Did you know that October is Global Diversity Awareness Month? An entire month dedicated to celebrating the world and it's many diverse facets from gender, to culture, to societal groups. And what better way to celebrate, than to discuss diversity in literature and what it means for today's children.
Diversity in literature can help us say goodbye to close minded opinions and welcome open hearts to all of the difference we see in the world. Presenting our differences in an easy to understand text, can help children relate and empathize at a young age. It expands their minds and helps them to see other cultures and races that they might not see otherwise. It is so important that we teach acceptance at a young age so children can grow into successful adults without any bias or prejudices.
Penworthy is proud to carry a large collection of diverse titles. We have titles that talk about what it's like to start school in a new country. We have titles that subtly feature diversity with a group of multicultural lead characters. We have titles that introduce diversity through new countries and different holidays. There is something that everyone can relate to, and can help explore the world of differences around our globe.
For ways to celebrate diversity, we have compiled some wonderful resources for you to use in your library:
With the school season kicking off and summer reading programs coming to an end, it's the perfect time to start thinking about how to draw more patrons into your library. A great way that libraries across the country are getting patrons to come back is by implementing a Food for Fines Program at their library.
Food for Fines Programs offer an excellent opportunity for the patrons, the community and the library, and I'll tell you why. The patrons are happy because they are able to reduce their overdue book fees that may have been looming over them. The community is thriving because you are collecting much needed items to donate to the local food pantry. And it works wonders for the library because you will draw in patrons who may have not returned otherwise due to overdue fees, and you will be able to give back to your community.
You control the Food for Fines Program which gives you the flexibility to decide how much in fees you want to waive. The program forgives $1.00 of overdue book fees for each non-perishable food item donated. But you can easily implement a maximum fee forgiveness. The program also only forgives overdue fees, so any lost or damage fees will still apply.
If you are interested in implementing a Food for Fines Program at your library, we have created excellent resources to help you get started. Flyers, FAQs and Graphics that will launch a fun and rewarding Food for Fines Program in your community:
Thursday, August 9th is National Book Lovers Day and we think that's a cause for celebration! It's an entire day dedicated to book lovers around the nation that encourages people to find your favorite reading place, a good book and read the day away. Did you know - The first public libraries appeared in the middle ages! So let's pay our respects and celebrate this wonderful day. For some ideas on ways to celebrate and some book loving inspiration, follow the links below:
It can be hard to stay on top of what's trending with kids TV and who the most popular characters are. So we've pulled the list of Google's top Chart of the most searched kids' TV shows and compiled some basic information about who these popular characters are! The list is in rank of the most searched TV shows.
#1 - SpongeBob SquarePants (171 months in top 10)
Launched on Nickelodeon in 1999 and still running and popular today! Following sea creatures and friends through their underwater city of Bikini Bottom
#2 - PAW Patrol (33 months in top 10)
First aired on Nickelodeon in 2013 and new episodes can be seen on Nick Jr. An action packed series that follows around a pack of search and rescue dogs known as the PAW Patrol.
#3 - Peter Rabbit (2 months in top 10)
A 2012 Nick Jr. Series that has grown in popularity recently due to the Peter Rabbit movie that was just released in theaters February 3rd this year. The program is not airing new episodes currently.
#4 - Peppa Pig (48 months in top 10)
This British animated series that can be found on Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. The show revolved around Peppa Pig and her friends and family. Peppa's friends are all different animals which engages children of all ages.
#5 - Sesame Street (150 months in top 10)
A longtime favorite of children and adults that can be found on PBS. With fun programs and educational lessons, it's no surprise that this show is loved by kids and adults alike!
#6 - Steven Universe (37 months in top 10)
Cartoon Network launched this series in 2013 and it is still running. Featuring Steven a youn boy, who lives in the magical town of Beach City with aliens named Pearl and Garnet.
#7 - Power Rangers (169 months in top 10)
Another series that has gained popularity from it's 2017 film, Power Rangers. Originally released in 1993, and still running strong with new episodes airing on Nickelodeon.
#8 - Star Wars Rebels (7 months in top 10)
This Star Wars story line follows an era when the Imperial forces are hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights. But are the Rebels strong enough to defeat them? New episodes are still airing on the Disney channel.
#9 - Dora the Explorer (118 months in top 10)
With a live-action film underway and scheduled to release in 2019, this series is sure to gain even more popularity. Even though the show ran from 2000-2014, the character still holds high interest among kids with popular merchandise and mobile streaming options released in 2017.
#10 - Adventure Time (73 months in top 10)
A Cartoon Network Series that released in 2010 with new episodes still being released. This fun animated series follows the adventures of Finn and his best friend Jake the Dog. This duo goes on wild adventures with a little bit of magic and a lot of imagination.
May 24th is National Scavenger Hunt Day, and what better way to celebrate than hosting a scavenger hunt in your library! Hosting a scavenger hunt at your library can be easy with these resources we've pulled together for you! You can create your own hunt specific to your library, or just download a free printable hunt for kids to enjoy! Happy hunting:
48 years ago, on April 22, 1970, millions of people gathered to protest the negative impacts of industrial development. Since then, Earth Day has become a global event where people around the world take part in environmental movements to make the Earth a better place.
This year, in 2018, the Earth Day focus is to end plastic pollution. "From poisoning and injuring marine life to disrupting human hormones, from littering our beaches and landscapes to clogging our waste streams and landfills, the exponential growth of plastics is now threatening the survival of our planet." - earthday.org
The time for change is now - Here are some great links for celebrating Earth Day around your community:
May the 4th started as a punny holiday, and has turned into a nation wide celebration for Star Wars fans of all ages! It is a great time to integrate Star Wars into the library and encourage even the most reluctant readers to pick up a good book! Here's a round-up of ideas and activities to bring a Galaxy far, far away...to your library:
And Penworthy's Star Wars collection includes high-interest fiction and non-fiction titles for all reading levels.
"Everybody has talent, it's just a matter of moving around until you've discovered what it is." - George Lucas
Penworthy is proud to help foster a love of reading in children, so we have gathered some useful resources to help you have the best Children's Book Week possible! And of course, if you need great books to prepare for this wonderful week, browse our website!
"Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Every year, events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, homes — wherever young readers and books connect!" - Every Child a Reader
Explore all of these fun links from the Every Child a Reader website:
Calling all crafters: March is National Craft Month! To celebrate, here’s a round-up of easy, low-cost crafting resources. Crafting and handmade projects are more popular than ever right now. Happy crafting this month – and beyond!
April is National Poetry Month! The observance was created by the Academy of American Poets in 1996 in order to celebrate and promote this expressive literary art form. There are a multitude of ways to celebrate in the library – here is a list of resources and program ideas to help you and your young readers get poetic:
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