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Special Days in April


April is

National Poetry Month. Learn how to make your own I SPY riddles with author Jean Marzolo. Read poems told from the point of view of pieces of clothing in Alice Schertle's Button Up!

Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month. Visit the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and  learn about its "Go Orange" campaign

Word of the month: neologist, someone who makes up new words. Make up a new word today.

Easter falls on April 8, 2012. Visit the Easter site at for family craft, recipe and activity ideas.

National Library Week is April 8-14. The theme this year is You * Belong @ Your Library. Stop in and let us show you why!

Beverly Cleary, author of Beezus and Ramona and The Mouse and The Motorcycle, and many other children's books, was born April 12.

JCPL celebrates Screen Free Week (Formerly Turn Off Your TV Week) April 15-21. Read online the poem Jimmy Jet by Shel Silverstein. Spend a week without TV and computers and see what you and your family can do together!

April 21 is the birthday of  author Barbara Park. What's your favorite Junie B. Jones book? 

Earth Day is April 22! See what you can do to help! Visit the library's booth at the annual Earth Day program on Saturday, April 21 at Brookside Park in Rensselaer.

April 26 is Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. If you don't already know, find out what your mom and dad do for a living.

April 28 is author Amy Hest's birthday. Visit her website for tips for young writers, and a guide to her book, Remembering Mrs. Rossi.

Celebrate Arbor Day on April 29 with a visit to the What Tree is That website and learn about your favorite trees! Read The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.

April 30 is  El Dia de Los Ninos/EI Dia De Los Libros (Children's Day/Book Day). Celebramos! reading with this fun printable game. Make up your own rules!

Q: Why did the boy eat his homework?

A: Because the teacher said it was a piece of cake.