Happy Birthday William Shakespeare! Although Shakespeare’s exact birth date is not known, scholars do know he was baptized on April 26, 1616 and have traditionally accepted his birthday as April 23, 1616. Famous for his plays, sonnets and poems, Shakespeare is also responsible for many common phrases we still use today. “Eaten me out of house and home”, “in a pickle” and “love is blind” are just a few.
Celebrate the Bard’s 450th birthday by checking out one of his famous works. We’ve got books and DVDs on display now in the main library.
Earth Day is here! In addition to looking for alternate forms of energy from fossil fuels, being aware that recycling is important, and the many other messages that Earth Day tries to impart every year, one of the very neat things that some people have started to build and look into is sustainable architecture, aka green architecture. Sustainable architecture “seeks to minimize the negative environmental impact of buildings through efficiency and moderation in the use of materials, energy, and development space” [from Wikipedia]. Here are some very cool examples:
Wuxi Community Kindergarten
Sustainable NYC could look like this
10 Cool Buildings
And you can check out EarthDay.org’s Green Cities Campaign page for more information on what you can do and some sustainability options.
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As you can see when you walk in and look at our latest display, April is National Poetry Month. If a whole book seems like too much work, why not try the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day website?
Or if you are in grades 3-12 why not share your poems with other poets at Poet-to-Poet? Watch award winning poets from the Academy of American Poets’ read their poems, which are fun and accessible, then let them inspire you to write your own! You can email the poems to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and which poem/poet inspired you by April 30. Some will be posted on the website in May! If you’re a teacher, the website also comes with Common Core lesson plans for the project.
If you LOVE poetry, April 24th is Poem in Your Pocket Day! Carry a poem with you in your pocket and share it throughout the day.
Don’t forget, we have a great selection of poetry year round. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, and our blog via WordPress.
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Staff Pick Bookmarks are here! Don’t know what to read after the last Patterson? Why not try Ghostman by Robert Hobbs? Or, if you’re looking for some less suspenseful fiction, why not The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence, We Never Talk About My Brother by Peter S. Beagle, or one of the other great titles you can now find on our staff pick bookmarks.
We have eight bookmarks broken up by genre, including both fiction and nonfiction titles. They can be found at the Circulation Desk, the Reference Desk and in the YA room on top of the display. Finish National Reading Month with a bang and find plenty of exciting new books to read!