Our friends at Brightly have created a way for families to explore important topics through books, and have some fun! The idea of a family book club is that everyone in the family reads the same book and then gathers together to discuss it and take part in book-themed activities.
You can even pair up with other families to double the fun. It’s a great way to spend time together and encourage a lifelong passion for books in your children.
This month’s pick is Stella by Starlight, by Sharon Draper. When a burning cross set by the Klan causes panic and fear in 1932 Bumblebee, North Carolina, fifth-grader Stella must face prejudice and find the strength to demand change in her segregated town.
During February we feature resources to keep your heart happy and healthy, so check our lobby display often for updates. This week we shine a spotlight on The Heart Healers : The Misfits, Mavericks, and Rebels who created the greatest medical breakthrough of our lives, by James Forrester Continue reading The Heart Truth: The Heart Healers→
February 1, 1902-1967
Hughes, who claimed Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Carl Sandburg, and Walt Whitman as his primary influences, is particularly known for his insightful, colorful portrayals of black life in America from the twenties through the sixties. He wrote novels, short stories and plays, as well as poetry, and is also known for his engagement with the world of jazz and the influence it had on his writing, as in his book-length poem Montage of a Dream Deferred (Holt, 1951). His life and work were enormously important in shaping the artistic contributions of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s.
Since Geoffrey Chaucer first popularized the connection between Valentines Day and romance in the 14th Century, we have been struggling to find just the right token of affection for our beloved. Flowers, jewelry, a fancy dinner, a trip to the spa, a box of chocolates … perhaps we’re in need of some inspiration to break out of our Valentines Day rut. I found some books in our collection that look at love from several different angles. Continue reading Valentines Day: More Than a Box of Chocolates?→