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Published on Thursday, May 19, 2011

Before There Was Mozart book cover

This book has a striking title with a handsome picture of a young black man named Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-George, on the front cover.  Before There Was Mozart was written by a husband and wife team, Lesa Cline-Ransome and James E. Ransome. They used beautiful oil paintings as illustrations which complements the era and setting of the story.

Published on Thursday, May 19, 2011

Bear sleeping

Spring Is Here by Will Hillenbrand is a nice bright springy book that will attract young readers.  Of course the pages are very colorful with pictures and short reading sentences. The story line is great: Mole is excited about spring coming in.  He spends his time trying to wake up Bear to celebrate the spring season.  But, Bear will not wake up, and so Mole does some things to get Bear up.

Published on Thursday, May 19, 2011

Jack Kennedy

For those of us who are old enough to remember John F. Kennedy, think about what you were doing when they held his funeral.  I was around 5 or 6 years old, and I remember seeing something like a horse and buggy with the U.S. flag hanging over it.  I remember thinking to myself, why are they showing this over and over on television? At the time, I did not know that JFK was a very important man.  He was one of America’s favorite and unforgettable presidents.

Published on Thursday, May 19, 2011

Big Horse and a Little Horse

This book, appropriate for ages 3 to 8, is about Einstein, the smallest stallion.  He was born to two miniature horses. When he was born, Einstein weighed less than a cat, and he was no taller than a cereal box.  He is a miniature horse. 

Published on Saturday, April 16, 2011

Have you ever heard of the old Easter Bunny story from Germany?  It’s about how the Easter Bunny became a part of the Easter holiday. A woman hid very colorful Easter eggs outdoors.  Her children went out to hunt for them. As they were going out, they saw a rabbit hop by. From that moment, her children thought the rabbit brought the Easter eggs. Presently, parents are still telling their children that  the Easter Bunny brings beautiful colored eggs.  The Easter Bunny is a sign that Easter is almost here.

The Easter egg is a symbol of new life.  For thousands of years, eggs were part of many spring festivals.  People would color eggs and give them to one another.

Some Easter colors are white, yellow and green.  White stands for purity, and yellow is for sunlight.  Green is the color of nature, and it stands for spring and rebirth.

Published on Monday, April 4, 2011

Nothing but Trouble: The Story of Althea Gibson is a good book to teach children about encouragement.  Althea is well known for being the first African-American tennis player to break the color barrier in 1949.  From the early years of her life, her family referred to her as “nothing but trouble.” They said Althea was a “wild tomboy” and that she loved sports.  She would play basketball late into the night, not return from recess at school and roam the streets of Harlem, New York.  Today, Althea would probably be considered a troubled child, but she turned out to be the number one ranked female tennis player in the world.

Published on Monday, April 4, 2011

One of America’s old-time boxing champions, Joe Louis, has been resurrected in the book Joe Louis: America’s Fighter by David A. Adler.  This picture book is an excellent source of history for young children. 

Starting with the vibrant picture on the cover, the book emphasizes power, strength and security for America during that time.  It has a very nice illustration of Joe Louis with deep, dark brown skin, strong healthy arms, and huge brown boxing gloves that won him many fights. 

Published on Monday, January 24, 2011

Teens 12-17 are invited to Washington Highlands Teen Space on Fat Tuesday, March 8, at 6:30 p.m.

Come and make Mardi Gras masks, listen to Zydeco music and taste authentic New Orleans snacks.


Published on Monday, December 27, 2010

Do you have the skills you need to help you find the best jobs for your field? How much information do you need to put on your resume? What should you wear to an interview? If you've ever asked yourself these questions,  then join us every Tuesday evening in January at 6:30 p.m. for our job readiness workshops. We'll have the answers you need to help you find, apply and land that job.

January 4   Job searching skills
January 11  Résumé preparation
January 18  Interview skills
January 25  Business etiquette

Published on Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Can you imagine having an angel on the top of your Christmas tree that looks just liAn Angel Just Like Me book coverke you? Tyler, the main character in the story, takes on the task of finding an angel that looks just like him. The angel from last year was broken in half.  Tyler wonders, “Why do angels all look like girls?”  “Can’t boys be angels?”  “Why do they all have gold hair?” asked Tyler, “And why are they always pink?  Aren’t there any black angels?”  Because of all these questions, he decides that he is going to find an angel for the family tree.