Friday, November 09, 2007

Rise Up Reading!

"Rise up Reading!" is the theme for this year's Children's Book Week, November 12-18. The celebration of reading by, for, and with children has been happening since 1919 when the American Booksellers' Association and the American Library Association collaborated to "promote higher standards in children's books."

Schools, libraries, and bookstores will be celebrating children and books all week with special events and promotions. Our library will offer puppet shows and readings to preschool age children on Thursday, Nov. 15 beginning at 10:00 AM. We will have a special visit from Gertrude, a furry, friendly, four-footed life-like puppet whose owner is Betsy Fronk, one of our reference librarians.

The goal of Children's Book Week is as important today as it was nearly 100 years ago: "Book Week brings us together to talk about books and reading and, out of our knowledge and love of books, to put the cause of children's reading squarely before the whole community and, community by community, across the whole nation. For a great nation is a reading nation."

Celebrate by reading to a child this week. You may find yourself re-living a little bit of your own childhood.

We invite you to comment on this blog and tell us what your favorite childhood books were. Does anyone remember Mike Mulligan and the Steam Shovel or The Secret Garden?

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