Monday, February 5, 2018

Children Books for Black History Month

Here are some suggestions for Black History month books.

  C 920.72089 H   Little leaders : bold women in black history
                            by Harrison, Vashti, author, illustrator.

C Taylor Roll of thunder, hear my cry by Taylor, Mildred D.

C Dowel Trouble the water by Dowell, Frances O’Roark

C 357.1 H   Buffalo soldiers by Honders, Christine,                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
C 973.0496 B How to build a museum : Smithsonian's
                       National Museum of African American
                      History and Culture by Bolden, Tonya, author.

C 306.362 D  In the shadow of Liberty : the hidden history
                      of slavery, four Presidents, and five black lives 
                      by Davis, Kenneth C.

C 973.315 W Answering the cry for freedom : stories of African
                     Americans and the American Revolution
                     by Woelfle, Gretchen.
                                                                                                                                                          C 510.9252 S Hidden figures : the untold true story of four
                       African American women who helped launch
                        our nation into space. by Shetterly, Margot Lee.

C 973.0496 SMI  28 days : moments in Black history
                             that changed the world. by Smith, Charles R.

C 973.7 STA   Civil War by Stanchak, John E., author.

C 323.092 KIN  I have a dream by King, Martin Luther, Jr.

C B KING, C  Women who broke the rules: Coretta Scott King
                        by Krull, Kathleen., author.

 C 323.092 KING  My uncle Martin's big heart by Watkins, Angela Farris.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The 89th Academy Awards

The Academy Awards are just a few weeks away, and the nominees are in.  Leading the list with an impressive and record tying number of nominations is the film “La La Land,” which garnered 14 nominations overall including Best Picture.  This year’s awards also saw an increase in the diversity of nominees. 
CARL has DVD’s of all the Best Picture winners going back for decades.  Before this year's winners are announced February 26th, check out some of previous year’s award winning films.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

1868 July 20th "whiskey river bridge"

This post is borrowed from Kelvin Crow the Combined Arms Center: Historian. You may remember or refer to the celebration of the opening of the Whiskey River Bridge on Fort Leavenworth (back in April).  The bridge across the Missouri River from Fort Leavenworth was a landmark of the post from its approval on this date to its construction in the late 1860's to its opening in 1872 and finally to its demolition in 1964. The first picture is from 1900. The next one is from June 1920 and you can see the bridge faintly crossing the river.  The last picture is from 1963 and shows all three bridges that existed at the time.  The only one left is the center bridge, the Centennial Bridge, which you can use today.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Books for Young Adults

How can a war save someone’s life?  War is a place where people are hurt or killed, correct?

In this Newbery Honor book, author Kimberly Brubaker Bradley tells the fiction story of a young disabled girl and her healthy brother.  They live in the top floor of an apartment building in London during WWII with their mother.  Like so many British children of the time, they are evacuated to the country when the bombing begins.

In the country they both find a much gentler and sweeter life when they find a home with an older single woman.  This is also a story of a young girl with a serious disability who finds acceptance and compassion with a stranger who is much different than her own abusive mother.  How she comes to view herself because of her very different surroundings and her new relationships with others is a story worth telling and reading. 

Get on the waiting list for “The War that Saved my Life”—soon. 

A teacher gives 14 year old Joan Skraggs a book in which to write her thoughts.  It is that gift of a diary that allows this young cleaning woman of 1911 to dream and to imagine.  Life is hard for a hired girl on a Pennsylvania farm where the work never ends.  Joan seeks adventure and a better life for herself.  As she pours out her heart to her diary, she begins to see herself with a different future.
Laura Amy Schlitz has written a book that has been chosen by the Junior Library Guild. It is also the winner of the 2016 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction and winner of the 2016 National Jewish Book Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature.
Written in the first person, one travels the journey with this young lady.  Will she find love?  Will she find her own home someday?  Will she live her life with dignity?  You can find out by reading, “The Hired Girl”.


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