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Databases for Children: Kids Search

Databases! In the last few years we’ve added more and more databases to our children’s collection. Some parents and teachers still believe that kids should do all their research in book-books (as they often say), and, believe me, we’re proud of our big nonfiction and reference collections, but the truth is that many ‘books’ that [...]

March 31st, 2012
The Lions of Little Rock

Lions, Bunnies, and Nerds – New Book for Older Readers

The Lions of Little Rock (2012) by Kristin Levine It’s 1958 in Little Rock, Arkansas and twelve-year old Marlee won’t say a word – she is literally struck dumb in front of her classmates, too shy to speak in anything but one word sentences. When Liz, a pretty, self-confident new girl befriends and draws her [...]

March 21st, 2012

One Book One Marin- The Oracle of Stamboul

We held our first group discussion for The Oracle of Stamboul, and a few questions arose that I’d share with you, gentle reader. First, the title–why does it refer to Stamboul and not Istanbul or Constantinople? According to About.com and the Foundation for the Advancement of Sephardic Studies and Culture, Istanbul went through a number [...]

March 16th, 2012
Anna Hibiscus

Cubism, Africa and Princesses – New Books for Younger Readers

Anna Hibiscus (2010) by Atinuke “Anna Hibiscus lives in Africa. Amazing Africa.” Anna lives in contemporary, urban Nigeria with her African father, her Canadian mother and her younger twin brothers as welll a host of relatives in an old white house with a beautiful garden. Based on the author’s childhood, these warm and humorous tales [...]

March 14th, 2012

One Book One Marin: Background Info on the Oracle of Istanbul

Covering roughly pages 51-100, let’s take a look at some historical background for the novel. While reading chapter 8, which starts off from Sultan Abdulhamid II’s point of view, the author mentions the Serbo-Bulgarian war and the conference of Great Powers in Berlin (p.88). Using the Encyclopedia Britannica and two books from our library about [...]

March 8th, 2012
Gertrude is Gertrude is Gertrude is Gertrude

March is Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month which  gives us a chance to celebrate and honor the contributions of women and girls. As with the other “month” celebrations, here in the Children’s Room we don’t restrict our celebrations to one particular time of year (see our Black History Month booklist), but rather use these months to highlight [...]

March 7th, 2012