft tables were also offered by the Girl Scouts, Family Resource and Referral Center, Headstart and El Concilio. Children were able to glue, color, string beads and make one-of-a-kind butterfly pencils.
•As a finale for the event, everyone enjoyed a performance of Ballet Folklorico by “Las Lupitas,” a group directed by Margarita Mercado.
A powerful presence throughout the program was provided by the East Union Kiwins who assembled, cleaned up, distributed free helados (ice cream), took photos and oversaw the distribution of books. Kiwins rock!
More than 250 people attended the event and 101 books were given away. The Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library is thankful to be able to partner with so many wonderful community groups in presenting Dia De Los Ninos.
May 21, 2011