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New Nonfiction Audiobooks

Finding the Edge: My Life on the Ice by Karen Chen with Natalie England
Now, for the first time, figure skater Karen Chen shares the story of how she got where she is today, where she’s going next, and what it takes to achieve the impossible.

Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets by Kwame Alexander with Chris Colderley and Marjory Wentworth illustrated by Ekua Holmes
I’ve heard it argued that the best way to enjoy poetry is to hear it read aloud. You might want to pick up a copy of the original book in this case, though, because the beautiful artwork earned the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award. The poetry, by the author of The Crossover and two other poets, is inspired by famous poets from around the world.

To the Moon! The True Story of the American Heroes on the Apollo 8 Spaceship by Jeffrey Kluger with Ruby Shamir
The exciting and inspiring true story of Apollo 8, the first manned American spaceship to break free of the Earth’s orbit and reach the moon, by the best-selling author of Apollo 13.

Holocaust Remembrance Day

If you are trying to help children learn about a difficult topic, it’s always helpful to have access to good materials and expert advice. Since today is Holocaust Remembrance Day I thought I would share some of the resources that I found for a patron who was about to start talking about this history with her son.

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has excellent online information including a section of the website for with advice for teachers. There are lots of helpful suggestions, and even online training for teachers who are addressing the topic for the first time.

These are a few titles I suggested as having introductory information about the Holocaust and being short enough to read aloud to a class:

Always Remember Me: How One Family Survived World War II by Marisabina Russo
Photos and documents in a scrapbook help tell a family’s story.

Benno and the Night of Broken Glass by Meg Wiviott
The events of Kristallnacht are told from the perspective of a cat.

The Feather-bed Journey by Paula Kurzband Feder
A grandmother tells the story behind a feather pillow–once a feather bed– that is the only possession left from her childhood in Poland.

The Secret Seder by Doreen Rappaport
A boy and his father passing as gentiles in occupied France secretly join others for Passover.

For a longer read, these are some newer books that come highly recommended:

Adam and Thomas by Aharon Appelfeld
Adam and Thomas is the story of two nine-year-old Jewish boys who survive World War II by banding together in the forest.

Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust by Doreen Rappaport
Doreen Rappaport illuminates the defiance of tens of thousands of Jews across eleven Nazi-occupied countries during World War II.

Hidden: A Child’s Story of the Holocaust by Loic Dauvillier
A grandmother shares the story of her experiences in WWII with her grandchild in this graphic novel for young readers.

March Madness

You don’t have to be college-aged to be interested in college basketball!

Basketball Belles: How Two Teams and One Scrappy Player Put Women’s Hoops on the Map by Sue Macy
Agnes Morley led her team to victory in the first-ever intercollegiate women’s basketball game– back when women played basketball in bloomers.

Basketball: From Tip-off to Slam Dunk–The Essential Guide by Clive Gifford

Basketball: Girls Rocking It by Barry Mableton and Elizabeth Gettelman

Basketballogy: Supercool Facts You Never Knew by Kevin Sylvester

Game Changer: John Mclendon and the Secret Game by John Coy
In 1944, in segregated North Carolina, Coach John McLendon of the North Carolina College of Negroes invited the Duke University Medical School basketball team for a secret and illegal game.

Great Teams in College Basketball History by Luke DeCock

Greatest Comebacks in Sports by Dustin Long

The Illinois Fighting Illini by Mark Stewart

The Mighty Macs
A sports movie about a women’s basketball team at a small Catholic college in the 1970s, and the coach who brought them all the way to a national championship.

NCAA Basketball Championship by Annalise Bekkering

Strong Inside: The True Story of How Perry Wallace Broke College Basketball’s Color Line by Andrew Maraniss
A biography of the student athlete who courageously integrated the Southeastern Conference.

