Kids

Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood

For grades 3-6.  Each year, Gloriana Hemphill celebrates her Fourth of July birthday at the community pool. But the summer before her twelfth birthday, in 1964, Hanging Moss, Mississippi, is in turmoil, and that turmoil reaches right into Glory's life. Yankee freedom people have infiltrated the town, rousing rabble and insisting the white-only pool be desegregated. The town council, in response, has closed the pool for repairs, indefinitely. And so Glory's summer, once a promise of happy tradition, is now fraught with unwanted change. First-time novelist Scattergood has a deft hand with characterization, fully realizing the supporting players, from Frankie, Glory's best friend and son of the bigoted town council chief, to Jesslyn, her teenaged older sister, to Laura, a girl visiting from Ohio while her mother sets up a free clinic. In Glory herself, tilting on the threshold of adolescence, Scattergood paints a balanced portrait of childlike self-interest and awakening integrity. This moving, intimate look at America's struggle for civil rights, as seen through the narrow lens of one growing girl, will spark interesting discussion.  Booklist, copyright 2012.

This is the Rope: a Story From the Great Migration, words by Jacqueline Woodson; illustrated by James Ransome

With great affection, a Brooklyn girl tells the story of her grandmother, mother and a rope that forms a bond across three generations. When just a little girl in South Carolina, the grandmother finds a rope under a tree and uses it to play jump-rope. The rope becomes entwined in the family story as the grandparents, with a baby in their arms, move to Brooklyn, and that baby grows up to become mother to the narrator. Whether used for games, for tying down luggage on a car or for holding high a banner at a grand family reunion, the rope is treasured. Woodson, a Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Honor and Award winner, has crafted a warm family saga of a household united by love, pride and an uncommon heirloom. The repetition of the title in a nursery-rhyme style will resonate with young listeners. Ransome's vivid, full-bleed, double-page-spread oil paintings create an upbeat, welcoming vista of rural South Carolina and urban Brooklyn. The sun-infused yellows on the cover beckon readers to open the book and savor the "long-ago memory of sweet-smelling pine." A quiet affirmation of a strong and close-knit family that, along with so many other African-Americans, found a better life as part of the Great Migration. (author's note) For ages 4-8. Copyright 2013 Kirkus Reviews.

A is for Activist, written and illustrated by Innosanto Nagara

For grades 4 and up-

Not your typical alphabet board book, this one packs a powerful message both visually as well as verbally. Each spread presents a letter and a bit of social commentary urging children to take a stand against war and violence, develop an awareness of our environment, and promote acceptance and equality for all cultures, races, religions, genders, and walks of life. For example,

"A is for Activist./Advocate. Abolitionist. Ally./Actively Answering A call to Action."
"Y is for You. And Youth./Your planet. Your rights/Your future. Your truth./Y is for Yes. Yes! Yes! Yes!"

Despite the format, this introduction to social justice is best suited to older children, who will need plenty of explanation and discussion to help them understand issues such as feminism or workers' rights. Nagara relies upon colorful illustrations--many representing the energy behind activism with arms and fists raised--lots of alliteration, and rhyming for each letter and idea. An ever-present black cat hiding or prowling on each letter's page seeks to hold listeners' interest as well. An unusual offering that may plant the seeds for and spark discussions about activism.  Review by Susan Shaver, Hemingford Public Schools, NE Copyright 2014 School Library Journal.

BabyTime

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 10:30am to Wed, 09/10/2014 - 11:00am

The library offers two BabyTime sessions each week, Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:30am to 11am.

StoryTime

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 10:30am
East Lansing Public Library - Children's Storytime Room

StoryTime is an early literacy experience intended for children ages 3-6 years old.  It includes listening to stories, puppets, singing songs, participating in rhythym activities and an optional craft or related activity.  StoryTime helps lay the foundation for learning in a fun and relaxed fashion.

ToddlerTime Tuesdays!

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 10:15am
East Lansing Public Library - Children's Storytime Room

The library offers two ToddlerTime sessions on most Tuesdays.  Session times are:

10:15am to 10:45am
and
11:00am to 11:30am

Courage Has No Color: the True Story of the Triple Nickles: America's First Black Paratroopers by Tanya Lee Stone

The fascinating untold story of the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, America's first black paratroopers. While white American soldiers battled Hitler's tyranny overseas, African-Americans who enlisted to fight for their country faced the tyranny of racial discrimination on the homefront. Segregated from white soldiers and relegated to service duties and menial tasks, enlisted black men faced what Ashley Bryan calls in the foreword "the racism that was our daily fare at the time." When 1st Sgt. Walter Morris, whose men served as guards at The Parachute School at Fort Benning, saw white soldiers training to be paratroopers, he knew his men would have to train and act like them to be treated like soldiers. Daring initiative and leadership led to the creation of the "Triple Nickles." Defying the deeply ingrained stereotypes of the time, the Triple Nickles proved themselves as capable and tough as any white soldiers, but they were never used in combat, serving instead as smoke jumpers extinguishing Japanese-ignited forest fires in the Pacific Northwest. Stone's richly layered narrative explores the cultural and institutional prejudices of the time as well as the history of African-Americans in the military. Her interviews with veterans of the unit provide groundbreaking insight. Among the archival illustrations in this handsomely designed book are drawings Bryan created while he served in World War II. An exceptionally well-researched, lovingly crafted and important tribute to unsung American heroes.  Copyright 2012 from Kirkus Reviews.

ELPL has this amazing book in print and eBook

Zora and Me by Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon

Winner of the 2011 John Steptoe New Talent (Author) Award! 

