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March is Women’s History Month!
Want to read some great books about the women who have shaped our past and are writing our future? Check out these great titles from the Summit Hill Junior High Library!
No One is too Small to make a Difference by Greta Thunberg
Time’s PERSON OF THE YEAR!
The groundbreaking speeches of Greta Thunberg, the young climate activist who has become the voice of a generation, including her historic address to the United Nations
In August 2018 a fifteen-year-old Swedish girl, Greta Thunberg, decided not to go to school one day in order to protest the climate crisis. Her actions sparked a global movement, inspiring millions of students to go on strike for our planet, forcing governments to listen, and earning her a Nobel Peace Prize nomination.
No One Is Too Small to Make A Difference brings you Greta in her own words, for the first time. Collecting her speeches that have made history across the globe, from the United Nations to Capitol Hill and mass street protests, her book is a rallying cry for why we must all wake up and fight to protect the living planet, no matter how powerless we feel. Our future depends upon it.
I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
NOBEL PRIZE WINNING AUTHOR!
Malala Yousafzai was only ten years old when the Taliban took control of her region. They said music was a crime. They said women weren't allowed to go to the market. They said girls couldn't go to school.
Raised in a once-peaceful area of Pakistan transformed by terrorism, Malala was taught to stand up for what she believes. So she fought for her right to be educated. And on October 9, 2012, she nearly lost her life for the cause: She was shot point-blank while riding the bus on her way home from school.
No one expected her to survive.
Now Malala is an international symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize winner. In this Young Readers Edition of her bestselling memoir, which has been reimagined specifically for a younger audience and includes exclusive photos and material, we hear firsthand the remarkable story of a girl who knew from a young age that she wanted to change the world -- and did.
Malala's powerful story will open your eyes to another world and will make you believe in hope, truth, miracles and the possibility that one person -- one young person -- can inspire change in her community and beyond.
Ten Days a Madwoman: The Daring Life and Turbulent Times of the Original Girl Reporter by Deborah Noyes
Young Nellie Bly had ambitious goals, especially for a woman at the end of the nineteenth century, when the few female journalists were relegated to writing columns about cleaning or fashion. But fresh off a train from Pittsburgh, Nellie knew she was destined for more and pulled a major journalistic stunt that skyrocketed her to fame: feigning insanity, being committed to the notorious asylum on Blackwell's Island, and writing a shocking exposé of the clinic’s horrific treatment of its patients.
Nellie Bly became a household name and raised awareness of political corruption, poverty, and abuses of human rights. Leading an uncommonly full life, Nellie circled the globe in a record seventy-two days and brought home a pet monkey before marrying an aged millionaire and running his company after his death.
Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart
by Candace Fleming
On May 21, 1937, the most famous female pilot of all time, Amelia Earhart, set out to do the impossible: circumnavigate the globe at its widest point--27,000 miles in all. Just six weeks later, she disappeared over the Pacific Ocean. Eighty years have passed since that fateful flight; and still, Amelia's plane has never been found. Discover the thrilling life and tragic end of America's most famous trailblazing flier with this impeccably researched and masterfully crafted book from acclaimed author Candace Fleming.
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsberg
by Irin Carmon
She was a fierce dissenter with a serious collar game. A legendary, self-described “flaming feminist litigator” who made the world more equal. And an intergenerational icon affectionately known as the Notorious RBG. As the nation mourns the loss of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, discover the story of a remarkable woman and learn how to carry on her legacy.
This runaway bestseller, brought to you by the attorney founder of the Notorious RBG Tumblr and an award-winning feminist journalist, is more than just a love letter. It draws on intimate access to Ginsburg's family members, close friends, colleagues, and clerks, as well as an interview with the Justice herself. An original hybrid of reported narrative, annotated dissents, rare archival photos and documents, and illustrations, the book tells a never-before-told story of an unusual and transformative woman who transcended divides and changed the world forever.
And those are just a few! Take a few minutes this Month to read about the amazing women trailblazers who have RUN THE WORLD!
And as always Read On!
Let’s celebrate the history and stories of African Americans!
Since 1976, Black History Month is the month we put aside to celebrate the role and contributions that African Americans have made to our country.
