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It's National Library Week: April 13 - 19

Discover the value of Camden County libraries and how they change lives

Big Play Date at the Voorhees BranchWith the arrival of National Library Week (4/13 – 4/19), the Camden County Library System and the American Library Association want residents to know how lives can be changed at the library. Nowhere is this truer than here in Camden County through the collections, information, services and programs the library system offers at eight different branch locations.

Whether it’s learning new technologies with EReader Drop-in Help sessions, or learning a new hobby and craft skills with their Maker programs, or getting job search help to find a new job or even a new career, residents can find opportunities to change their lives in big and small ways almost every day at the library.

Libraries today are more than just repositories for books and other resources. Often serving as the heart of their communities, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their customers live, work, study and play.  Libraries are trusted places where everyone in the community can gather to reconnect and reengage with each other to enrich and shape the community and address local issues.

For example, the Voorhees Branch recently staged a very successful Community Playdate attended by over 200 children and parents. The program was designed to show how parents and other caregivers can engage in meaningful play with their children at home using simple, everyday inexpensive materials that help a child’s development.  See a slideshow of photos from the Community Playdate.

“Service to the community has always been the focus of the library,” said Camden County Library Director Linda Devlin. “While this aspect has never changed, libraries have grown and evolved in how they provide for the needs of every member of their community.”

The spirit and theme of how libraries change lives will continue well past National Library Week as long as their doors are open to serve the public.

So take the time to visit your local library or go online to visit our virtual branch (www.camdencountylibrary.org ) open 24/7. Find ways to change your life – both big and small.

See some of the programs we are offering to get you moving for spring. 

See the full press release.

Celebrating Libraries in April

Just around the corner is National Library Week, April 13-19.  Get in the spirit by reading some of the great books that feature librarians of all kinds, fictional and real.

BookPage put together this list of 15 of their Favorite Books about Libraries and Librarians.


A few of our favorites include The Time Traveler's Wife and The Shadow of the Wind.

Plus, New Jersey born author Matthew Quick of the Silver Linings Playbook features a "Girlbrarian" in his newest, The Good Luck of Right Now.


2014 Youth Media Awards

Each year the American Library Association honors books, videos, and other outstanding materials for children and teens. Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, the ALA Youth Media Awards, including the prestigious Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, and Coretta Scott King Book Awards, guide parents, educators, librarians, and others in selecting the best materials for youth. Here are some of this year's winners!

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature: Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures,” written by Kate DiCamillo

Four Newbery Honor Books also were named: “Doll Bones,” written by Holly Black; “The Year of Billy Miller,” written by Kevin Henkes; “One Came Home,” written by Amy Timberlake; and “Paperboy,” written by Vince Vawter.

Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children: “Locomotive,” illustrated by Brian Floca

Three Caldecott Honor Books also were named: “Journey,” written and illustrated by Aaron Becker; “Flora and the Flamingo,” written and illustrated by Molly Idle; and “Mr. Wuffles!” written and illustrated by David Wiesner.

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults: “Midwinterblood,” written by Marcus Sedgwick

Four Printz Honor Books also were named: “Eleanor & Park,” written by Rainbow Rowell; “Kingdom of Little Wounds,” written by Susann Cokal; “Maggot Moon,” written by Sally Gardner, illustrated by Julian Crouch; and “Navigating Early,” written by Clare Vanderpool.

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults: “P.S. Be Eleven,” written by Rita Williams-Garcia

Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award: Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me,” illustrated by Bryan Collier

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award: “When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop,” illustrated by Theodore Taylor III.

Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement: Authors Patricia and Researcher Fredrick McKissack

Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience: “A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin,” written by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet wins the award for children ages 0 to 10. 

“Handbook for Dragon Slayers,” written by Merrie Haskell is the winner of the middle-school (ages 11-13) award.

The teen (ages 13-18) award winner is “Rose under Fire,” written by Elizabeth Wein.

Pura Belpré (Illustrator) Award honoring a Latino illustrator whose children's books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience: “Niño Wrestles the World,” illustrated by Yuyi Morales

Pura Belpré (Author) Award honoring a Latino writer whose children's books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience: “Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass,” written by Meg Medina.

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children: “Parrots over Puerto Rico,” written by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore, and illustrated by Susan L. Roth.

Stonewall Book Award - Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award given annually to English-language works of exceptional merit for children or teens relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience:

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children,” written by Kirstin Cronn-Mills and “Fat Angie,” written by e. E. Charlton-Trujillo are the winners of the 2014 Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award.


For a full list of winners and honors as well as more information on the ALA youth media awards, see www.ala.org/yma

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The Camden County Library System will be closed on Monday, September 3, in observance of Labor Day.

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