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Fremont Library Celebrates "Many Children, Many Cultures, Many Books"

From April 11 – 30, children from birth through grade 6 are invited to celebrate their family tree by participating in Fremont Public Library’s “Map Your Heritage” reading club. Participants will be eligible to win raffle prizes that will be announced throughout the day on April 30. Winners need not be present. Children and parents can get details by asking any Youth Services staff member wearing an “Ask Me about Dia!” button. “Día!” refers to Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros – Children’s Day/Book Day, a celebration that began in 1996 and is rooted in Mexico’s Children’s Day, which dates back to the 1920s.
Stories, music, dance, and foods from around the world will be the focus of Fremont Public Library’s “Día!” celebrations on Thursday, April 28 and Saturday, April 30.
On Thursday, April 28, at 7 p.m., the Evanston Escola de Samba will perform a variety of Brazilian percussion and samba dances. This program is open to patrons of kindergarten age through adults. The unique Escola de Samba bridges ethnic, generational, and social differences through the teaching and performance of Brazilian music and dance.
On Saturday, April 30, at 10:30 a.m., Vaune Blalock of Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music will take her audience on an interactive journey of words, song, and dance to West Africa, in the fashion of the griots, Africa's oral historians. This program is for ages preschool through adult.
From noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, patrons are invited to try some international treats from local businesses while listening to a sampling of the library’s world music collection.
At 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, Ho Etsu Taiko, a Japanese drum ensemble based at Chicago's Midwest Buddhist Temple, will perform a program of traditional Japanese drumming. One of their core philosophies focuses on the collective enjoyment of this wonderful cultural art, represented by their name Ho Etsu, or Joy of Dharma.
This program is open to all ages, and children younger than 8 must be accompanied by a caregiver at least 13 years old.
Except for the international treat-tasting, the April 28 and 30 programs require registration. To register, visit www.fremontlibrary.org and click on “Calendar,” call 847-918-3218, or stop at the library’s Youth Services desk.
All of these programs are part of a multicultural initiative included in the library’s Everybody Reads @ Your Library grant.

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