Thursday, January 11, 2018

National Day of Racial Healing- 1/16/18

January 16, 2018 will mark the second National Day of Racial Healing.

People, organizations and communities throughout the U.S. are coming together on Jan. 16, 2018 to call for racial healing, celebrate their common humanity and take collective action to create a more just and equitable world.

The National Day of Racial Healing (#NDORH) is a part of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) effort – a national and community-based process to plan for and bring about transformational and sustainable change, and to address the historic and contemporary effects of racism.

The goals of the day are to:
  1. Find ways to reinforce and honor our common humanity and create space to celebrate the distinct differences that make our communities vibrant.
  2. Acknowledge that there are still deep racial divisions in America that must be overcome and healed.
  3. Commit to engaging people from all racial, ethnic, religious and identity groups in genuine efforts to increase understanding, communication, caring and respect for one another.
Books for social justice:
Working Together for Justice
This list was compiled by the Quicklists Consulting Committee of the Association for Library Service to
Children, a division of the American Library Association.

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is a division of the American Library Association. ALSC’s core purpose is creating a better future for children through libraries through the core values of: collaboration, excellence, inclusiveness, innovation, integrity and respect, leadership and responsiveness. This booklist was created to affirm the rights of children and families. The titles on this list are meant to encourage discussions about social justice and equity. For more information about this and other ALSC booklists, please visit

Books with call numbers appended are in the Congressman Frank J. Guarini Library:

Cohn, Diana. Illus. by Francisco Delgado. !Si Se Puede!/Yes We Can! Cinco Puntos Press, 2002. 978-0938317661 (K-2) Juv.C6787s 

Evans, Shane W. Illus. by author. We March. Roaring Brook Press, 2012. 978-1596435391 (Pre-3)

Freedman, Russell. The Voice That Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2004. 978-0618159765 (4-8) Juv.782.1092 .F853v

Hoose, Phillip M. Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice (Reprint edition). Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014. 978-0374302368 (6-up) Juv.323.092 .H789c

Krull, Kathleen. Illus. by Yuyi Morales. Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez. Harcourt, Inc., 2003. 978-0152014377 (Pre-2) Juv.331.8813 .K94h

Kulling, Monica. Illus. by Felicita Sala. On Our Way to Oyster Bay: Mother Jones and Her March for Children’s Rights. Kids Can Press, 2016. 978-1771383257 (1-4)

Levinson, Cynthia. We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March. Peachtree Publishers, 2012. 978-1561456277 (6-8) Juv. 323.11 .L665w

Levy, Debbie. Illus. by Vanessa Brantley-Newton. We Shall Overcome: The Story of A Song. Jump at the Sun Books, 2013. 978-1423119548 (1-4)

Lewis, John and Andrew Aydin. Illus. by Nate Powell. March, Book One. Top Shelf Productions, 2013. 978-1603093002 (6-up) Juv.923.6 .L674

Johnson, Angela. Illus. by Eric Velasquez. A Sweet Smell of Roses. Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2005. 978-0689832529 (K-2) Juv.J662s

Kimmel, Elizabeth Cody. Illus. by Guiliano Ferri. A Taste of Freedom: Gandhi and The Great Salt March. Walker Books for Young Readers, 2014. 978-0802794673 (1-3)

Lee, Spike & Lee, Tonya Lewis. Illus. by Sean Qualls. Giant Steps to Change the World. Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2011. 978-0689868153 (K-3) Juv.L4813g

Monday, December 11, 2017

Ezra Jack Keats postage stamp

Back in 2009, there was a move to memorialize the 2012 50th Anniversary of the classic children's book, "A Snowy Day" by the late Ezra Jack Keats (

Unfortunately, it took a little more time thank three years. But the stamp is now a reality in 2017!

On October 4, 2017, the stamp was given its official release in Keats' home town of Brooklyn NY.
The press release from the United States Postal Service  goes on to say:

Each of the four new stamps in this 20-stamp booklet features a different illustration of main character Peter exploring and playing in his neighborhood while wearing his iconic red snowsuit. The images include: Peter forming a snowball, Peter sliding down a mountain of snow, Peter making a snow angel and Peter leaving footprints in the snow.

Since the publication of this treasured tale five decades ago young readers have enjoyed joining Peter on his winter adventure. Unlike most popular children’s authors at the time, Keats made a point to feature ethnically and racially diverse characters in his work. Inspired by a series of 1940 Life magazine photographs of a young African-American boy, Keats began writing The Snowy Day. Using paper collage, fabric, stamps and India ink, he crafted the unique look of the story’s wintry urban landscape.

Edited by Annis Duff and published in 1962, The Snowy Day has become a classic. Since its release, it has sold millions of copies.

