July 11, 1960: “To Kill a Mockingbird” Published
On this day in 1960, the classic novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee was published for the first time. The novel, loosely based on observations and occurrences near Lee’s hometown when she was 10 years old, won the Pulitzer Prize and became one of the most influential books of the century.
Watch the full documentary, “Harper Lee: Hey, Boo”, on the mysterious author of “To Kill a Mockingbird” who removed herself from the public limelight – refusing any publicity for herself or the novel – in 1964.
I last read this aloud with J. It was a weird British copy we found in our Ugandan bungalow so that Civil War dates were referred to as “23 April 1863” or whatever, but it made us a little less homesick.
Winnie-the-Pooh shares my husband’s birthday! Perhaps, for their joint birthday, we should go to the bridge nearest our home and play a rousing game of Pooh-sticks.
Hooray! Winnie-the-Pooh turns 90 this summer! (On August 21, to be precise.) If you’d like to send Winnie a birthday card, we have a mailbox at the Children’s Center @ 42nd Street and are accepting cards on Winnie’s behalf. After all, the original Winnie-the-Pooh doll set — including Winnie, of course! — is at the Library, on view in the Children’s Center, in a special room surrounded by art of the 100 Acre Wood! If you haven’t seen the darling little figures, stop by and take a look!
Not only are we collecting cards for Winnie, but we are also making cards in a Family Crafts program on August 9 (for ages 3-12 years; preregistration required). On Saturday, August 20, the Library is having a big Winnie-the-Pooh birthday bash. It starts at 3 pm, and there will be face painting, balloon animals, crafts, and more.
It’s a Winnie-the-Pooh summer! He’ll only turn 90 years old once; celebrate with us!