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NEW BOOKS for All that is April!

by Nic Netzel on 2019-04-12T08:00:00-07:00 in General Interest | Comments

It's nearing the end of National Library Week, but all of April is School Library Month: the month where your School Library does everything it can to help you with whatever questions you have  ( and not, unfortunately, the month where you shower your School Librarians with gifts of books and cold brew  (though I am eyeing, with sadness, the length of the "hold" list at MultCo Libraries for Sea People: the Puzzle of Polynesia...)).

So in honor of this week and month, we have NEW BOOKS!  It's not just School Library Month, though it's also the tail end of Deaf Awareness month, so stop by and see the great display put together by the ASL classes, AND it's also...   
 
National Poetry Month:  come down and write a poem for our Poet Tree and have a look at these new poetry collections
  • Citizen: an American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
  • The Essential Rumi & Rumi: The Big Red Book
and, because it's also National Sexual Assault Awareness month & National Child Abuse Prevention Month
  • Shout: the True Story of a Survivor Who Refused to be Silenced a memoir-in-verse by Laurie Halse Anderson, author of Speak.
It's National Second Chance Month, a  nationwide effort to raise awareness of the collateral consequences of a criminal conviction, and one of the most prominent stories of second chances is that of Anthony Ray Hinton (whose trial, conviction, and exoneration were the subject of Just Mercy), whose memoir (with Lara Hardin) The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row gives his side of the story.       But, while it  does have a title that sounds like 'second chances',  Genesis Begins Again, by Alicia D. Williams, is not related to life after incarceration at all. Instead its the story about a young black woman trying to solve her problems by lightening her skin, but eventually finding solutions within herself ( and  the back-cover blurb also mentions "bluesy music" which is as close to National Jazz Appreciation Month that I'm going to find on this list)
 
Colorism was an issue that came up during the faculty Professional Development session after the White Privilege Conference (unfortunately in certain southern states April is also Confederate History Month).  Based on suggestions brought back by the attendees of the conference:
  • Waking Up White: and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving, and
  • Dismantling the Racism Machine: a Manual and Toolbox, by Karen Gaffney
April is also Mathematics Awareness Month, and while they are too late for Ms. Coughran's class to watch, and Ms. Saltveit's class to use, we have two new math-y titles.
  • The Book on Games of Chance: the 16th Century Treatise on Probability by Gerolamo Cardnano (which despite its age, was not freely available in English online), and
  • Flatland: a Journey of Many Dimensions the animated version of Edwin Abbot's book, with voices including Martin Sheen, Kristen Bell, and Tony Hale  (hooray, Math has another movie to watch other than Stand and Deliver)
 
Back to School Library Month. I once had to gently suggest a temporary voluntary relocation to a colleague who questioned, with incredulity, why the (School) Library I worked in would stock "Young Adult" novels in its collection. In honor of that, we have plenty of great new YA Literature.
 
While Arab and Muslim are in no way synonyms, it is Arab American Heritage Month, and were the events of the near-future set novel Internment (Muslim Americans are sent to concentration camps based on Korematsu vs United Statesincluding Layla, who fights back when her family is sent to the camps for her father's poetry) were to take place. This is a book that's getting a lot of buzz, and starts from a premise not far from our reality.
 
There's still a good deal of hope in YA Lit, and many top YA authors (incl.   Ahdieh, Bray, Gregorio, Kiely, Levithan, Lu, Reynolds, Stone, Thomas, Yoon, and more)share their stories in Hope Nation: YA Authors Share Personal Moments of Inspiration.
 
Other new YA includes:
  • Say What you Will is the love story of two teens, one with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and the other with Cerebral Palsy. 
  • I, Claudia (a Printz Honor Book) is a tale of Prep School, Politics, and Power(, Corrupting Influences Of).  
  • Damsel (Elana K. Arnold) and Circe (Madeline Miller)  are both reinventions of Fairy Tale and Myth, with powerful women at the lead, and
  • The Illiad: A Graphic Novel Adaptation (by Gareth Hinds) is a visual reinvention of the Epic Poem (for Poetry Month), and
  • The Inside of Out (by Jenn Marie Thorne) is the story of an overzealous LGBTQI Ally trying to do right by her recently Out best friend and causing more problems than she anticipates.
 
All that, plus the Psychology Book and the Ecology Book from DK's "Big Ideas Simply Explained"  (April is also the month with Earth Day and it's National Volunteer Month, so go volunteer for the environment!), DVDs of the Chronicles of Narnia, and The World Warsshort stories by Harlan Ellison, some replacements for lost/missing/falling-apart items, and a sequel that at least one teacher is waiting for (The Cruel Design by Emily Suvada), and another Professional Development title from Sam Wineburg, et al (Reading Like a Historian)...
 
...so please, please, please, stop by and celebrate School Library Month! :   We have candy, and books, and more ( like rubber bands, blue tape, 3x5 notecards, pencils, glue sticks, markers, scissors, etc, to help students save money during Financial Literacy Month).   
 
 
Call Number Title Author
150 PSY The psychology book [contributors, Catherine Collin...[et al.]].
152.4 HOP Hope nation : YA authors share personal moments of inspiration edited by Rose Brock.
305.42 ADI We should all be feminists Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi, 1977-
305.8 GAF Dismantling the racism machine : a manual and toolbox Gaffney, Karen, 1972-
305.80 IRV Waking up white : and finding myself in the story of race Irving, Debby.
306.4 CAR The book on games of chance : the 16th-century treatise on probability Cardano, Girolamo, 1501-1576.
323.4 KIN Why we can't wait King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968.
364.66 HIN The sun does shine : how I found life and freedom on death row Hinton, Anthony Ray.
577 ECO The ecology book foreword by Tony Juniper.
812.54 ALB Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf? : a play Albee, Edward, 1928-
814.6 GAY The book of delights Gay, Ross, 1974-
814.6 RAN Citizen : an American lyric Rankine, Claudia, 1963-
822.33 SHA The tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.
891.551 RUM The essential Rumi Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī, Maulana, 1207-1273
891.551 RUM Rumi : the big red book : the great masterpiece celebrating mystical love and friendship Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī, Maulana, 1207-1273.
B AND Shout : The True Story of a Survivor Who Refused to Be Silenced. Anderson, Laurie Halse.
DVD DRAMA FLATLAND Flatland  
DVD DRAMA NARNIA The chronicles of Narnia the lion, the witch and the wardrobe  
DVD DRAMA WORLD The World Wars  
FIC AHM Internment Ahmed, Samira (Fiction writer)
FIC ARN Damsel Arnold, Elana K.
FIC MCC I, Claudia McCoy, Mary, 1976-
FIC MCG Say what you will McGovern, Cammie.
FIC MIL Circe : a novel Miller, Madeline.
FIC RAN The fountainhead Rand, Ayn.
FIC ROE Death prefers blondes Roehrig, Caleb.
FIC SUV This cruel design Suvada, Emily.
FIC THO The inside of out Thorne, Jenn Marie.
FIC WIL Genesis begins again Williams, Alicia, 1970-
FIC YU The Girl King Yu, Mimi.
GNOV 883 HIND The Iliad Hinds, Gareth, 1971-
PROF 418.4 WIN Reading like a historian : teaching literacy in middle and high school history classrooms : aligned with Common Core State Standards Wineburg, Samuel S.
SC ELL I have no mouth & I must scream Ellison, Harlan.
 
 

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