November 13, 2012

First Year of Estela & Raúl Mora Honor Awards

I am always inspired when I read the annual applications for the Mora Award. How wonderful that my good friends Kay and Dan Moore, both educators, wanted to honor a few of the other libraries which, in the opinion of the REFORMA Mora Award Committee, also merited special recognition. Congratulations again to all the libraries that applied.

We have a long way to go to inspire every library in the country to embrace Día and linking all children to books, languages and cultures throughout the year, with an annual April Día celebration of that good work. Join us by promoting this family literacy initiative in your own community. Let's share bookjoy and grow a nation of readers!

“We are delighted to help honor those who are doing such a wonderful job celebrating El día de los niños/El día de los libros.  Nurturing a love of books is one way to a meaningful life and a civil world for children and families from all backgrounds.  All who attend Dia events are inspired by the dedication of the sponsors and the enthusiasm of the participants.  We are also supporting outstanding Dia programs because of our love and respect for Pat Mora and her vision.” Dan and Kay Moore
It's an honor to be among the first Mora Honor Award winners. I am pleased to accept this recognition on behalf of my organization, the District of Columbia Public Library. -- Robin Imperial, Manager Mount Pleasant Library, DCPL

Sacramento Public Library is very excited to be one of the Honor Recipients for the 2012 Estela and Raúl Mora Award. Our staff, volunteers, Friends, and community partners worked diligently to provide a wide variety of family-friendly multicultural programs, and to inspire a love of books and reading on the part of children in our area. We are honored to have our efforts recognized. -- Erica Naranjo, Librarian/Teen/Adult Services, Sacramento Public Library

King County Library System is thrilled to have received an honor award for Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros programming. This year KCLS had 100% branch participation for Día--a truly collaborative effort. All in the name of reading and books across generations. Thank you to the Mora Award Committee, Kay and Dan Moore, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and Pat Mora for this honor. -- José M. García, Jr., Librarian/Teen/Reference Services, King County Library System

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