Using the Library

Día de los Niños / Día de los Libros

Saturday, April 26
Washington Park | 200 Washington Street | 11 AM - 4 PM
Dorris Van Doren Branch Library | 551 E. Redd Rd. | 11 AM - 3 PM
Esperanza Moreno Branch Library | 12480 Pebble Hills | 11 AM - 3 PM

(915) 543-5433 for more information

Event Description:
It all began in 1997 at the request of El Paso children’s book author Pat Mora. Mora wrote an open letter to educators and librarians throughout the country asking them to celebrate April 30 by creating a celebration to honor children, as it is done in Latin America. Her idea was also to instill the love of reading in children since reading is one of the most important factors in the success of children in school and in life.

Today, there are thousands of celebrations throughout the country in places as diverse as Lake Geneva, Wisconsin to Raleigh, North Carolina and everywhere in between. Recently, legislators from the U.S. Congress have petitioned to create a National Holiday that celebrates American community to the people of the United States.

El Paso has put together one of the most impressive celebrations of Children’s Day in the country routinely drawing 20 – 30 thousand attendees and giving away up to 30,000 books to children who might not otherwise have a book of their own. The El Paso Public Library and the Parks and Recreation Department have worked together to organize the celebration for the past 17 years

Events and Activities:

  • Blessing of the Event
  • Free book distribution
  • Free transportation to and from the event, courtesy of Sun Metro for anyone 18 years of age and under all day from anywhere in El Paso.
  • Free “Fun Zone” with jumping balloons and activities
  • Free Game and Activity Booths
  • Special Guests and Entertainers all day
  • Live Bands
  • Festive atmosphere
  • Moderately Priced Food and Drinks
  • Fun for the Whole Family