Weekly JACBA Newsletter 1Apr2015

Who you’ll see at the National Book Festival

Louise Erdrich, the author of such acclaimed novels as “Love Medicine,” “The Plague of Doves” and “The Round House,” has been named winner of this year’s Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction. She’ll speak at a dinner for festival participants on Sept. 4 and at the festival on Sept. 5.

Read More | The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich 2000 Awardee

Louise Erdrich: Asynchronous Reading
Exhibition: April 1-18


An art installation in collaboration with Aza Erdrich, Pallas Erdrich, and Heid E. Erdrich. Bockley Gallery is pleased to announce the first ever show of visual art and text by distinguished author Louise Erdrich. Asynchronous Reading presents Erdrich’s paintings, collage boxes, and found-object constructions along with poetic text and audio works to create an experience to be viewed, read, and heard.

Read More | The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich 2000 Awardee

A universal fear explored in this picture book for preschoolers


The story addresses the universal fear of being lost.Baby Bear asks for help from the night time wildlife – a frog, two squirrels, a moose, a ram, an owl and a salmon. Each animal gives guidance based on his or her own experience. However, each one only gives Baby Bear the love and encouragement to continue alone.

Read More | Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson 2012 Awardee
The Village That Vanished illustrated by Kadir Nelson 2003 Awardee

Library: Resources to help stop bullying


“Bullying is not inevitable. It doesn’t have to be a normal part of childhood. The more we talk with each other, share our stories, and listen – particularly to those whose voices aren’t often heard – the closer we move toward as a society.” – Deborah Ellis, author of “We Want You to Know: Kids Talk About Bullying.”

Read More | The Heaven Shop by Deborah Ellis 2005 Awardee
The Breadwinner Trilogy by Deborah Ellis 2004 Special Commendation
Parvana’s Journey by Deborah Ellis 2003 Awardee

Elementary students inspired by book, organize fundraiser for Water for South Sudan


Fifth grade students at Northside Elementary School, who were inspired to give back after reading Linda Sue Park’s A Long Walk to Water. The students wanted to raise $1,000 – through a school wide donation jar – to help support the people in South Sudan access clean drinking water through the WFSS ‘Iron Giraffe Challenge’.

Read More | A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story by Linda Sue Park 2011 Awardee
When My Name Was Keoko by Linda Sue Park 2003 Awardee

How Johnson County Librarians Grow Young Poets


“I have been around a while,” Shihab Nye told the audience, “and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more ambitious project, where a library reaches out to so many schools, so many students, so many artists and poets and says share with us, share with all of us, share with all the people who aren’t even here tonight and will read your work in Elementia.” Shihab Nye says the library’s program should be a model for the rest of the country. Maybe she’ll spread the word.

Read More | Habibi by Naomi Shihab Nye 1998 Awardee
Sitti’s Secrets by Naomi Shihab Nye 1995 Awardee

What to do in El Paso: Events March 27-29


Esperanza Rising, Lynne Alvarez’s adaptation of Pam Munoz Ryan’s coming-of-age novel, accompanied by mariachis at UTEP’s Wise Family Theater. theatredance.utep.edu

Read More | Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan 2001 Awardee

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