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Staff Pick – A Medal for Leroy

Staff Pick – A Medal for Leroy

A Medal for Leroy

In World War II-era England, Michael learns about his black British Army soldier grandfather, a World War I officer who risked his life to save wounded men but who did not receive special commendations because of his race.

Michael grew up in London in the years after World War II. He never knew his father, Roy, who had been killed in the war. But he and his mother would often visit his father’s beloved aunts, who had raised Roy when he was too orphaned during an earlier world war. Michael liked Auntie Snowdrop better than Auntie Pish, and he loved their dog Jasper. What he didn’t like was that neither his mother nor his aunts ever seemed to want to talk to him about his dad. But one day, after his Auntie Snowdrop has died, Michael finds a letter from her explaining things about his father, himself and even his grandfather that not even his mother knew. His grandfather Leroy was a hero in World War I and had saved many soldiers, but because he was black, he had not received a medal or any recognition for his bravery. It is up to Michael to change that if he can.

This book was inspired by the true story of Walter Tull, the first black officer in the British Army.

Recommended by: Doriene Smither – East Washington

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Concert: Wizard & Nerd Rock

Concert: Wizard & Nerd Rock

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Those of all ages are invited to a special summer concert at the Library with Wizard Rock & Nerd Rock, a jam session featuring Kirstyn Hippe, Justin Finch-Fletchley, Tonks & the Aurors. This free concert will be held in Central Library’s Clowes Auditorium. Schedule

Websites:

Books:

Harry Potter and the Deathly HallowsHarry Potter. We’ll probably never see the likes of his phenomenon again – it sure was fun while it lasted! If you saw the movies, don’t miss the books, if you read the books, don’t miss the CD or Audiobook. Listed below are several other adventure series about friends like Harry, Ron and Hermione. Some of them are just as good. Seriously. Trust me.

1: Sorcerer’s Stone on CD, eBook, eAudio
2: Chamber of Secrets on CD, eBook, eAudio
3: Prisoner of Azkaban on CD, eBook, eAudio
4: Goblet of Fire on CD, eBook, eAudio
5: Order of the Phoenix, CD, eBook, eAudio
6: Half Blood Prince on CD, eBook, eAudio
7: Deathly Hallows on CD, eBook, eAudio

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Workshop: Graffiti-Inspires Word Art

Workshop: Graffiti-Inspires Word Art

2014mayGraffitiArtWorkshop

Children ages 8 and up are invited to discover how perspective drawing and painting changed art forever. They’ll use one-point perspective to make words and names pop off the page. To create a bold statement, they’ll finish the work using color fill techniques inspired by the best graffiti artists. Schedule 

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Listen Right Now! African Tales

Listen Right Now! African Tales

Mufaro Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters (Africa) Mufaro’s two beautiful daughters, one bad-tempered, one kind and sweet, go before the king, who is choosing a wife. Caldecott Honor Book; Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Winner, 1988

Mosquitoes Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears (West Africa) A mosquito’s lie sets off a series of reactions in the jungle that results in the owl’s refusal to wake the sun and the lion’s decision to call a meeting of the animals. Caldecott Medal.

Village Village of Round and Square Houses (Cameroon, Africa) A grandmother explains to her listeners why in their village on the side of a volcano the men live insquare houses and the women in round ones. Caldecott Honor Book.

AStory A Story, A Story: an African Tale (Africa) Many African stories, whether or not they are about Kwaku Ananse the “spider man,” are called, “Spider Stories.” This book is about how that came to be. Caldecott Medal, 1971.

Anansi Anansi Goes to Lunch (Africa) When three friends invite Anansi the Spider to lunch on the same day, he learns a lesson about greed.
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