The library remodel is really pretty much done for this year! Today a lovely new area rug arrived--shout out to local flooring distributor Carpet Spectrum for help with that! My sincere thanks to the PTA and Dr. Brown for initiating and funding these awesome improvements to our library.
The new Poem-in-Your-Pocket poster is up! Come by the library and see if you can find your photo among the more than 300 on this year's poster. Great job to all the students and teachers who wrote, read, and carried poems during this special week.
There have been a lot of contest winners announced lately, so I thought I'd list some of them here. It can be hard to choose books among the great many that are being published all the time; sometimes turning to award winners can help make the choice. The California Young Reader Medal has been awarded to the following books: Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, by Mac Barnett; Each Kindness, by Jacqueline Woodson; and Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library, by Chris Grabenstein. The Cook Prize for an outstanding book in the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, or math) went to Journey: Based on the True Story of OR7, the Most Famous Wolf in the West, by Emma Bland Smith. The winner this year of the Caldecott Medal (for illustration) was Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, by Javaka Steptoe. I just finished The Girl Who Drank the Moon, by Kelly Barnhill--the winner of the Newbery Medal (for writing)--and I thought it was terrific.