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There's something for everyone in this fast-paced interactive library takeover event! Drop in to any 15-30 minute session and learn about a variety of topics, from how to raise chickens in the city or brew a perfect cup of coffee to how to prepare for a zombie invasion or learn computer coding. See JMRL's 3D printer in action and pick up a free comic book while you're here. More Info

Famous Authors born in April

April 1 -Anne McCaffrey, fantasy/sci-fi writer

April 2 -Hans Christian Andersen, Danish fairy tale writer

April 3 -Washington Irving, American writer

April 4 -Maya Angelou,Missouri-born (Arkansas-raised) novelist poet, dramatist, and performer

April 5 -Booker T. WashingtonVirginia-born essayist, autobiographer, biographer, educator, and social thinker

April 6 -Vincent "Vince" Flynn, American author of political thrillers

April 7 -William Wordsworth, English romantic poet

April 8 -Barbara Kingsolver,Annapolis (MD)-born novelist

April 9 -Paule Marshal, Brooklyn-born novelist and short story writer l

April 10 -Clare Booth Luce, New Yorker, playwright, wartime journalist and politician

April 11 -Leo Rosten, Polish-born American author, teacher and researcher

April 12 -Beverly Cleary, Children's book writer

April 13 -Eudora Welty, American writer

April 14 -James Branch Cabell, Richmond, Virginia native and novelist

April 15 -Henry James, American novelist

April 16 -Gertrude Chandler Warner, creator of the Boxcar Children

April 17 -Karen Blixen, aka Isak Dinesen,Danish writer and traveller

April 18 -Harold Samuel Kushner,American rabbi and a popular author

April 21 -Charlotte Bronte, English novelist

April 22 -Henry Fielding, English novelist and playwright

April 23 -William Shakespeare, The Bard of Avon

April 24 -Sue Grafton, mystery writer

April 25 -Walter De La Mare, English poet, essayist, and novelist

April 26 -Maud Hart Lovelace, creator of the Betsy-Tacy series of children's books

April 27 -Edward Gibbon , British historian

April 28 -[Nelle] Harper Lee (1926), who wrote To Kill A Mockingbird

April 29 -Edward Blishen, English author and broadcaster

April 30 -Annie Dillard, American author (born Pittsburgh)

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