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Sherman Alexie Visits Albuquerque May 26 with Thunder Boy Jr.

Sherman Alexie
Thunder Boy Jr.

Bookworks and the ABQ Public Library Foundation Host A Word With Writers at the KiMo.

National Book Award winner, Sherman Alexie, visits Thursday, May 26, on tour for his new picture book, Thunder Boy Jr. (Little Brown & Company, on sale May 10).

An evening with Mr. Alexie, where he will read the book and be in conversation with WordCraft Circle of Native Writers director, Lee Francis, will be held at the KiMo Theater as part of the Bookworks-Albuquerque Public Library Foundation fundraiser, A Word With Writers.

Tickets are $50, $25 and $5. Priority tickets are $50 and include front row seating and signing line placement along with a signed copy of Thunder Boy Jr. A $25 general admission ticket admits one with a signed copy of Thunder Boy Jr. and the option to purchase one add-one ticket for $5. Bookworks will have Alexie’s backlist titles for sale, and Alexie will sign books following the event. Each ticket purchase also includes a donation to the library foundation.

“We look forward to working with Bookworks on our fourth installment of A Word With Writers. We hope this event appeals to families who love Mr. Alexie’s work,” says Julia Clark, President of the Albuquerque Public Library Foundation.

Danielle Foster, co-owner of Bookworks says, “We are so excited to be hosting Sherman Alexie for our Word with Writers series. We just love his new book, Thunder Boy Jr. and we can't wait to share it with our community!”

In the new book, illustrated by Caldecott award-winning Mexican illustrator, Yuyi Morales, the title character, Thunder Boy Jr., is named after his dad, but he wants a name that's all his own. Thunder Boy Jr. wants a name that celebrates something cool he's done, like Touch the Clouds, Not Afraid of Ten Thousand Teeth, or Full of Wonder. But just when Thunder Boy Jr. thinks all hope is lost, he and his dad pick the perfect name—a name that is sure to light up the sky.

The book is already seeing rave pre-publication reviews in School Library Journal, Booklist, Horn Book, and Publishers Weekly. A perfect Father’s Day book to share with the whole family, Thunder Boy Jr. includes Alexie's lyrical text and Morales's vivid and heartfelt illustrations that celebrate the special relationship between father and son.

“Mr. Alexie has been so hugely supportive of our work as independent booksellers,” says Amanda Sutton, Marketing & Events Director at Bookworks. “We’ve been looking forward to his return on book tour since we last hosted him in 2012.”

For more information or to buy tickets, please visit http://www.bkwrks.com/sherman-alexie, call Bookworks at 505-344-8139 or in person at 4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW.

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Event details:
A Word With Writers with Sherman Alexie
Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 7:00pm
KiMo Theater
421 Central Ave NW
Albuquerque, NM 87106.

Do you know how to develop early readers?

Early literacy kit

Sandia National Laboratories donates $6,000 to Foundation for Early Reading Centers

Children need to hear 1,000 stories read to them, or three stories a day, before they learn to read on their own. Early Literacy Centers at Juan Tabo, Main, North Valley, San Pedro and South Valley libraries teach parents and caregivers with children from birth to five how to use colors, letters, numbers, sounds, shapes and textures through singing or books to enhance learning.

Lockheed Martin on behalf of Sandia National Laboratories has donated $6,000 to the Foundation to expand this successful early reading approach from five centers to seven. Each center costs $3,000. A handful of Early Literacy Backpacks filled with teaching materials (see photo) are available at the existing centers for checkout for three weeks. Many more are desired.

Donors are urged to add to Sandia's investment in reading readiness by making donations to increase the number of backpacks and expand the centers to as many library branches as possible. To find your closest center, go to abclibrary.org.hours-locations, or to donate, abqlibraryfoundation.org.


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Mission: The Foundation, a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization, enhances the Albuquerque Public Library system by raising funds for programs and services essential to literacy and learning.

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Challenge: Despite support for libraries in bond elections, economic constraints have made public funding inadequate. The libraries struggle to maintain hours, staffing, collections, programs and operations.

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Objective: Develop additional sources of funding, including individual donations, grants and corporate contributions, to restore and revitalize library services and operations for people of all ages and resources.

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Strategy: The Foundation offers donors flexible, tax-deductible ways, including memorials and bequests, to have an impact on libraries in their neighborhoods and community and to create a personal legacy.