April is a great month to visit the library. Come and find a warm dry place to stay cozy. Libraries love April because there are so many exciting library-related celebrations going on! This April, we are celebrating an awesome variety of things in some really fun ways. There’s sure to be something for you between National Poetry Month, National Library Week and Día de los niños/Día de los libros.

National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month is in April every year, and libraries and librarians tend to get excited about it. This year, at the Main Library (125 14th Street) we have installed an awesome building-wide display of poetry. Climb the stairs to read verses, and look around the building for posters of concrete poetry. They are everywhere, and they’re gorgeous! Take notice, while checking out the installation, that some of the words have come from our very talented young Oakland poets.

Speaking of our talented young Oakland Poets, this is a great time to remind everyone to be on the lookout for our next Oakland’s third Youth Poet Laureate. This program truly changes lives, and we’re about to enter the exciting season of finalists and performances and announcing an amazing new winner! You can find our last two Youth Poet Laureates here: Stephanie Yun & Obasi Davis. Pay close attention to these amazing young voices.

National Library Week

National Library Week is April 13 – 19. Stop by any Oakland Public Library location to pick up a National Library Week Booklet with 60 pages of library staff’s reading recommendations for children, adults, and teens. The Booklets also include details about upcoming events including author visits, writing workshops, dance, music, and theater.

Perhaps you are just waiting and waiting for the opportunity to see me in person. Just before library week, on Saturday, April 12, you can find me as a guest at Oakland Nights Live, Oakland’s very own live talk show!  I’ll be talking about my Found Items blog posts and will bring some objects along with me. I’ll also have some National Library Week Booklets for the audience, and you’ll get a chance to create something that just make an appearance on my blog on the OPL website!

Día de los niños/Día de los libros (Day of the Child/Day of the Book)

Día, as it has come to be known, is a celebration of childhood and literacy emphasizing the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds. This year, you can celebrate at 12 different Oakland Public Library locations throughout April. Dance and delight in songs and stories from around the world with Juan Sánchez. At most locations, refreshments will be served, and every child will leave with a new book that they can keep.

Grab a National Library Week Booklet, check out our April calendar, or look at our event listings online to find a Día celebration near you!

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