Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina joined fellow Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas \ to proclaim April 28, 2012 “El Día del Niño – The Day of the Child.” Joining them were the Honorable David Figueroa, Consul General of Mexico; Gustavo Herrera, Chief Operating Officer for LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes; Sofia Gavia, Regional Park Superintendent for Roosevelt Park; and Gabby Torres, Children’s Librarian for City Terrace Library.
Since the 1920s, El Día del Niño has been observed globally to remind society that children must be treasured and revered. Throughout the world, children are celebrated through storytelling, reading, writing and events at local libraries, schools and neighborhoods. In the United States, we already celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Hopefully, Los Angeles County can join the global community with a new tradition – a day for honoring children, where we share activities with them and recognize their special talents.
An official “El Día del Niño – The Day of the Child” countywide commemoration – coinciding with LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes’ one-year birthday – will take place at the museum this Saturday, April 28 from Noon to 4 p.m. The event is free of charge and open to the public. “El Día del Niño – The Day of the Child” also will be celebrated with multicultural literacy and arts programming at 31 county public libraries and 13 county parks from April 17th through May 19th. For more information on various “El Día del Niño – The Day of the Child” festivities, visit http://molina.lacounty.gov/diadelnino.html.