A Youthful Frame of Mind

News from the Rod Library Youth Collection

February 2013

  • Displays . . . Presidents' Day, Valentine's Day, African American Youth Reads, and more!
  • Book Give-Away
  • Book Give-Away
  • Spotlight on an E-resource
  • African-American Read-In

Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass: The Story Behind an American Friendship by Russell Freedman

Does the name Russell Freedman ring a bell? You might have seen it before if you've read any of the 40+ award-winning nonfiction books he has written. Over the years he has won three Newbery Honors, the Sibert Medal, and the Orbis Pictus Award, among others. Some familiar titles you might recognize are Lincoln: A Photobiography, Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery, and The Wright Brothers: How They Invented the Airplane.

In his newest book, Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass: The Story Behind an American Friendship, Freedman turns his attention to the fascinating relationship between one of America's most influential presidents and one of America's most influential writers, speakers, and activists. Lincoln came from an impoverished family and became a self-taught success, and Douglass, born a slave and also self-taught, escaped slavery, and went on to become one of the foremost abolitionist figures of the 19th Century. Freedman takes the similar strands of each of their lives and ties them together to create a truly inspiring and rich tale.

Don't miss the chance to win this awesome book in this month's give-away. Just pop into the Youth Collection and submit your name in the drawing. The winner will be announced March 1st.

Kate and Pippin: An Unlikely Love Story by Martin Springett/Photographs by Isobel Springett

Since it is February we would be remiss if we didn't have a love story in this month's give-away. Fortunately, Martin Springett, a musician and award-winning author and illustrator of several books including The Night Walker and Jousting with Jesters, wrote a timely nonfiction book documenting the story of Kate, a Great Dane, and a little fawn called Pippin. When Pippin loses her mother, Isobel Springett, Martin Springett's sister, hears her crying in a field and goes to find her. Because she is so young, Isobel places her at the side of Kate to be nurtured. Kate's motherly instincts kick in, and the big, gentle dog begins raising little Pippin as her own. The story follows this mother-daughter pair all the way into Pippin's adulthood and Kate's old age.

The book has been acclaimed for Isobel Springett's beautiful photography, for the simplicity of its text, and for the manner in which they work together to convey not only a touching story but the process of animal rescue and the concept of wild versus domestic animals. Don't miss the chance to own this lovely story. Sign up to win it in the Youth Collection! The winner will be announced March 1st.

Spotlight on an E-Resource: Britannica School Edition

Recently, Dr. Stephanie Logan came to the Youth Collection in search of nonfiction literature on World War II and Japanese Internment Camps. We discovered that many of the print resources available on this topic aren't as current as we'd like them to be. So, what do you do if you can't find what you need on the shelf? We recommend using the K-12 databases available through Rod Library. The K-12 databases are a set of electronic resources that you'll find in your schools throughout Iowa.

Dr. Logan and her students took a particular interest in Britannica School Edition. The electronic version of this encyclopedia is tailored to fit the needs of students and teachers, with easy-to-use search layouts. Britannica is also particularly useful for differentiated reading because it allows you to choose elementary, middle, or high school level searches.

Sound like something you'd like to explore? Accessing this resource through Rod Library is easy! Simply go to the Rod Library home page, click Subjects A-Z, and select Pre-K Information Sources. Click on the resource you're interested in and enjoy exploring these great E-Resources!

African-American Read-In

As many know, the African-American Read-In is a community outreach project meant to provide the opportunity to celebrate books by and about African American authors in a community setting. The program is sponsored by Dr. Dwight Watson, Dean of the College of Education, Vice President and Provost's Office, and the Multicultural Teaching Alliance in collaboration with UNI's College of Education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and Rod Library.

This year, first-graders from Waterloo schools and Cedar Valley schools will be attending the 7th annual African-American Read-In on Thursday, February 21, 2013 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Everyone involved in making the Read-In possible is thrilled to introduce them to the amazing talent of such special guests as award-winning author/illustrator Shane Evans, story-teller and president of the Black Storytellers Alliance Nothando Zulu, founder of Dancing Between the Lines Kimberli Boyd, and many others. UNI faculty, staff, administrators, students, and community members will also be participating through performances, special readings, and fun activities.

Be on the look-out for pictures of this year's African-American Read-In at the photo galleries on the Youth Collection webpage.

Congratulations to the Youth Collection Award Book Give-Away winners Rachel Morgan, recipient of Invincible Microbe, and Laura Prusha, recipient of Moonbird!