September is Library Card Sign-Up Month!
September is National Library Card sign-up month. At the library, we're doing a lot of things to celebrate and spread the word throughout the community, but one of the simplest and my favorite way to celebrate is reading books about libraries!
Luckily, there are lots of great picture books, both fiction and non-fiction, about libraries. Here are some that I particularly like:
Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen may be a little old (there's an actual card catalog in the illustrations!), but it's a real charmer and still holds up. There are lots of rules in Miss Meriweather's library but none about lions: there's never been a lion in the library before! When a lion arrives, he becomes a great helper... once he learns the rules about roaring!
Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn is a picture book ideal for young preschoolers. It's often the first book I read a story times with new groups, because it introduces the library and some of our services with bright pictures, simple concepts and vocabulary.
One new release that I enjoy is A Library Book for Bear by Bonny Becker. Bear doesn't think he needs to go to the library - after all, he already has 7 books at home! Still, once Mouse drags him there, I bet he'll find something to enjoy at the library!
There is some great picture book non-fiction about libraries as well. I am pretty partial to Biblioburro by Jeannette Winter about Luis, who uses his burros as a mobile library in rural Colombia. Hands Around the Library, by Susan Roth, is an inspiring story about people working together to save the library of Alexandria.
How will you celebrate Library Card Sign-Up Month? I hope you'll being your friends and family members who do not have cards in to get one!
-Ms. Sho, Children's Librarian