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Newhall Library to introduce Bookshelf Collection

Posted: January 26, 2009 9:23 p.m.
Updated: January 27, 2009 9:30 a.m.

Newhall Library invites all families with school-age children to attend "We Shall Overcome," a free program presenting a musical journey through African-American history. "We Shall Overcome" features Makinto playing a variety of instruments to illustrate the evolution of black music from African roots, slavery, emancipation, awakening, civil rights movement, to modern times.

The program will be held on Monday from 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at Newhall Library, 22704 West 9th Street.

This program is made possible by a major gift awarded to the library through the We the People Bookshelf national grant project. The library was one of 3,000 libraries across the country selected to receive a We the People Bookshelf grant, which provided free hardcover editions of 17 classic books on the theme of "Created Equal," including Spanish translations of four of the titles.

The grant was awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities in cooperation with the American Library Association. Funding for this program was also provided by The Friends of the Libraries of the Santa Clarita Valley.

The We the People Bookshelf on "Created Equal" contains the following books:

* Grades K-3: "The Ugly Duckling" by Hans Christian Anderson, "The Gettysburg Address" by Abraham Lincoln and "Pink and Say" by Patricia Polacco.

* Grades 4-6: "Elijah of Buxton" by Christopher Paul Curtis, "Give Me Liberty! The Story of the Declaration of Independence" by Russell Freedman, "Lincoln: A Photobiography" By Russell Freedman, "Many Thousand Gone: African Americans from Slavery to Freedom" by Virginia Hamilton and "Lyddie" by Katherine Paterson.

* Grades 7-8: "Saturnalia" by Paul Fleishman, "Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott" by Russell Freedman, "Abraham Lincoln the Writer: A Treasury of His Greatest Speeches and Letters" edited by Harold Holzer and "Breaking Through" by Francisco Jiménez.

* Grades 9-12: "Abigail Adams: Witness to a Revolution" by Natalie S. Bober, "That All People May Be One People, Send Rain to Wash the Face of the Earth" by Nez Perce Chief Joseph, "Flowers for Algernon" by Daniel Keyes, "Lincoln's Virtues: An Ethical Biography" by William Lee Miller, and "Amistad: A Novel" by David Pesci.


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