Cultural event attracts nearly 500 to local library
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Attendees line up to receive books during the Día de Los Niños-Día de Los Libros event at Patterson Branch Library on Saturday, April 20.--Photo courtesy of Olga Cardenas.
Attendees line up to receive books during the Día de Los Niños-Día de Los Libros event at Patterson Branch Library on Saturday, April 20.--Photo courtesy of Olga Cardenas.
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The Creekside Middle School orchestra performs at the Día de Los Niños-Día de Los Libros event at the Patterson Branch Library.--Photo courtesy of Olga Cardenas.
The Creekside Middle School orchestra performs at the Día de Los Niños-Día de Los Libros event at the Patterson Branch Library.--Photo courtesy of Olga Cardenas.
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Los Falcones Folkloric Dancers perform at the Día de Los Niños-Día de Los Libros event at the Patterson Branch Library.--Photo courtesy of Olga Cardenas.
Los Falcones Folkloric Dancers perform at the Día de Los Niños-Día de Los Libros event at the Patterson Branch Library.--Photo courtesy of Olga Cardenas.
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Close to 500 people attended a day of cultural dancing and book giveaways on Saturday, April 20, during the Día de Los Niños-Día de Los Libros event at Patterson Branch Library.

Organizers distributed 200 new books to attendees while also hosting five multicultural performance groups during the outing.

“Thanks to the generosity of many, we were able to serve, provide information, and share the love of reading with approximately 500 participants,” Patterson librarian Olga Cardenas said.

The name of the event, also known simply as “Día,” translates from Spanish into English as Day of Children-Day of Books.

The gathering was part of a nationwide campaign to bring families together and emphasize the importance of literacy for every child, regardless of linguistic or cultural background, according to Cardenas. Several local businesses and civic organizations donated money and goods for the event, she said.

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