April is a Big Month For Books!!!!

As you may have noticed, books are an important part of our lives. Not only do we produce between 20-25 books each year, but we read tons of them. We buy books and we get a "loan" from the library whenever we need more. April is a great time to remember the importance of libraries in all of our communities. Go check them out.

On my handy dandy book calendar of special events, April probably is the most important of book months.

April is:
National Poetry Month
National Library Week, April 10-15
National School Library Day, April 4
National Encourage a Young Writer, April 10
National Library Workers Day, April 11
Nation Bookmobile Day, April 2
National Scrabble Day, April 13 (You use words!)
National Support Teen Literature Day, April 13
National Talk Like Shakespeare Day, April 23
National Children’s Book Day, April 2
World Book and Copyright Day, April 23
English Language Day, April 23

Our hats go off to libraries of all kinds. Without libraries people couldn’t enjoy books and read. Libraries buy books from local publishers (for the most part – there is one library system that is too lazy to buy books from local publishers or maybe they don’t like them?). We also have to keep letting politicians know that libraries need tax money and once in a while a clueless politician decides that books last forever and libraries need to be cut off. Maybe they need to visit a library? Maybe our tax money should go to libraries and not wasteful programs?

Hats off to libraries, library workers, bookmobiles, and books in general! They are all unsung heroes.

Barbe Awalt

Rio Grande Books
April 8: Gallup Public Library, 9am-5pm "Author Fair"
April 20-22: Arizona-NM Historical Society Conference, Flagstaff, AZ
June 16-18: Sacred Art Market, Gallup Cathedral
July 15: Lavender in the Village, Los Ranchos Agri Center

Henrietta Christmas & Paul Rhetts
April 30: Santa Fe Public Library, 2pm "Basic Genealogy Checklist: 101 Tips & Tactics to Finding Your Family History"
June 24: Treasure House Books, Albuquerque Old Town 1-3pm "Basic Genealogy Checklist: 101 Tips & Tactics to Finding Your Family History"

Loretta Hall
April 2: Explora Science Center & Children's Museum (Albuquerque Old Town), 2:30pm "Miguel & Michelle Visit Spaceport America" new children's book
April 5: Bear Canyon Senior Center, 10:00-11:30, "NM is a Treasure Trove of Space History"
April 9: Treasure House Books (Albuquerque Old Town), 1pm "Miguel & Michelle Visit Spaceport America" new children's book
May 3: Bear Canyon Senior Center, 10:00-11:30, "Getting Men to the Moon: Behind-the-Scenes Stories"
June 10: Bookworks, 11am. 4022 Rio Grande Blvd ABQ
July 13: OASIS, 1:00-2:30, "What Sex Differences Mean for Space Travel"

Pat Hodapp
April 23: Collected Works, 2pm "Santa Fe Bucket List"

Ross Van Dusen
June 4: Treasure House Books, 1pm "Lyle Got Stuck in a Tree" and "What Makes Lightning?"