Saturday, July 11, 2020

Kids' Book Spotlight - Everyday Diversity - Juvenile

"We should all know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color." ~ Maya Angelou

Beginning Chapter Books (Grades 1-3)

The Amazing Life of Azaleah Lane
by Nikki Shannon Smith
Azaleah loved her class field trip to the National Zoo in Washington D.C, and is looking forward to earning extra credit by building a diorama of a tiger in his natural habitat for extra credit--but before she can even begin her task she has to solve the mystery of her younger sister's favorite missing stuffed animal because her parents and older sister are too busy and Tiana is ready to throw a tantrum.

Dog Days
by Karen English

Gavin wants to make a good impression at Carver Elementary, where no one knows he excels at soccer and skateboarding, but an annoying big sister, a bully, and his great aunt's Pomeranian are not helping.

Juana & Lucas: Big Problemas
by Juana Medina

Juana's life is just about perfect. She lives in the beautiful city of Bogotá with her two most favorite people in the world: her mami and her dog, Lucas. Lately, though, things have become a little less perfect. Mami has a new hairdo and a new amigo named Luis with whom she has been spending a LOT of time. He is kind and teaches Juana about things like photography and jazz music, but sometimes Juana can't help wishing things would go back to the way they were before. When Mami announces that she and Luis are getting married and that they will all be moving to a new casa, Juana is quite distraught. Lucky for her, though, some things will never change -- like how much Mami loves her.

Chapter Books (Grades 3-5)

Meena Meets Her Match
by Karla Manternach

Third-grader Meena Zee navigates the triumphs and challenges of family, friendship, and school while being diagnosed with epilepsy.

by Sarah Cannon

A group of gifted middle-school students must band together to save their town, as well as a fantasy world, from monsters.

Black Brother, Black Brother
by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Suspended unjustly from elite Middlefield Prep, Donte Ellison studies fencing with a former champion, hoping to put the racist fencing team captain in his place.

Take a look at our Everyday Diversity Chapter Books list for more great titles!

Stephani Lindsey
Youth Specialist

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Books and eResources for Handling a Creative Slump

Is the COVID-19 crisis putting you in a creative slump?  Revive your creative spirit with one of these titles.

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

I enjoy all of Anne Lamott's work but Bird by Bird, her book on creative writing is my favorite. It's been so phenomenally since publication in 1994 that a 25th Anniversary Edition was released in 2019.

Available as an eBook and eAudiobook

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Big Magic offers creative insights from the author of Eat, Pray, Love.

Cultivating Your Creative Life by Alena Hennessy

Creativity and wonder mingle in this multifaced book!

Show Your Work by Austin Kleon

A fun book that offers a creative approach to business pursuits.

Art on the Rocks by F. Sehnaz Bac

Interested in meditative art? Find a smooth stone, grab some paint, and create a mandala you can hold in your hand.

Garden Made by Stephanie Whitney
Get creative outdoors by making unique garden art!

The Drawing Lesson by Mark Crilley

This Teen Graphic Novel offers drawing techniques.  A great title for young aspiring artists!

The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll

Organize creatively using the bullet journal method. Use a bullet journal or a free online template to print bullet paper.  Use your imagination to design your own calendar or keep track of books to be read, story ideas, films to watch, or healthy habits.

The Zen of Creativity by John Daido Loori

Ancient Buddist techniques to inspire creativity.

FCPL patrons can also access free eResouces from home.

Universal Classes includes seventeen different writing classes like Creative Writing Workshop, Creative Writing 101, Novel Writing 101, and more!  

ArtistWorks has video-based art and music lessons. Learn about art, music theory, scratch, vocal techniques, or how to plan an instrument from a professional.  Sign up for free piano, guitar, ukulele, mandoline, or even harmonica lessons. ArtistWorks also offers instruction on drums and band instruments. These are great resources for students! 

And FCPL's Great Courses offers downloadable audiobooks like Becoming a Great Essayist, Understanding the Fundamentals of Music, The Art of Reading, and many more. 

