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Published on Thursday, March 15, 2012

April is National Poetry Month.  I chose a novel written in verse for the Children's Book Club in April. On Tuesday, April 3, at 4 p.m., Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Laiwe will discuss the book Inside Out & Back Again  by Thanhha Lai. 

Look at the last two letters of the author's first name.  Ha is the main character of this wonderful book about leaving behind everything you know and starting a new life. This book is based on the experiences the author had leaving wartime Vietnam at age 10 and relocating to Alabama. 

Published on Thursday, March 8, 2012

This year’s Teen Tech Week theme, Geek Out @ Your Library, has inspired a great new project at Northeast Library. To celebrate the theme, the teens and tweens at Northeast are reviewing their favorite online games and websites, and I am passing on their reviews here on the blog. 

Our first review comes from a tween named Knowledge.  Read on to find out about an interesting online game from Battle On Games.

Name of Game: Epic Duel


Game Type: MMORPG

Do you need to download software to play?: No

What I Like: You can play against other players in the world. Also, you can buy weapons, pets, vehicles and other gear. You can befriend other people.

March Selection

Published on Saturday, March 3, 2012

Where the Mountain Meets the MoonThe March Children's Room book club meets Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 4 p.m. We will discuss the book Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin. This is a beautiful book physically and in readability.  ll the best stuff of fairy tales are found in the book: poor children, rich kings, dragons, jewels, silk, mountains, rivers and bridges. The story is interwoven with 15 little fairy tales which offer explanations. Intended for ages 8 - 12, but all are welcome.

Published on Thursday, March 1, 2012

Finally, spring is just around the corner, so it’s definitely time for some sort of celebration!!! Check out some of these interesting holidays by going to the websites below to learn more information:

March 1 – Plan A Solo Vacation Day  
March 1 – Refired, Not Retired Day
March 1 – World Compliment Day
March 2 – NEA’s Read Across America Day
March 3 – Bonza Bottler Day

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."