Finch Elementary Media Center

September Newsletter Version 2

Celebrating Black Authors

During the whole month of September, librarians are partnering with Netflix Bookmarks to celebrate black voices in literature. Librarians have worked with Netflix to provide resources that related to the new series Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices.

Bookmarks is a collection of 12 episodes featuring different Black celebrities reading children's books from black authors. These celebrities include Tiffany Haddish, Common, and Lupita N'yong'o. Each video is created to show the Black experience and spark conversations about self-awareness, respect, justice, and action.

To supplement the series, Librarians from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association have complied a list of fun activities for young readers, and members of the Association of Library Service to Children have shared links to resources about how families can connect with children's library professionals to assist in their children's learning and development. The materials are available on the Bookmarks website.

You can view the series of episodes on Netflix Bookmarks or watch them for free on the Netflix Jr YouTube page.

Information retreived on 9/4/20 from

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SEL Book

This month's Social Emotional Learning book is Sulwe. It is written by Lupita N'yong'o and illustrated by Vashti Williams.

Sulwe tells the story of a little girl who "was born the color of midnight" and is treated differently than her lighter-skinned friends and family members because of it. The tale takes a magical turn when a star comes in her bedroom and takes her on a mythical journey ending in her own self-love and appreciation of the brightness and beauty of her complexion.

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Lupita Nyong'o Reads "Sulwe" | Bookmarks | Netflix Jr

Free Hot Meals

The Andrew & Walter Young Family YMCA will be distributing hot prepared meals beginning, September 8th. The distribution of these meals will begin at 2 PM Monday-Friday.

Please see image below for more details.

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High Museum - Picture the Dream: The Story of the Civil Rights Movement through Children's Books

Picture the Dream is the first exhibition of its kind to delve into the events, people, and themes of the civil rights movement through the children’s picture book. Picture books are one of the most compelling forms of visual expression, and this exhibition showcases them as an effective bridge between art and storytelling, championing aspects of the movement that are both celebrated and forgotten.

The exhibition is guest curated by award-winning children’s book author Andrea Davis Pinkney and marks the High’s fifth collaboration with The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Picture the Dream will be on view at the High from August 15 through November 8, 2020.

This information was retrieved on September 16, 2020 from

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Hispanic Heritage Month

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.

This information was retrieved on September 16, 2020 from

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Hispanic Heritage E-Resources

Here is a list of children's titles that are available through the digital databases through Class Pass and Epic. Each link will direct you to the actual source mentioned.

Maybe something beautiful found in Epic Kids:

My Papi has a motorcycle found in Epic Kids:

The key from Spain is found in Hoopla:

Round is a tortilla by Roseanne Greenfield Thong is found in


The piñata that the farm maiden hung Samantha R. Vamos is found in Hoopla:

Dancing hands by Margarita Engle is found in Hoopla:

One is a piñata by Roseanne Greenfield Thong is found in Hoopla:

Waiting for biblioburro by Monica Brown is found in e-Read Kids:

Where are you from? by Yamile Saied Méndez is found in e-Read Kids:

The skirt by Gary Soto is found in e-Read Kids:

Race2Read Town Hall Meeting

The Atlanta Public School's Race2Read initiative has officially launched. Everyone should be reading and logging minutes into Beanstack. There will be an exciting kickoff event this coming Monday, September 21, 2020. Please see the photo below for details. Teachers, please share with your families.
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Class Pass

AFPLS ClassPass is a digital resource database offered through the Fulton Public Library. You will find Class Pass through the Mybackpack platform. Please be sure to use these resources and encourage your class to use them as well. Remember you are able to get electronic texts easily for you and your students to view and read online. Additionally, every staff member and student has borrowing privileges from the library branches as well. Here are a few e-resources that were discussed.

Copyright/Fair Use Information

Many publishing companies have extended permissions to read their books aloud over the internet. However, there are certain things you should remember before you begin.

  1. Make sure you are reading in a closed forum.
  2. Reading to your class on Zoom or Google Meet is permissible.
  3. If you decide to post the recording of the Zoom or Google Meet, it must be posted in a closed forum like Google Classroom. However, it must be removed by the end of the school year.
  4. If you are uploading a video of you reading into YouTube. The link must be marked as unlisted. This will only allow those with the link to gain access. You should not post this link on any platform that will be public(i.e public web pages, twitter post or Facebook).
  5. Last, please acknowledge to the Publishing company's permission by saying, "This book is being shared with permission of ___________________(insert publishing company's name).