April 2006

Free Comic Book Day – May 6 http://www.freecomicbookday.com/ This seems like a good day for YA librarians to get in on. Enter your zip code to see if local stores are already participating; if not, you might just check your yellow pages for a local comics store you might partner with.


How do you say Please and Thank You in 26 languages? Follow this link and click on the language of your choice and the following expressions will appear in that language. Alternatively, click on a particular word or phrase to find multiple translations.

Here is a link to the Horn Book’s FAQ on graphic novels.


April Fools day was yesterday, and while we didn’t do anything this year, the ‘net is full of great gags. Here’s A Post By Drew Curtis of Fark.com over at Wired. “It must be true. I read it on the internet.” Au contraire, mon frere. Internet hoaxes have been around for as long as the internet itself, and we never run out of people willing to fall for them. Some are so clever that it’s easy to be taken in. Others are so patently ridiculous that you should probably slash your wrists for falling so easily. Here are 10 of the best.

We just received our 2006 edition of the Thomas Register. I was pleasantly surprised to open the carton and see hardbound books, since last year’s edition was a floppy paperback set that was nearly impossible to shelve. My pleasure faded, though, when I saw the enclosed announcement. After 100 years of providing the industry-standard directory of American manufacturers, Thomas will cease publication of its print edition in favor of its online product, ThomasNet.

The press release linked at ThomasNet leads to a blank page at press time, but the letter printed in the front of each volume paints this as simply an inevitable move toward digital publication. I can’t help but see it as another sign of the fading of the U.S. as a world industrial power.

Source: LisNews (http://www.lisnews.com)

Kathleen writes “April is National Poetry Month The Poetcast produced by the Academy of American Poets for National Poetry Month will regularly showcase selections from the Poetry Audio Archive, as well as new work by contemporary poets. April 2006, the Academy of American Poets will launch the first-ever Poetry Read-a-Thon. Geared for middle school students (grades 5-8), the Read-a-Thon’s goals are to celebrate the reading of poems and writing about poems. In addition to emphasizing the pleasure and fun of reading poetry, the Read-a-Thon will facilitate the students’ development of writing and comprehension skills.”

Source: LIS New (http://www.lisnews.com)

Follow these links for up-to-date information about Beverly Cleary and how her publisher is celebrating her birthday.


National “Drop Everything and Read” Day
April 12, 2006, has been proclaimed National “Drop Everything and Read” (D.E.A.R.) Day. It is an initiative to encourage families to designate at least 30 minutes to put aside all distractions and enjoy books together…to make it a special time to “drop everything and read.” The 90th birthday of Newbery Award-winning author Beverly Cleary is the official national D.E.A.R. day, and Cleary’s most popular book character, Ramona Quimby, is the program’s official spokesperson.

In celebration of D.E.A.R. Day, the National Education Association (NEA) and the NEA Foundation, with support from HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks, is offering a funding opportunity called the D.E.A.R. Bookshelf. This program awards $250 for classroom, school, and public libraries to enrich book collections and offer titles that kids will want to drop everything for and read! The deadline for applications, available at
http://www.neafoundation.org/programs/dear.htm, is March 24, 2006.
To request National D.E.A.R. materials for programming in libraries, write to