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April 2016

El día de los niños/El día de los libros

April 30

from ALA’s Día website: El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), commonly known as Día, is a celebration every day of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Día is a nationally recognized initiative that emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children from all backgrounds. It is a daily commitment to linking children and their families…

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Independent Bookstore Day

April 30
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from the Independent Bookstore Day website: Independent bookstores are not just stores, they’re community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers. They are entire universes of ideas that contain the possibility of real serendipity. They are lively performance spaces and quiet places where aimless perusal is a day well spent. Indie bookstores, whether dusty and labyrinthine or clean and well-lighted, are not just stores, they are solutions. They hold the key to your love life, your career, and your…

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Concord Middle School PTG Book Fair at the Concord Bookshop

April 30 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Concord Bookshop,
65 Main St.
Concord, MA 01742 United States
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from the Concord Bookshop’s website: Join us all day at the Concord Bookshop on Saturday, April 30th for the Concord Middle School Book Fair. We have staff wish lists, suggestions for both adult and younger readers, jigsaw puzzles, greeting cards, coloring books, gift certificates… the list goes on and on! Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, graduations, birthdays, and “just because” — books are always in season! A percentage of *every* purchase from the day will benefit the Concord Middle School PTG.

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Wendell Minor and Florence Minor at The Blue Bunny

April 30 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
The Blue Bunny Books and Toys,
577 High St.
Dedham, MA 02026 United States
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The Blue Bunny is thrilled to welcome artist and author Wendell Minor and his talented wife Florence Minor for a special Independent Bookstore Day event on Saturday April 30th at 2 p.m. Wendell Minor is nationally known for the artwork he has created for over fifty award-winning children’s books. His many collaborators include Jean Craighead George, Robert Burleigh, Buzz Aldrin, Tony Johnston, Mary Higgins Clark, and last but not least, his wife Florence. Wendell is also the cover artist and…

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May 2016

Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month Begins

May 1

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month — a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. A rather broad term, Asian-Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and…

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Children’s Book Week 2016 Begins

May 1
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May 2-8, 2016 — the 97th anniversary of Children’s Book Week! Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Every year, commemorative events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, homes — wherever young readers and books connect! Children’s Book Week is administered by Every Child a Reader, a 501(c)(3) literacy organization dedicated to instilling a lifelong love of reading in children. The Children’s Book Council, the national non-profit trade association for children’s…

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Information Session: Simmons College Graduate Study in Children’s Literature at the Carle

May 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art,
125 West Bay Rd.
Amherst, MA 01002 United States
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Attend an information session at The Carle to learn more about degree programs offered through The Center for the Study of Children’s Literature (CSCL) with Simmons College. To learn more about the information sessions, email Click here for more information.

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Rick Riordan at Back Bay Events Center

May 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Back Bay Events Center,
180 Berkeley St.
Boston, 02116
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from the Harvard Book Store’s website: Harvard Book Store welcomes back bestselling author Rick Riordan — dubbed “Storyteller of the Gods” by Publishers Weekly — for his return to both Greek mythology and the world of Camp Half-Blood! Join us in Boston on publication date for a presentation of the first book in a new series, The Trials of Apollo, Book One: The Hidden Oracle. This event will be the only Rick Riordan event in the country for The Hidden…

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Writing A Novel From The Ground Up Workshop with Erin Dionne Begins at The Writers’ Loft

May 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Writers’ Loft,
20 North Main St. #360
Sherborn, MA 01770 United States
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an eight-week course with author Erin Dionne Wednesdays, May 4 – June 22 from 7 pm to 9 pm Do you have a great idea for a book and are ready to begin? Have you written novels before but felt that they fell flat? Novelists, this is your class. Together, we’ll discuss the challenges and thrills inherent in writing a long work of fiction. We’ll review planning, character arcs and growth, pacing, subplots, and sustaining a story for the length…

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An Evening With Victoria Jamieson at the Rochambeau Library

May 6 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Rochambeau Library,
708 Hope St.
Providence, RI 02906 United States
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Teachers, librarians, and children’s book enthusiasts are invited to An Evening with Victoria Jamieson, author of Roller Girl, a New York Times and Indie bestseller and the recipient of a 2016 Newbery Honor. Roller Girl is the 2016 Kids Reading Across Rhode Island selection. Join us to meet Jamieson and learn about her creative process and inspiration for this popular graphic novel for children. Light refreshments will be served. $10 includes a copy of the 2016 Kids Reading Across Rhode…

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