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What a weekend!

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Our weekly storytimes continue, along with Crazy 8s and Minecraft Club on Tuesday and Thursday. We also have:

S’mores Book Club
Wednesday, March 22, 4:15-5 p.m.
Grades 3-5
Do you devour a book like you devour a great after-school snack? If so, join us for our S’mores Book Club where we will eat a snack and talk about a different topic each month. This month’s topic is Graphic Novels.

Sea to Shining Sea
Friday, March 24
10:30-noon
or
1:30-3 p.m.
For homeschool teachers and their K-5 students.
Enrich your homeschool experience by discovering the geography, stories, music and crafts of the United States of America in this hands-on program. This month we will explore the western states. Drop in.

Pete the Cat Day
Saturday, March 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult; Drop in.
Bring your camera and meet Pete the Cat at storytime from 11-11:30 a.m. Make a craft while supplies last from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Enjoy special coloring pages until 4 p.m.
Readers in kindergarten or first grade can participate in Pete the Cat: I’m Reading in My School Shoes from 3-5 p.m.

Willy Wonka Jr Theatre Showcase
Saturday, March 25, 4:15 p.m.-4:45 p.m.
All ages, preschoolers with an adult; Drop in.

Enjoy the delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale.
This performance, featuring local children in grades 2 through 8, is presented by Theatre-on-the-Hill at the library.

Looking ahead to next week, don’t miss this special event on Sunday:

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Family Fun Dinosaur Encounter

Sunday, March 26, 2-3 p.m.
All ages; preschoolers with an adult
Be amazed at a 5-foot-long Apatosaurus femur and an entire T-Rex foot! Meet award-winning author Janet Riehecky as she presents her extensive collection of fossils. Drop in.

Will Eisner at 100

Will Eisner Week is an annual celebration promoting graphic novel literacy, free speech, and the legacy of Will Eisner, the revered comic artist and writer (1917-2005).  His work began during the Golden Age of Comics with the creation of characters including Uncle Sam, Sheena Queen of The Jungle, Black Hawk, and his most famous iconic character, The Spirit.  Throughout his career, he was determined to demonstrate what the medium he loved could accomplish, calling his first serious book format comic in 1978 a graphic novel, and then popularizing the format by writing 19 more.

Two of his works for younger readers are adaptations of classic stories in a comics format:

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The Last Knight: An introduction to Don Quixote by Miquel de Cervantes
by Will Eisner

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Moby Dick by Herman Melville
adapted by Will Eisner

Will Eisner’s name also graces the comic industry’s Eisner Awards, which includes categories for

  • Best Title for Younger Readers/Best Comics Publication for a Younger Audience
  • Best Publication for Kids
  • Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 7)
  • Best Publication for Kids (ages 8-12)

The library owns lots of these award winners; give them a look!

Finale to February

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Storytimes
, Minecraft Club (on Tuesday and Thursday), and Crazy 8s continue this week.

Great Read Harry Potter Art Exhibit
Tuesday, February 28, 5:30-6 p.m.
All ages; preschoolers with an adult

Each Great Read participating library’s Adult, Teen and Child art contest winners will have their work on display in Meeting Room B, with awards given in Meeting Room A beginning at 6:00 p.m. Come join us to celebrate the artistic talent and spirit! Drop in.

Great Read Finale: Hogwarts Magic Show
Tuesday, February 28, 6-7:30 p.m.
All ages; preschoolers with an adult

Celebrate the Great Read‘s Art Contest winners with an award ceremony at 6:00 PM, and then join us for a magic show! Learn firsthand about the Magic of Hogwarts during a special Harry Potter-themed magic show. Children and their parents will be amazed at the magic of “Professor Gerry Potter.” Professor Potter is the 7th cousin (twice removed) of the famous Harry Potter, and a direct descendant of Godric of the House of Gryffindor. This fast-paced show features comedy magic and lots of audience participation. Muggles of all ages will learn firsthand about the magic of the Marauder’s Map and discover the power of Polyjuice Potion. Audience members are encouraged dress in their favorite wizard or witch outfit, and be prepared to cast their own spells during this family-friendly show. Drop in until the limit of the room is reached.

