National Poetry Month
April is National Poetry Month, and this April marks its 25th annual celebration. National Poetry Month is seen as the largest literary celebration in the world with everyone from students and teachers, to publishers and bloggers participating in some form or another. It was started by the Academy of American Poets and they list their goals for showcasing poetry this month as follows:
- highlight the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets
- encourage the reading of poems
- assist teachers in bringing poetry into their classrooms
- increase the attention paid to poetry by national and local media
- encourage increased publication and distribution of poetry books, and
- encourage support for poets and poetry.
Come check out our selection of poems and books on writing poetry in the non-fiction 800s section. For even more information on National Poetry Month and how to celebrate, go to: Celebrate National Poetry Month
“Poetry is not the books in the library. Poetry is the encounter of the reader with the book, the discovery of the book.” – Jorge Luis Borges
International Children’s Book Day – April 2
International Children’s Book Day is celebrated on or close to Han’s Christian Anderson’s birthday. The day was recognized in 1966 and was started by Jella Lepman, founder of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY). The goal of the day is to encourage not only children to read, but for their families to read along with them and participate in literacy events in their communities. Every year a different participating country is named the host country and determines the theme. This year the United States is the host country and the theme is “The Music of Words”.
Check out our selection of children’s books, and join Tracey Wednesdays at 11:00am on Facebook Live for weekly Storytime!
“There are many little ways to enlarge your world. Love of books is the best of all.” – Jacqueline Kennedy
Maya Angelou’s Birthday – April 4
Maya Angelou lived from 1928 – 2014 and was known for her civil rights activism and her writings. She was an award-winning author best known for her 1969 memoir, ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’. She made history with that novel for being the first African American woman to make the bestsellers list, and also received other awards and honors during her lifetime. She wrote a total of 36 books and even read one of her poems at the Clinton inauguration. She also had careers as an actress, screenwriter, and dancer, but the literary world will always remember her for her beautiful contributions. To learn more about her life check out her biography in non-fiction 921, and also check out our other collections of her works, including cookbooks in non-fiction 641.5973.
“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” – Maya Angelou
National Library Week– April 4 – 10
The theme for National Library Week (April 4-10, 2021), “Welcome to Your Library,” This year’s theme speaks to Vienna Public Library’s belief that all are welcome and accepted in our library and to use our services, in person, or from home. This year’s honorary National Library Week Chair is Natalie Portman, who wants to highlight the essential role libraries, librarians, and library workers play in serving their communities. She has also recently published her first children’s book, “Fables”.
Celebrate National Library week with us by stopping in today to check out a book, grab a craft kit, or participate with us from home by checking out items on the Libby app or watching our Facebook Live programs.
“When I got my library card, that’s when my life began.” – Rita Mae Brown
National Library Worker’s Day – April 6
National Library Worker’s Day was first recognized in 2003 and coincides with Equal Pay Day. This day was started to recognize library staff, users, administrators and Friends of the Library groups valuable contributions made by all library workers. This year’s theme is “Libraries work because we do!” to highlight the contribution everyone at the library brings. Use the hashtag #NLWD21 to share what your love about your local library workers, and be sure to tag our Facebook Page as well at Vienna Public Library!
“Librarians are almost always very helpful and often almost absurdly knowledgeable. Their skills are probably very underestimated and largely underemployed.” – Charles Medawar
Beverly Cleary’s Birthday – April 12
Beverly Cleary grew up with a love of books, and from a young age her school librarian suggested she write children’s books. Cleary said she got the ideas for the characters in her beloved Ramona books from people and experiences around her, and wrote stories she had wanted to read as a child. She was presented with three Newbery Medals and was named a 2000 Library of Congress ‘Living Legend’, presented in recognition of her lasting contribution to children’s literature, as well as numerous other awards throughout her lifetime. Cleary passed this year shortly before her 105th birthday in March 2021, but children and adults alike will still continue to enjoy her stories for years to come.
National Librarian Day – April 16
A lot of people think the librarian is just the person who checks your books out for you, but librarians do a lot more behind the scenes to make our libraries run. Librarians are in charge of cataloging, purchasing new items, organizing events and programming, assisting with research, and so much more. Libraries offer a central hub for everyone in the community to appreciate, almost like a community center, and the librarians behind them keep those services going. Stop in and thank your favorite librarian today!