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We're well into our Youth Department staff's 2021 Reading Wildly initiative.  (Remember, I talked about this in my blog post about Jewish literature?)  One of the genres we're focusing on this year is Muslim literature, and I thought that Ramadan would be the perfect opportunity to share some of the newest titles by Muslim authors and featuring Muslim characters.  Islam is practiced by more than 1.8 billion people worldwide.  It is a very diverse, multiethnic religion that has been under-represented in the publishing industry until recently.  There has been an increase in publishing Muslim-centric titles in the last five years, especially with the launching of Salaam Reads.  Founded in 2016, this imprint aims to introduce readers of all faiths and backgrounds to a wide variety of Muslim children and families and offers Muslim kids an opportunity to see themselves reflected positively in published works. I have read most but not all of the titles on these lists.  Each book flyer includes links to the library catalog plus information on availability via Overdrive/Libby or Hoopla, our library's downloadable services.  If there's a great book that I overlooked, let me know.  I want to read it!

Welcome to the fourteenth week of storytime!  This week's theme is Rainy DaysAccess the official handout for additional activities and book recommendations.  Supplies for this week's Umbrella craft will be available for pickup in the Kid Zone beginning Monday morning at 9 a.m. These supplies are on a first come, first served basis.  Remember, storytimes will post to our HPL Kids Facebook page at 10:30 a.m. on each of these days. 

I've been doing a daily blog for over nine years now.  And I have a system.  I like to plan posts in advance, and I start working on them well before the scheduled publishing date.  But I made a boo-boo this month.  I somehow managed to skip Friday, April 9 when I was making my blog schedule.  And I didn't notice right away.  So I was kind of scrambling to find something awesome and timely to plug into the schedule.  And then something magical happened.  I learned that April 9 is National Unicorn Day.  And unicorns are having a moment in the children's publishing world.