Get Ready for National Library Week!
April 4-10, 2021 is National Library Week! This year's theme is WELCOME TO OUR LIBRARY . . . and we hope you know that you are most definitely welcome! Stop by to say hello, check out some books/movies/boardgames/etc, and maybe tune in to some virtual and live programs. We'll be focusing on frogs in our virtual storytimes, and we're starting back with our in-person storytimes (weather permitting). Our Outdoor Storytime on the Patio will resume on Mondays and Fridays at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Our Storytime at the Park will resume on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Go to our website to register. I'll also be hosting a KJ Reader Zoomaway on Monday, April 5 at 7 p.m. It's a great opportunity for adults to talk about the latest and greatest in kid lit. Click here to register. And the Nonfiction Department is hosting their annual Library Peeps Show Diorama Contest! There's lots of ways to make National Library Week special. Of course, I'm sure you know what I think makes it the MOST special. Books! Here are my favorite new titles featuring libraries.
Book's Big Adventure by Adam Lehrhaupt (2021)
When a little girl outgrows her favorite book and it is donated to the library, Book worries it will never be read again. It sits alone and neglected on a library shelf, and one unlucky day, Book falls from its perch and lands behind the shelf out of sight. How will anyone find it now?
Digging for Words: José Alberto Gutiérrez and the Library He Built by Angela Burke Kunkel (2020)
In the city of Bogatá, in the barrio of La Nueva Gloria, there live two Josés. One is a boy who dreams of Saturdays– that’s the day he gets to visit Paradise, the library. The second José is a garbage collector. From dusk until dawn, he scans the sidewalks as he drives, squinting in the dim light, searching household trash for hidden treasure . . . books! Some are stacked in neat piles, as if waiting for José. Others take a bit more digging. Ever since he found his first book, Anna Karenina, years earlier, he’s been collecting books–thick ones and thin ones, worn ones and almost new ones– to add to the collection in his home. And on Saturdays, kids like little José run to the steps of Paradise to discover a world filled with books and wonder.
Such a Library!: A Yiddish Folktale Re-imagined by Jill Ross Nadler (2020)
Steve craves quiet in the library, so he asks the librarian for help. Miss Understood isn't your typical librarian; she's magical! And she knows just what Steve needs . . . even if it isn't what he asked for.
Where Is Our Library?: A Story of Patience and Fortitude by Josh Funk (2020)
Curious Patience and steadfast Fortitude wait every morning to greet visitors of the New York Public Library―and slip away every night to read in the Children's Center. But one day, Patience and Fortitude find the Children's Center empty! The two lions set out into the city to locate their missing books and encounter some literary landmarks along the way.
Yasmin the Librarian by Saadia Faruqi (2021-ebook on Hoopla)
It is library day and helper Yasmin is busy shelving books. But, suddenly, she discovers that her own special book is missing, prompting her to calmly retrace her steps.
And, I just can't help myself, here are even more amazing books about libraries!
At the Library: A Shine-a-Light Book by Heather Alexander (2019)
Biblioburro: A True Story from Colombia by Jeanette Winter (2010)
The Book Without a Story by Carolina Rabei (2019)
Books! Books! Books!: Explore the Amazing Collection of the British Library by Mick Manning & Brita Granstrom (2017)
Building Books by Megan Wagner Lloyd (2018)
Bunny’s Book Club by Annie Silvestro (2017)
The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq by Jeanette Winter (2005)
Librarian on the Roof!: A True Story by M.G. King (2010-ebook on Overdrive & Hoopla)
The Library Book by Tom Chapin & Michael Mark (2017)
Library on Wheels: Mary Lemist Titcomb and America's First Bookmobile by Sharlee Glenn (2018-ebook on Hoopla)
Little Libraries, Big Heroes by Miranda Paul (2019-ebook on Overdrive)
Madeline Finn and the Library Dog by Lisa Papp (2016-ebook on Hoopla)
Miss Dorothy and Her Bookmobile by Gloria Houston (2011)
Miss Moore Thought Otherwise: How Anne Carroll Moore Created Libraries for Children by Jan Pinborough (2013)
My Librarian Is a Camel: How Books Are Brought to Children Around the World by Margriet Ruurs (2005)
The New LiBEARian by Alison Donald (2018-audiobook on Hoopla)
The Night Library by David Zeltser (2019)
The Not So Quiet Library by Zachariah OHora (2016)
Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré by Anika Aldamuy Denise (2019-audiobook on Hoopla)
Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library by Carole Boston Weatherford (2017-audiobook on Overdrive & Hoopla)
Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library by Barb Rosenstock (2013)
Waiting for the Biblioburro by Monica Brown (2011-ebook on Overdrive)
You Wouldn’t Want to Live Without Libraries! by Fiona Macdonald (2018)