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NPR Back-Seat Book Club: The Mysterious Benedict Society

The Mysterious Benedict Society

NPR's Back-Seat Book Club for 9 to 14-year-olds has selected a best-selling, eccentric adventure for March: The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart.

The Mysterious Benedict Society is a curious story, indeed! It all starts with several children answering the following newspaper ad: "Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?" Once the chosen few have passed a series of bizarre tests, they are trained, their special gifts are sharpened, and they are set for – what else – an undercover mission to stop evil!

February Picks for NPR's Back-Seat Book Club

The Hundred Dresses

This month NPR's Back-Seat Book Club for 9 to 14-year-olds has two selections: The Hundred Dresses and Shooting Kabul.

The Hundred Dresses is a 1944 classic by Eleanor Estes. In this age where bullying is a serious topic, the story of Wanda Petronski, who is teased for her name, where she lives, and the fact that she wears the same faded dress every day, will really hit-home with readers. Wanda insists she has one hundred beautiful dresses at home and when the girls at school mock her for it, she stops coming to school and her family decides to move to a bigger city.

NPR's Back-Seat Book Club January Selection

The Watsons Go To Birmingham – 1963

NPR's Back-Seat Book Club for 9 to 14-year-olds has announced their selection for January: The Watsons Go To Birmingham – 1963.

The Watsons Go To Birmingham – 1963 is the award-winning story of the Watsons, an African American family living in Flint, Michigan, who take a trip to Alabama in the summer of 1963. Young readers will relate to Kenny, the 10-year-old narrator of the story – his authentic observations and reactions really bring the experiences of an African American family in the 1960s to life.

Celebrate Kwanzaa with the Library

Kwanzaa

You are invited to learn about and celebrate Kwanzaa at the Library. Kwanzaa is a non-religious African American holiday which celebrates family, community and culture. It is celebrated for seven days: December 26 - January 1.

Join us for Kwanzaa programs featuring performers and light refreshments:

Tuesday, December 27, 2 p.m. - Kujichagulia
Ford-Warren Branch Library

Wednesday, December 28, 2 p.m. - Ujima
Pauline-Robinson Branch Library

Wednesday, December 28, 6:30 p.m. - Ujima
Green Valley Ranch Branch

Thursday, December 29, 2 p.m. - Ujamaa

The Warmth of Other Suns: A Community Conversation with Isabel Wilkerson

Isabel Wilkerson

Facing History and Ourselves and The Allstate Foundation, in partnership with The Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library and City Year Denver present a Community Conversation featuring Isabel Wilkerson, author of The Warmth of Other Suns, on Thursday, December 8, 7-9 p.m. at the Manual High School Auditorium.

Wilkerson, who spent most of her career as a national correspondent and bureau chief at The New York Times, is the first black woman to win a Pulitzer Prize in the history of American journalism, and was the first black American to win for individual reporting.

NPR's Back-Seat Book Club Selects a Great Winter Read

Breadcrumbs

NPR's Back-Seat Book Club for 9 to 14-year-olds has announced their selection for December, and it's a magical winter book for kids and parents/caregivers to read together.

Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu is the story of fifth-graders Hazel and Jack, who are best friends until a magic mirror and an evil queen turn Jack's heart to ice. Hazel knows what she has to do: go on a quest to save Jack's life!

It's an enchanting fantasy with beautiful black and white illustrations (and a gorgeous cover) that really bring the story to life. Breadcrumbs is a middle grade chapter book, but the story is sure to captivate readers of all ages.

NPR's Back-Seat Book Club for ages 9-14

The Graveyard Book

National Public Radio (NPR) has started a special project for listeners ages 9-14: the Back-Seat Book Club. Beginning in October, the show All Things Considered would like young listeners and their parents to read a selected book each month and then join in the conversation with that book's author. They want to know what you think and give the author a chance to answer questions you have about the book!

The first selection in the Back-Seat Book Club is The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, which is perfect for Halloween. It's the story of Nobody Owens, a boy who is normal in every way – except that he has been raised by ghosts in a graveyard.

Harry and the Potters Concert at the Central Library

Harry and the Potters

Are you ready to rock? Join us on Thursday, June 30 at 4 p.m. in the Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center for a free concert with Harry and the Potters!

Imagine if Harry Potter quit the quidditch team and instead started using the power of rock and roll to fight evil. This is Harry and the Potters: the original wizard rock band! Join us as they return to the Denver Public Library on their first tour of libraries since they last visited us back in 2007. Paul and Joe DeGeorge started this band in 2002 when Joe was 15 and Paul was 23. They played their first show in a shed in their parent’s backyard.

REBELS REMEMBERED: “TO EARN AN INCOME”

Rebels Remembered

You’re invited to the premiere of:

REBELS REMEMBERED: “TO EARN AN INCOME”

This fourth and final film addresses 100 years of African-American employment discrimination in Colorado.

Monday, June 6, 2011, 6-8 p.m.
Blair Caldwell African-American Research Library

Reception at 6 p.m. Film to follow. Free to the public.

 

Previous Rebels Remembered films documenting the history of the civil rights movement in Colorado will be available for purchase.

For additional information:
Jane Wasson: janewasson@comcast.net
Dick Alweis: dafilm@quest.net

The Pioneers: A Historical Perspective of African Americans in Tennis

Arthur Ashe

Please join us for the first event in our oral history lecture series for Breaking the Barriers, a historical timeline featuring the significance of African Americans in tennis:

The Pioneers: A Historical Perspective
Monday, May 9, 6-8 p.m.
Blair Caldwell African American Research Library

Colorado has a rich history of pro tour professionals located in our own backyard with direct connections to Arthur Ashe, the first African American male to win a Grand Slam event. Featured panel participants will share experiences and inspirations from their association with Arthur Ashe. In addition, learn about unknown facts, obstacles and struggles faced by early African American tennis pioneers.

Moderator: Nancy McCloskey Concierge, Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club

Panel Participants:

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