As Peter starred in six more Keats stories, readers watched him grow older in print. Before the author’s death in 1983, he wrote and illustrated 22 children’s books and provided artwork for dozens more. Countless readers identified with his characters and stories, which brought added diversity to mainstream children's literature.

Thursday, November 09, 2017

November is Native American Heritage Month

Books to Celebrate Native American Heritage Month!

Ancona, George                      Powwow                                             

Boyden, Linda                        Powwow’s Coming                             
Juv. 394.3.B789p

Bruchac, James and                Girl Who helped Thunder and Other Native American Folktales

Bruchac, Joseph                      Eagle Song 

Bruchac, Joseph                      Pushing Up the Sky                           

Bruchac, Joseph                      Earth Under the Sky: Native  American Poems of the Land             
Juv. 398.2.B887e

Bruchac, Joseph                      Seven Native American  Plays for Children                     
Juv. 812.54 .B887p

Dennis, Yvonne Wakim          Children of Native America Today    

Landon, Rocky                       A Native American throught of it     
Juv. 970.1.L259n

Morris, Ann                             Grandma Maxine remembers:A Native American family story

Salonen, Roxanne B.              First Salmon 
Slier, Debby                            Cradle me                                            
Taylor, C. J.                           All the Stars in the Sky: Native Stories from the Heavens

Van Camp, Richard                Little You                                              

Since Thanksgiving also occurs in November. Here is a list of books recommended by OYATE (Oyate is a Native organization working to see that our lives and histories are portrayed with honesty and integrity, and that all people know that our stories belong to us.)

(unfortunately quite a few of these are out of print) 

Bruchac, Margaret M. (Abenaki), and Catherine Grace O’Neill, 1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society, 2001, grades 4-up
 (Juv. 394.268 .G729S)

Hunter, Sally M. (Ojibwe), Four Seasons of Corn: A Winnebago Tradition. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications, 1997, grades 4-6. (Juv.394.1 .H947f)

Peters, Russell M. (Wampanoag), Clambake: A Wampanoag Tradition. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications, 1992, grades 4-6. (Juv. 974.48 .P481c)

Regguinti, Gordon (Ojibwe), The Sacred Harvest: Ojibway Wild Rice Gathering. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications, 1992, grades 4-6. (Juv. 977.6 .R334s)

Seale, Doris (Santee/Cree), Beverly Slapin, and Carolyn Silverman (Cherokee), eds., Thanksgiving: A Native Perspective. Berkeley: Oyate, 1998, teacher resource.

Swamp, Jake (Mohawk), Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message. New York: Lee & Low, 1995, all grades.(Juv. 299.79 .S791g)

Wittstock, Laura Waterman (Seneca), Ininatig’s Gift of Sugar: Traditional Native Sugarmaking. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications, 1993, grades 4-6

OYATE Also provides the following materials

Deconstructing the Myths of "The First Thanksgiving"
by Judy Dow (Abenaki) and Beverly Slapin
Revised 06/12/06

How to Tell the Difference: A Guide for Evaluating Children’s Books for Anti-Indian Bias 
by Doris Seale, Beverly Slapin and Rosemary Gonzales                   

Monday, October 30, 2017

Mix It Up at Lunch Day-10/31/17

Mix It Up at Lunch Day is an international campaign that encourages students to identify, question and cross social boundaries. While schools can register to host a Mix It Up event on any day of the year, millions of students around the world participate on the official Mix It Up at Lunch Day, held on the last Tuesday of each October. It’s October 31st this year! 

Students consistently identify the cafeteria as a place in their school where divisions are clearly—and harshly—drawn. So we ask students to move out of their comfort zones and connect with someone new over lunch. It’s a simple act with profound implications that we encourage educators to include in year-round efforts to promote healthy, welcoming school environments. Studies have shown that interactions across group lines can help reduce prejudice. When students interact with those who are different from them, biases and misperceptions can fall away.

And a few books to read about lunch, and school and cafeterias!:

Arnold, Tedd.
Super Fly Guy / Tedd Arnold.

Krosoczka, Jarrett.
Lunch Lady and the bake sale bandit

Krosoczka, Jarrett.
Lunch lady and the cyborg substitute

Krosoczka, Jarrett.
Lunch Lady and the League of Librarians
Krosoczka, Jarrett.
Lunch Lady and the author visit vendetta

Krosoczka, Jarrett
Lunch Lady and the schoolwide scuffle
Prelutsky, Jack.
What a day it was at school!: poems
Juv.811.54 .P924w   


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Banned Books Week 2017 9/24-9/30/17

Celebrate Banned Books Week 2017
September 24-September 30, 2017
Read a Challenged Book

