April, lovely April, offers so much to celebrate. There is National Poetry Month, National Library Week, Earth Week and even Will Shakespeare’s birthday.
To celebrate poetry throughout the month, various groups will be decorating the library’s sidewalks with favorite poems. The week of April 1, students in the library’s after-school program will take a turn with some poetry fun followed by the Friends of the Library during the week of April 8. The library staff will share their favorite verses on April 15, and during the last week of April other poetry enthusiasts are invited to suggest poems to add to our sidewalk collection.
The theme for National Library Week April 14 – 20 is “Communities Matter @ Your Library,” and we will be celebrating this throughout the month by featuring various electronic resources that benefit our community. Featured resources will include Zinio digital magazines, Learning Express Library Career and Academic Testing Center, NEIBORS ebooks and audio books and Freegal music downloads. All of these resources are freely available to library users through the library’s website at www.cllibrary.org. Some resources require a library card number to establish an account.
Earth Week activities
Clear Lake’s Earth Week celebration will also take place during the third week of April. The library will be hosting a special showing of the award winning film “Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time” at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 15. This film tells the story of Iowa native and conservation pioneer Aldo Leopold, a visionary in the field of conservation ethics. With his groundbreaking book “A Sand County Almanac” he explored the many connections between human communities and the natural world, and encouraged individuals to take personal responsibility for respectful use of our natural resources. The library will also be offering an Earth Day family celebration featuring stories, games and crafts on Monday, April 22, from 5 – 6 p.m. The theme for the evening is “Endangered Species.” Call 357-0315 to sign up.
Circling back round to our poetry, the library will celebrate Will Shakespeare’s 449th birthday on Tuesday, April 23, with a 6:30 p.m. showing of the documentary film “Shakespeare High: a No-Holds Bard Competition.” View California teens in intensive competition for acting honors in roles inspired by the Bard’s works. The film features competition alumni actors Richard Dreyfuss and Kevin Spacey. This free film is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and recommended for teens and adults.
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