Welcome to our new blog! You can find an archive of previous blog entries here. Just like before, we'll post announcements about upcoming and recent events, books we like so much we just have to tell you about, and more! Speaking of recent events, earlier this month, children's book author Pat Mora visited the Children's Department. She came all of the way from New Mexico to Champaign-Urbana for the Youth Literature Festival. Growing-up bilingual, she doesn't remember ever not knowing English or not knowing Spanish. Many of her books are written in both languages. Pat shared how she writes and creates books. She addresed both children and adults during her presentation, and spoke about her new book for teachers, Zing! Seven Creativity Practices for Educators and Students.. Pat also shared her enthusiasm for Dia de los Ninos / Dia de los Libros, a yearly celebration of children, families and reading on April 30. fterwards, Pat visited with us and signed books. Thank you, Pat, for visiting! - Elaine B.