Though the world around us has changed drastically, there are still ways to create joy and celebration in our lives. Children’s Day/Book Day, commonly known as Día, (Día de los niños/Día de los libros), is celebrated every year on April 30. First imagined by author and poet Pat Mora, and first celebrated on April 30, 1997, Día is a day to celebrate children and the love of reading, and to emphasize the importance of literacy for all children, from all backgrounds. This is something that is celebrated and encouraged year-round at our libraries. Promoting the importance of literacy and instilling a love of reading is something we strive for every day.

But just because our libraries are closed, doesn’t mean that you can’t celebrate Día and literacy in your own home. While our physical libraries, along with our physical books, are currently unavailable, our digital resources are always available. All you need is your library card! If you don’t have a library card, or you can’t find it, or you need to renew your card, simply go to our website, Click on “Services” and “Apply for Card” and fill in the form; you’re all set!

Our main platform for eBooks and eAudiobooks is CloudLibrary. It can be accessed via a smartphone, tablet, or computer. We currently offer over 15,000 titles that include many, many genres for all ages, and more titles are being added all the time.

One of my favorite resources for kids books on our website is BookFlix. Created by Scholastic, it’s an online literacy resource for children that pairs a video storybook with a nonfiction eBook, and includes fun and educational activities and videos to go along with the theme of the books. For example, “Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type” by Doreen Cronin is paired with “Let’s Visit a Dairy Farm” by Alyse Sweeney. With 140 titles available, many available in both English and Spanish, you’re sure to find something you and your child will enjoy.

More than just reading, Día reminds us to share the love of reading with the important people in our lives. Take the time to read with the children in your life. Share stories. Create stories together. And if you’re not in a house with the special children in your life, technology has given us a wonderful opportunity to connect face-to-face with online video platforms.

Even we at the libraries have been using technology to connect. We’ve been using our Facebook pages to reach out to you, our local community, with our story times, book readings, and other programs. Make sure to keep an eye out on the Facebook pages of Adams County Library System, Youth Services at Adams County, as well as the pages for all of the branch libraries. We’re constantly coming up with new virtual content that helps us connect with all of you during this time. We can’t wait to see you all again in person at the library, but until then, come see us online!

Submitted by Jess Shelleman, Branch Manager of the Littlestown Library