March into the library for award winners, James Spann, more

By FRANCES SMITH / Community Columnist

March, like every month, is full of birthdays for everyday folks, scientific folks, famous folks, literary folks.

March 2 is the birth date of author Dr. Seuss, who inspired “Read across America.”

March 22 commemorates the birth of renowned illustrator Randolph Caldecott after whom the Caldecott Award is named.

This year the Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children went to “Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat,” illustrated by Javaka Steptoe, who also wrote the book.

For many, the Caldecott Award goes hand in hand with the Newbery Award, named after English publisher John Newbery.

The 2017 Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature went to “The Girl Who Drank the Moon” by Kelly Barnhill.

You can check out these and other new award winners from our library.

When you do we hope you’ll attend some of our programs, which include a visit from TV’s James Spann and a world traveler with tales from Ireland.

Story Times:

Tunes & Tales Wednesdays, 3:30 p.m.; Toddler Tales Fridays, 10:30 a.m.

Kids Programs:

Lego League March 7, 6 p.m.-6:45 p.m. Kids age 6 and younger must be with an adult.

An Hour with James Spann March 13, 10-11 a.m. Everyone is invited to this special Homeschool Happening program featuring James Spann chief meteorologist on ABC 33/40. Come as a James Spann look alike if you want. Please sign up.

YA Throwback Thursday: What Do You Know…? March 16, 4:15 p.m. Tweens and teens can test their knowledge when Charity Battles of Alabama 4-H challenges them during a St. Patrick’s Day trivia smack down. Have fun snacking and yacking with friends. Kids 11-18 years old can sign up.

American Girls Club March 17, 4 p.m. Girls age 7 and older can come with or without a doll to learn about Kit and her 1934 world. Please sign up.

Pete the Cat Book Club March 21, 6 p.m. Youngsters age 5 and older can sign up for reading, fun, and activities. Kids age 6 and younger must be with an adult.

Spring Break Story Time March 29, 10:15 a.m. Spring into fun  stories, songs and more with Miss Jennie.

Adult Programs

Free AARP Tax Help for seniors by appointment on Tuesdays and Thursdays now through mid-April. To sign up call 664.6822 or come by the library.

Computer Classes March 6, 10-11:30 a.m. Computer Basics; March 18, 10-11:30 a.m. Microsoft Excel 2013 Crash Course; March 27, 10-11:30 a.m. Microsoft Word 2013, Part 1.

ABC & Ds of Medicare March 13, 1 p.m.

Tai Chi, March 15, 22 and 29, 1 p.m. Complete the enrollment form at the library before the first class. Newcomers not admitted after the second class.

Book Group March 16, 7 p.m. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman.

Cake & Culture March 19, 2 p.m. World traveler Niki Sepsas presents Leprechauns, Shamrocks, and ‘Danny Boy’ – Images of the Emerald Isle.

Programs are in the meeting room.