Beginning April 7th libraries of all sizes and types across the country will celebrate National Library Week. This annual observance made me think about all the other observances and special interests that are highlighted each year and how your library can help you celebrate each of these events.
World Health Day, National Mental Health Month and National Autism Awareness Month are all observed this month. You can come to the library and pick up one of our Healthy Totes provided by the Atlantic Health System filled with a variety of books, DVDs and consumable information sheets on these and other health topics. One stop learning in a handy tote bag.
We also observe Earth Day, Arbor Day, National Garden Month and Keep America Beautiful Month in April. The library is the perfect place to start planning for your garden. Try out Mel Bartholomew’s All New Square Foot Gardening to get your vegetable garden started. If you are looking for more information on global warming ahead of Earth Day, check out Joshua Goldstein’s A Bright Future: How Some Countries Have Solved Climate Change and the Rest Can Follow and mark your calendar to attend “Environmentally Sound Cleaning Products” on April 4th or “Managing Storm Water” on May 21st. Both programs start at 6:30 pm and are sponsored by The Great Swamp Watershed Association and The Rahway River Watershed Association.
Other April observances include National Humor Month, Confederate History Month, Financial Literacy Month, National Poetry Month and Amateur Radio Month. You can find books, eBooks and articles on all of these topics on our shelves, in our catalog and online. So make yourself a Grilled Cheese sandwich (April 12th), get ready for a Pillow Fight (April 6th) and then jump on your Bicycle (April 19th) to get to the library before we have a whole new set of observances to mark.
And don’t forget to come by for the Friends of the Library giant Jewelry Sale on Saturday and Sunday, April 27th & 28th and stock up on gifts for Mom (May 12th).
Susan Permahos, Director
Summit Free Public Library