100th Birthday – Libraries

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When it comes to Keats, librarians know how to party!


Abilene Public Library, South Branch, Abilene, Tex., December 1, 2016, and National Council for Children’s Illustrated Literature, December 2-3

Kicking off a Keats weekend, the National Council for Children’s Illustrated Literature partnered with Abilene’s new library branch for a family evening of Keats appreciation. Through December, all regular library events are about Keats. The NCCIL hosted a Snowy Day for preschoolers, collaborating on activities with the Military Child Education Coalition, which provides training for parents. Coloring and crafts rounded out the family fun.






Handley Regional Library, Winchester, Virginia
Donna Hughes, head of Youth Services

This libarian took a tuneful approach to Keats’s birthday. She sang “Over in the Meadow” and played autoharp with a roomful of pre-schoolers.

Albert L. Scott Library, Alabaster, Alabama
Frances Smith, Youth Services Librarian

Ezra, his characters, his books and his art were the topics of this creative party. The kids even played a Keats Bingo game using words from the books, and made collage bookmarks and joyous birthday cards. Only then did they sing “Happy Birthday” and have cupcakes.


Postscript: Thanks to New Haven Free Public Library, New Haven, Connecticut; Stratford Library, Stratford, Connecticut; Urbana Free Library, Urbana, Illinois; and Woodbury Public Library, Woodbury, New York, for your Keats birthday celebrations. And to all those libraries whose programs did not come to our attention, thank you!