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by Nic Netzel on 2019-04-25T08:00:00-07:00 in General Interest | Comments

April is ending, but it's still spring, a time of beginnings, and also the beginning of the next phase for our senior class, and a time to look forward towards summer (reading) and the next school year.

With April's end, goes National Poetry Month (our Poet-Tree is a late bloomer this year, but there's still time for you or your students to add a leaf or blossom (and by that I mean "poem")) but we still have new poetry coming in, including  the poetry of Ana Castillo (I Ask the Impossible), and Mvskoke natin poet Joy Harjo (Conflict Resolution for  Holy Beings, and How We Became Human) as well as the Novel-in-Verse Jazz Owls: a novel of the Zoot Suit Riots
Summer Reading is coming up, and one of the themes of this summers' list is "Windows"  (from Rudine Sims Bishop's idea of books as "Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Doors"):  books that one can look through to see beyond themselves.  To that  end, most of the books on the summer reading list are anthologies of stories, essays, and/or memoirs.  While not part of the summer reading list, several of the newest books are also anthologies that could be "windows." :
  • Open Mic: Riffs on Life Between Cultures in 10 Voices is a collection, edited by Mitali Perkins deals with growing up in a multi-racial society (and is similar to Fresh Ink),
  • Deep Girls, is a collection of short stories about young women and their families by Lori Weber.
  • Soul Searching: Thirteen Stories about Faith and Belief (ed. by Lisa Rowe Faustino) and I Believe in Water12 Brushes with Religion (ed. Marylin Singer) are two books that would have been on the Summer Reading List if they were still widely available and accessible in print.
  • Secrets: Visible and Invisible is a collection of short stories by Catholic authors with the Catholic Writers' Guild's Seal of Approval.
Other novels with faith-based themes include The Names They Gave Us (a young woman re-discovers her faith after leaving her church summer camp to work at a camp for those who have been through hard times), by Emery Lord;  and The Possibilities of Sainthood (a young woman petitions to become a saint).
Other books that work very well as "Windows" into the experiences of others (or "Mirrors" for some) include We Are Displaced: My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls around the World by Malala Yousafzai, or The Way You Make Me Feel (a spoiled multi-racial teen has to learn lessons in life working with her nemesis in a food truck).
If you miss last year's Summer Reading theme, fear not: Social Justice is always on the table in the library.  We Are Not Yet Equal: Understanding our Racial Divide is the Young Adult adaptation of Carol Anderson's White Rage  (with foreward by Nic Stone (Dear Martin), and, doing double duty for Poetry month is Rhythm and Resistance: Teaching Poetry for Social Justice (not to be confused with Rhythm's of Resistance, the fantastic documentary about protest music in Apartheid South Africa).   Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire our World by Michelle Gelfand is an interesting way of looking at cultural shifts.
Lastly, some people may already be looking towards summer travel (or be looking for "Windows" to locations they may have never traveled to): Horizon, by Barry Lopez, takes the reader to 6 different far-reaches of the earth, and Sea People: the Puzzle of Polynesia (Christina Thompson) is a well written and very readable examination of  how we know what we know about the origins and migration of the people of the Polynesian triangle -- not quite a history of  Polynesia, but a mingling of history and methods (that reads like an adventure story...  Just in time for Asian and Pacific Islander Month in May.
All this, plus, some teacher requests (The Censored War: American Visual Experience During World War II; el Sur (DVD); Small Change (DVD)), a book that is more pictures than poems (Jose' Montoya's Abundant Harvest) and a great movie about Mathematicians (Hidden Figures) that I hope won't keep people from continuing to borrow the book for Calculus extra Credit, and a fun book that will appeal to fans of YA Romantic Comedy AND D&D  (Chaotic Good, by Whitney Gardner (who also wrote You're Welcome, Universe from the Summer Reading List).
So,  The library, as of this writing, still exists and wishes you'd come visit it.
Call Number Title Author
305.23 YOU We are displaced : my journey and stories from refugee girls around the world Yousafzai, Malala, 1997-
305.899 THO Sea people : the puzzle of Polynesia Thompson, Christina, 1959-
306 GEL Rule makers, rule breakers : how tight and loose cultures wire our world / Gelfand, Michele J.
323.119 AND We are not yet equal : understanding our racial divide Anderson, Carol (Carol Elaine)
700.92 MON José Montoya's abundant harvest : works on paper/works on life Richard Montoya and Selene Preciado, Editors.
811.54 CAS I ask the impossible : poems Castillo, Ana.
811.54 HAR Conflict resolution for holy beings : poems Harjo, Joy,
811.54 HAR How we became human : new and selected poems Harjo, Joy.
818.3 OPE Open mic : riffs on life between cultures in ten voices edited by Mitali Perkins.
940.54 ROE The censored war : American visual experience during World War Two Roeder, George H.
B HAM Okay fine whatever : the year I went from being afraid of everything to only being afraid of most things Hameister, Courtenay.
B LOP Horizon Lopez, Barry Holstun, 1945-
DVD DRAMA HIDDEN Hidden figures  
DVD FOREIGN SMALL L'argent de poche Pocket money  
DVD FOREIGN SUR El sur = The south Víctor Erice; Elías Querejeta.
FIC ENG Jazz owls : a novel of the Zoot Suit Riots Engle, Margarita.
FIC FRE The possibilities of sainthood Freitas, Donna.
FIC GAR Chaotic good Gardner, Whitney,
FIC GOO The way you make me feel Goo, Maurene.
FIC HEN Heretics Anonymous Henry, Katie.
FIC LOR The names they gave us Lord, Emery.
FIC OYE The Icarus girl Oyeyemi, Helen.
FIC RUF Since we last spoke Rufener, Brenda.
FIC WIL White Rose Wilson, Kip.
PROF 808 CHR Rhythm and resistance : teaching poetry for social justice. Christensen, Linda.
SC BEL I believe in water : twelve brushes with religion edited by Marilyn Singer.
SC SEC Secrets visible and invisible. Corinna Turner.
SC WEB Deep girls Weber, Lori, 1959-

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