Gloryland is the fictional memoir of a buffalo soldier — a black U.S. cavalryman and the son of slaves — who finds true freedom when he is posted to patrol the newly created Yosemite National Park in 1903.
Since 1967, on or around Hans Christian Andersen's birthday, April 2, International Children's Book Day (ICBD) is celebrated to inspire a love of reading and to call attention to children's books. This years theme, The Book Remembers, comes from Estonia. ICBD promotes the idea that children's books can help children learn about people from other countries, learn to appreciate and respect other cultures, and learn to get along with others. Here are some of the great books available to help you celebrate the day:
Ten little fingers and ten little toes by Mem Fox; illustrations by Helen Oxenbury
In recognition of Women's History Month:
Cleopatra: a life by Stacy Schiff
Livia, Empress of Rome: a biography by Matthew Dennison
And furthermore by Judi Dench
Bird Cloud: a memoir by Annie Proulx
150 facts about grieving children by Erin Linn
This unassuming book is a fascinating peek into a roadtrip of two young women who travel across the United States with no other goal than to connect with other women. They met and spent time with women of varying ages and experiences and this book contains their thoughts, commentary and photographs. Local note: Aronowitz and Bernstein spent time in several Michigan cities: Detroit, Flint, and Ypsilanti.
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- The older population (65+) numbered 38.9 million in 2008, an increase of 4.5 million or 13.0% since 1998
- The number of Americans aged 45-64 – who will reach 65 over the next two decades – increased by 31% during this decade
- Over one in every eight, or 12.8%, of the population is an older American
- Persons reaching age 65 have an average life expectancy of an additional 18.6 years (19.8 years for females and 17.1 years for males)
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Human Rights Day
When : Always December 10
Human Rights Day, created by the United Nations, promotes awareness of the importance of Human Rights issues around the world. On this day in 1948, the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Participate in this day by learning more about human rights issues around the globe. This is a day to think about what we can do to make a difference. In our own best interest: how defending human rights benefits us all in just one of the books on this subject to be found at the library.
Because I Love Her: 34 Writers Reflect on the Mother-Daughter Bond edited by Andrea N. Richesin
Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free by Charles P. Fierce
Start the New Year off without excess mental baggage...consider forgiveness! Scientists have proven bitterness and guilt wreaks havoc on our bodies and minds. Dr. Fred Luskin has written Forgive for good the results of the Forgiveness Project, one of the largest and most important studies on forgiveness ever conducted. It shows that learning how to forgive improves our emotional and physical well-being.