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Join us to celebrate National Poetry Month and pick up an activity sheet at one of our reference desks during the month of April. It's a great way to reacquaint yourself with favorite poets or introduce yourself to something new. Don't limit yourself to just April, though. Use our poetry suggestions below to enjoy poetry all year long.

Most poetry books can be found in the nonfiction shelves in the 800s - in the Children's, Teen, or Adult Collection. Other suggestions for exploring poetry are included below. 

 

 

ABC Activity Time

ABC Time

ABC Activity Time offers a safe and informal environment for caregivers to interact with their young children. Experience a variety of hands-on and imaginative play opportunities while building social and cooperative skills with other young children and caregivers. No registration required.

Upcoming sessions

Monday, April 10 -
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Community Room
Tuesday, April 11 -
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Friends' Activity Room
Tuesday, April 11 -
7:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Friends' Activity Room
Wednesday, April 12 -
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Community Room
Thursday, April 13 -
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Community Room
Thursday, April 13 -
7:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Community Room
Friday, April 14 -
1:30 PM to 2:00 PM
Friends' Activity Room
Saturday, April 15 -
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Friends' Activity Room
Monday, April 17 -
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Community Room
Tuesday, April 18 -
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Friends' Activity Room

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Family Storytime

Storytime

Family Storytime provides an opportunity for caregivers to actively engage with their children under age 5. Together with a Youth Librarian, you can build early literacy skills in a welcoming environment through meaningful stories, songs, and play. Encourage a love of language and reading while practicing listening and cooperative tasks. We look forward to sharing this experience with you. Every Family Storytime is followed by a half hour of ABC Activity Time. No registration required.

Upcoming sessions

Monday, April 10 -
10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Community Room
Tuesday, April 11 - 7:00 PM Friends' Activity Room
Wednesday, April 12 -
10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Community Room
Thursday, April 13 -
10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Community Room
Thursday, April 13 -
7:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Community Room
Saturday, April 15 -
10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Friends' Activity Room
Monday, April 17 -
10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Community Room
Tuesday, April 18 - 7:00 PM Friends' Activity Room
Wednesday, April 19 -
10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Community Room
Thursday, April 20 -
10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Community Room

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Family Reading Night: Origami Party

Paper crane

Family Reading Nights are back! Join us in celebrating sharing books together. There will be stories and activities centered around fun themes and we will even raffle off books to help grow your own personal library. This program is for children ages 4-9 and their families. Registration is required for all children attending. Parents and caretakers are not required to register. 

Origami by Carollina_Li (CC BY-NC 2.0)

 

 

Upcoming sessions

Tuesday, April 25 -
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Community Room

March is National Craft Month. Check out some of the books below to get your creative juices flowing! 

Offers instructions for several craft projects inspired by prominent figures from African American culture and history.

Presents facts about backyard animals and insects along with step-by-step instructions for creating an assortment of related crafts, including a googly-eyed squirrel, a robin's nest, clothespin grasshopper clips, and a chipmunk pencil cup.

Presents facts about forest animals and the forest along with step-by-step instructions for creating an assortment of kooky forest animal crafts, including a moose sock puppet, a pom-pom bear pencil top, and a googly-eyed bat.

Everyone has a To Read list, but what do we do with the scads of titles we finished? How do we keep track of them for ourselves, our kids, and to make recommendations to friends? Here are five apps that can help you keep track of your titles in fun and accessible ways.

 

Goodreads

Available for free for both the iPhone and Google Android devices, Goodreads can be used as an app and on the computer as well, all with the same login information. Goodreads lets you track both titles you have read and titles you want to read, along with the ability to see what your friends are reading and to be a part of their yearly reading challenge, where you set a goal and try to meet it by the end of each calendar year. 

Google Android App--https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.goodreads&hl=en

Apple Store--https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/goodreads-book-recommendations-and-revie...

 

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

March is Music in our Schools Month. Music makers come from all cultures and backgrounds, and sometimes the music we enjoy the most comes from surprising sources. Check out some of the musicians and composers featured below. When possible, links to their music are also listed. 

A one-hundredth birthday tribute to the late jazz artist explores his observations about humanity's discriminatory and violent behaviors as well as his efforts to forge world peace through music with the Sun Ra Arkestra.

Listen: The Futuristic Sounds of Sun Ra

Describes how Juan García Esquivel, a Mexican composer popular in the 1950s and 1960s, developed his experimental style of music, based on mariachi and other Mexican music, jazz, the human voice, and the use of unusual instruments.

Listen: Nuevo (featuring Jean Garcia Esquivel)

Tells the story of Arthel "Doc" Watson, a blind country boy who found music in the sounds around him and learned to play that music on his guitar, eventually becoming a Grammy-winning musician.

Did you know that the 19th Amendment, which granted American women the right to vote, wasn't passed until 1920? Read about the journey to women's suffrage in one of the following titles. 

Chronicles the history of women's suffrage, highlighting the contributions of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and such other reformers as Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, and Lucy Stone.

In 1869, a woman whose "can-do" attitude had shaped her life was instrumental in making Wyoming the first state to allow women to vote, then became the first woman to hold public office in the United States.

Attention all storytime fans! While our regular storytime sessions are not available in March, our storytime kits are! Even better, you can have a storytime at home. Storytime kits have a picture book, songs on cd, a puppet or stuffed animal, and fingerplays and rhymes that all center around the story. You can design your own storytime just the way you want with friends and family at home. Have fun, and tell us all about it when our library storytimes return in April.

On February 21, 1965, Malcolm X was shot and killed before a crowd of people at the Audubon Ballroom in Manhattan, New York. Fifty-two years after his death, Malcolm X remains a highly controversial figure who was both loved and feared by many for his views. Check out some of the biographies below to learn more about him.

A biography of the powerful leader in the struggle for blacks to acieve equality.

A biography of one of the Civil Rights' most prominent and controversial leaders.

Malcolm X by Renee Graves

A biography of Malcolm X, focusing on the incidents that led to his belief that blacks should be willing to use any tactics necessary to secure their freedom and equality.

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