In April, DPL has a few book based activities for your enjoyment.
If you enjoy eBooks try the Big Library Read (going on April 1st-15th), through Overdrive. Read Homes: A Refugee Story by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah and Winnie Yeung. As part of the Big Library Read, you can join an online discussion of the book, listen to author interviews and enter for a chance to win a Kobu Aura H2O from Overdrive. Over 19,000 libraries around the world are participating in this digital book club. And yes, the book does count for the immigrant/refugee task for the Adult Reading Challenge.
If you are in the mood to be crafty with books, mark your calendar for April 11th and 18th, when our resident artist Librarian Heather will be teaching a book folding craft class. In the April 11th class you will create a decorative vase shape by folding pages in a book. In the April 18th class you will use pages from recycled books to make flowers and leaves to adorn the vase you created the week earlier. Free and open to all patrons aged 12 and up, you must take the part one to participate in part two.
On April 26th author Daniel Wallace will receive the 2019 Harper Lee Award given by the Alabama Writers Symposium. The award is given to “a living, nationally recognized Alabama writer who has made a significant contribution to Alabama letters.” Wallace has written 6 novels, with Big Fish being his best known. Join us at DPL on the 26th to watch the movie of his best known novel at 6pm. Free movie night is for patrons 16+ and the doors open at 5:30 pm.
While we are talking about Alabama paying homage to great writing, did you know the state is home to one of the largest Shakespeare Festivals in the world? The Alabama Shakespeare Festival is in Montgomery and typically does three plays by Shakespeare; the other works usually focus on the Southern experience. To celebrate Shakespeare’s 455th birthday on April 23rd, the task for April is to read a play or book of sonnets by William Shakespeare.