Bits & Bytes Coding Club
Wednesday, March 1, 3:30-5 p.m.
Grades 4-12
Join our new coding club! Learn programming while working on cool projects. This club is intended for Fountaindale cardholders and residents. Drop in until the program limit of 16 participants is reached.

Let’s Create
Wednesday, March 1, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades K-5
Friends get together after school to make a craft and share a special time! Drop in.

Visit the new Outreach Preschool page for Thursday morning storytime information.

Arts & Fables
Friday, March 3
9:30-10:15 or 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Ages 2-6 years with an adult
Hear a story, then make a craft about it! What a great way to spend some time at the library in the morning! Drop in until the room is full.

Mini Movin’ and Groovin’
Saturday, March 4, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
All ages
Join our group of friends for great times with music, rhythm, songs and fun! Drop in until the limit of the room is reached.

Saturday Special: Boo! Ha! Ha!
Saturday, March 4, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Grades 2-5
Program based on the funny Timmy Failure book series where gullible detectives are invited to successfully carry out a no-brainer spy mission. Register now.

African American History, Library History

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Something unusual happened at the Youth Media Awards on Monday.  A single book, March: Book Three (written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell), won 4 major awards:

  • Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award, recognizing an African-American author and of outstanding books for children and young adults
  • Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults
  • Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children
  • YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults

The book already won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature in November.  You might have heard Representative John Lewis give an emotional acceptance speech, in which he recalled “I remember in 1956 when I was 16 years old, going down to the public library, trying to get library cards, and we were told that the libraries were whites-only and not for coloreds…To come here and receive this award — it’s too much.”

The history of library services for African Americans has included both exclusion and inclusion.  Here are some books (for a slightly younger audience than March) that help tell the story:

Finding Lincoln
Finding Lincoln by Ann Malaspina
In segregated 1950s Alabama, Louis cannot use the public library to research a class assignment, but one of the librarians lets him in after hours and helps him find the book that he needs. Includes an author’s note with historical information about library segregation in the South.

Goin' Somplace Special
Goin’ Someplace Special by Patricia McKissack
In segregated Nashville during the 1950s, a young African American girl endures a series of indignities and obstacles to get to the public library, one of the few integrated places in the city.

Richard Wright and the Library Card
Richard Wright and the Library Card by William Miller (also available in Spanish)
Based on a scene from Wright’s autobiography, Black Boy, in which the seventeen-year-old African-American borrows a white man’s library card and devours every book as a ticket to freedom.

Ron's Big Mission
Ron’s Big Mission by Rose Blue and Corinne Naden
One summer day in 1959, nine-year-old Ron McNair, who dreams of becoming a pilot, walks into the Lake City, South Carolina public library and insists on checking out some books, despite the rule that only white people can have library cards. Includes facts about McNair, who grew up to be an astronaut.

Summer Writers’Workshop

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Explore your creative side this summer in the Writers’ Workshop.

Wednesdays July 6-27 1:30-3:00 p.m.

Learn how to write and draw you own graphic novel.

Writers entering grades 3-5 can register now!

Hope to see you there!

-Miss Chris

Gene Luen Yang

I heard some pretty exciting news the other day about comics creator Gene Luen Yang being named the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by the Library of Congress.

He’s an author I mentioned recently when I highlighted last year’s Eisner Award winners and nominees for kids.  Many of his books are aimed at teens (including the fantastic Boxers and Saints— two companion books about the Boxer Rebellion– which I can’t recommend highly enough).  One of his newer comics, Secret Coders, is for middle grade readers.

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A new student arrives at a school where some strange things are happening (the robot birds are just the start).  Good thing this group of new friends is learning some computer programming skills…

When I was looking up the story I heard on the radio, I came across an interesting article about changes in who reads comics and how adults view comics for children.  There is a lot of good material for younger readers being published right now.  If you need some suggestions, just ask at the Children’s Services desk!

