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Cora, a slave on a plantation in Georgia, seeks her freedom on a demimythical version of the underground railroad. The railroad is portrayed quite literally, and -Cora's journey encapsulates the struggle for emancipation and civil rights and against Jim Crow and segregation, all of which is symbolized by the societies of the various states in which her train stops. As she travels, Cora's identity evolves from outcast to object to secret sin to prisoner and, finally, to a member of a community. She is pursued by slave catcher Ridgeway as one by one her allies and friends are taken from her in violence and blood. Whitehead's characters bridge the symbolism the story demands and the realism of complicated people. Narrator Bahni Turpin is able to differentiate among the many characters and lends a flowing cadence to the dark and savage tale. A powerful story both of a woman and of a people. CPL's Lunch and a Book Group gave this title 4 stars out of 5. This kit contains 10 copies of the title.

A Christmas carol [kit] by 1812-1870 Charles Dickens

First published on December 19th, 1843, A Christmas Carol was an instant classic upon its publication as Londoners thronged to hear Dickens read it in person and bought out the first printing in days. Its reception was so ecstatic it was credited with helping to re-interest the Victorians in Christmas traditions. The classic tale tells the story of hard hearted money lender Scrooge, who is visited by three ghosts on Christmas Eve, encouraging him to change his ways and embrace Christmas before it is too late. CPL's Lunch and a Book Group gave this title 4 stars out of 5. This kit contains 10 copies of the title.

 

Did you miss our Thankful Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions to have a gratitude-inspired storytime at home!

From Storytime

The thankful book by Todd Parr

 

Did you miss our Umbrella Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions to have a rainy storytime at home!

From Storytime

The big umbrella by illustrator Amy June Bates

Make your arms go as wide as the big umbrella, and then put on a smile as big as the umbrella!

Not long ago, in storytime, we explored what we wanted to be when we grew up.  Have you ever thought about a career? Here are some great books to help you find your true self. See you next time in Storytime!

Stories and Songs from Storytime

We had an amazing time visiting the stars in storytime today. Have you always wanted to go to space? Enjoy these stories and have fun!

Stories and Songs from Storytime

 

If you enjoyed reading about Kit Kittredge, the American Girl character from 1934, you might be interested in these titles.

Fiction

The mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis
Also available in: e-book | audiobook
Ruth the Librarian Hugging Thorndyke the Bear

 

Hey Kids,

Did you know that November 13 is World Kindness Day? It can be hard to show kindness when we're feeling angry or scared, but nothing makes me feel better than finding something nice to do for someone else. So I'm taking a minute today to remind myself to be kind to others. If you're looking for books that might help you show understanding or compassion to someone who needs it, I hope these inspire you. Share them with the grownups in your life and be kind together. If you have your own special kindness books, please share them as a comment below.

Bear Hugs,

Thorndyke

Be kind by Pat Zietlow Miller

When Tanisha spills grape juice all over her dress, her classmate wants to make her feel better and ponders the different ways in which they can be kind.

 

Did you miss our Sleepy Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions to have a bedtime storytime at home!

From Storytime

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. Unlike Memorial Day, Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans—living or dead—but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime. 

Celebrate Veterans Day and read one of the books linked below to celebrate and honor our veterans. 

-Information on Veterans Day was gathered at History.com 
 

The Frank show by David Mackintosh

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