The Evanston Public Library (EPL) is hosting free educational programs to celebrate El Día de los Niños/El Día de los Libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) on Monday, April 30, 2012, in the morning and after-school hours at both the Main Library (1703 Orrington Avenue) and the North Branch Library (2026 Central Street). This daylong celebration supports the library’s family literacy initiative, a commitment to link children and books.

The celebration will kick-off at the Main Library at 9:00 a.m. with Mayor Tisdahl reading a Proclamation in observance of this day. Programs will feature EPL staff and volunteers who will read books in English and Spanish, sing songs, and make crafts. Studies show that children learn through exploration and being exposed to different languages helps broaden their skills to learn languages later in life.

EPL Library Director Karen Danczak Lyons said, “We want all families to enjoy the literary heritage of the world’s great cultures through the books and stories available at the library.”

There will be two programs at the Main Library from 9:30-10 a.m. and 6:30-7:15 p.m. and two programs at the North Branch from 10:15-10:55 a.m. and 6:30-7:15 p.m.

For more information and a specific schedule of events, check the library’s websites, www.epl.org and www.epl.org/espanol, or call (847) 448-8658.