Lit Events 2015-2016

Days/Months to Prepare for and Look Forward To!


September is Library Card Sign- up Month

Library Card Sign-up Month is a time for the American Library Association to remind families that the most important school supply you'll need is free! If you don't already have one, go to your local library to sign up for a library card.
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International Literacy Day - Tuesday, September 8, 2015

International Literacy Day gives children and communities a chance to rediscover the joys of reading while raising awareness for those without access to education.
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International Dot Day - Tuesday, September 15, 2015

International Dot Day is a day when people of all ages re-discover the power and potential of creativity in all they do.
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Global Read Aloud - October 5 - November 13

Global Read Aloud is a chance for our school to read and discuss one title. We are also encouraged to discuss the book with other classrooms in the country or world!
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Star Wars Reads Day - Saturday, October 10

Star Wars Reads Day is a celebration of a galaxy far, far away and the joy of reading.
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Rhode Island Festival of Children's Books and Authors - Saturday, October 17

Rhode Island Festival of Books and Authors is a unique opportunity for RI families to meet and have books signed by well-known authors and illustrators from around the country. Authors give half hour talks that you can sit it on as well. Why not prepare for it by reading books by the authors/illustrators as a family before the event?
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National Day on Writing - Tuesday, October 20

National Day on Writing is a day when educators are encouraged to tweet out about the ways they use writing to connect -betwee subject areas, with other people, with organizations and opportunities, and more using the hashtag #WriteMyCommunity
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November - Picture Book Month

Picture Book Month is a time to celebrate why picture books matter at any age.
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International Games Day - Saturday, November 21

International Games Day at the public library encourages patrons of all ages to interact with diverse peers, share their expertise and develop new strategies for game and learning. At the library, kids can socialize with their friends and play board and video games while surrounded by books, librarians and a real world of knowledge.
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RI Children's Book Award Challenge

Voting for the 2016 RI Children's Book Award is coming soon! Be sure to read as many titles as you can so that you'll be very confident in your final decision. Here is a log for you to keep track of your books.
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Letters About Literature - due Friday, January 8

Letters About Literature is a reading and writing contest for students in grades 4-12. Students are asked to read a book, poem, or speech and write to that author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally. Letters are judged on state and national levels. December is the perfect month to work on your letter because letters are due by January 8.
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Newbery Challenge

How many Newbery award winners have you read? Take the Newbery Quiz and then challenge yourself to read a few John Newbery winners during the month of January.
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ALA Youth Media Awards - Monday, January 11

Each year the American Library Association (ALA) honors books and media for children and teens. Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, the ALA Youth Media Awards (YMA), which include the prestigious Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, and Coretta Scott King Book Awards, do guide parents, educators, librarians and others in selecting the best materials for youth. Selected by committees composed of librarians and other literature and media experts, the awards encourage original and creative work in the field of children's and young adult literature and media. The award announcements are made as part of the ALA Midwinter Meeting, usually on the Monday morning of the ALA Midwinter Meeting.

International Book Giving Day - Sunday, February 14

International Book Giving Day’s focus is on encouraging people worldwide to give a book to a child on February 14th. We invite individuals to

1) gift a book to a friend or family member,

2) leave a book in a waiting room for children to read

3) donate a gently used book to a local library, hospital or shelter or to an organization that distributes used books to children in need internationally.

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World Read Aloud Day - Wednesday, February 24

World Read Aloud Day motivates children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words and creates a community of readers taking action to show the world that the right to literacy belongs to all people.
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Read Across America Day - Wednesday, March 2

This day is sponsored by the National Education Association, with the goal of showing America's children the joy of reading and building a nation of readers-on March 2 and every day.
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2016 RI Children's Book Award announced this month

The Rhode Island Children's Book Award (RICBA) started in 1990 as a joint project of the Rhode Island State Council of the International Reading Association (RISC/ IRA), the Rhode Island Library Association (RILA), and the Rhode Island Educational Media Association (RIEMA) now School Librarians of RI (SLRI), under the coordination of the Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS).
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National Poetry Month

Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month, held every April, is the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture.
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School Library Month

School Library Month (SLM) is the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) celebration of school librarians and their programs.
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D.E.A.R. Day - Tuesday, April 12

"Drop Everything and Read" Day is celebrated on April 12th because it is the day of Beverly Cleary's birthday. Beverly Cleary first wrote about D.E.A.R. in Ramona Quimby, Age 8. The goal of this day/program is to prompt people to make reading a regular part of their routine.
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Reading Week - TBA

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National Poem in Your Pocket Day - Thursday, April 28

Every April, on Poem in Your Pocket Day, people throughout the United States celebrate by selecting a poem, carrying it with them, and sharing it with others throughout the day as schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, and other venues ring loud with open readings of poems from pockets.

Poem in Your Pocket Day was originally initiated in 2002 by the Office of the Mayor, in partnership with the New York City Departments of Cultural Affairs and Education, as part of the city’s National Poetry Month celebration. In 2008, the Academy of American Poets took the initiative national, encouraging individuals around the country to join in and channel their inner bard.
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Free Comic Book Day - Saturday, May 7

Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book specialty shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shop.
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Children's Book Week - May 2 - 8

Established in 1919, Children's Book Week is the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading.
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Screen-Free Week - TBA

During Screen-Free Week, children, families, and communities around the world will rediscover the joys of life beyond the screen. Unplug from digital entertainment and spend your free time playing, reading, daydreaming, creating, exploring, and connecting with family and friends.
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Kids Reading Across Rhode Island Event - TBA

The Rhode Island Center for the Book in partnership with the Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services launched a One Book, One State initiative for students in grades 3-6. The author of the chosen title speaks and signs books at the State House. There are many family-friendly activities to go along with the theme of the book at this free event. Click here to see details from 2015.
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