Wednesday, April 22, 2009

National Library Month

Hello children and families of the Long Beach Public Library. We have quite a busy month this April in our Youth Services Department of the library. Many celebrations are taking place. First, it was International Children's Book Day on April 2, which has been celebrated since 1967 on or around Hans Christian Anderson's Birthday. This day is meant to inspire a love of reading and call attention to children's books. It is also National Poetry Month, and we have a bulletin board and trough book display at Main Library in honor of that. The bulletin board is made up of words that can be placed into any order to form a poem by anyone who stops by our children's department. This is reflective of the magnetic poetry word games that you see sometimes on people's refrigerators. It is a really fun display and there has been at least one poem created by a young gentleman on it in honor of the library.

Last week was National Library Week celebrated in libraries across the country. We are very lucky here in Long Beach because we celebrate our own National Library Month throughout the entire month of April! Hooray for Long Beach Public Library! Next Month, between May 11th and 17th, our country will be celebrating Children's Book Week, as well.

Here are some things happening at two of our branches:

At Mark Twain Library, there is a great bulletin board celebrating National Library Month which shows worlds connecting through books @ your library. It is loosely inspired by the book "My Librarian is a Camel" by Margriet Ruurs.

Also, "Break Free From TV" week (April 20-26) is being celebrated at the Mark Twain Library. There is a bulletin board display for this, and kids can sign up to turn their televisions off for the week. You can earn a treat for this, and please ask Carla at Mark Twain for more information.

Celebrate National Library Month with a Treasure Hunt. Follow the clues and find our mascot, El Dorado Ed. Win a free book. Every day except Sunday until April 30. El Dorado Neighborhood Library, 2900 Studebaker Rd., Long Beach, 562 570-3136.
Also - stop by Bay Shore Library on Saturday:
Bay Shore is celebrating its 50th Anniversary - music, refreshments and crafts for kids - and more!

Please stop by to see our lovely displays, as well as our book troughs at Main filled with poetry books and books to "Spring into Reading". Also, don't forget to take a look at our New Books - fiction, non-fiction, and picture books, all on display at the Main Children's Department. If you can't get to Main Library, please visit one of our local branches, who are all participating in what I've mentioned above. Thank you.