March into Spring with some wonderful new LS Library books!

A poem for spring....

March brings breezes loud and shrill,

Stirs the dancing daffodil.

Sara Coleridge (1802-1852)

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Imagine you are watching the beginning of a construction project...the digging has just begun. What looks like a round clump of dirt falls at your feet. As you examine the clump more closely, you realize you are looking at a human skull! This actually happened in Albany NY in 2005 as workers were putting in a sewer line. When a team of archaeologists arrived to examine the skull, they determined it to be over 100 years old...and African American. On further examination of the site, it was determined this was a long lost slave cemetery..only the third to be excavated in the North. Follow as the team pieces together the mystery of these forgotten bones.

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This was my favorite fiction read this past month. Cynthia Lord has done it again....this time with a story about a blind dog and two girls from very different backgrounds. When Lily's blind dog, Lucky, slips his collar, it's Salma Santiago who catches him. Salma is the daughter of migrant workers; Lily lives with her storekeeper grandparents following the death of her mother. Following their initial meeting, Salma and Lily become best of friends, a friendship that transforms their summer. This new novel by Newbery Honor author Cynthia Lord tackles themes of loss, love, friendship and prejudice. A must read for middle graders (4-5).