Book celebration planned Saturday at Pasco park

By the Tri-City HeraldApril 26, 2013 

Mid-Columbia Libraries plans a free celebration of reading and books for children of all languages and cultures Saturday at Memorial Park in Pasco.

The family festival called Da stands for El da de los nios/El da de los libros, or Children's Day/Book Day.

The event is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. next to the Pasco library, 1320 W. Hopkins St.

Free activities will include face painting, bookmarks, storytelling and snacks.

Children will receive free books sponsored by The Children's Reading Foundation of the Mid-Columbia and Molina Healthcare.

Friends of Mid-Columbia Libraries will sell Spanish-language books at the library, with all kids' and young adult books priced at 25 cents. All proceeds benefit library programs and services.

"Da is an important event for our community," Kyle Cox, executive director of Mid-Columbia Libraries, said in a news release. "It celebrates children and helps connect them to learning by finding joy in books, stories and libraries. It helps families connect with community resources that provide learning opportunities. It also honors the local variety of culture, heritage and language that act as powerful tools for strengthening our communities."

More than 2,500 people attended last year's event, made possible by a grant from the U.S. Bancorp Foundation.

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