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Best New Comics: Eisner Award Winners and Nominees

Best Limited Series
Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland
Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland by Eric Shanower & Gabriel Rodriguez
“An all-new, all-ages series full of magic and whimsy from award-winning creators Eric Shanower (Adventures in Oz) and Gabriel Rodriguez (Locke & Key)! Spinning out of Winsor McKay’s brilliant early 20th Century strip, Return to Slumberland sees King Morpheus’ daughter, in the Royal Palace of Slumberland, selecting her next-playmate – Nemo! Only Nemo has no interest in being anyone’s playmate, dream or no dream!” (Diamond Comics Distributors)

Best New Series
Lumberjanes
Lumberjanes by Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Noelle Stevenson, & Brooke A. Allen (BOOM! Box)
Five friends attend a summer camp that just happens to be the home of yetis, talking statues, and other supernatural monsters. This title also won Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17), for which it shared a nomination with The Dumbest Idea Ever, by Jimmy Gownley (author of Amelia Rules!).

Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 7)

Winner:
The Zoo Box
The Zoo Box, by Ariel Cohn & Aron Nels Steinke

Left home alone for the evening, Erika and Patrick discover a mysterious box in the attic, and when they take a peek inside the box, animals begin to pour out, turning their world upside down. – (Baker & Taylor)

Other nominees in this category:

BirdCatDog
BirdCatDog, by Lee Nordling & Meritxell Bosch

“Tells the story of a bird, a cat, and a dog through wordless comics. Everyone is a hero in his own story and every story is connected”– – (Baker & Taylor)

A Cat Named Tim and Other Stories
A Cat Named Tim And Other Stories by John Martz
In Tim’s world, a cat can paint on the ceiling and a happy pig couple can wait months for the bus. A duck and a mouse love to go flying, in a plane, of course. Every page is an adventure and each character is colorful in this collection of comics.

Hello Kitty Hello 40
Hello Kitty, Hello 40: A Celebration in 40 Stories edited by Traci N. Todd & Elizabeth Kawasaki

Featuring contributions by the creators of Babymouse, a 40th anniversary tribute collects stories and artwork by a range of comics artists, muralists and toy creators. – (Baker & Taylor)

“No one knows much about Mer, the underwater kingdom where Mermin the Merman was born, but due to a rising conflict with the people of Atlantis, Mermin is needed back home immediately. Which means that his human friends get to accompany him and see all the aquatic wonders of Mer. But once again, Mermin is tight-lipped about his past – even when it’s swimming right in front of him. And there are enemies lurking in the seedier depths of Mer who’ve got their sights set not only on Mermin, but on Pete and his friends!” –Amazon.com

Best Publication for Kids (ages 8-12)

Winner:

El Deafo
El Deafo, by Cece Bell
Based on Cece Bell’s own story, El Deafo tells the story of a rabbit girl making friends at school while dealing with the pros and cons of a large, awkward hearing aid. This title was also nominated for Best Reality-Based Work, along with Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: Treaties, Trenches, Mud, and Blood, by Nathan Hale.

Other nominees in this category:

Batman Li'l Gotham
Batman Li’l Gotham, vol. 2 by Derek Fridolfs & Dustin Nguyen
Tales of adventure through the holidays featuring favorite Gotham City characters. – (Baker & Taylor)

(You can find more of the series here, here, here, and here.)

I Was the Cat by Paul Tobin & Benjamin Dewey

Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland by Eric Shanower & Gabriel Rodriguez (shown above)

Tiny Titans Return to the Treehouse
Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse by Art Baltazar & Franco
“Superboy and Supergirl return to the treehouse to discover…IT’S MISSING! Or is it just…really small? Who could have done such a thing?! Find out as all your favorite Tiny Titans search for answers!” –Random House

Best Writer: Gene Luen Yang for Avatar: The Last Airbender

Avatar the Last Airbender: The Rift as well as The Shadow Hero, which was also nominated for Best Publication for Teens.

Best Writer/Artist: Raina Telgemeier for Sisters

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Three weeks. Two sisters. One car. A true story.