Libraries love moms. They bring their little ones to our programs, encourage their big ones to come in and ask us for help with their homework, check out our books and support us in general. Then there’s the fact that we love our actual moms as well. Really, they aren’t all that hard to love.
With that in mind, we now have a daytime book group just for moms* with small children!
Happy Mother’s Day!
*Technically it’s for Dads too, but it’s Mother’s Day so…
April 12 is also Beverly Cleary’s birthday. This is not a coincidence.
Cleary, one of the most successful authors alive today (she’s 103 today, which is a kind of achievement in itself), having sold over 90 million copies of her work worldwide.
Beverly Cleary created several beloved characters and chief among them for many young readers are Ramona Quimby and older sister Beezus (although, I was always partial to Ralph the Motorcycle Mouse myself). It was in the book Ramona Quimby, Age 8 that Cleary first wrote of Drop Everything And Read Day and ever since then fans have been carrying on the tradition in honor of Ramona and Beverly.
To celebrate families are encouraged to take at least half an hour today to stop, take a deep breath and read together (or at least simultaneously). Enjoy.
And if you need help finding something to read the Friends of the Moline Public Library Foundation is having a huge overflow book sale until 5pm today. In addition to all the books the library has available for check out of course.
To recognize the diligence, dedication, and skill of library staff and librarians, the Tuesday of National Library Week has been designated National Library Workers Day!
Don’t worry, he actually enjoys his work and loves books. He just always looks like that.
So, if you are a library patron, consider giving your favorite library staff members a, “Good job,” or a, “Thank you for all your help,” today. Maybe even consider nominating them as a Star Library Worker.
If you are not a library patron, consider becoming a library patron and then doing that. 😉
We’re celebrating us this week by celebrating the reason we’re are here in the first place, YOU!
And how better to celebrate you than by showing our appreciation by making DVD and video game checkouts FREE all week long!
That’s right! FREE!
Time to close the blinds, turn off your phone and have that MCU movie marathon you’ve been planning before going to see Avengers: Endgame. Don’t worry, the nice spring weather will still be there when you emerge – it’ll probably be even nicer!
The fourth Wednesday in January offers a unique opportunity for book lovers on Library Shelfie Day.
Some collectors of books tend to arrange their collections so their spines can be admired pleasantly. Others have a system of organization that results in an alternative art form. However our books are organized on the shelf, on Library Shelfie Day, they are meant to be photographed and shared on social media.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Whether you have just a small library with a few select favorites or are a true bibliophile, on Library Shelfie Day, arrange your collection on a shelf and take a picture. Use #LibraryShelfieDay to share on social media.
The New York Public Library founded Library Shelfie Day as a way to observe various national holidays by displaying shelfies representing books from each day.
The Moline Public Library will be closed November 22 and 23 for the holiday, but we will be open for normal operating hours Saturday, November 24.
I’ll be finding a nice, quiet place to hide… I mean read.
Okay, so they are mostly for kids. Chances are if you’ve read a picture book lately you are either a young kid or have a young kid (or you’re a teacher or children’s librarian), and that is fine, more than fine in fact – that’s awesome – but I’m here to tell you non-kids/parents/teachers/librarians that you can enjoy picture books too.
A lot of them are funny, creative, beautiful, inspiring and educational no matter what age you are. And November is the month to recognize that!
Here are some good ones, chosen at random from the thousands of great picture books out there, if you’re curious:
Try a few. You might just be surprised by how much you enjoy them.