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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.
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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”.

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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

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Maya Angelou

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

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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, beloved children's book author, dies at 104
Children should learn that reading is pleasure, not just something that teachers make you do in school.” – Beverly Cleary

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

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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!

2021 Reading Challenge

The Library is participating in a 2021 Reading Challenge! Patrons who complete 13 books and turn in their lists by March 31st, June 30th, October 31st, and December 31st will earn small prizes. Find the list below or pick up a paper copy from the library. Click here to learn more about the challenge: the52book.club.

Gardening Webinars with WVU Extension Office

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The COVID-19 Pandemic has caused an explosion of renewed interest in gardening!  Veteran gardeners in addition to young people and beginners are all growing vegetables in traditional gardens, raised beds and containers across America.  No matter if you are in small towns, big cities, the suburbs or out in the country people want to garden.

The gardening educational webinar series “Fridays at the Library”, is celebrating its seventh year and will be held every Friday in February at 11:00 am.  Due to COVID-19,  this program will be a webinar format on zoom.  

All gardening enthusiasts, experts and beginners are welcome. The workshops are being sponsored by the Wood County Master Gardeners, WVU Extension Service and the Vienna Library. The event is free and open to the public. Door prizes such as seed packets and herbs will be available.  You can join on zoom at https://wvu.zoom.us/j/92780773571. The zoom address is same every week.  

If you need more information please contact J.J. Barrett, West Virginia University Extension Agriculture Agent for Wood County at (304)-424-1960 or my cell (304)-483-4257.  You can email me at jj.barrett@mail.wvu.edu  Good Luck and Happy Gardening!

Friday, February 5, 2021            11:00 am  

“Starting Seeds at Home”-J.J. Barrett, WVU Extension Service 

“Gardening in Small Spaces”-Evan Wilson, WVU Extension Service 

Friday, February 12, 2021         11:00 am   

“Growing Heirloom Squash” – J.J. Barrett, WVU Extension Service 

“Selecting Flowering Shrubs and Perennials”-Jim Gottfried, Greenleaf Landscape 

Friday, February 19, 2021          11:00 am  

“Cover Crops for the Garden”-J.J. Barrett, WVU Extension Service 

“Songbirds of WV” – Sheldon Owen, WVU Extension Wildlife Specialist  

Friday, February 26, 2021           11:00 am

“Understanding Your Soil Test Results”-J.J. Barrett, WVU Extension Service 

“Growing Greens with Indoor Aquaculture”-Jason Nulton, Balance Holdings

Announcing Visually Speaking Saturday Programs

**To clarify recent WTAP News coverage on our new program, Visually Speaking Saturday, the Library announces the following information:

As parents, we hate seeing our children unhappy– but when your little one is too young to speak, it can be difficult to know what they need. Research indicates teaching sign language to young children helps them self-regulate and express their wants and needs before they are verbal. That is why the Vienna Public Library is pleased to announce a new Saturday series featuring baby sign language beginning January 23 at 10:30 am!

Tune into Facebook Live on the fourth Saturday of every month for a sign language lesson. This 12-month virtual course gradually builds your knowledge of key signs, which you can use every day with your little one, as well as features Library resources to aid in your baby sign language journey. Monthly topics will include signs for animal friends, family members, outdoor fun, and much more! January’s introductory session will feature signs for common first words such as mommy, daddy, eat, and bath.

For more information, contact the Library at 304-295-7771 or visit www.viennapubliclibrary.org.

We’re Hiring! – Library Circulation Clerk

The Library is hiring Circulation Clerks!

Love books? Enjoy serving the public? Always dreamed of working in a library? We’ve got the perfect fit – searching for a personable part-time employee who loves all things books and pop culture!

This position performs a variety of library circulation and clerical procedures involving basic support services and services to patrons. We are looking to hire a part-time clerk, $12.00/hour, 12-28 hours a week.

Applicant must have open availability throughout the week including day and evening hours, Monday through Friday, as well as be available Saturdays from 10-5pm.

Click on the following link for more information:

Library in the News

Did you catch our latest library news in the Parkersburg News and Sentinel?

Vienna Public Library reopens doors

“VIENNA — The Vienna Public Library effective immediately will open to the public for 30-minute sessions with no appointment necessary.

Available services include browsing and check-out, curbside pick-up, faxing and on-site notary. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Mondays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday to Fridays.

To ensure social distancing guidelines, occupancy is limited to 15 patrons at a time with a one-way traffic flow using the River Road entrance. Safety precautions include facial coverings, sanitation stations and enhanced cleaning procedures.

Beginning Oct. 5, the library will offer new evening and weekend hours. The library will be open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday and Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 10 a.m.-2 pm. Saturdays.

Also beginning in October, the library’s Adult Services will offer limited, in-person activities that follow social distancing guidelines. To ensure social distancing, in-person activities have a maximum of 10 participants. Registration is required.

Activities also will be available online for those wishing to virtually participate. For more in-person activity details or other library services, call the library at 304-295-7771.”

Click here to see the article in the Parkersburg News & Sentinel.