A Youthful Frame of Mind

News from the Rod Library Youth Collection

October 2013

  • Displays... Hispanic Heritage Month, Squirrels!!, LGBTQ
  • New Books!
  • Book Give-Away!
  • New and Temporary Employees

New Books in the Youth Collection!

Here are five new books that the Youth Collection will be adding to its selection!


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Open This Little Book by Jesse Klausmeier -- What will you find when you open this little book? A fun story? Sweet characters? Enticing pictures? Yes! But much more. Open this book and you will find...another book...and another...and another. Debut author Jesse Klausmeier and master book creator Suzy Lee have combined their creative visions to craft a seemingly simple book about colors for the very youngest readers, an imaginative exploration of the art of book making for more sophisticated aficionados, and a charming story of friendship and the power of books for all.


Ten Orange Pumpkins by Stephen Savage -- Savage is the author for the New York Times bestselling illustrator of Polar Bear Night. His new book Ten Orange Pumpkins is a picture book perfect for Halloween time. The reader will encounter spiders, witches, and more in the journey of ten pumpkins mysteriously disappearing in the countdown to Halloween. This book is entertaining and a great way to help young children learn to count.


I See The Promised Land, A Life of Martin Luther King Jr. by Arthur Flowers, Manu Chitrakar, and Guglielmo Rossi -- is a unique graphic novel that tells the story of Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and Civil Rights movement. The author Arthur J. Flowers uses a rhythmic style and includes a variety of methods to write the story. He uses colloquial language as well as sophisticated descriptions to fully contextualize the story. The story telling style mixed with Manu Chitrakar’s illustrations creates a unique perspective. Chitrakar is a Patua scroll artist from Bengal, India who had not previously heard of King. He draws on his own experiences of oppression to construct creative and distinctive illustrations. The book also tells of the major events that occurred in the South during King’s life and his role in the movement. It includes a history of slavery and information on the fight against segregation.



Bully by Laura Vaccaro Seeger -- A picture book that helps the reader understand how bullying might begin and end. The story starts with a pre-title page that illustrates how the attitude responsible for bullying arises. The story shows a little bull who is initially treated poorly, acts out in frustration and treats other, smaller animals poorly.


The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail by Richard Peck -- Is a novel about a young mouse on a journey to discover who he is and who he may become. Nameless and parentless “Mouse Minor” drops out of Royal Mews Mouse Academy after being bullied by fellow mice. The young mouse develops a plan to visit ancient Queen Victoria in hopes that the all-knowing monarch can tell him who he is. The voyage of self-discovery takes him onward, to strange and wonderful places. The story also resembles other famous books about mice, such as, Stuart Little, and The Tale of Despereaux.

Win a New Book in Our Book Give-Away

This month we are giving away two great books! Come in to the Youth Collection to sign up for a chance to win! The two books that are being given away are:


MidwinterBlood by Marcus Sedgwick -- Sedgwick writes a "part love story, part mystery, part horror," futuristic novel about Eric and Merle whose souls have been searching for each other since their untimely parting.


Margritte's Marvelous HAT by D.B. Johnson -- D.B. Johnson writes and illustrates the surreal story of famous surrealist painter Rene Magritte and his very mysterious (and mischievous!) hat. While the art reflects some of Magritte's own work, the text sets readers on a fun and accessible path to learning about the simpler concepts behind Mr. Magritte's work.


Click on the link to see reviews and book covers!

New and Temporary Employees

This year the Youth Collection is adding a few new additions to the staff. Justus Thompson is the new graduate assistant and will be helping with event planning and public relations. Justus is a first year grad student in the Communications Department. He sits behind the service desk at the front of the Youth Collection during the week days and is a great person to ask if in need of any help. Jeff Coon is also a new addition. Jeff is the temporary Youth Librarian. He has spent many years in the library and is a great resource for anyone with questions.