But did you know that the origin of Valentine's Day, or Saint Valentine's Day, comes from the life and death of a Christian martyr? According to author Martha Zimmerman, the date traditionally celebrated as St. Valentine's Day finds it origin in the Roman festival of romance called Lupercalia, when the gods Juno and Pan were honored. It was a fertility festival or a lover's holiday looking forward to the return of Spring. In the fifth century, in an attempt to abolish the pagan festival, Pope Gelasius changed Lupercalia and its February 15 date to February 14 and called it Saint Valentine's Day. Even though the names and the date were changed, the emphasis continued to be on love.
Program Date: Saturday, Feburary 12, 2011, 1:00-2:00PM
January 18 from 1:00-4:00PM
In the summer of 1968, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters are shipped off by their father to spend a month with their estranged mother in Oakland, CA. But their mother has no time for them. Instead of taking them to Disneyland as they had hoped, she sends them to the People's Center run by the Black Panthers so she can write poetry. Delphine is a remarkable older sister, wise beyond her years, and an expert at handling her siblings. Each girl has a distinct response to their mother and the ideas and people to which they are exposed. They develop a hard-won, tenuous connection with their mother and an awareness of injustice on a personal and universal level. With endearing characters, a vivid depiction of a pivotal moment in African-American history, and beautiful, poetic language, this is a book worth reading more than once. Readers will wonder what happens to the sisters when they return to their father in Brooklyn with their 'radical' new ideas about the world.
Looking for some fun historical reads? Look no further.
Sugar changed the world: a story of magic, spice, slavery, freedom, and science by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos
Countdown by Deborah Wiles
Journey into Mohawk Country as written by H.M. van den Bogaert with artwork by George O'Connor and color by Hilary Sycamore
- 2011 Newbery Winner — Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
- 2011 Caldecott Winner — A Sick Day for Amos McGee illustrated by Erin E. Stead
- 2011 Printz Winnter — Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
- 2011 Odyssey Award for Best Audiobook — The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex
- 2011 Coretta Scott King Award — One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
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If you've seen The Voyage of the Dawn Treader in theaters and can't get enough of all things Narnian, here are some other fantasy voyages to check out:
The book of three by Lloyd Alexander — An Assistant Pigkeeper sets out on a quest to make a name for himself in the country of Prydain.
Tuck everlasting by Natalie Babbitt — The Tuck family discovers the source of the fountain of youth, but find that eternal youth isn't all it's cracked up to be.