Sacramento Public Library

What you missed: April 2014

More awards, plus authors, robots and read to a dog.
John Cotton Dana Award Logo
The Sacramento Public Library was one of eight libraries around the nation to win the prestigious John Cotton Dana Award from the American Library Association. The award, which comes with a $10,000 prize, recognizes excellence in “library public relations.” We won for our advertising campaign supporting One Book Sacramento: The Works of Edgar Allan Poe. In March, our One Book campaign took two awards at the local 2013-14 American Advertising Federation Awards hosted by the Sacramento Ad Club. We moved on to take silver at the regional awards, and will be heading on to the national competition, with winners to be announced May 31. 

So Sorry You Missed…

Author Austin Kleon on April 2. The author of Show Your Work and Steal Like an Artist gave a lively interactive lecture about creativity and community.

Chris Macias and Aquanetta Gordon, co-authors of Echoes of an Angel, on April 22. The book tells the story of Gordon’s son Ben Underwood, who lost his eyes to cancer but learned to “see” using echolocation, the same kind of navigation used by bats and dolphins.

Karen Thomas and Mira Garcia pose with their N Factor awards.
Friends of North Natomas volunteers Karen Thomas and Mira Garcia swept the N Factor Awards on March 30, Karen winning the Council District 1 Diamond and Mira for outstanding teen service. Photo by Dennis Spear, N magazine.

Two children building robotic legos.

Girl building robotic legos.
Megan and Ethan Yee and Victoria Vanvelzen were among the kids who built robots at a beginning robotics workshops at the Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven Library in March. Participants used the LEGO WeDo Robotics program to build figures, then used the software to add simple motions. A big thanks to the Friends of the Pocket-Greenhaven Library.

Librarian and child pose in front of a picture book display.
Akshaj Mehta, 8, was a guest reader at the storytime at the South Natomas Library on April 19, reading from his own book, Super Mouse. He’s shown with youth services librarian Marian Simmons.

Girl reading book with dog.
Reading to a dog helps kids boost their reading skills. Here, Maelynn Garrand, 6, reads to Tallulah at the McKinley Library. Photo by Malcolm Maclachlan, Sacramento Public Library.

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