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April's Reading Challenge
I’ve often raved about Brightly in my blogs, but maybe you’re new. Maybe you don’t know what I’m talking about. Or maybe you’re the opposite of new (NOT old, mind you) and need a refresher course. Brightly provides passionate parents, educators, and caregivers with the tools they need to keep kids connected to books through every age & stage of life. Every month they post a reading challenge. You can see it on their website, either as a web page or as a printable flyer. I’m going to do it this month. Here’s MY plan of action. What’s YOURS?
- April 10 is National Sibling Day. I’m going to listen to the author Lesa Cline-Ransome read Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams on KidLit TV. And I’m going to recommend it to my sister Laurie. I know she’ll like it. Not only is she a sister and a tennis player, but she’s a librarian!
- I was unpleasantly surprised to discover that I only have one poetry book in my vast home library. How did this happen?!?! On the bright side, it is an excellent collection of Mother Goose rhymes. Page 30 features Sing a Song of Sixpence.
- I do not own a book of jokes. So I will have to use the internet . . . which I now have since I'm working from home. I am very bad at memorizing jokes, but I will try my best to make someone laugh by telling one. If only I were like Mr. Steve from Circulation! He is the KING of joke telling.
- I used to cross-stitch more regularly, but I hadn’t done it in a good long while . . . until I found myself at home with A LOT of time on my hands. Luckily, I had a book called Cross Stitch to Calm. I've already completed four projects! And there are more to come!
- I’m going to read a book in a voice like Grammy. My maternal grandmother, Veva Jane Ehens, will be turning 95 on April 17. She lives in Canton, IL.
- April 25 is World Penguin Day. I'm going to listen to author Lauren Tarshis (who writes the I Survived series) read her The Amazing Penguin Rescue on Storyworks Jr. And I recommend you look at one of Hoopla's Bonus Borrows ebooks: Five Flying Penguins by Barbara Barbieri McGrath.
- Happy School Library Month to all my Hoover City School librarians! Shout outs to Allison, Raquel, Beth, Julie, Jennifer N., Jennifer R., Heather, Elizabeth, Jolee, Stephanie, Renee, Ginger, Dana, Sheila, Crystal, Jessica, Marnie, and Casey!
- I'm going to read aloud to the many beautiful giant amaryllis flowers that are growing in front of my house.
- One of my favorite movies of all time is The Princess Bride. In fact, I'm drinking from my "Hello: My Name Is Inigo Montoya" mug as I write this blog. It was first a book by William Goldman. I’m going to run out of library books, so I need to start re-reading some of my faves anyway. (BTW, this is one of the rare cases in which the book and the movie are equally good.)
- Fave reading spot in my home? I mostly read on my couch or at the kitchen table. So I'll need to design a sign that can travel. Luckily, not one but TWO friends recently gifted me with colorful pens!
It's field trip time! Yes, I know that we shouldn't leave home. And I know that all field trip-worthy places are closed to the public. That's why we're taking a virtual field trip! Our destination today? The museum. Actually, we can visit more than one! Right now!
Google Arts & Culture
Google Arts & Culture is an online platform you can use to access high-resolution images of artworks housed in the initiative's 2,000+ partner museums all over the world. There are SO MANY things to explore -- street view tours, 360° videos, curated collections. You can explore the art by time period . . . or color! There are also features highlighting specific things. This morning I could easily access dinosaurs, Picasso painting with light, and Italian cultural sites on the main page. There is also a page of weekly highlights.
National Museum of African American History & Culture
This is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts. This is the newest museum in the Smithsonian Institution.
National Musuem of the American Indian
The NMAI cares for one of the world's most expansive collections of Native artifacts, including objects, photographs, archives, and media covering the entire Western Hemisphere, from the Arctic Circle to Tierra del Fuego. It is part of the world's largest museum complex, the Smithsonian Institution.
Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center
This is a migratory museum that brings history, art and culture to you through innovative community-focused experiences. It is always a museum without walls. Explore it today!
Don't forget to look locally!
1. Birmingham Museum of Art
2. Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
3. The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum
4. Negro Southern League Museum
5. Southern Museum of Flight
6. Anniston Museum of Natural History (This is the one I went to all the time once my family moved to Alabama.)