Juneteenth is a holiday celebrated every June 19 to commemorate the official end of slavery in the United States. 155 years later, we still see clearly that the end of slavery was not the end of racial inequality in this country. In honor of the approaching holiday and to recognize the racial injustices we see currently taking over the news, I’ve compiled a list of books you can find in our e-resources that are about the unique struggles of Black Americans, and what white people can do to be good allies.
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Toni Morrison passed away Monday, August 5, and the literary world lost one of its greats. There's not much to add that hasn't been said already in the countless tributes to Morrison today, but her work touched many lives, FRVPLD staff and patrons amongst them.
This summer, D300 students entering grades 6-12 can read books from one or more award lists or read an article a week. We have the books featured on these award lists on display at the Dundee Library and Randall Oaks.
And you can check out the award lists below to find a title or two (or more!) to read for #D300Reads this summer.
The Best of the Best book lists:
This Saturday, March 2nd, is Dr. Seuss’s birthday and Read Across America, inviting every child in every community to celebrate reading. Created by the National Education Association, Read Across America is simply a holiday for the love of reading. You can find more information here.
The 2019 AISLE award-nominated titles are now on display at the Dundee Library! Each year, the Association of Illinois School Library Educators (AISLE) nominates books for the Monarch, Bluestem and Rebecca Caudill Readers’ Choice Awards. Kids across Illinois are then invited to read the nominated books throughout the year and vote for their favorite.
Have you signed up for Summer Reading yet? We have an additional Reading Challenge, just for teens and adults, this year. In honor of the theme ‘Reading Takes You Everywhere,’ if you read a book set in a country other than the United States, and fill out a Recommended Read postcard, you’ll be entered in a special ‘Where Has Reading Taken You?’ drawing.
Join us on Saturday April 21st for a program about December 7, 1941. Battlefield expert Robert Muelller will discuss the events of that day, the experiences of some of those who were there, and the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Please note: This program will be held off-site at: Village Green 605 Barrington Ave. East Dundee.
The Illinois School Library Media Association has announced their winner for the 2018 Bluestem Award!
Every year, the Illinois School Library Media Association nominates twenty books for the Bluestem Award and students across Illinois vote for the book they believe deserves to win. This year's votes have officially been totaled and Illinois students have decided that the winner of the 2018 Bluestem Award is Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson! You can view the voting results here!
Join us on Wednesday March 7, 2018 for a fascinating program about some of the amazing women of Chicago’s past and present. While you’re waiting, check out these books. Not all of these women will be profiled in the program, but they're all inspiring and have links to Chicago. Come to the Information desk for more suggestions to keep you reading during Women’s History Month, and register for Hell Hath No Fury: The Wild, Wicked, and Wonderful Women of the Windy City to learn more about these incredible women.