Last year Fresno held our first LitHop, launched by our city's Poet Laureate, Lee Herrick. This Saturday, April 29, he launches the second, with multiple venues and authors. See the times and places here.
Note that the stars by the descriptions show that the event has been designated: SUITABLE FOR ALL-AGES (DETERMINED BY READING ORGANIZERS).
Here's the one I most want to go to.
Ghost Songs & Border Crossings (the star didn't copy, but there is one for this event)
3:00 p.m. | Mia Cuppa Caffè | feat. Tim Z. Hernandez, Mas Masumoto, Nikiko Masumoto, Kerry Klein
“Ghost Songs and Border Crossings” will lift up stories of the Central Valley from recently published works. Each of the themes of the title will be woven throughout three movements as the contributors present their work through interdisciplinary storytelling. Across different identities and places, the stories share in the spirit of longing for healing and the power of memory. The audience will be invited to experience the written word through sounds of memory, touch, and ritual.
Of course, there's also this: HEADLINE FEATURE EVENT: GARY SOTO at 7:00 p.m. at Fresno City College, in the Old Administration Building Auditorium.
Take a look at the events offered this Saturday. This is a small selection of the authors we have here in the Valley - what calls to you?
It's nearly time for the new library to be ready! If you have books ready to donate, are you able to hold on to them for a few more weeks? We don't have space in our old building to store the books before the move. I'll post here when we do have space and a plan for more donations. Thank you for your generosity!
Leprechauns are always interesting, and there are plenty of books about them. If you haven't had enough, you might like How to Catch a Leprechaun, by Adam Wallace, or A Fine St. Patrick's Day, by Susan Wojciechowski, or Too Many Leprechauns, by Steven Krensky. A classic tale is Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato, by Tomie dePaola.
If you want to know more about the history behind the holiday, try Shamrocks, Harps, and Shillelaghs: The Story of the St. Patrick's Day Symbols, by Edna Barth, or St. Patrick's Day, by Carmen Bredeson, or The Story of St. Patrick's Day, by Patricia Pingry.
May you always find the book you need, and enough light to read it by.
It might be an Irish librarian's blessing. If it isn't, it should be.
I have really enjoyed preparing silly memes to remind people to vote for Kepler in the MyScholarDollars grant competition.
Don't forget to vote, by the way. http://bit.ly/2mgOjbr will take you straight to our spot if you scroll down. Then just click, fill out the pop-up, confirm your email, and you're done. Thanks.
The unintended consequence of working on these memes is that I have strengthened my writing. I tend to use too many words. Memes just won't allow it. I have to think about my audience - will they know what "vote" means by now? What if someone new joins at this point?
I thought I was a pretty strong writer already. A new format gave me a place to play with revising and publishing, and discover some areas for growth. Thanks for being an audience.
We're one week in to the voting period now. Spread the word: tell your friends and neighbors that Kepler wants to have an amazing library that welcomes students to come in and spend time reading and learning. We want to win the $10,000 and purchase seating, displays, tables, and signs. Go to http://bit.ly/2mgOjbr and scroll down to find Kepler. Click on the "Vote for This School" button and then fill out the form that pops up - name, email address, zip code and "I am not a student; I am at least 18" button. It takes about 30 seconds, and it could help us out a lot.
Happy weekend, and happy voting! Spread the word to all your connections - Kepler Neighborhood School wants to win funds for our library. Help us win $10,000! We can be #FresnoStrong and #feedtheread! You can go to this link, or go straight to MyScholarDollars.com and use the search box to find Kepler.
There are four schools in Fresno competing for the same grant. I don't know if they are in the same category as we are, which is "Small Elementary and Middle School." I hope they aren't, so that Fresno can win big multiple times. If you're curious about which other schools are in it to win it, use the search box below the leader-boards. You can look by city, principal, or school name.
What's cooler is that if you then click on a school's name, the space will expand to show what that school wants to do with the money. If you didn't already know we want an awesome library, you can go read about it, just for fun.
I'll have a fresh meme for you tomorrow! Thanks for voting!
Here's your meme for March 2nd - a little early.
So the good news is that as of 9 pm on March 1st, the first day, the top five leading schools in the voting competition aren't even in our category. The sad news is that we're not on the leader-board for our own category...YET. The better news is that voting just got easier through this link that takes you straight to Kepler's spot (scroll down past the leader-boards). Spread the word far and wide. Every day we can vote - and thanks to all of you who already did!
Don't know what this is about? Kepler wants to win $10,000 from MyScholarDollars.com for our library. The state treasurer has a short video talking about this, which you can see in an earlier post. To help Kepler win money for our library, click on the link that takes you directly to our school's spot, then click "Vote for This School" at the right. The final step is entering your first name, email address, and zip code. While you're there, you can check out the leader-boards for each category. We're in the "Small Elementary and Middle Schools."
Go to MyScholarDollars.com, click "Vote" and then search for Kepler Neighborhood School. Click "Vote For This School" to help Kepler win $10,000!
Then you'll be prompted to give your first name, email address, and zip code, and click that you've read and agree to the rules.
And so it begins...
Always up for book chats, reading, library memes - proud to be Kepler's first librarian