National Book Award

Jacqueline Woodson‘s book, Brown Girl Dreaming, was announced ypl_woodson_Brown_Girl_Dreamingas the recipient of the 2014 National Book Award Winner for Young People’s Literature this week. Jacqueline Woodson states in her interview with Adina Taive-Goodman that this book was “…trying to answer the question ‘How did I become a writer?’”

The National Book Foundation administers the National Book Awards. Its mission is “to celebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience, and to enhance the cultural value of good writing in America.” Nominations are made by publishers in each of four categories, but the panel of judges are five “writers who are known to be doing great work in their genre or field….”

The shortlist for the award was comprised of the following books:



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Constitution Day 2014

Constitution Day may be one of our least celebrated Federal Holidays, but not one of our least important. Today celebrates the 227th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution in 1787. It is a good time to stop and reflect on the importance of the Constitution to our way of life as well as how important a role libraries play in keeping information accessible to the public.

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Save the Date … and Your White Shoes!

October 18, 2014 – Be There! And bring your White Shoes!

SJCPL Open Book : A Celebration of Words in Music and Stories takes place at the Main Library, downtown South Bend, from 10 – 3. Meet your favorite storybook characters with a special appearance by Pete the Cat.

Eric Litwin (AKA Mr. Eric) is a New York Times best-selling author of Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes published by Harper Collins.” Mr. Eric, author of the first four Pete the Cat picture books, is giving two presentations during the event and signing books. Enjoy his performance, meet Pete the Cat and find out about his new book, Bedtime at the Nut House.


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