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Turn!

The new AMC drama Turn, starring Jamie Bell, tells the thrilling story of America's first spy ring during the Revolutionary War.  Known as the Culper RIng, it was made up of a farmer and his childhood friends in and around Long Island, New York. Based on the book Washington's Spies by Alexander Rose, the drama was created and written by Michigan's own Craig Silverstein. For more  on this topic try some of these resources:

George Washington's secret six: the spy ring that saved the American Revolution by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger


Unlikely allies: how a merchant, a playwright, and a spy saved the American Revolution by Joel Richard Paul


Nathan Hale: the life and death of America's first spy by M. William Phelps

Women's History Month

Pioneering women who led and won struggles for equality and civil rights; created and advanced educational and professional opportunities; and made great contributions to the arts, sciences and humanistic causes are honored each year during the month of March — National Women's History Month.

General History

Chronology of women worldwide: people, places & events that shaped women's history by Lynne Brakeman, editor ; Susan Gall, managing editor

Extraordinary women of the Medieval and Renaissance world: a biographical dictionary by Carole Levin ... [et al.]

Notable Black American women by Jessie Carney Smith, editor

Notable women in world government by edited by the editors of Salem Press

The reader's companion to U.S. women's history by editors, Wilma Mankiller ... [et al.]

Great Michigan Read: Annie's Ghosts

Steve Luxenberg, author of Annie's Ghosts the highly popular 2013-2014 Great Michigan Read, will be speaking at various sites throughout metro Detroit in May.

5/21   11:30AM at Jewish Family Service of Metro Detroit
5/21   7:00PM at  Holocaust Memorial Center
5/22   10:00AM at Westland Public Library
5/22    7:00PM at Rust Belt Market in Ferndale

UoM Family Reading and Science Program III

This program is part of the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History series Predators and Prey: The Eternal Struggle. On Saturday, March 15 from 2:00-3:00 PM, participants aged 6-11 years old (with their caregiver) will explore the world of dinosaurs. Titled "Present Day Predators and Prey: Maintaining the balance", participants will find out what can happen if the food chain comes undone? In the circle of life there is a delicate balance of predators and prey, each keeping the other in check. This workshop will explore how we monitor the health of those relationships and what we can do to maintain the balance. Registration begins on February 24.

Cultural Expo Open House

The Cultural Expo open house will be presenting information from cultures all over the world, some well known and some not. Every country will have an activity, from coloring pages to puppets. Other countries will have traditional food with the recipes available if you love the food and want to make some at home. Countries represented will be Korea, Germany, India, Honduras, Poland and others!!
Join us on Saturday, March 22 from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM as a team of National Honor Society students teach about and celebrate cultures from around the world.
[Savoir-Vivre International flag endpapers by Crosset Library in licensed under CC BY-SA2.0]

More Documentaries for Black History Month

The abolitionists [videodisc] by written, directed, and produced by Rob Rapley


Citizen King [videodisc] by a ROJA Productions film for American experience ; in association with the BBC and WGBH Boston


The fight [videodisc] by produced by Barak Goodman


Jesse Owens [videodisc] by a Firelight Films production for American Experience in association with WDR ; produced and directed by Laurens Grant ; written and produced by Stanley Nelson


Letters from Jackie [videodisc]: the private thoughts of Jackie Robinson by MLB Productions


The march [videodisc]: the story of the greatest march in American history by produced by Smoking Dogs Films U.K

Biographies for Black History Month

The butler: a witness to history by Wil Haygood


The rebellious life of Mrs. Rosa Parks by Jeanne Theoharis


Crusader for justice: federal judge Damon J. Keith by compiled, written, and edited by Peter J. Hammer and Trevor W. Coleman ; forward by Mitch Albom


Dave Bing: a life of challenge by Drew Sharp


A gentleman of color: the life of James Forten by Julie Winch


Twelve years a slave by Solomon Northup ; introduction by Ira Berlin ; general editor, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. ; foreword by Steve McQueen

African-American Musicians and Music

Celebrate African American history month by reading about African American music and musicians. 

We shall overcome: the story of a song by written by Debbie Levy ; illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Harlem's little blackbird by Renée Watson ; illustrated by Christian Robinson

Hey, Charleston!: the true story of the Jenkins Orphanage Band by Anne Rockwell ; illustrated by Colin Bootman

Charlie Parker played be bop [kit] by Chris Raschka

Bessie Smith and the night riders by Sue Stauffacher ; illustrated by John Holyfield

12 Years a Slave

Set in the antebellum United States, the new film 12 Years a Slave is based on the true story of Solomon Northrup, a free black man from upstate New York who is abducted and sold into slavery. The film stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, and Brad Pitt. For more reading:

The classic slave narratives by edited and with an introduction by Henry Louis Gates, Jr

Bullwhip days

Celia, a slave by Melton A. McLaurin

Harriet Jacobs: a life by Jean Fagan Yellin

The life and adventures of Henry Bibb: an American slave by Henry Bibb ; with a new introduction by Charles J. Heglar