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Connect With Coretta Scott King Award Winners

Published on Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Many parents, teachers and others who work with children (or simply love children's books) pay attention each January for the announcement of the Newbery Medal for the most distinguished writing for children and the Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished illustration. Kids across America recognize those shiny stickers and know what they mean -- some even participate in "Mock Newbery" and "Mock Caldecott" discussions or join Newbery and Caldecott book clubs.

However, many people (adults and children alike) do not realize that the American Library Association (ALA) gives out several other awards for distinction in different areas of children's literature. In this space, we'll be highlighting several of these award winners in our library collection.

First is the Coretta Scott King Award. 

Published on Wednesday, February 1, 2012

A picture of an African-American man with both hands raised, in front of some art. Join us for a special Black History Month program for ages 6 and up. 

We'll learn about African-American sculptors such as Tyree Guyton, the Detroit artist who turned his Heidelberg Street neighborhood into a gigantic art piece, using found materials that other people considered to be junk.

After our stories, such as Magic Trash, we'll work to create a found materials sculpture of our own in his honor.

Published on Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The groundhog might be predicting six more weeks of winter, but there are still plenty of reasons to celebrate while the snow is falling down around you. Check out some of these interesting holidays by going to the websites below to learn more information:

February 1-29 – Library Lovers Month 
February 2 – Bonza Bottler Day
February 3 – Bubble Gum Day
February 3 – National Wear Red Day

Published on Monday, January 30, 2012

The Cruisers by Walter Dean MyersThe Cruisers are four students at the Da Vinci Academy for the Gifted and Talented. The official school newspaper is called The Palette, and the masthead is a quote from the assistant principal, which reads "Education is a journey on the high seas of life." 

African-Americans and Others in the Civil Rights Movement, 1950-60

Published on Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Photo Exhibit (January 3 - 31)

Published on Monday, January 2, 2012

Recently on NPR, I heard a report from Barbara Bradley Hagerty, who proclaimed 2011 a good year for heaven and hell.  She talked about nonfiction books on heaven and hell.  One of the books mentioned was Rob Bell's Love Wins: ABook About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived.  You may want to listen to her report on NPR's website: "Hell on Fire in 2011, Thanks to Films and Books."

Published on Friday, December 16, 2011

The Painted Boy by Charles De LintWith the holidays only a few days away, family gatherings and yearly traditions are probably on your mind. But there are times when family members can be a little…overbearing and you wish you could escape. Just ask Jay Li. He needed to get away from his grandmother so badly, he moved from Illinois to Arizona. Of course, he had his reasons. Want to find out what they are?  Then read The Painted Boy by Charles De Lint.

Published on Tuesday, December 6, 2011

On Tuesday, December 13, the Northeast Library will be having an open house.  We will have hot chocolate and cookies and some giveaways.  The children's room will offer craft-making all afternoon and some holiday music. 

Come one, come all.  The festivities will begin at 1 p.m. and end at 5 p.m.

Published on Saturday, December 3, 2011

Holiday shopping giving you the blues?  Then celebrate some of these irreverent holidays to give yourself the gift of laughter. Check out some of these interesting holidays by going to the websites below to learn more information:

December 1 – Bifocals at the Monitor Liberation Day
December 2 – Special Education Day
December 4-10 – Clerc-Gallaudet Week
December 5 – Bathtub Party Day 
December 6 – Miner’s Day

Published on Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The December selection is The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo.  What ever happened to the idea of a magician and a rabbit?  In this story, the magician keeps saying he intended only lilies.  A woman who walked to the magic show but could not walk out keeps saying,"Crippled. Crippled by an elephant that came through the roof."  Can you imagine? 

Before the elephant appeared, an orphan was told by a fortune-teller that an elephant would lead him to his sister.  His sister lives? Can it be?  The impossible becomes possible.  The truth is always changing. 

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