Explore our eResources or catalog to see what appeals to you. 

Alicia Cavitt
Information Specialist

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

"Legacy, what is a legacy?" - Hamilton Spotlight

"Legacy, what is a legacy? It's planting seeds in a garden you never get to see." - Lin-Manuel Miranda Hamilton

Can't get enough of Hamilton? Take a look at these great books for all ages about Alexander Hamilton and the Revolution!

Easy and Juvenile Books

by Camille Andros

A picture book biography of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton, co-founder and director of the first private orphanage in New York City and wife of founding father Alexander Hamilton.

by Brad Meltzer

George Washington was one of the greatest leaders the world has ever known. He was never afraid to be the first to try something, from exploring the woods around his childhood home to founding a brand new nation, the United States of America.

America's Black Founders: Revolutionary Heroes and Early Leaders
by Nancy Sanders

Celebrates the lesser-known lives and contributions of early African-American men and women, in a volume that features such complementary activities as recipes for colonial foods and advice for petitioning the government.

by Pam Pollack

Highlights the life and accomplishments of the founding father, from his childhood as an orphan in the West Indies to his role in developing the Constitution and his tragic death in a duel with Aaron Burr.

by Nathan Hale

Tells the story of the Marquis de Lafayette, both what happened before and during the American Revolution, including all the Frenchman's escapades across France and the colonies.

 by Lauren Tarshis

 The battlefield was soaked in blood. Screams of injured soldiers rang through the air. Eleven-year-old Nathaniel Knox knelt behind a rock, his gun clutched in his shaking hands. Nate had been heading to New York City to find his father. But now he was trapped in a terrible gunfight between American and British troops. -- But King George was like a snake with America gripped in his fangs - and he didn't want to let go. So now it was war - brutal, bloody war. And America was being crushed by the mighty British army. Thousands of American troops were either dead or dying in filthy British prison ships. General George Washington's army was in tatters. All Nate wanted was to find his father ... and to get out of here alive.

Teen and Adult Books

Alex & Eliza: A Love Story
by Melissa de la Cruz

When Alex and Eliza meet one fateful night, so begins an epic love story that would forever change the course of American history.

Hamilton and Peggy! A Revolutionary Friendship
by Laura Elliott

In the throes of the Revolutionary War, Peggy Schuyler finds herself a central figure amid Loyalists and Patriots, spies and traitors, friends and family. Among those friends, she develops a relationship with Alexander Hamilton, who becomes romantically involved with her sister, Eliza.

Alexander Hamilton
by Ron Chernow

A landmark biography of Alexander Hamilton, the Founding Father who galvanized, inspired, scandalized, and shaped the newborn nation.
An African American and Latinx History of the United States
by Paul Ortiz

Spanning more than two hundred years, An African American and Latinx History of the United States is a revolutionary, politically charged narrative history, arguing that the “Global South” was crucial to the development of America as we know it. Scholar and activist Paul Ortiz challenges the notion of westward progress as exalted by widely taught formulations like “manifest destiny” and “Jacksonian democracy,” and shows how placing African American, Latinx, and Indigenous voices unapologetically front and center transforms US history into one of the working class organizing against imperialism.

Alexander Hamilton, Revolutionary
by Martha Brockenbrough

A richly illustrated portrait of the Founding Father and first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury describes his experiences as an illegitimate orphan, soldier, friend, philanderer, political firebrand and financial whiz whose groundbreaking policies continue to shape today's American government.

My Dear Hamilton: A novel of Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton
by Stephanie Dray

Tells the story of Eliza Schuyler Hamiltona revolutionary woman who, like her new nation, struggled to define herself in the wake of war, betrayal, and tragedy. Tells not just as the wronged wife at the center of a political sex scandal--but also as a founding mother who shaped an American legacy in her own right.

 And don't forget the amazing music!

 Amy Billings
 Youth Specialist