  1. This One Summer written by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
    Reasons: challenged because it includes LGBT characters, drug use and profanity, and it was considered sexually explicit with mature themes (Juv. T1533t)
  1. Drama written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier
    Reasons: challenged because it includes LGBT characters, was deemed sexually explicit, and was considered to have an offensive political viewpoint (Juv.T2714d)
  2. George written by Alex Gino
    Reasons: challenged because it includes a transgender child, and the “sexuality was not appropriate at elementary levels” (Juv. G4932g)
  3. I Am Jazz written by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, and illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas
    Reasons: challenged because it portrays a transgender child and because of language, sex education, and offensive viewpoints (Juv. 306.76 .H574i)
  4. Two Boys Kissing written by David Levithan
    Reasons: challenged because its cover has an image of two boys kissing, and it was considered to include sexually explicit LGBT content (Juv.L6662t)

        Looking for Alaska written by John Green
    Reasons: challenged for a sexually explicit scene that may lead a student to “sexual experimentation”

        Big Hard Sex Criminals written by Matt Fraction and illustrated by Chip Zdarsky
     Reason: challenged because it was considered sexually explicit

    Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread written by Chuck Palahniuk
     Reasons: challenged for profanity, sexual explicitness, and being “disgusting and all around offensive”

     Little Bill (series) written by Bill Cosby and and illustrated by Varnette P. Honeywood
       Reason: challenged because of criminal sexual allegations against the author
      Eleanor & Park written by Rainbow Rowel
      Reason: challenged for offensive language (Juv. R8817e)

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Recycling Solar Eclipse Glasses

Recycling  Reuse, and Redistribution Programs for Solar Eclipse Glasses

Lots of Options!

Astronomers Without Borders Solar Eclipse Recycling Program

Astronomers Without Borders (AWB) has the following collection centers:
There are Glasses Collection Centers across the US. See if there is one near you on the interactive map! Sign up for their newsletter for more details or check their Facebook page .
You can also send them to :
AWB Eclipse Glasses Donation Program
Explore Scientific
1010 S. 48th Street
Springdale, AR 72762  
Other Recycling Hints
from Earth 911

-Remove the protective solar-filter lenses before tossing paper frames into the recycling bin. While recycling rules vary in different regions, if the frames are paper or cardboard, they’re likely acceptable with other paper recyclables, according to Patrick Morgan, recycling specialist for Oregon Metro in Portland. The solar filter doesn’t belong in traditional household recycling, he says. Most paper products are recyclable, unless they feature a moisture-resistant coating, such as frozen food packages.
-Toss out the solar-filter lenses. Or perhaps phone a camera store that processes film and ask if they recycle that type of film, suggests Brooks Mitchell, education coordinator for the nonprofit Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.

-Trash unwanted plastic frames, which likely would not be acceptable with traditional plastic recycling, says Morgan and other recycling representatives.
-For any questions, phone your local recycling authority.

Reusing & Repurposing
-Display the glasses as a souvenir. Mitchell says he’ll likely hang them on his bulletin board. The glasses, he says, will serve “to remind myself of the awesome celestial experience.”
-Depending on the style and instructions, the eclipse glasses may be reusable, at least for a limited time, as long as the protective filter is not scratched, punctured, torn or damaged in another way. Read instructions printed on or packaged with the glasses. Because the glasses are so inexpensive, some solar observers say you should avoid the risk of saving an older version for the future, even if the packaging does not specify a time limit. (By the way, the next total eclipse in the United States rolls through the sky April 8, 2024.)

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Solar eclipse - 8/21/17

Are you ready for August 21, 2017?
According to
On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights - a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun's tenuous atmosphere - the corona - can be seen, will stretch from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun's disk.

Are you taking safety precautions?
You never want to look directly at the sun without appropriate protection except during totality.  That could severely hurt your eyes.  However, there are many ways to safely view an eclipse of the sun including direct viewing – which requires some type of filtering device and indirect viewing where you project an image of the sun onto a screen. Both methods should produce clear images of the partial phase of an eclipse.  Click here for eclipse viewing techniques and safety. (

Vendors of goggles/solar filters
The following well-known telescope and solar-filter companies manufacture and/or sell eclipse glasses (sometimes called eclipse shades) and/or handheld solar viewers that have been verified by an accredited testing laboratory to meet the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard for such products. They are listed in alphabetical order; those with an asterisk (*) are based outside the United States.
Solar Viewer Brands
Note: Baader Planetarium's AstroSolar Safety Film and AstroSolar Photo Film, sold in the U.S. by Alpine Astronomical and Astro-Physics (see below), are not certified to meet the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard and are not designed to work as eclipse shades or handheld solar filters. Baader's AstroSolar Silver/Gold Film, on the other hand, does meet the ISO 12312-2 safety standard for filters for eyes-only direct viewing of the Sun.
Numerous other astronomy- and science-related enterprises and organizations sell eclipse glasses made by the companies listed above. If you buy from any of these businesses, you know you are getting ISO-compliant safe solar viewers.
Educational Resources