National Children's Book Week is a celebration of books and reading for youth in the United States. In 1914 Franklin K. Mathiews, the librarian of the Boy Scouts of America, began touring the United States to promote higher standards for children's books. Understanding the importance of reading for young people, he suggested creating a Children's Book Week supported by publishers, librarians and booksellers. Frederic Melcher, one of his allies and the editor of Publisher's Weekly at the time believed, "A great nation is a reading nation."
This year Children's Book Week is being celebrated May 2 to 8. On May 2, the Children's Choice Book Awards will be awarded in New York City. The Children's Book Council created these special awards in 2008 as part of Children's Book Week. They are the only national book awards that allow children and teens the opportunity to select their own favorites. Children can visit bookweekonline.com to see if their favorites were among those selected by their peers this year.
At NOPL at North Syracuse, children are encouraged to stop by this week with their parents to apply for their own library card. While they are at the library they can also enter the special book week raffle where the prize is a great book. Come and see all the wonderful books we have on our shelves. While at the library, parents can also sign up their preschoolers for our Wednesday morning story hours that continue through the second week of June. On Tuesday evenings, a story hour for school age children is held at 6:30 p.m. To register for any of these story hours please drop by or contact the library at 458-6184.
Looking ahead to this summer, NOPL branches will again be part of the New York State Summer Reading Program. The theme for this year's program is One World Many Stories. Summer reading programs help children maintain the reading skills learned during a school year. The idea is to get them reading for fun, about things that interest them, from books and magazines that they choose. Research has shown that kids who read for fun become better readers over time, and do better in school than kids who don't read for fun. NOPL at North Syracuse, Cicero and Brewerton will each offer a wide variety of programs for children and teens. Weekly incentives will be awarded to children who register for the reading program and read throughout the summer. School will be out, but keep your kids actively reading and learning by registering for Summer Reading at NOPL.
Submitted by Suzanne Nelson, Children's Librarian at NOPL