Why should I visit the library? We have so many new things for you to enjoy. We can now loan out internet hotspots, IPADs, and even HP Laptops. We have received the books from our Pilcrow grant and they are awesome! We received books covering several age ranges with fiction and non-fiction titles.
Some of my favorite titles are listed below with a short description after each book:
The Feathered Serpent and the Fifth Sun by Duncan Tonatiuh: This book is my absolute favorite of the whole bunch. It contains pre-Columbian art and tells the story of Quetzalcoatl and the Aztec creation.
They All Saw the Cat and Hello Hello by Brendan Wenzel: Both books deal with animals and nature in a colorful and unique way. It groups animals by adjective and even changes they way the animal looks based on the eyesight of who sees it. For example: A cat becomes pixelated when seen by the compound eyes of a bee. This book is a wonderful and different way to look at the world around us.
Islandborn by Junot Diaz: Just because you don’t remember a place, doesn’t mean it doesn’t live within you. A small girl who left her island as an infant, speaks to all the members of her neighborhood to complete a school project about where she came from. I think everyone has a relative who could talk about their parent or grandparent who remembered the old county and I hope this book sparks some of those conversations.
The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt: Duncan’s crayons have a bone to pick with him as they are increasingly overworked, underused, broken, and lost. In a series of increasingly hysterical letters, they vent their frustrations hoping for Duncan to change his errant ways.
Because by Mo Willems: A head cold and a chance seat at the symphony changes a young girl’s life and inspires a career in music.
Before She Was Harriet by Lesa Cline-Ransome: A beautiful picture book about Harriet Tubman and the many names she had in her long life.
The Poison Eaters by Gail Jarrow: Did you know that medicine used to contain a greater percentage of alcohol than whiskey and that borax used to be added to meat scraps to create sausage that would not spoil? Yes, that borax that you wash clothes with. I learned all that and more in this delightfully gag inducing look and the modern regulation of food and drugs.
The Willoughbys and The Willoughby’s Return by Lois Lowry: A set of siblings decide to become loveable orphans after they realize that their parents are wholly inadequate.
There are biographies on Sitting Bull, Red Cloud, and Code talkers from World War II. There are books on skunks, bees, polar bears, and bugs. There is a book on Astrophysics for Young People by Neil DeGrasse Tyson, a book on visual thinking by Temple Grandin, and books on Mars, dirt, horses, and wildlife. We received books on the invention of the microscope, ballerinas, codebreaking, Mexican food, and wildebeest migration. We received dozens of adventure books for young readers.
These books were obtained through generous grants provided by Aaron Caplan, Hal Berenson, Laura Ackerman, and the Pilcrow Foundation. The best part of the generosity of Faye Good and our community is that we raised an extra $750 dollars that will also be used to purchase children’s books. We will post more on this as we make those final decisions. I wish you all good reading and happy new year.