Happy New Year! Lunar New Year is an important holiday in China—and February 16 is the first day of the Year of the Dog. Unlike the Western calendar, which is based on the sun’s cycle, the lunar calendar tracks the cycles of the moon, meaning the Chinese New Year falls on a different Western date each year. This time of festivities, rest, and family goes back thousands of years.Read more about Lunar New Year
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!
The world needs terrific inventors—so every January 17th, the world celebrates Kid Inventors' Day! Encourage the creativity of a young inventor you know by reading these inspiring tales of creation and innovation together.
Inventing requires imagination—and there is no shortage of that in this hilarious picture book. Young Jack tells his mom about all the unique ways he would build a house. A space-age robot that cooks and cleans? Slides? Art Room? They're all here in Jack's house! What would a house you built look like? Recommended for ages 3–5. Read more about January 17th is Kid Inventors' Day