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Veteran and new authors coming to Día event

Free April 27 literacy event features book giveaway, young performers and resources

Dia de los Ninos / Dia de los libros

Nationally-known authors are scheduled to visit Tulare County this month as part of the annual Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros event. Best known is Margarita Engle, a Newbery Honor winner and author of The Surrender Tree, The Poet Slave of Cuba, Tropical Secrets, The Firefly Letters and The Wild Book. Ms. Engle will be joined by Harjot Singh, Thien Pham and local author Virginia Pilegard, who is well-known for her Warlord series of books.

Educational Resource Services is coordinating the Día event, scheduled for 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. on April 27 in Mooney Grove Park. The Día celebration will include hands-on activities and performances from young people involved in local mariachi, roping, guitar, and Ballet Folklorico groups. Families will also have the opportunity to view films created by the staff of the TCOE Impact Center for the Tulare County Museum of Farm Labor and Agriculture in Mooney Grove Park. The films - featuring various ethnic groups that have been involved in Tulare County agriculture - will be shown continuously in the museum's theater.

Library Media Supervisor Beth Olshewsky reports that every student who attends will have the opportunity to take home a new book. Students will be given a passport card which they can get stamped by visiting the community resource booths. Once the passport is full, students can redeem it for a free book. The books are donated by several publishers and the Tulare County Public Library.

Admission to Mooney Grove Park is free for the Día event thanks to the support of the Tulare County Board of Supervisors, who have also made the county Loop Buses available for transportation from Visalia, Tulare, Dinuba/Cutler and Lindsay/Exeter/Farmersville locations. "We appreciate very much that the County of Tulare is helping to make Día as accessible as possible to students and their families," says Ms. Olshewsky. "They have been wonderful partners." Other partners include Visalia Parks and Recreation and the Tulare County Public Library. For information about the Día event or the Loop Bus schedule, contact Beth Olshewsky at (559) 651-3042.

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~ Veteran authors Margarita Engle and Virginia Pilegard will be special guests at the free Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros event scheduled for Saturday, April 27, in Mooney Grove Park. Also in attendance will be authors Harjot Singh and Thien Pham.