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"This was used as a cell phone 5,000 years ago and it didn't cost a penny," he told the mesmerized youngsters. Baba Ron said the drums were used to message neighboring towns about births, deaths, weddings, birthdays, travel and danger. Glover asked if the African elders would play a message for them. They obliged and tapped out the death rhythm, a slow, deliberate, repetitious beat. It was finally time for Glover, along with Camar Poindexter, 11, and 3 year old Da'mari "Rocco" Phillips, to take their seats at the djembes. Their small hands patted the tops of Balenciaga Town Bag Vs City

of the djembe drum and asked Glover and a dozen other young library goers:

"Do you feel that? It's like a heart beat," he said, explaining that in Africa the sound of the drum and a certain rhythm once conveyed messages between villages.

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According to the 2012 Census, 6.6 percent of Hamilton County is home to bilingual families. And just across the Ohio River, 4.2 percent in Kenton County speak another language at home other than English. Green Intermediate School in Blue Ash. "I'm really starting to love this library!"

Six girls clad in lavender and gold danced for the spellbound crowd, sporting stacked gold bangle bracelets and dangling earrings. On each, a golden, bejeweled headdress kissed the dime sized red dot in the middle of the forehead. A boy, dressed in all white with a matching lavender sash tied around his waist was part of the performing troupe. Their ankles garlanded with small bells, the dancers jingled and jangled with each step.

"Research shows early literacy skills are most important young," said Smiley.

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All about los an opportunity for many to learn and embrace diversity and cultures other than their own. That's why Gwen Boggs brought four grandchildren and a grandniece to the library's event.

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"[Da] is a nice exchange of ideas and thoughts and grow respect for each other. That's what America is all about," said Cherbrolu. Back in 1996, Mora used the idea of Mexico's El Da de Prada Crossbody Clutch los Nios, and added a celebration of books. With support from librarians who lived in the southwest, El Da de los Nios/El Da de los Libros (Children's Day/Book Day) grew.

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On Saturday, the Bond Hill Branch Library was transformed into a cross cultural town square of sorts, as children and teens immersed themselves in the diverse heritages that surround them in Tri State. The event was presented by the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County and Kenton County Public libraries.

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An African elder known as "Baba" Ron, lightly tapped the middle Balenciaga Giant City Bag Black

Da also gave the sponsoring libraries a chance to showcase the fun of reading with multilingual story time. Children were also offered a free book in English or Spanish.

The more they read the more knowledge they have."

the drums.

In 2004, Kenton County Public Library hosted a small Da celebration in Covington. The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County joined in the festivities in 2006. They now share the event, trading off locations between each side of the river every year.

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"I want him to be proud of where his ancestors have come from," said Ronald Greene of Roselawn of Rocco, his grandson. "I wanted to expose him to the library. It's of importance that our children are knowledgeable. Balenciaga Clutch Red

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While all of the dancers were born in the United States, Chebrolu said, they are learning and their own heritage from their parents and grandparents.

"Many of our neighborhoods are becoming more diverse. At the library we reach out and teach a wider, more global view," said Smiley, adding that when a child learns about their own culture, they also learn about themselves.

"Indian culture is very unique and ancient," she said. "We love to share it."

Known as Da short, the multicultural fiesta used books and music as bridges for children and their families, celebrating literacy across different cultures and backgrounds. Representatives at the event hailed from the Japan America Society of Greater Cincinnati, the Academy of Multilingual Immersion Schools, Mexico, Africa, and India.

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Smiley, who is youth services and program coordinator for the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, said learning to embrace one's own and other cultures is important for children.

"I thought it would be educational and a chance to experience multicultural. Plus, it beats watching cartoons all morning it's been a wonderful experience."

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Padma Chebrolu, artistic director of the Cultural Centre of India in Cincinnati, introduced her dancers to those attending Da's festivities.

BOND HILL No matter the language, the story stays the same, said Diane Smiley, about this year's El Da de los Nios/El los Day/Book Day), where children got a taste of culture, diversity and tolerance and how books can play a part in all three.

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