Literary Landmark: Hackley Public Library and the Books of V.Aardema Vugteveen

Literary Landmark: Hackley Public Library | I Love Libraries.

I wanted to post this yesterday but didn’t get to it, so we include it in today’s posts.

“I Love Libraries” included in their weekly items (Jan.29, 2015) a special feature (“Literary Landmarks”) on a West Michigan library (Hackley Public Library in Muskegon) and local author Verna Aardema Vugtaveen.

Why Mosquitos Buzz - AardemaIf you are not familiar with this author, perhaps you ought to learn more about her and the children’s books she wrote. I have not seen or read any of these yet, but I plan to. They sound fascinating. And I think our grandchildren just might find them so too. Besides, with a name like Verna (my wife’s name), you know Mrs.Vugteveen had to be someone special. 🙂

Here’s the first part of the story; find the rest the link provided above.

The Hackley Public Library in Muskegon, Mich., was dedicated a Literary Landmark in honor of children’s book author and storyteller Verna Aardema Vugteveen (1911-2000). Vugteveen (1911-2000) was an award-winning children’s author who based her stories on traditional folk tales from Africa, Latin America and other countries. Hackley Public Library and its librarians provided the setting and support for her research. Vugteveen is the author of Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears, which won the Caldecott Medal in 1976, as well as more than 30 children’s books and collections of stories. Among the awards she received were the School Library Journal Best Book of the Year Award in 1977 and the Parents’ Choice Award for Literature in 1984. Her books have been published in a number of languages, including French, Spanish, Japanese and Afrikaans. Vugteveen is known as “Muskegon’s Story Lady.” Vugteveen’s book Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain is dedicated to “my librarian, Bernice Houseward.” “I owe a lot to the librarians at Hackley,” wrote Vugteveen. “They obtained most of my source stories through interlibrary loan. All of the tales in my first book, ‘Tales from the Story Hat,’ came right from the books at Hackley Library.”


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