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Let's Get Ready to Read!

Babies are born learning, and you can help prepare your child for success!  The Austin Public Library is thrilled to announce our new early literacy initiative Storytime Connection. We have been hard at work creating resources that highlight early literacy tips, recommended books, opportunities for training, and videos that will entertain as well as educate. 

Claire DeWitt and the Best Mysteries I've Read in Awhile

Those of us who are avid mystery readers are familiar with the tropes of the genre. We’ve got the anti-heroes who aren’t above breaking the law in the pursuit of justice, we’ve got the fluffy heroines who get themselves in and out of danger with ridiculous regularity. We’ve got the cozy cottage mysteries and the hard-boiled detectives. I do not believe, though, that we’ve ever met a heroine quite like Claire DeWitt.

Night Crafters @ Manchaca - February 2015

Are you tired of giving the same old store bought Valentine’s Day cards every year? Well, change it up this year and head over to our February 4 Night Crafters program! Make a Lucky in Love Scratch Off Card or a tiny Message in a Bottle Valentine. Each are simple to create and definitely fun to share. As always, all supplies are provided. 

WHAT: Night Crafters - Valentine's Day
WHERE: Manchaca Road Branch
WHEN: Wednesday, February 4, 6 - 8 PM
WHO: Adults interested in crafting.

Time To Rock The Bluebonnet Vote!

Have you read at least 5 of the 2014 Texas Bluebonnet Award nominated books? If not, there is still time! Bluebonnet Award voting for the Austin Public Library begins on January 12th and ends on January 29th. All you need to do in order to vote is to have read at least 5 books from the master list, fill out your nomination form at any Austin Public Library and then turn that form into a friendly APL staff member!

Every year, the kids of Texas get to choose which author is awarded the Bluebonnet Award and that is what makes this award so special -  it comes directly from the hearts of Texas youth.  So, reward yourself by casting your vote and reward your favorite Bluebonnet nominated author by showing your support – and remember, these elections can get pretty tight so every vote counts! This year's Bluebonnet winning book will be announced in early February, 2015!

Spot the Monster

Throughout December we'll be Spotting the Monster in our scribble art and using our creative imagination to transform what you might have thought was a mistake into a completely new work of art! So what are we waiting for? Let's create our own monsters!


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