Women’s History Month is almost over, but it’s not too late to check out some of our great children’s books featuring strong female characters. Browse our Women's History Month display in the Main Library Children's Area until the end of March—and celebrate women’s history throughout the year with books that inspire and delight young readers. Read more about Women's History Month in Children's Books
This year is the Caldecott Medal's 80th anniversary. Named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph J. Caldecott, the medal goes to the “artist of the most distinguished American Picture Book for Children published in the United States during the preceding year.”
The Caldecott is the most prestigious award an American picture book can receive, so the announcement of the winner each year is a highly anticipated event for Children's literature enthusiasts across the United States. You're invited to celebrate the occasion with us—just drop by the Children’s Area at the Main Library at 10 a.m. on February 12 to watch the live stream of the Youth Media Awards at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Conference, where the winner is announced. Read more about It’s Caldecott Time!
National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed between September 15 and October 15 each year, celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Read more about It's Hispanic Heritage Month!
LGBT Pride Month has been nationally recognized in June for almost two decades, taking a positive stance against discrimination toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people to promote equal rights, increase visibility, build community, and celebrate sexual diversity and gender variance (Wikipedia).
At the library, we develop our collection and services to meet the needs of every member of our diverse community. The Children’s Area has programs for children of all ages, and books featuring characters with all types of families, abilities, and interests. These LGBT-positive picture books are appropriate for young children, but their message of being true to oneself is meaningful for readers of all ages!
Celebrate World Baking Day today by exploring one of humanity’s oldest sources of nutrition—bread! Although modern grocery store bread has little in common ancient Egypt’s first flatbreads, this dietary staple has remained popular through millennia and across the world.
Originating in the 1910s, jazz has roots in African traditions, blues, ragtime, and European classical music. Gary Giddins’ and Scott DeVeaux’s book Jazztraces the genre's evolution from the early twentieth century to the fusion sounds of more recent times, and describes the major influences in its development. In the Emmy-nominated documentary miniseries of the same name, Ken Burns' Jazz traces the music's history from its beginnings in the African-American community of New Orleans. Read more about Take the 'A' Train to the Library to Learn about Jazz!