The recently expanded Spanish materials collection at the Dwight Foster Public Library will be on display on Saturday, May 6, from 11:00am to 2:00pm, and the public is invited to the “¡Dia de los Niños!/¡Dia de los Libros!” (Children’s Day/Book Day) event in celebration.
The Spanish materials collection has been made possible through the efforts of the Project Lead Class of 2017, the Fort Atkinson Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Dwight Foster Public Library. Numerous donations were also made by individuals and local businesses which will be recognized at the event.
“¡Dia de los Niños!/¡Dia de los Libros!” (Children’s Day/Book Day) is a national initiative which strives to celebrate cultural diversity and connect families to free community resources. Project LEAD welcomes guests to the event, which will feature face painting, a kids’ craft, bilingual story time, library tours, a nacho bar and Latino music, as well as the opportunity to view and interact with the newly expanded collection. The event is free and open to the public.
The first outdoor farmer market will be taking place that morning as well, so visitors to the market are encouraged to stroll over to the library and take in the festivities.
Project LEAD is a nine-month leadership training program of the Fort Atkinson Area Chamber of Commerce, where participants learn about the inner workings of the city and business community, develop leadership and teamwork skills, and identify a service project that addresses a community need. Through meetings with the library, the school district, the Jefferson County Literacy Council and Spanish-speaking residents, the 2017 Project LEAD class determined to meet the need for improved literacy while supporting the Dwight Foster Public Library’s strategic plan to expand its outreach to the Hispanic community.
Additional details can be found on the Fort Atkinson Chamber of Commerce website, www.fortchamber.com, the Dwight Foster Public Library website, www.fortlibrary.com, and the Facebook pages for the chamber and library.