Celebrating Maurice Sendak

Although Maurice Sendak the man is now no longer with us, he has left an outstanding number of internationally acclaimed children's picture books to charm and delight young readers (and older readers, too!) now and in the future.  To honor this great writer and illustrator, we have a special display of his books here at the Fairbanks Branch Library for your browsing pleasure.  On your next visit, please have a look and I bet you will find a title that you fondly remember reading and will want to read again and share with others.  Keep Reading!

Get Caught Reading

Get Caught Reading is a nationwide campaign that reminds people of all ages how much fun it is to read! The campaign was launched in 1999 and is supported by the Association of American Publishers. The official website, www.getcaughtreading.org, offers free posters, newsletters, and videos. So check out the website and join the thousands of librarians, teachers, booksellers, and celebrities around the country who support this campaign!

Bite Into A Good Book!

Sharks!  Crocodiles!  Snakes!  Pretty scary creatures, especially with their sharp and deadly teeth.  Yet, they are fascinating to read about (move over, dinosaurs!).  Want to know more about these creatures that can really take a "bite" out of reading?  Check out our newest display--"Bite Into a Good Book!"  These books will just whet your appetite to learn more.  Happy Reading!

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de MayoIn case you haven’t heard, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day.  In order to explain Cinco de Mayo, I have to give you a short lesson in Mexican history.  Late in 1861, Napoleon III of France sent a fleet to Veracruz, on the coast of Mexico.  The French army stormed Veracruz and then started moving towards Mexico City.  At Puebla, the well-trained, well-equipped, 8,000-man French army attacked the Mexican army of 4,000.  Some of the Mexican soldiers were well-trained and well-equipped, but legend says many of them were just peasants with farming tools.  On May 5, 1862 [exactly 150 years ago!], the Mexicans decisively crushed the French army, which was considered the best in the world at the time.

May the 4th Be With You!

I bet some people are asking what do I mean by "May the 4th Be With You!"  If you are a fan of the "Star Wars" books and movies, then you probably already know that it is a fun re-phrasing of "May the force be with you" from the movies.  In celebration of "Star Wars" and all those who enjoy space adventure stories, there is a display of "Star Wars" books here at the Fairbanks Branch Library.  Stop by.  Take a look.  Check out some books.  It's what any good Jedi Knight would do! !