The American Library Association is inviting people to speak out again censorship during Banned Books Week by tweeting pictures of themselves with banned books for a chance to win prizes!
Tweet any of the following action items using the hashtag #RebelReader during Banned Books Week (September 24-30) for a chance to win an array of literary prizes.
You can find more information about the contest as well as the official rules at: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/bannedbooksweek/rebelreader
Friday, September 22 is Hobbit Day!
This is the day of Bilbo and Frodo’s birthday! Channel your inner hobbit and celebrate by walking around barefoot, eating seven meals, or reading your favorite Lord of the Rings book. I’m especially looking forward to eating second breakfast!
On September 13th, 1857 Milton Hershey was born. Milton Hershey would go on to found the Hershey Chocolate Company and the town the company was based in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
You can learn more about this chocolate maker and entrepreneur by looking in the Juvenile Biography section under jBiog. HERSHEY.
We hope everyone is enjoying their Labor Day, and this is just a reminder that the library is closed but will be open again on Tuesday September 5th!
On this day in 1814, first lady Dolley Madison saves a portrait of George Washington from being looted by British troops during the war of 1812.
According to the White House Historical Society and Dolley’s personal letters, President James Madison left the White House on August 22 to meet with his generals on the battlefield, as British troops threatened to enter the capitol…Dolley wrote to her sister on the night of August 23 that a friend who came to help her escape was exasperated at her insistence on saving the portrait. Since the painting was screwed to the wall she ordered the frame to be broken and the canvas pulled out and rolled up. Two unidentified “gentlemen from New York” hustled it away for safe-keeping. (Unbeknownst to Dolley, the portrait was actually a copy of Gilbert Stuart’s original). http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/dolley-madison-saves-portrait-from-british
The picture above shows the copy of the painting that Dolley Madison saved on the left, and the original painting which can still be seen in the National Portrait Gallery on the right.
You can learn more about Dolley Madison by checking out a biography, Juvenile Biography section jBiog. Madison.
August 17 is the day to celebrate your favorite black cat!
Black cats have a reputation for being “bad luck.” Back in the Middle Ages, black cats were associated with witches and evil doings. Even today some people believe it is bad luck to have a black cat cross their path!
Did you know… ?
England’s King Charles I had a “good luck” black cat, and the day after the cat died,
the king was arrested for treason.
Many people with black cats will tell you the opposite is true and that black cats are very sweet and intelligent. Maybe that’s why despite their reputation, black cats are seen all over pop culture! My favorite black cats are Berlioz, from The Aristocats and Jiji from Kiki’s Delivery Service. Who’s your favorite black cat?
This might be an unofficial holiday but here at the library it is one of our favorites! We hope that you are able to spend some time reading today. For all you book lovers, we’re curious what’s your favorite book that you’ve read so far this year?
Here at the Bartlett Library, we celebrated the anniversary of the first Harry Potter book all through the month of June. One of the ways we asked you to celebrate with us was by submitting your Harry Potter fanfiction stories and we received some GREAT entries! Without further ado, we’d like to congratulate Matea, whose submission, The Marauders, won first place in the 4th-6th grade category. Thank you to everyone who submitted their work. We have some budding authors in our midst!
Read the winning entry The Marauders! Read about the winners in the teen categories HERE.
On July 14, 1968, Atlanta Braves slugger Henry “Hank” Aaron hits the 500th home run of his career in a 4-2 win over the San Francisco Giants.
In 1976…after a career of remarkable offensive consistency, Aaron retired as the all-time leader in runs batted in, extra base hits and total bases. He was named to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982. (http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/hank-aaron-hits-500th-homer)
You can learn more about this inspiring baseball player by checking out biographies in the Juvenile Biography section at jBiog. AARON.
Have you ever wanted to write a novel or thought about participating in Nanowrimo? Sometimes November is a difficult or busy month, and sometimes 50,000 words just seems like too much to tackle!
If you have ever had these thoughts then Camp Nanowrimo is for you! Camp Nanowrimo allows you to set your own word goal (it can be any number that you want – big or small!), and join a cabin of fellow writers to cheer each other on. Camp Nanowrimo runs twice each year: once in April and once in July. Best of all you can watch your progress on a handy little target, it sure motivates me when I watch the arrow get closer to the bullseye.
You can sign up at: https://campnanowrimo.org/ Is anyone thinking about giving it a shot?