Saturday, February 16, 2019

Ms. Mary's Monday Review

A Wreath for Emmett Till by Marilyn Nelson is an award-winning poetry book about a tragic time in American History.  The only good that could possibly come out of the event inspiring this book is that people will recognize the evil of hate, and teach children to love instead.  Since this is a mature topic, it would only be appropriate for our older juvenile patrons who can begin to comprehend the injustices done to others before the Civil Rights Movement help speed up some changes. 

Monday, February 11, 2019

Ms. Mary's Monday Review

     New Shoes by Susan Lynn Meyer is a sweet story about two little girls who found a way to right a wrong.  The book is on A. R. level 3.4, and teaches lessons of love, justice, creativity and hard work.
    Long ago, black people in Ella Mae's town weren't allowed to try on shoes at the local shoe store, and they had no way of knowing if the shoes would be comfortable or not.  Ella Mae and her cousin Charlotte solved the problem for their neighborhood in a way that kept on helping everyone. 

Monday, February 4, 2019

Ms. Mary's Monday Review

North Alabama is known for its history of tornado terror, so this I Survived: True Stories book should be interesting to adults and young readers.  Tornado Terror is on A. R. level 5.9. 
Anyone who loves Lauren Tarshis as the author of the fiction series of  I Survived books will enjoy her three nonfiction books about natural events or attacks. Come by and take them home with you!

Friday, February 1, 2019

Winnie the Pooh DAY

Thank you to EVERYONE who came out to our special Winnie the Pooh storytime! 

The results are finally in for DPL's favorite Pooh character... 
 1st place: Winnie the Pooh
2nd place: Tigger
3rd place: Eeyore 

Who's your favorite? Tell us in the comments!

Monday, January 28, 2019

Ms. Mary's Monday Review

February is Black History Month, and a great way to spotlight contributions by African Americans is to focus on books about Alabamians.  We have several books about George Washington Carver, who is one of my personal heroes.  He stayed in the state of Alabama to help farmers even after he was offered a job that would make him wealthy in another state.  The biography by Michelle Jovin is on A. R. level 3.5.  Why not read this book to learn more about his helpful inventions?

Friday, January 18, 2019

Ms. Mary's Monday Review

Does your child like to be scared just a little bit?  Please read Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds to see why Jasper Rabbit is worried!  You will love it as much as your child will.  It has such a cute ending, and you may never eat root vegetables again without looking at them carefully.  We have two copies of this Caldecott Honor book in our Easy section of the Youth Services Department.  It's on Accelerated Reader level 2.3.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Ms. Mary's Monday Review

Breaking Stalin's Nose by Eugene Yelchin tells of how a boy quickly changes into a young man, recognizing the serious deceptions and cruelties of Communist Russia.  This historical fiction book tells about two contradictory days in the life of ten-year-old Sasha Zaichik.  Decatur Public Library has this Newbery Honor book, and we also have the kit, containing the book, a two-hour audiobook cd set, and some comprehension questions for follow-up. 
 If you like this book, try reading another of Mr. Yelchin's books, Arcady's Goal, from our Juvenile Fiction section. 
Please let us know what you think of these books!