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Karen Land, Iditarod Musher, to Visit Argos Elementary
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Our February book club pick.
Dragon Page Turners
This is our HS book club. We partner with the Argos Public Library to host book club once a month.
Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
Our March book club pick.
Argos Wins WSBT's I Love to Read Challenge!
By the Numbers: Library Statistics
• Total number of checkouts: 1,539
• Books borrowed through Argos Public Library: 13
• Total number of checkouts: 1,540
• Books borrowed through Argos Public Library: 14
Additionally, each week, the library hosts 18 classroom visits. While in the library, elementary students listen to 2-3 stories read by Mrs. Jones, and are then allotted time to find and checkout library books.
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Book Review: Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse
Review from Laura Jones, librarianlaura.com
The story takes place in Amsterdam in 1943. Hanneke is a brave, young Dutch girl with nothing much else to lose, having recently lost her true love, Bas, to the war, as well as her best friend Elspeth. She supports her mother and crippled father working for a funeral director. What she actually does for Mr. Kreuk, however, is locate and deliver items found on the black market, items such as chocolate, cigarettes, and extra meat which have become scarce during the war efforts. As German soldiers roam the streets in her village and Jewish families are rounded up all around her, Hanneke's courage shines. She becomes skilled at tricking the soldiers so they let her pass without any trouble. Her small acts of rebellion against Nazis and Hitler, though done mostly in secret, provide a small measure of satisfaction to combat the immense grief she struggles with daily.
One day, during a routine delivery to an older woman names Mrs. Janssen, Hanneke's is asked to help locate a missing girl in a blue coat, named Mirjam. She was hiding in Mrs. Janssen's cellar since her family was transported and killed by German soldiers, but has recently turned up missing. The problem is that the girl is Jewish, and if Hanneke is caught helping a Jewish girl, she will also be sent away or worse. As Hanneke searches in secret, with the help of some members of an underground resistance group including Bas's brother Ollie, she finds out that the girl in the blue coat either doesn't want to be found, or that she may not be the girl Hanneke is searching for after all. Is it worth risking lives to locate one missing Jewish girl, when so many Jewish people are being rounded up like livestock and sent to uncertain death? Hanneke gave Mrs. Janssen her word, and she will not stop until she finds Mirjam, the girl in the blue coat.
This is a coming-of-age novel with so much going on. There are stories of Jewish babies and young children who are rescued by brave resistance workers, much like Hanneke's friend, Mina, as their families are taken to concentration camps. There is hope, even in the most dire circumstances, and there is love between family, and between best friends. The author has done a beautiful job bringing light to a portion of history which should always be remembered. Overall, Girl in the Blue Coat is a wonderful story, for which you won't be disappointed. My only disappointment is that it had to end.
Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!
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These Books are Hot, Hot, Hot!
The top 10 books checked out so far this school year:
1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down
2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School
6. Minecraft Essential Handbook
7. ABC: The Alphabet from the Sky
8. Amulet: Prince of the Elves
9. The Babysitters Club: Kristy's Great Idea
10. The Babysitters Club: Mary Anne Saves the Day