It's April, and as the area warms back up, there are plenty of things to do. Are you ready to celebrate spring?
It's Math Awareness Month. What type of snakes are good at math? Adders! Discover something amazing about math today at the library.
It's National Poetry Month. Learn to write poetry with childrens' authors Jean Marzollo, Jack Prelutsky and Karla Kuskin at Scholastic.com or check out the interactive Poetry Idea Engine and create your own works of art.
April is Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month. Visit the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and learn about its "Go Orange" campaign
National Library Week is April 13-19. The theme this year is Lives Change @ Your Library. Stop in and tell us why libraries are important to you! Special events are happening at all library locations!
Word of the month: gobbledygook - Speech or writing that is hard to understand and sounds like nonsense. On some cartoons, certain characters just speak gobbledygook.
April 3 is the birthday of primatologist Jane Goodall. A primatologist is someone who studies monkeys, chimpanzees and gorillas. Visit her website, the Jane Goodall Institute, to learn about her latest projects around the world.
April 11 Visit the DeMotte Library from 5-7pm for SPRING FESTIVAL. Enjoy games, food and family activities at low, low prices.
April 12 Beverly Cleary, author of Beezus and Ramona and The Mouse and The Motorcycle, and many other children's books, was born this day.
Visit the library's booth at the annual Earth Day program on Saturday, April 12 from 9am-12pm at Brookside Park in Rensselaer.
April 20 Today is Easter Sunday.
April 21 is the birthday of author Barbara Park. What's your favorite Junie B. Jones book?
April 24 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.
Celebrate Arbor Day on April 25 with a visit to the What Tree is That website and learn about your favorite trees! Read The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.
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.
Q. What does the Easter Rabbit get for making a basket?
A. Two points, just like everybody!
Photo: closeup of original photo by WestPoint - The U.S. Military Academy on flickr.