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From the Children’s Room — September 2021

From September 1-30, visitors to Galesburg Public Library may visit the Eila Hiler Room (otherwise known as “the storytime room”) to experience Telling A People’s Story: African-American Children’s Illustrated Literature. This traveling panel art exhibit, the first major museum exhibition of its kind, takes visitors through a chronological journey of Black history, displaying illustrations from over 90 children’s books that are centered on everything from slavery to the Civil Rights era to modern life.

The Miami University Art Museum curated the original exhibit in 2018. Thanks to a generous grant from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation in Cleveland, OH, the Miami University Art Museum offers this traveling version to share with schools, public libraries and other educational institutions.

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Book Review | The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich

From the Publisher: Omakayas and her family live on the land her people call the Island of the Golden-Breasted Woodpecker. Although the “chimookoman,” white people, encroach more and more on their land, life continues much as it always has: every summer they build a new birchbark house; every fall they go to ricing camp to harvest and feast; they move to the cedar log house before the first snows arrive, and celebrate the end of the long, cold winters at maple-sugaring camp.

This is a highly recommended read for any Little House on the Prairie fans (along with Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue Park), as well as other readers interested in the mid 1800s and pioneering time period and aspects of American history. Louise Erdrich, an enrolled…

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Book Review | Condor Comeback by Sy Montgomery

>b>Sibert Medalist, National Book Award Honoree, and New York Times best-selling author Sy Montgomery turns her formidable talents to the story of California condors and the scientists who have fought against their extinction. In April of 1987 the last wild California condor was captured and taken to live in captivity like the other twenty-six remaining birds of its kind. Many thought that the days were over of this remarkable, distinguished bird that had roamed the skies of North and Central American for thousands of years.

Condor Comeback is a fantastic nonfiction book lavishly illustrated with photos by…

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New Children’s Books — August 2021

Are your kiddos looking for something new to read? Here are six recent graphic novels currently available in the Children’s Room at the Galesburg Public Library. If you see something that interests you, give us a call or visit the catalog to put one on hold!

JUKE BOX by Nidhi Chanani
Grab some coins for the jukebox, and get ready for a colorful, time-traveling musical tale about family and courage. A mysterious jukebox, old vinyl records, and cryptic notes on music history, are Shaheen’s only clues to her father’s abrupt disappearance. She looks to her cousin, Tannaz, who seems just as perplexed, before they both turn to the…

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From the Children’s Room — August 2021

Summer is winding down and the start of the school year is just over the horizon! Here in the Children’s Room, we’ve got plenty of books for your little ones who are either going back to school or getting ready for their first time. Stop by the Children’s Room, give us a call, or email children@galesburglibrary.org and we can get you set up with books to address common worries and anxieties!

BACK TO SCHOOL WITH BIGFOOT by Samantha Berger
Bigfoot has some big problems. It’s hard to find back to school clothes. And shoes. And getting a haircut takes forever. He starts…

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New Children’s Books — July 2021

Looking for something new to read with your kiddos? Here are six recent children’s titles currently available at the Galesburg Public Library. If you see something that interests you, give us a call or visit the catalog to put one on hold!

SECRETS OF CAMP WHATEVER by Chris Grine
Eleven-year-old WIllow doesn’t want to go to her dad’s weird old summer camp any more than she wants her fmaily to move to the weird old town where that camp is located. But her family — and fate itself — seems to have plans of their own. Soon Willow finds…

From the Children’s Room — July 2021

I scream, you scream, we all scream for… books! With the summer sun blazing down, nothing beats the heat like a sugary treat or a splash in a pool! Enjoy these ten tasty and refreshing reads to cool off! All titles are available for checkout at the library — give us a call or visit the catalog to put one on hold!

Gorilla Loves Vanilla by Chae Strathie

In this humorous picture book, animals visit Sam’s Ice Cream Shop to be served up some tasty treats like blue cheese sundaes and squirmy wormy cones.

Saffron Ice Cream by Rashin Kheiryeh

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Book Review | Baby Zebra Rescue by Tamsyn Murray

From the Publisher: There’s paws, claws, feathers and fur — welcome to Tanglewood Animal Park! Zoe loves living with her family at Tanglewood — splashing with penguins, feeding lemurs their breakfast, and even seeing baby zebra, Flash, being born! Then disaster strikes when Flash goes missing. Can Zoe help rescue him in time for the grand opening?

Zoe’s parents have bought a failing zoo and now she lives in the manor house on zoo grounds and helps out with taking care of the animals. The short description provided by the publisher makes this seem a lot lighter and fluffier than it actually is. I was expecting this to be similar to some of our other animal-based chapter book series for younger…

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Book Review | Thornwood by Leah Cypress

From the publisher: This middle grade debut is Sleeping Beauty like you’ve never seen it before, about a girl who lives in the shadow of her older sister and the curse that has haunted her from birth.

For years, Briony has lived in the shadow of her beautiful older sister, Rosalin, and the curse that has haunted her from birth–that on the day of her sixteenth birthday she would prick her finger on a spindle and cause everyone in the castle to fall into a 100-year sleep. When the day the curse is set to fall over the kingdom finally arrives, nothing–not even Briony–can stop its evil magic.

You know the story.

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