Picture Book Biographies to Introduce Women’s History

Day by Day with Elena Delle Donne by Tammy Gagne

Kate Warne: Pinkerton Detective by Marissa Moss

Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation by Cokie Roberts

Leontyne Price: Voice of a Century by Carole Boston Weatherford

Libba : The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten by Laura Veirs

Lighter than Air: Sophie Blanchard, the First Woman Pilot by Matthew Clark Smith

Margaret and the Moon: How Margaret Hamilton Saved the First Lunar Landing by Dean Robbins

Misty Copeland by Laurie Calkhoven

Ordinary, Extraordinary Jane Austen: The Story of Six Novels, Three Notebooks, a Writing Box, and One Clever Girl by Deborah Hopkinson

Pocket Full of Colors: The Magical World of Mary Blair, Disney Artist Extraordinaire by Amy Guglielmo and Jacqueline Tourville

When Jackie Saved Grand Central: The True Story of Jacqueline Kennedy’s Fight for an American Icon by Natasha Wing

Who Says Women Can’t be Computer Programmers? The Story of Ada Lovelace by Tanya Lee Stone

Explore Women’s History

Alice Paul and the Fight for Women’s Rights: From the Vote to the Equal Rights Amendment by Deborah Kops

Cleopatra: Queen of Egypt by Xina M. Uhl

First Ladies written by Amy Pastan association with the Smithsonian 

Forward: My Story by Abby Wambach \

The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science by Joyce Sidman

Hidden Women: The African-American Mathematicians of NASA Who Helped America Win the Space Race by by Rebecca Rissman

Rising Above: Inspiring Women in Sports by Gregory Zuckerman with Elijah and Gabriel Zuckerman

Roses and Radicals: The Epic Story of How American Women Won the Right to Vote by Susan Zimet & Todd Hasak-Lowy

Super Women: Six Scientists Who Changed the World by Laurie Lawlor

Who is Sonia Sotomayor? by Megan Stine
This title is also available as an ebook from OverDrive.

Women in Science by Jen Green

The Women’s Rights Movement: Then and Now by Rebecca Langston-George




More formidable than the Dora Milaje?

I first became aware of this queen (whose name is spelled various ways, including Njinga and Nzinga) when I was on my honeymoon. A statue of her stood in a museum we visited in Virginia.

The main book we own about her in the library is a work of historical fiction, part of the Royal Diaries series about real-life queens and princesses.

Nzingha: Warrior Queen of Matamba by Patricia C. McKissack

She is also highlighted in Lives of Extraordinary Women: Rulers, Rebels (And What the Neighbors Thought) and The Story of the World volume 3: Early Modern Times. You may be able to find some more information in our online resources such as Gale Virtual Reference Library.

Enjoy The Great Read and other great programs!

Great Reads 2018

Weekly storytimes continue!

Minecraft Club
Tuesday, January 30, 3:30-5 p.m.
Grades 3–12
Join us for open game play! Bring your Fountaindale Public Library card and Minecraft account information. Drop in.

S’mores Book Club – “Who Was…?” Series and Other Biographies
Wednesday, January 31, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 3–6

Do you devour a book like a great after-school snack? If so, sign up for the S’mores Book Club! We will eat a snack and talk about a different topic each month. Register.

Panera Milk & Cookies Community Storytime – (Off site)
New venue Panera Bread – 855 E. Boughton Road
Thursday, February 1, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Ages 2–6
Enjoy free milk and a cookie while we read a story and play with puppets, music and movement. Please call 630.685.4230 with questions or for assistance with registration.

Thursday, February 1, 3:30-5 p.m.
Grades 3–12
Join us for open game play! Bring your Fountaindale Public Library card and Minecraft account information. Drop in.
White Oak Library – 201 Normantown Rd, Romeoville, IL 60446
Thursday, February 1, 6-8 p.m.

All ages
Professional storyteller Linda Gorham will share the story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s youthful experiences with segregation that gave him the impetus to march, write and speak out. Drop in.

Arts and Fables – “Elmer the Elephant”
Friday, February 2, 9:30-10:15 a.m.
Friday, February 2, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Ages 2–6 with an adult
Join us for a story, and then make a craft about it! Drop in.
Imagineers Club – Kids’ Spa Day
Saturday, February 3, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Grades 2–5

Play games, use new technologies and explore science in this fun and educational program based each month on an exciting book series. Register.

Pete the Cat: I’m Reading in My School Shoes!
Saturday, February 3, 3-5 p.m.
Grades K–1
Do you like to read in your school shoes? Cool! Come in and read a book to us to earn a Pete the Cat headband, reading certificate and bookmark! Drop in.