This New Year, Celebrate Diversity, Creativity and the Start of the World’s Largest Library

January is International Creativity Month

Can we teach children to be creative? Gerard Puccio, Department Chair and Professor at the International Center for Studies in Creativity at Buffalo State College in New York, believes we can. “You’re human and you have an imagination,” he says. “You are wired to be creative.” Visit the library to check out picture books that promote creativity, including: The Most Magnificent Things, by Ashley Spires; ish, by Peter H. Reynolds; Art & Max, by David Wiesner; The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, by Eric Carle; Magritte’s Marvelous Hat, by D.B. Johnson; Perfect Square, by Michael Hall; and The Dot, by Peter H. Reynolds.

Multicultural Children’s Book Day is January 27

“It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength. We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of that tapestry are equal in value no matter their color.” —Maya Angelou

Multicultural Children’s Book Day raises awareness of the children’s books that celebrate diversity in order to get more of these books into classrooms, libraries, and homes. Check out these Author & Book Resources to Support Reading Education. The list, which includes books you can find in the Gonda Family Library, may help you find multicultural books to share with your child.

The display of Jefferson’s library is showcased below the domed ornamented ceiling in the Southwest Pavilion — or the Pavilion of the Discoverers — in the Thomas Jefferson Building. – Michaela McNichol (Photo and caption from Thomas Jefferson’s Library, Library of Congress)

U. S. Congress Buys Thomas Jefferson’s Library

On January 30, 1815, President James Madison approved an act of Congress appropriating $23,950 to purchase Thomas Jefferson’s library of 6,487 volumes. These books were bought to replace the Congressional library burned by the British in 1814. Although a second fire on Christmas Eve of 1851 destroyed nearly two thirds of the 6,487 volumes, the Jefferson books remain the core from which the present collections of the Library of Congress―the world’s largest library―developed.