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Celebrating the Power of Libraries
Libraries truly are the heart of the community. They help young children find their love of reading and passion for learning; they serve as a meeting place for many community clubs and events; and they provide a safe space for people of all ages to escape into their favorite stories. The entire month of April, we are celebrating libraries and librarians and all that they do for their communities and the world. Come celebrate with us!

Join us April 22 at 3pm ET as we sit down with authors Angela Burke Kunkel (Digging for Words) and Anika Aldamuy Denise (Planting Stories) to talk about their picture book biographies of real-life librarians whose grassroots efforts harness the powers of books and libraries for teaching, learning, exploring stories, and creating connections.

Perfect for librarians and educators, parents and students of all ages.

Want your question featured in the webcast? Send us your questions to webcastQ@juniorlibraryguild.com!

Apr 22, 2021 03:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Angela Burke Kunkel
Angela Burke Kunkel is a school librarian by day and a writer in the very early mornings. Her debut picture book with illustrator Paola Escobar, DIGGING FOR WORDS, JOSÉ ALBERTO GUTIÉRREZ AND THE LIBRARY HE BUILT (Schwartz & Wade), celebrates perseverance, community, and the power of books. Look for PENGUIN JOURNEY, her nonfiction picture book-in-verse with Catherine Odell, in October 2021(Abrams). Her third picture book with illustrator Claire Keane, MAKE WAY, will be released in 2023 by Random House Studio. You can learn more at www.angelakunkel.com, or follow Angela on Twitter and Instagram @angkunkel. Photo Credit: Mei Lin Barral
Anika Aldamuy Denise
Anika Aldamuy Denise is the author of ten picture books including the Pura Belpré author honor-winning Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré and A Girl Named Rosita: The Story of Rita Moreno: Actor, Singer, Dancer, Trailblazer!. Raised in Queens, New York, she now lives with her husband and three daughters in Rhode Island. Visit her online at anikadenise.com. Photo Credit: Chris Denise