November was Picture Book Month and thanks to donations from the Altrusa Club, children in Head Start classrooms, the Escanaba Public Library, and the Gladstone School and Public Library have new picture books to enjoy. Media Assistant Karen Demay, above left, and Gladstone Library director, Lori Wells, along with two young students, look over a selection of new books. Picture books are important because they are the gateway to literacy and expose children to fine art and poetic language. They contain universal truths and themes that help children better understand the world. Some picture books are so special they are read over and over, treasured for a lifetime and enjoyed by young and old alike.