D.E.A.R. programs have been held nationwide on April 12th in honor of Beverly Cleary’s birthday, since she first wrote about D.E.A.R. in the book Ramona Quimby, Age 8. Inspired by letters from readers sharing their enthusiasm for the D.E.A.R. activities implemented in their schools, Mrs. Cleary decided to give the same experience to Ramona and her classmates.
Lives change @ your library
National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use.
Spending quality time with our kids and teens is critical to their growth and development—and it fosters strong bonds and relationships. But, in our fast paced lives, finding opportunities for quality time together can be a daily challenge.
We’re working and commuting longer hours. Our kids’ schedules are packed. Budgets are tight. And planning even small outings takes time and
Fortunately, there are a variety of things to do, new
adventures to begin, and amazing things to learn-right at your library.
Libraries are the place to connect with your kids.
School and public libraries open up new worlds, spark imagination, encourage reading, help develop critical thinking and prepare and support kids and teen in school and life.
And most of the materials and programs available at your library are free!
April is National Poetry Month. There are many books on poetry available.
The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values. The award commemorates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and honors his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood.
211 on your telephone links you to United Way agencies that can provide further detailed
information on community services. The call is free and confidential. 211 service is available
24 hours and day, every day. Also available online.
Learn at your own pace. Online classes on your PC or mobile device on reading, math, technology and more.
Caldecott medals are awarded for the best illustrations in children’s books. This year’s winner is ‘Locomotive’ written and illustrated by Brian Floca. Filled with colorful illustrations, it’s the story of a cross country trip by train when trains still said ‘choo-choo.’ http://tinyurl.com/lco94h5