April is National School Library month and the second week in April is National Library Week. To celebrate, Durgee Junior High School has collaborated with the Baldwinsville Public Library to promote reading, writing and libraries. Library media specialist Lindsay Cesari has been working with Val Chism at the public library to create opportunities to promote reading and writing to students at the junior high level and to the whole community.
From 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, April 11, the public library will host a reception for Ellen Yeomans, a local author. She wrote "Rubber Houses," which Cesari said is very popular with Durgee students. She is also the author of picture books for younger students. Community members are invited to meet her to ask questions and have their books signed.
On Thursday April 14, the Durgee Junior High School PTSA will sponsor a visit by Mark Binder, a nationally recognized storyteller and author. His books include "It Ate My Sister" and "The Bed Time Story Book." His visit will begin at Durgee with a storytelling assembly for eighth-graders followed by writing workshops for smaller groups of students.
At 7 p.m. that evening, Binder will hold a free storytelling performance in the main community room of the Baldwinsville Public Library. His stories are comedic and appropriate for children, teens, parents and community members of all ages.