At the library, April brings EAR Day and much more

CHARLES TOWN – DEAR Day: April 12 is celebrated children’s writer Beverly Cleary’s birthday. It is also Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) Day. Ramona Quimby, one of Cleary’s most memorable characters, is spokesperson for DEAR Day. She encourages all families to set aside at least 30 minutes for reading together.

To celebrate this day, the Charles Town Library will host a reading party from 2 to 4 p.m. that Friday afternoon. Children of all ages may drop in at any time during those hours for a piece of birthday cake and a DEAR badge, make a craft, and hear a story. Older children may also want to create and share their own DEAR poem with handouts available at the library. After the party, don’t forget to pick out a good book (or two) before you leave.

Beginning April 25, 14 students from Charles Town Middle School will exhibit their handcrafted books at the Charles Town Library. The opening reception is at 7 p.m.

Writer Beverly Cleary’s birthday is April 12. The Charles Town Library has a special event planned to celebrate it.

Writer Beverly Cleary’s birthday is April 12. The Charles Town Library
has a special event planned to celebrate it.


In our world of ever-increasing digital technology, physical books are fast becoming a thing of the past. How than can we give new significance to books?

Visiting artist Elizabeth Goins challenged Robert Linde’s fifth-period art class to reinvent the book as we know it, by recycling, reusing, and repurposing books and materials. Students were actively engaged for 12 days in making handmade paper and books as an art form.

Goins has a master in primary and secondary art education and taught in Montgomery County (Md.) Public Schools for eight years. She loves books and has been making them ever since she took a workshop in college. “It made sense for me to make books. I love the entire process of bookmaking — constructing, finding the words and decorating the page.”

This project is funded in part by the Arts and Humanities Alliance of Jefferson County, the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.

For further information, contact Goins at or call the Charles Town Library at 304-725-2208.

The library is offering three April programs focusing on food — from growing and preserving your own food to sitting down at the table to enjoy it with a little cheese and wine.

At 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Kate Brown of Albert and Arnold’s wine and cheese shop in Charles Town will provide a roadmap for matching various cheese types with the wines best suited to them. Come and discover a marriage of cheese and wine that suits your own personal tastes.

On April 11, West Virginia University’s Jefferson County Extension Agent Judy Matlick will teach the basics of food preservation, including how to use pressure canners and water baths to preserve pickles, jams and vegetables.

Matlick holds a certification in Family and Consumer Sciences from the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. She received her bachelor’s degree from Shepherd College, her master’s from West Virginia University and currently holds the rank of WVU Extension Associate Professor.

The class begins at 7 p.m.

On April 18, Michael Harman, the Agriculture & Natural Resources WVU Extension Agent in Jefferson County will present the basics of gardening, including simple vegetable garden systems, site selection, garden planning, tools, seed bed preparation, planting and watering. Harman specializes in soil science. The class begins at 7 p.m.


– Librarian Marcella Genz writes regularly about offerings at Charles Town Library. Send feedback about this column to her at or call the library at 304-725-2208. The library, at 200 E. Washington St. in Charles Town, is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 1 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.


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