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Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros: 20th Anniversary Celebration

2016 January 26
by Katherine Adelberg

The Texas Center for the Book will host Children’s Author Pat Mora at a special performance of Tomás and the Library Lady on Saturday, Feb. 13, at 2 p.m. at ZACH Theatre to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Día – Children’s Day, Book Day.


After the performance, attendees will receive a complimentary copy of the book, hear the author speak on literacy, and enjoy refreshments.

The play is based on Mora’s book, Tomás and the Library Lady, which tells the true story of Tomás Rivera, son of a migrant farm worker during the 1940s in the Midwest. Feeling lonely and out of place after his family’s move from Texas to Iowa, Tomás stumbles into a library, is welcomed and encouraged, and through the librarian’s patience and understanding, develops a lifelong love for books and learning. Tomás Rivera later became the first minority Chancellor of the University of California System.

Mora, a native Texan, founded Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros (Children’s Day, Book Day) in 1996 which is celebrated nationally as Día – Diversity in Action – which seeks to link all children to books, languages, and cultures, and to make reading an integral part of children’s lives. Mora chose the Mexican observance of Día de los Niño’s (Children’s Day), April 30, since promoting literacy went hand in hand with supporting the well being of children.

The Center for the Book is kicking off its observance of Día’s 20th anniversary with this special performance and will honor local librarians – the foundation of Tomás Rivera’s success story. In addition to meeting the author and having her sign their complimentary copy of Tomás and the Library Lady, attendees will also receive special Día bookmarks and posters in commemoration of Texas’ statewide celebration of Lone Star Día.

ZACH Theater’s performances of Tomás and the Library Lady will run January 15- February 14, 2016 in the Whisenhunt Auditorium. Although the February 13 performance at 2:00 p.m. is sold out, tickets may be purchased for other performances at A discounted ticket price of $12 is available with the code, “Library.” Tickets for the January 30 performance will be reduced to $10 with the code, “Library”.

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