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Posted on July 26, 2021 at 1:51 PM by Genesis Gaule
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All That She Carried by Tiya Miles
The Journey of Ashley's Sack, a Black Family Keepsake // A poignant story of resilience and of love passed down through generations of women against steep odds. It honors the creativity and fierce resourcefulness of people who preserved family ties even when official systems refused to do so.
The Confidence Men by Margalit Fox
How Two Prisoners of War Engineered the Most Remarkable Escape in History // Imprisoned in a remote Turkish prison camp during World War I, British offers Harry Jones and Cedric Hill come together to trick their captors. Jones, a trained lawyer, and Hill, a brilliant magician, use a handmade Ouija board?—and their keen understanding of the psychology of deception?—to build a trap for the Turkish officers that will ultimately lead them to freedom.
What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About Fat by Aubrey Gordon
Anti-fatness is everywhere. In What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About Fat, Aubrey Gordon unearths the cultural attitudes and social systems that have led to people being denied basic needs because they are fat and calls for social justice movements to be inclusive of plus-sized people’s experiences.
From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry by Paula Yoo
The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial that Galvanized the Asian American Movement // Japanese car companies were on the rise and people believed it was putting U.S. workers out of their jobs. A bar fight turns fatal, because of rising tension, and a Chinese American man was killed by two white men. A searing examination of the killing, the trial, and verdicts that followed. The lenient sentences of the two white men sparked the Asian American Movement.
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Posted on July 23, 2021 at 10:27 AM by Genesis Gaule
As you’re lacing up your shoes, ready to go outside and enjoy the sunny day, you see a bright flash and then – one Mississippi, two Mississippi, three Mississippi – hear the low rumble of thunder. Rain? Today?! What a bummer! Lucky for you, your grown-up has just come back from the library and has a whole bunch of books they promise will keep you busy. Let’s see what they have, shall we?
Bigfoot: Spotted At World-Famous Landmarks by D.L. Miller (Easy 001.944 MILLER) You take a peek inside this book. Oh! Look at the detailed pictures! And you have to find a teeny tiny Bigfoot hidden in each picture! These are just like mom’s falling apart, old Where’s Waldo books, but cooler and new. You could spend hours looking for Bigfoot, footprints, tour guides, and more. As you turn the page, you see that there’s facts, history, and real pictures of each world-famous landmark that Bigfoot visits. Did you know that the Statue of Liberty’s index finger is 8 feet long?
After you’ve found all of the Bigfoots, you turn to a goofy looking chapter book: Your Very Own Robot Goes Cuckoo-Bananas! by R.A. Montgomery (Junior MONTGOMERY) Hmm…The first page says “Read this first!!! Watch out! This book is different than every book you’ve ever read. YOU get to choose what happens next—and even how the story will end.” You like this idea. Nobody ever lets you choose anything. So you start reading about a whacky robot and his faithful kid until two things happen at the same time. Do you a. run toward the sound of a braking car? or b. go to Robot Cloning classes? For A. go to page 8, for B. page 10. You get to choose what happens through the whole book! You can even go back and re-read to see what COULD have happened. This is cool!
Okay, those were neat, but you’re getting a little antsy since you had to sit still for SO LONG. Your grown-up grabs Locomotion: March, Hop, Skip, Gallop, Run by Michael Dahl, illustrated by Beth Hughes (Easy 612.78 DAHL) and queues up some music from the book on their phone! You can read AND move along with the book!
When you’ve made it through the whole book, your heart is racing. Your grown-up suggests that you try out Unicorn Yoga by Gina Cascone & Bryony Williams Sheppard, illustrated by Jennifer Sattler (Easy 613.7 CASCONE) to cool you off. Cat pose, cow pose, tiger and plank, there’s even one especially for you: child’s pose!
Whew! That was hard work. Good thing it’s time for lunch! You’re famished. You pull out Fish and Fowl: Easy and Awesome Sandwiches for Kids by Alison Deering and Bob Lentz (Easy 641.84 DEERING) and start paging through. Lox? EW! Tuna melt? Maybe. Chicken and waffles! YES! Your grown-up helps you gather ingredients and uses the oven to heat up the chicken. You toast the waffles, add some cheese, honey mustard and lettuce and then put it all together. YUM.
Now that you’ve refueled, you want to do something hands-on. You pull the last book out of the library tote bag. The Secret Files of Professor L. Otto Funn: Or Stop Being a Slug, Open This Book, and Make Your Brain Happy (745.5 GORS). This looks like fun, or should you say FUNN? You look through the projects and choose three to do: The Crayon Rock Cycle, Create Your Own Masterpiece, and Minotaur Mask. Your grown-up asks if you deliberately chose the messiest projects. (You did). You creates new things from old things and learn about earth science, painting, and mythology along the way.
The next thing you know, it’s time to clean up for supper. Where did the time go? You ask your grown-up about the forecast for tomorrow. Will there be rain again?
Tag(s): yoga, sports and recreation, recommendations, look-and-find, junior fiction, easy nonfiction, cooking, choose your own adventure, arts and crafts, article, Andrea Lorenz
Posted on July 19, 2021 at 12:23 PM by Genesis Gaule
Our brand new book club starts next week. Stop in at 6 pm on July 27th to discuss A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman. New titles chosen every month!
All the Colors Came Out by Kate Fagan
A Father, a Daughter, and a Lifetime of Lessons // Kate Fagan and her father forged their relationship on the basketball court. When Chris Fagan was diagnosed with ALS, Kate decided to leave her job at ESPN to be closer to her mother and father to take part in his care. Kate Fagan spent the last year of her father’s life determined to return to him the kind of joy they once shared on the court.
Confident Women by Joe Tori Telfer
Swindlers, Grifters, and Shapeshifters of the Feminine Persuasion // From Elizabeth Holmes and Anna Delvey to Frank Abagnale and Charles Ponzi, audacious scams and charismatic scammers continue to intrigue us as a culture. Confident Women shows how the art of the con has a long and venerable tradition, and asks the provocative question: How were these notorious women able to so spectacularly dupe and swindle their victims?
You Are Your Best Thing by Tarana Burke and Brené Brown
Vulnerability, Shame Resilience, and the Black Experience // A potent collection of essays on Black shame and healing. Along with the anthology contributors, they create a space to recognize and process specific trauma. Providing a space to be vulnerable and affirm the fullness of Black love and Black life.
A Bridge in Babylon by Owen R. Chandler
Stories of a Military Chaplain in Iraq // Chandler was deployed in Iraq, leaving behind his wife and three young children for more than a year. He shares his story of serving in Iraq through personal letters, journal entries, scriptures and photos exchanged with family back home. He shares the struggle to hold onto faith and hope in the midst of battlefields, opening readers' hearts to the plight of veterans shattered by their experiences.
Tag(s): true crime, terminal illness, sports, sociology, religion and spirituality, psychology, nonfiction, military history, Iraq War, essays, book notes, biography, autobiography, African Americans