Monday, April 12, 2010

this week...

...National Library Week. This year, Neil Gaiman is the honorary chair. (Our own beloved libraries are again experiencing cuts in their hours and days of service. On a related note, park services are also being reduced. Argh!) Today, the "State of American Libraries" is being released.

Our own libraries are currently offering tax help, resume help and compost pile-creation help. Bruka Theatre for Children is also presenting some Brothers Grimm performances. I think Pic might enjoy this. Also, Coach J turned us on to a drum performance that I think we'll try to check out this coming weekend.

...Young People's Poetry week. We recommend Jack Prelutsky. Love his work!

...yesterday (April 11): 42nd anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act. It was passed one week after Dr Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated and about seven months after President Kennedy was assassinated.

...tomorrow (April 13): the birth anniversary of Alfred M. Butts, inventor of Scrabble. I've played Scrabble exactly once in my life. I did okay, but I think that was mainly luck and that I didn't feel pressure to be super-intellectual. Small words can be very useful. Just saying. (Butts was also a co-founder of the Stanford Free Library in Stanfordville, NY (according to the article I linked).

...tomorrow (April 13): anniversary of the publication of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring. It was published in 1962.

...Wednesday (April 14): the first dictionary of American English was published in 1828. Thank you Noah Webster!

There is, of course, a lot more going on this week, but these are just some events that interest me.

Happy Week to you all!


kate said...

I'm so glad you posted this. It reminded me that this week in Vegas is Amnesty week where they waive any late fees you've accrued. Yaaay! Enjoy your library activities.