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April at the library

 

By Kathy Pillatzki
Assistant Director
Henry County Library System

  April is a busy month at your Henry County libraries. Actually, there’s no such thing as a slow month for public libraries, but there are quite a few celebrations that liven up April. 

  The entire month of April is celebrated as National Poetry Month. Established by the American Academy of Poets in 1996, the goals of National Poetry Month are to highlight the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets, and to introduce more Americans to the pleasures of reading poetry. Visit www.poets.org for 30 ways to celebrate national Poetry Month. My favorite is Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 26, which challenges people to carry a copy of a favorite poem and share it with a friend.

  On April 12, Drop Everything and Read! National D.E.A.R. Day is a special reading celebration to remind and encourage families to make reading together on a daily basis a family priority. An excellent list of titles suitable for family reading is available at   http://www.dropeverythingandread.com. National Library Week is April 14-20. First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is an observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country. (Tuesday the 16th is singled out as National Library Workers’ Day. If you happen to visit us that day, it’s a great time to say thanks for the job our employees do!)

  This year’s theme is “communities matter @ your library,” recognizing libraries as an integral part of the community. Libraries have historically served as our nation’s great equalizers of knowledge. We provide communities with tailor made collections and services for people of diverse backgrounds, language abilities and technological skills. Whether you are a job seeker looking for resources to land a new job, a parent looking for educational activities for children, or a student searching for your next favorite book, the library is the perfect place to connect with your community.

  On April 23, libraries across the country will celebrate the 2nd annual World Book Night. On this night, selected volunteers will deploy throughout their communities to give away copies of bestselling books. These special edition paperbacks are provided free to “book givers” through a partnership between the American Library Association, booksellers and publishers. No matter how often your mama warned you against taking candy from strangers, free books are different. If you see someone giving away free books in a public place, take one! For more information, or to volunteer as a book giver for next year’s event, visit www.us.worldbooknight.org

  Last chronologically but far from least is Children’s Book Day on April 30. This celebration of children, families, and reading emphasizes the importance of advocating literacy for every child regardless of linguistic and cultural background. All Henry County libraries regularly host free literacy-based programs for families with young children. For a full calendar of events at your branch, visit www.henry.public.lib.ga.us.

  And finally, in April we kick off Geek the Library! A program of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Geek the Library is a campaign to spread public awareness about the value of libraries and the critical funding issues they face. Whatever you “geek”, whatever you are passionate about, the public library supports you, and your library needs your support as well. Be on the lookout for more information, or visit www.geekthelibrary.org to find out how you can get involved.

 

 

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