Celebrate Día Spotlight: Gail Borden Public Library
2021 Día Mini-Grant Winner
Sunday, July 25, 2021
by: Tina Birkholz

Section: News Articles

Spring/Summer 2021

Tina Birkholz is the KidSpace Hispanic Services Manager at Gail Borden Public Library

Gail Borden Public Library (GBPL) of Elgin, IL, partnered with the local U-46 School District’s Dual Language program and its Bilingual Parents Advisory Council (BPAC) to celebrate El día de los niños/El día de los libros, Children’s Day/Book Day with a week of simultaneous virtual programming on both the GBPL and BPAC Facebook pages on April 26-30, 2021.

Many events were recorded and can be seen on the library’s YouTube page,
 and the BPAC Facebook page.

This library/school partnership has been active for many years. At the Monday opening event, the School District U-46 Dual Language Program Director recognized the Library for supporting bilingualism and engaging the students and their parents in literacy activities all year round. The Día programs were successful and have received over 3000 views! Families who submitted photos or videos of their participation were entered in a drawing for prizes donated by local businesses. Another happy outcome of this week was that the BPAC leadership held a monthly meeting the week after the event and were thrilled to have new parents who had participated in the Día de los niños events now interested in joining their group. It was a fun and rewarding week which culminated in a concert by children’s musician and author MISTER G. Many thanks to REFORMA for the mini-grant award which went toward his fee.

Bilingual Bookmobile Bedtime Stories

librarian speaking to the camera

Multicultural Dance Party

a girl dancing and zoom screenshot of librarian holding a book

Mini Piñata Activity

a boy shows the pinata he made
a girl shows the pinata she made

Bilingual STEAM: Making Shadows/Creando Sombras

a girl working on a craft and screenshot from zoom

MISTER G Concert

Mr G holding a book

Donated prizes and summer reading program information being picked up safely by happy winning families at Gail Borden Public Library


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