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Reading Rockets' children's literature expert, Maria Salvadore, brings you into her world as she explores the best ways to use kids' books both inside — and outside — of the classroom.

April celebrations

April 12, 2012

April is a month full of promise. The sun feels warmer, the days are longer, and there are celebrations galore.

100 years ago, the people of Japan gave cherry trees to the people of the United States. The centennial year of this gift is celebrated with events in Washington, DC all month long during the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

April is National Poetry Month and Keep America Beautiful Month.

Families and teachers can find out about these and other April celebrations through books and information and other resources. And where better to find them but at the library?

And of course, April being a month of promise holds special festivities for libraries.

It is School Library Month. Interestingly, the theme of its first national observance in 1985 was "Where Learning Never Ends: The School Library Media Center." That statement really applies to all libraries but especially important to families: the public library.

Notably, this week is also National Library Week which celebrates books, reading, libraries, and more.

Making libraries part of every celebration is sure to keep April magic going long beyond the 30th!

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