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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Win it Wednesday: Full of Beans

Every Wednesday we will give away a new book. For a chance to win, just fill out the form at the bottom of the page and you'll be entered into a drawing. The drawing will run from Wednesday through 11:59 PM Friday and winners will be announced on Mondays. (Note: you must be a Fresno County resident to be eligible for Win it Wednesdays.)


Full of Beans  by Jennifer L. Holm


Beans Curry has plans. Big plans.

He owns this town. He and his gang of barefoot buddies know everyone in Key West, and they know how to get things done--and get paid.

Most of the time, anyway.

Now it's the middle of the Great Depression, and times are tough. There are no jobs and everyone is out for themselves, which means it's hard for a kid to make a cent. Luckily, Beans isn't any kid.

But not every plot goes according to plan...

Three-time Newberry Honor winner Jennifer L. Holm delivers a funny and heartwarming novel that reminds us how, even in the toughest times, one kid's resourceful spirit can change everything.

Want this book? Fill out and submit the form below for a chance to win your very own copy!

 


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Celebrate Chinese New Year @ FCPL

Chinese New Year begins Saturday, January, 28, but FCPL is celebrating all month long with a special Kids' craft (ages 5-12) at select branches to ring in the Year of the Rooster!



Looking for children's books on Chinese New Year folklore and traditions? Our catalog features a wide selection of engaging books about the celebrations and their history, sure to make learning fun for kids as well as adults. Find books about the Nian monster, and more!

In The Nian Monster, by Andrea Wang, a clever girl saves Shanghai from destruction by the legendary Nian monster, outwitting him with Chinese New Year traditions.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Learn about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Library

Martin Luther King Jr. addresses a crowd from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial where he delivered his famous, “I Have a Dream,” speech during the Aug. 28, 1963, march on Washington, D.C. Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-09611.jpg




Martin Luther King Jr. Day falls on Monday, January 16th this year, and to celebrate King's legacy many educators are teaching classroom lessons about the Civil Rights Era and having their students write reports about King and his activism.


Need kids' books on King, or the Civil Rights Era? Fresno County Public Library has a great selection! Here are just a few:

Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins, by Carole Boston Weatherford; paintings by Jerome Lagarrigue 

This book helps readers to experience the historic 1960s sit-ins at the Woolworth's lunch counter, relating events from the perspective of a young black girl.  

Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King, by Jean Marzollo; illustrated by Brian Pinkney

In Marzollo's book, fluid text and engaging scratchboard and paint illustrations combine to make the history of the period accessible to younger readers.





I Am Rosa Parks, by Rosa Parks with Jim Haskins; pictures by Wil Clay

In this book for young readers, civil rights activist Rosa Parks, provides a simplified autobiography, focusing on her unique role in the wider political struggle.





Love Will See You Through: Martin Luther King Jr.'s Six Guiding Beliefs (As Told by His Niece), by Angela Farris Watkins; illustrated by Sally Wern Comport

The niece of Martin Luther King, Jr. reveals six timeless and universal principles that encompass the civil rights leader's greatest legacy, reinforcing the idea that "the universe honors love."




Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by Doreen Rappaport; illustrated by Bryan Collier

Rappaport's award-winning book shows how King used words, not weapons, to fight injustice.








The Story of Ruby Bridges, by Robert Coles; illustrated by George Ford

In 1960, six-year-old Ruby Bridges found the courage to walk through an angry mob of protesters and enter a formerly "whites-only" school in New Orleans. Coles' book tells her story.






Looking for something a bit different? Visit our catalog, and check out our eBooks, for even more options!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Win it Wednesday: Quiet Power

Every Wednesday we will give away a new book. For a chance to win, just fill out the form at the bottom of the page and you'll be entered into a drawing. The drawing will run from Wednesday through 11:59 PM Friday and winners will be announced on Mondays. (Note: you must be a Fresno County resident to be eligible for Win it Wednesdays.)


Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts  by Susan Cain with Gregory Mone and Erica Moroz; illustrated by Grant Snider


Based on the monumental bestseller QUIET, this new version focuses on the strengths and challenges of being an introverted kid or teen.

Susan Cain sparked a worldwide conversation when she published Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking. With her inspiring book, she permanently changed the way we see introverts and the way introverts see themselves. The original book focused on the workplace, and Susan soon realized that there is even more need for a version that centers on kids and teens--on school, extracurriculars, family life, and friendship. This insightful, accessible, and empowering book, full of tales of actual kids who have made a mark in their own quiet way, will be eye-opening to extroverts and introverts alike.


***Update: This week's book goes to Aloysius P.!***