Its origins go back to 1926, when Harvard Scholar Carter G. Woodson and Reverend Jesse E. Moreland started the Study of Negro American Life and History Organization and chose the second week in February for Negro History Week to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Fredrick Douglas. Renamed Black History Month in 1976, we have celebrated it with a different theme every year. This years theme is The Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity
If you want to learn more about how you can celebrate Black History Month visit The Association of the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) and take a look at the free virtual events and noted authors that are contributing to their month-long programming!
And also, taking the time to learn more about the struggle for civil rights by stopping in the library. This month’s display features biographies, narrative nonfiction, literature featuring African Americans and books written by some outstanding African American authors.
And as always, READ ON!
You'll Tear Through Them Like WRAPPING PAPER!
Cold winter days and nights are a great time to curl up with a good story. Just look at countries like Iceland and Norway for the proof.
In Iceland, Jólabókaflóð (yo-la-bok-a-flot) is a holiday tradition that literally translates to Book Flood. (Iceland is the 3rd most literate country in the world). The holiday season kicks off with Bokatidindi, a catalog of all the books that have been recently published in the country. People go crazy for it. Using the catalog, everyone buys books as gifts and the holiday season is spent reading. Readers stay up all night on Christmas Eve reading their picks for the new year. Everyone reads!
Or maybe you are more into Hygge (Ho0-ga), a Danish word for “the cozy feeling of being indoors, feeling happiness and enjoying the simple things – like a good book”. The winter months are a great time to have a cup of hot cocoa, curl up with a warm blanket and pair of fuzzy socks and read. Maybe even with a family member or friend. Maybe over winter break you should consider taking some downtime and feel the hygge.
In the spirit of both these cultural traditions, the SHJH Library has picked out some new and older titles that might make those cold winter nights a little more hygge!
Feel free to tune into the book talk below and maybe put a few of these on your list for your next trip to the library or look for them in the SHJH Library catalog in eBooks.
Hope you enjoy some great books over break! Can’t wait to hear what you have been reading.
As always, READ ON!
Pretty much NO ONE!
It was a dark and stormy night. Shadows play across your window as the lightning flashes. Branches knock and the wind howls along the outside walls of your house. Between the distant rumble of thunder, the only other sound is the ticking of your clock.
What makes good horror stories? And why do they appeal to us so much? What is the attraction in being scared?
There have been studies on why we love a good scary story and some of the reasons may surprise you. It can actually be attributed to brain chemistry. Your hypothalamus, the part of your brain that reacts to being threatened or scared activates when it sees or feels something that it perceives as a threat. This releases a WHOLE bunch of hormones, but most importantly, adrenaline, that prepares you for a fight or to flight (run).
You may be thinking... This makes me like scary stories? It doesn’t sound too fun.
But this is what makes us look forward to that next jump scare...
As soon as your mind realizes that the danger is not real, it also releases endorphins! Those make you feel a happy, safe and warm! So that sounds a little more like it. What we love is that build up of fear and adrenaline and then that warm and fuzzy feeling of endorphins!
This is what makes people “fall in love” with...
Scary movies. Yep.
Horror stories. Yep
Haunted Houses. Absolutely!
So, next time you are looking to get a “rush” take a look at some of the great horror that is offered in the Summit Hill Junior High Library! Go to “Spartan Reads” page to find a Horror Story book talk that will point you in the right direction.
And to get everyone in the mood for this spooky time of year, here is a Haunted House Breakout Room! Just click the link below and follow the clues to escape the Haunted House. Enjoy!
Learn more here:
“Fight or Flight: The Science of Fear...and Why We Like Scary Movies”. Penn Medicine, Philadelphia. 2017. https://www.pennmedicine.org/updates/blogs/health-and-wellness/2017/october/fear
This may not be the way any of us wanted to start the school year, but at least it will be memorable!
My name is Mrs. Scuderi and I am your new School Library Media Specialist. I am going to take this first post to introduce myself and to help you navigate the online library.
Few facts about me:
This website will have a lot of information about what is happening in the library, new books, great new stories that are streaming and (later) some hands on stuff to try out in the library. Oh - and stuff on research.
I am looking forward to getting to know you, so if you feel like commenting with a greeting, that would be so cool.
I'm gonna sign off with a