Racial duplicity threatens an idyllic African American community in the turn-of-the-century South in a dazzling debut inspired by the early life of Zora Neale Hurston

Whether she's telling the truth or stretching it, Zora Neale Hurston is a riveting storyteller. Her latest creation is a shape-shifting gator man who lurks in the marshes, waiting to steal human souls. But when boastful Sonny Wrapped loses a wrestling match with an elusive alligator named Ghost -- and a man is found murdered by the railroad tracks soon after -- young Zora's tales of a mythical evil creature take on an ominous and far more complicated complexion, jeopardizing the peace and security of an entire town and forcing three children to come to terms with the dual-edged power of pretending. Zora's best friend, Carrie, narrates this coming-of-age story set in the Eden-like town of Eatonville, Florida, where justice isn't merely an exercise in retribution, but a testimony to the power of community, love, and pride. A fictionalization of the early years of a literary giant, this astonishing novel is the first project ever to be endorsed by the Zora Neale Hurston Trust that was not authored by Hurston herself.

Josephine: the dazzling life of Josephine Baker with words by Patricia Hruby Powell and pictures by Christian Robinson

Segregated American clubs were willing to let African-American dancer Josephine Baker (1906-1975) perform, but they wouldn't let her use the front door. Powell (Frog Brings Rain) chooses a potent metaphor for Baker's hidden anger: "hot magma, molten lava, trapped within." When Baker arrived in France, the country embraced both her artistry and her blackness, and "Her deep volcanic core filled with emotion, filled with music erupted." Robinson (Rain!) draws round faces gazing with amazement at the woman onstage whose pearl necklace flies one way and whose hips swing the other. Baker's entire life spreads out in this tapestry of words, from a St. Louis childhood surrounded by music to her triumphs all over Europe followed, sadly, by debt and illness. Robinson's naif, folk-style figures look like puppets, and make some grim moments easier to endure ("Those ugly rumors incited some white folks/ to beat, murder, and burn black East St. Louis"). Although Powell's focus is on Baker, the contrast between segregated America and welcoming France will not be lost on readers. Ages 7 to 10. Copyright 2013, Review from Publishers Weekly.

ELPL has this title in eBook and print.  Make sure to check out Amber Laude's (the library's Collections and Technical Services Librarian) interview with the author, Patricia Hruby Powell, and illustrator, Christian Robinson, of this amazing book on Cloud Unbound.

I See the Promised Land, text by Arthur Flowers; illustrations by Manu Chitrakar

This stunning graphic novel biography of Martin Luther King, Jr. describes the apartheid South of his time, which in many ways was not very different from the early days of slavery. Included are descriptions of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the formation of civil rights groups, mass movements against segregation, such as the Albany Movement and the Children's Crusade in Birmingham, and the influence on King of Gandhi, with his nonviolent approach to resistance. Flowers' text smoothly incorporates excerpts from many of King's most moving speeches and concludes with a brief look at his legacy. Flowers tells a masterful story in musical prose, while Manu Chitrakar carries the tale into the vivid idiom of Patua art, turning King's historic journey into a truly universal legacy.

I Am Rosa Parks by Brad Meltzer

Following books on Abraham Lincoln and Amelia Earhart, this third title in Meltzer and Eliopoulos's Ordinary People Change the World series traces the life of Rosa Parks from the segregated classrooms of her childhood to the Montgomery Bus Boycott. As in the previous books, Parks is portrayed as a roundheaded cartoon child, even during her adult years, underscoring the idea that anyone is capable of bringing about monumental change. Moments of humor help balance out the harsh racial prejudice on display, but it's Parks's determination that stands out strongest. "I knew what the rules said, " she says. "But I also knew in my heart: That's not how you treat people." Ages 3 to 5. Review from Publishers Weekly.

Last Week for Fizz, Boom, Read!

August 4 - August 10 is the final week to participate in Fizz, Boom, Read!, ELPL's Summer Reading program.  There is still time to earn prizes before the program officially closes on Tuesday, August 12 at 9pm.  Remember, you can go back and complete weeks that you skipped.  We've listed some important dates for the end of the program below.  If you have any questions, please contact elpltech@cityofeastlansing.com, or talk to any staff member the next time you are at the library.
 

  • Wednesday, August 6, starting at 1pm, we will be screening the short films created during the library's LEGO Animation program.  Come see what our young film makers (ages 7-13) created during the two day program.  After the short films screening the library will show The LEGO Movie, starring Chris Pratt, Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks and Will Ferrell.  Free popcorn while supplies last.  LEGO Animation short films will be shown at 1pm, the LEGO Movie will be shown immediately after the short film screening.
  • ***PLEASE NOTE NEW DAY FOR NNO/TOUCH A TRUCK***Thursday, August 7, from 6-8pm the library will be celebrating National Night Out and the end of summer reading with our second annual National Night Out/Touch-A-Truck celebration.  All sorts of vehicles will be in the library's parking lot for children to climb on, touch, sit in, and honk!  Meet their friendly drivers, see Pumper & Pals' safety show, visit with K-9 officers and dogs, meet police horses, jump around in the bouncy house, dunk people in the dunk tank, and enjoy picnic food and beverages.  
  • Fizz, Boom, Read! online forms will disappear from elpl.org at midnight on Sunday, August 10. 
  • Fizz, Boom, Read! prizes can be picked up as late as Tuesday, August 12 at 9pm.   

 
Questions?  Ask at elpltech@cityofeastlansing.com
 
 
Thank you for participating in Fizz, Boom, Read!
 
 
-The Summer Reading Team

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