Drop Everything and Read!

On April 12 from 9am–9pm, we want to remind and encourage you to make reading together a family priority every day. When you visit the library on April 12, look for a comfy chair, sit down and read. Or, you may D.E.A.R. a book out loud. Look for librarians reading too and ask them for a book recommendation.

When you D.E.A.R. you honor award-winning author Beverly Cleary – whose books appear in over 20 countries in 14 languages – and her characters, including Henry Huggins, Ellen Tebbits, Otis Spofford, Beezus, Ramona Quimby, Ribsy, Socks and Ralph S. Mouse.

D.E.A.R. is not limited to children – we want ALL AGES to D.E.A.R.! For more information, call 580-4565.

It’s not so hard to find time to read. Here are some librarian-tested ways to read more.

Read travel books for an imagined trip.

  • Use an app to get books on your smart phone or tablet.
  • Pick up some magazines for a short and quick read.
  • Listen to a book while you are driving, walking or working out.
  • Keep a stack or shelf of books in the bathroom for those longer stays.
  • Pick books that interest you. Need help? Follow us on Facebook or GoodReads.
  • Take turns as a family reading aloud. Set a designated family story time.
  • Get inspiration at your public library, 10th and Washburn, or on our books blog.

A public relations professional, editor and writer, Lisa shares the library story in her blog posts, in the bimonthly Library News, and media interviews. A self-described social media and news nut, Lisa harnesses that passion to raise awareness and understanding of the library's vital role in this community.