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February News and Events from Glendale Public Library

The Cat in the Hat at Main Library!

Bring them to the show
By ones and by twos.
‘Cause The Cat in the Hat
Is a must for all Whos!

Arizona Broadway Theatre (ABT) returns to the Main Library Auditorium on Wednesday, February 1, at 4:00 PM with a children's classic -- The Cat in the Hat! Everyone’s favorite cat comes to mischievous life in this theatrical adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic. Not a word has been touched or added to Dr. Seuss’s classic tale where it’s a rainy day and Dick and Sally can’t find anything to do . . . until the Cat in the Hat unexpectedly appears and turns their dreary afternoon into a fun-filled extravaganza!

"We are super excited to have a true classic come to life here at the Main Library," says Libary Assistant, Senior Elly Reidy. "Our partnership with the Arizona Broadway Theatre is born of a shared love of children's lit, providing free programming for the community, and just plain fun!" This free performance, a part of ABT's Theatre For Young Audiences program, is made possible by a grant from the City of Glendale Public Art Program.

Tickets will be given out 20 minutes before the show begins, on a first-come, first-served basis to those in line outside of the library auditorium. Please be aware that attendees cannot save places or get tickets for persons not in line. This performance of The Cat in the Hat is designed for children ages 5 and up. While younger children may attend if accompanied by an adult, parents should please note that toddlers and young preschoolers may not enjoy the performance.

Improve Your Photos at Foothills Branch!

Digital photography makes it easy to overlook photography’s basic elements, but good compositional technique is vital to creating images that engage the viewer and tell a story. On Wednesday, February 8, at 6:30 PM at the Foothills Branch, former Arizona Highways Director of Photography, Peter Ensenberger, presents Photography: The Art of Composition - Energy, Flow, and Motion.

In this workshop, attendees will learn tips and techniques for composing your subjects no matter what type of camera you use, and find out how and when it's all right to break the “rules” of photography.

Mandalas Can Go Everywhere

Use your Mandala Rock paint skills to paint and decorate flower pots with librarian Christie O'Hara. Relax, find your center and make new friends as you practice a new twist on this ancient art form. Register here for a fun afternoon of painting on Saturday, February 25, from 12-2 PM at Velma Teague Branch Library.

In the Mood for Love? Glendale Public Library Has Options!

During the month of February, romance is in the air, on the screen, and in our books! Looking for a little literary love? Why don't you try Marlene's list of classic romances? Like a little magic with your passion? Try Elly's recommendations for fantasy books with a strong romance element. Love the will they/won't they of YA Lit? This list of teen titles has you covered. Finally, are you looking for something less heteronormative? Try Ray's list of LGBT romances.

Youth Media Award Winners at GPL

Each January, librarians gather to choose the best children's and teen books of the year at the American Library Association's midwinter conference. Representing books for all age groups and reading levels, the Youth Media Award winners represent some of the most innovative and quality writing for youth.

The best known of the YMA Awards is the Newbery Medal. Named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery, it is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. The 2017 Winner is The Girl Who Drank the Moon, by Kelly Barnhill. In this middle grade fantasy novel, Xan, a kindhearted witch, lives in the woods with an erudite swamp monster and a lovable "Perfectly Tiny Dragon." Every year she finds a new home for a baby the sorrowful people of the Protectorate leave in the woods on the Day of Sacrifice. One year, she accidentally "enmagicks" a baby with moonlight, so the three decide to raise her as their own, their Luna. But Luna's magic is strong, and before her 13th birthday, events unfold that will change everything she has known.

Another popular award is the Caldecott Medal. Also awarded by the Association for Library Service to Children, it is given to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. This year's winner, Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, illustrated and written by Javaka Steptoe, was a surprise to many librarians. This biography of Basquiat's early life uses canvases of scavenged wood, painted and collaged with photos, to evoke the improvisatory nature of Basquiat’s art.

The big winner of the conference was March: Book 3, by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell. This graphic novel is the conclusion of the March trilogy, an autobiographical account of Congressman John Lewis’s experiences during the Civil Rights Movement. It follows Lewis’s involvement with the Mississippi Freedom Summer and the March on Selma. March: Book 3 won a record-setting four Youth Media Awards, including the Michael L. Printz Award for literary excellence in young adult literature; the Coretta Scott King Award recognizing an African-American author of outstanding books for children and young adults; the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children; and the Young Adult Services Association Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults.

All of these award winners are available at the Glendale Public Library. For a complete list of Newbery winners at GPL, click here. For Caldecott winners, follow this link.

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