Along with providing books and other materials, libraries also offer computer classes, story times, crafts, games, lectures, and more. Every year, Terrebonne Parish Library System joins libraries across the country to celebrate National Library Week. This annual celebration draws attention to the wonderful work that libraries do for their communities.
Here are a couple of my favorite books about libraries in order to get you and your family in the mood to celebrate National Library Week during April 7-13th. All three books are available through the Terrebonne Parish Library System and you can reserve a copy today at www.mytpl.org.
The Library Book
Written by Tom Chapin
Illustrated by Chuck Groenink
What’s the best thing to do on a rainy day (or any day)? Go to the library, of course!
Based on Tom Chapin’s catchy tune The Library Song, The Library Book follows our narrator as she travels to the library to see who’s there. Readers will recognize familiar faces such as Cinderella, Curious George, and Winnie-the-Pooh as the narrator consults the dictionary, picks out books, and checks them in and out.
Kids and their grownups will enjoy singing along as they plan what characters will come home with them the next time they visit the library.
Winston the Book Wolf
Written by Marni McGee
Illustrated by Ian Beck
Winston is a wolf. A wolf that loves to eat. Not burgers or pies or even Little Red Riding Hood. He loves to eat words. He has an insatiable appetite for written words. His craving is so big that he’s even been banned from the library because he chewed up too many of their books. Oh no! What’s a wolf to do?
Thank goodness a patient young girl named Rosie befriended Winston. Maybe she will be able to help Winston find a new way to enjoy juicy delicious words all day long–without getting in trouble.
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
By Chris Grabenstein
What would happen if Willy Wonka built a library instead of a candy factory? You would have Alexandriaville’s brand new public library. This library, built with funds from billionaire game maker Luigi Lemoncello, is finished being built and is ready for business.
But, before they open the doors to the public, 12 winners of an essay contest will get a sneak peek as overnight guests. Only when the kids wake up in the morning, they find the doors still locked! They must use the resources inside the library and work together to find the way out.
Mr. Lemoncello’s Library is full of twists and turns, puzzles and secret codes, that will be sure to keep the reader on the edge of their seat as they watch to see who will find the secret escape route first. •