Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Happy Birthday, Beverly Cleary!

There are real people behind the books we read and love!  On April 12th, the library was excited and delighted to celebrate the 100th birthday of children's book author Beverly Cleary, empathetic master of realistic fiction who has sold over ninety-nine million books (most famously her Ramona, Henry Huggins and Mouse and the Motorcycle series).  No child should go through childhood without reading a Beverly Cleary book, and here in the library we try to facilitate that by making Beverly Cleary's books a "bonus pick" for her whole birthday month of April and a free Beverly Cleary bookmark with check-out! Fans were also welcome to come to the library to rousingly sing "Happy Birthday" to this living legend, and send her our wishes from Chicago to her home in Portland.  Surprise, cake was waiting!  Sorry we couldn't share a bite with you, Ms. Cleary.  You are in our thoughts and hearts.

Watch an excellent movie about the life of Beverly Cleary by clicking here and enjoy a clever stop-action animation version of The Mouse and the Motorcycle here!  And please don't forget to visit the big bin of Beverly Cleary's books available in the library, hopefully for the next 100 years.

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