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Staff Pick: Sugar Changed the World

Staff Pick: Sugar Changed the World

Sugar Changed the World

Traces the panoramic story of the sweet substance and its important role in shaping world history.

Sugar is something that most of us use every day and don’t even think about.  Today, sugar in the form of corn syrup is used as a cheap filler for processed food. In history though, sugar wasn’t always so easily available or cheap. Sugar was once for the use of kings and the wealthy.

Sugar wasn’t just used for sweetening food. It was used in rituals and used as medicine. Sugar was offered to the gods.

Sugar that originated in New Guinea spread all over the world and changed it. Conquerers took over lands in the name of sugar.

The most startling thing about sugar’s history though, was its effect on the people who processed it. People were taken from their homes to new lands to produce sugar, many of those people were slaves. Slaves on the sugar plantations risked death from fires, worked 18 hours a day, could have their bodies mutilated by the grinding gears of the sugar mill, fall into a vat of boiling sugar, or experience cruelty from the overseers.

Revolution, reform and falling sugar prices finally helped bring down the sugar plantations.

The majority of sugar’s history wasn’t  very sweet.

Recommended by:  Angi  St. Clair – Lawrence

 

 

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Staff Pick: Song of the Golden Hare

Staff Pick: Song of the Golden Hare

Song of the Golden Hare

A boy and his family have a special relationship with the hares and try to rescue the hares’ queen from a hunter with two hounds.

This is a beautifully-illustrated book about a boy who rescues hares orphaned due to hunting. The story also touches on the emotions of leaving home and the dangers of going out alone. The “golden” hare refers to the queen of the pack, who is replaced by a new queen every so often.

Recommended by: Joe Fox – Irvington Library

 

 

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April: National Autism Awareness Month

April: National Autism Awareness Month

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Books:

Rain Rein Spaghetti is Not a Finger Food Mockingbird Mind Blind Livvie Owen Lived Here
Autism Spectrum Disorder How to Be Human Temple Grandin Temple Grandin The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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Staff Pick: The Happiest Tree

Staff Pick: The Happiest Tree

The Happiest Tree: a Yoga Story

Embarrassed by her clumsiness, eight-year-old Meena, an Asian Indian American girl, is reluctant to appear in the school play until she gains self-confidence by practicing yoga.

Have you ever been afraid?  Have you ever dreaded something that you couldn’t avoid?  Meena is a girl that is dreading the school play because she is a “tree” that can’t stay still…. until, she discovers a yoga class that teaches her that slowly, slowly breathing in and out can help to calm her mind and then her body relaxes and quiets also.  Check out the yoga poses in The Happiest Tree: A Yoga Story.  Which is your favorite pose—the Tree, the Frog, the Lotus, the Cat or the Cobra?  Happy posing!

Recommended by: Tamara Baumgartner – Wayne Library

 

 

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