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Thursday, May 7, 2009

We the People Bookshelf

The Coffeyville Public Library has been awarded a We the People Bookshelf - Picturing America. The Bookshelf is a set of classic books for young readers from Kindergarten through high school.
Each year National Endowment for the Humanities identifies a theme important to the nation's heritage and selects books that embody that theme. This collection of theme-related books is the Bookshelf. In addition to introducing young readers to good literature, the Bookshelf promotes understanding of abstract or general ideas through the power of particular stories.
Titles selected for the We the People Bookshelf might highlight important chapters in American history; or express universal themes that are integral parts of American culture. The books are intended to represent the rich texture of the American heritage, a tradition that has incorporated ideas and texts from around the world.
NEH awards the Bookshelves to libraries across the country for use in programs primarily for young people. In return for receiving a Bookshelf, libraries organize programs that highlight the theme and encourage young readers to explore the selected books. At our library, children who read one of the Bookshelf books during the summer will receive an extra Summer Reading ticket that can be used to select a prize. The children will write reviews for the books. We will post the reviews on our website. There will be a special program in the fall for the families of children who have read one or more of the books.
In the Picturing America Bookshelf, readers are invited to steer their way across the continent by river with Lewis and Clark in 1802, travel the railroad with Robert Louis Stevenson in 1879, or drive along the open highways with John Steinbeck and his dog Charley in 1960. Through the life and poetry of Walt Whitman emerge powerful images of the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln; through the life and lens of Dorothea Lange we witness the impersonal forces and human faces of the Depression.
The books are in the Children’s room at the library. People of all ages are welcome to check them out. If you would like to write a review or just make some comments about the book, let any of the staff know and we will be glad to post it on our website.

Image courtesy of Julie Paschkis

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