4/23/14: Next week, April 27 to May 3, is Preservation Week. This fairly recent event, (since 2010), was created by ALA to highlight all the wonderful materials from our past that are being stored by various institutions and to point out how much work will need to be done to make sure they are still around for our children and grandchildren.
You might want to check out an article about preservation awareness for children by Andrea Rolich on our website in the Library Corner section under The More You Know.
4/21/14: April is National Poetry Month and the National Council of Teachers of English has announced its 2014 Notable Poetry List. Our version of the list will be on our website shortly under the Awards/States Search.
4/16/14: Gertrude Chandler Warner was born in Putnam, Connecticut on April 16, 1890. She is well-known for starting the series of books about the Box Car Children. The first book in the series was published in 1924 and she wrote the first nineteen books in the series. There are now over 125 titles in the series, as it has been added to by other authors. Patricia MacLachlan just published a book that reimagined the beginning of the Box Car Children's adventures, BTSB# 594992, in 2012 and The Boxcar Children movie will be released in August 2014.
4/16/14: Who is the King of the chapter book mystery? Ellen Myrick interviews Ron Roy, author of the A to Z Mysteries, the Capitol Mysteries and the Calendar Mysteries, as the latest Featured Author on our website.
4/14/14: Tonight is the start of the Jewish holiday Passover. Just in time for the holiday David A. Adler has come out with one of his excellent young nonfiction books to explain what the holiday is all about to young readers.
The Story of Passover, by David A. Adler, illustrated by Jill Weber, published by Holiday House in 2014, ages 4-8, 32 pp., BTSB# 044089, $18.57, good reviews by Kirkus and Booklist so far. The story of Moses and how he led his people to freedom.
4/14/14: Wednesday, April 16 is National Bookmobile Day. There are about 700 bookmobiles in the United States. If there is one in your area, ALA offers some materials to help celebrate your bookmobile.
4/11/14: Tomorrow, April 12, is Drop Everything and Read Day. On this day, in celebration of Beverly Cleary's birthday, you are officially allowed to ignore all chores and responsibilities in order to read a book, without feeling guilt or remorse!