SANTA FE SPRINGS – A one-day festival of children and literacy is coming to Santa Fe Springs on Saturday.Santa Fe Springs Library officials have made plans to host more than 200 children and their families for the city’s “D a de los Libros/D a de los Ni os” event. To be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at the library, 11700 Telegraph Road, the celebration is a first for Santa Fe Springs. “A number of libraries in the country have been doing this particular event,” said Outreach Librarian Joyce Ryan. “We thought it would be particularly beneficial for the community – celebrating books regardless of what native tongue you speak.” Ryan said she and her colleagues are excited about the “D a” kickoff. “Whenever you have an event focused on reading and books, it brings parents together with children to cement the idea of learning,” the librarian said. “Especially if you’re giving books away to a child, that puts power in their hands.” The Children’s Literacy Foundation also stressed the importance of strong literacy skills among children. The organization reported that one in five American children grows up functionally illiterate, and 75 percent of school children do not have the knowledge or skills necessary to write stories and reports proficiently. “If children miss the thrill of reading when they’re little, chances are they won’t recover,” the foundation stated on its Web site. “Studies show that children with strong reading skills and a love of books are more likely to be successful in school.” Ryan hopes the Santa Fe Springs event will nurture children’s futures. “In a lot of ways, literacy and giving power to a child increases their chance to shape the rest of their lives,” she said. For more information on “D a de los Libros/D a de los Ni os,” call (562) 868-7738. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventRyan added that bilingual children’s author Isabel Campoy and folk-music singer Suni Paz are on tap for the local library’s event. Folklorico dancing, Aztec dancers and arts and crafts workshops will also be featured at no cost to visitors. “D a de los Libros/D a de los Ni os,” or “Book Day/Children’s Day” is celebrated annually on April 30, according to the Association for Library Service to Children. Santa Fe Springs associates rescheduled their event to collaborate with National Library Week, which is April 2-8. Children who attend this weekend’s celebration will be given one of two books, thanks to support from the Community Services Department, Ryan said. Visitors may choose between Carmen Lomas Garza’s “Family Pictures/Cuadros de Familia” or “The Woman who Outshone the Sun” by Harriet Rohmer for their at-home library.