Did you know that April is Drop Everything and Read month? Also known as D.E.A.R., April is a national month long celebration of reading, designed to remind people of ALL AGES to make reading a priority in their busy lives.
D.E.A.R. was previously only celebrated on April 12th, in honor of beloved children’s author Beverly Cleary’s birthday. Mrs. Cleary first wrote about D.E.A.R. in Ramona Quimby, Age 8. As D.E.A.R. has grown in popularity and scope, the program expanded to span the entire month of April, which leaves plenty of time for classrooms, communities, and families to participate.
For lots of ideas, motivational stickers, certificates, worksheets, and resources, check out the official Drop Everything and Read page. Will you participate?
D.E.A.R. is sponsored by the National Education Association (NEA); Parent Teacher Association (PTA); ALA’s Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC, a division of the American Library Association); Reading Rockets; The General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC); the American Press Institute; First Book; HarperCollins Children’s Books; Read Kiddo Read; Walden Media and Ramona Quimby.
Everyone is invited to visit the library on Saturday, February 7 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM for the 4th annual Love Your Library Benefit Open House. Refreshments will be served. The Love Your Library Benefit Open House is a great time to check out all the library has to offer, and meet others in your community.
Unlike in years past, the library will remain open to normal business on that day. But it certainly won’t be a quiet day in the library! In addition to regular business, we will also feature all kinds of fun, family friendly activities, including:
- Valentine’s day crafts for children to make and take
- A performance by the Central Elementary School band at 12:00 PM
- Caricatures by Pastor Jeff Little from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
- Meet Franklin Police Officer Kevin Anundsen and K-9 Officer Mal from 12:00 Noon to 2:00 PM
- Meet Smoky the Bear, from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
- Children’s Librarian Abby Rosen will read stories at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM
We hope to see you here! Come see all that your library has to offer.
We are very excited to offer another round of the popular Robotics program for children ages 9 and older. Robotics begins on Monday, January 26, and meets weekly on Mondays from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM through March 16. Children will work with a partner and learn how to program a real robot! Ms. Laura Jones will again be conducting the program.
Interested applicants should immediately call the library at (814) 432-5062 or stop in during regular business hours. Due to finite resources, only a limited number of children can be selected to participate. If accepted into the program, applicants will be notified by Ms. Jones on Monday, January 19.
Art Club is a bi-weekly club hosted at the library on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month (January 13 & 27) from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM. In each session, participants complete a new art project and occasionally enjoy a visit from a guest artist. Participants are encouraged to bring/donate art supplies, but some supplies will be provided. Art Club is for kids ages 6 to 12. No registration is required.
Teen Anime Club
Miss Kathleen’s new Teen Anime Club is a celebration of the cartoons from the amazing culture of Japan! Beginning in February, and continuing on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM, we will watch an Anime, do roundtable discussions, and learn a Japanese word of the day. The first meeting is February 10.
The Teen Anime Club is only open to ages 13 to 18. Pre-registration is required by January 30. To register, stop by the library or call (814) 432-5062.