The Latest from the LMC

February 2015

2015 ALA Youth Media Award Winners Announced!

  • Kwame Alexander's The Crossover, a novel-in-verse that explores family relationships, basketball, & first love, won the Newbery Medal AND a Coretta Scott King Honor!
  • El Deafo, a graphic novel memoir by Cece Bell about her struggles growing up with hearing impairment, was chosen as a Newbery Honor book.
  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson, a beautiful novel-in-verse memoir, won the Coretta Scott King Award for writing, and was given a Newbery Honor as well as a Sibert Honor.
  • Rain Reign, by Ann M. Martin, about a girl with Asperger's syndrome, won the middle school Schneider Family Book Award for a book that embodies an expression of a disability experience.
  • The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights by Steve Sheinkin was a finalist for the YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults.
  • The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim by E.K. Johnston was a finalist for the William C. Morris Award for a debut book for teens.

All of these titles are available for check-out in the Library!

New & Awesome Department

On Feb. 25th, we enjoyed a Skype chat with award-winning author Sonya Sones!

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Sonya gave us a "tour" of her writing studio, told us about having THE John Green over for dinner, and took questions from our students. Afterwards, everyone said, "Let's do more of these!"

Did You Know... can borrow e-books to read on your Kindle or home computer from the library? Overdrive is available for all East Penn families to enjoy, with thousands of popular titles for all ages available to read and a continually updated collection. Check it out!

February Literary Lunches: Favorite Fictional Couples

Not surprising, perhaps, but Ron & Hermione earned the most votes for the couple readers want to see stay together forever at this month's Literary Lunches! Coming in March, we'll discuss "Killed-Off Characters You'd Bring Back to Life."

Teaching Resource of the Month!

The Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources page is an amazing collection of images, lesson ideas, graphic organizers, and inspiration for curious young minds. There are pre-curated image & question sets on Jamestown, Baseball, American Authors, Changing Models of the Solor System, & more. Check it out!
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Can you guess what this image portrays?

Courtesy of the Library of Congress primary source archives, it's an illustration of the Ptolemaic concept of the universe, with Earth in the center.

Food for Thought...