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  • Virtual Book Fair

    Posted by Sarah Hansen on 1/26/2021

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    The RHS library is proud to partner with Junior Library Guild for our first-ever virtual book fair. Families and friends can shop JLG's selection of high-quality teen and adult picks from the safety of their homes while supporting the RHS Library. Our online book fair ends 1/31/20.

     

    Shop the Book Fair 

     

    There are so many books to choose from including hundreds of hardcover, library-bound books for just $5. Junior Library Guild is also known for selecting books that go on to win awards. The American Library Association just held its midwinter conference which includes the presentation of ALA's youth media awards. Here are some award winners and honorees you can purchase right now through our book fair:

     

    Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature: 

    The award promotes Asian/Pacific American culture and heritage and is awarded based on literary and artistic merit.

    Displacement by Kiku HughesDisplacement Book Cover

    Kiku is on vacation in San Francisco when suddenly she finds herself displaced to the 1940s Japanese-American internment camp that her late grandmother, Ernestina, was forcibly relocated to during World War II.

    These displacements keep occurring until Kiku finds herself "stuck" back in time. Living alongside her young grandmother and other Japanese-American citizens in internment camps, Kiku gets the education she never received in history class. She witnesses the lives of Japanese-Americans who were denied their civil liberties and suffered greatly, but managed to cultivate community and commit acts of resistance in order to survive.

    Kiku Hughes weaves a riveting, bittersweet tale that highlights the intergenerational impact and power of memory.
     

    Sydney Taylor Book Award:

    Presented annually to outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience. Presented since 1968 by the Association of Jewish Libraries, an affiliate of the American Library Association, the award encourages the publication and widespread use of quality Judaic literature. 
     
    They Went Left by Monica HesseThey Went Left book cover
     
    Germany, 1945.
    The soldiers who liberated the Gross-Rosen concentration camp said the war was over, but nothing feels over to eighteen-year-old Zofia Lederman. Her body has barely begun to heal; her mind feels broken. And her life is completely shattered: Three years ago, she and her younger brother, Abek, were the only members of their family to be sent to the right, away from the gas chambers of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Everyone else—her parents, her grandmother, radiant Aunt Maja—they went left.

    Zofia's last words to her brother were a promise: Abek to Zofia, A to Z. When I find you again, we will fill our alphabet. Now her journey to fulfill that vow takes her through Poland and Germany, and into a displaced persons camp where everyone she meets is trying to piece together a future from a painful past: Miriam, desperately searching for the twin she was separated from after they survived medical experimentation. Breine, a former heiress, who now longs only for a simple wedding with her new fiancé. And Josef, who guards his past behind a wall of secrets, and is beautiful and strange and magnetic all at once

    But the deeper Zofia digs, the more impossible her search seems. How can she find one boy in a sea of the missing? In the rubble of a broken continent, Zofia must delve into a mystery whose answers could break her—or help her rebuild her world.
     

    Stonewall Book Award:

    Given annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience
     

    Felix Ever After - by Kacen CallenderFelix Ever After book cover

    Felix Love has never been in love—and, yes, he’s painfully aware of the irony. He desperately wants to know what it’s like and why it seems so easy for everyone but him to find someone. What’s worse is that, even though he is proud of his identity, Felix also secretly fears that he’s one marginalization too many—Black, queer, and transgender—to ever get his own happily ever after.

    When an anonymous student begins sending him transphobic messages—after publicly posting Felix’s deadname alongside images of him before he transitioned—Felix comes up with a plan for revenge. What he didn’t count on: his catfish-to-retaliate scenario landing him in a quasi-love triangle…

    But as he navigates his complicated feelings, Felix begins a journey of questioning and self-discovery that helps redefine his most important relationship: how he feels about himself.

     

    You Should See Me in a Crown - by Leah JohnsonYou Should See Me in a Crown book cover

    Liz Lighty has always believed she's too black, too poor, too awkward to shine in her small, rich, prom-obsessed midwestern town. But it's okay—Liz has a plan that will get her out of Campbell, Indiana, forever: attend the uber-elite Pennington College, play in their world-famous orchestra, and become a doctor.

    But when the financial aid she was counting on unexpectedly falls through, Liz's plans come crashing down…until she's reminded of her school's scholarship for prom king and queen. There's nothing Liz wants to do less than endure a gauntlet of social media trolls, catty competitors, and humiliating public events, but despite her devastating fear of the spotlight she's willing to do whatever it takes to get to Pennington.

    The only thing that makes it halfway bearable is the new girl in school, Mack. She's smart, funny, and just as much of an outsider as Liz. But Mack is also in the running for queen. Will falling for the competition keep Liz from her dreams…or make them come true?
     

    Alex Awards:

    Awarded to excellent books written for adults that have special appeal to teen audiences.
     
    The Only Good Indiansby Stephen Graham JonesThe Only Good Indians book cover
     
    A tale of revenge, cultural identity, and the cost of breaking from tradition in this latest novel from the Jordan Peele of horror literature, Stephen Graham Jones.

    Seamlessly blending classic horror and a dramatic narrative with sharp social commentary, The Only Good Indians follows four Native American men after a disturbing event from their youth puts them in a desperate struggle for their lives. Tracked by an entity bent on revenge, these childhood friends are helpless as the culture and traditions they left behind catch up to them in a violent, vengeful way.
     

    Odyssey Award:

    An annual award conferred by the American Library Association for the best audiobooks published for children and young adults.

    Kent State - by Deborah WilesKent State book cover

    May 4, 1970.
    Kent State University.

    As protestors roil the campus, National Guardsmen are called in. In the chaos of what happens next, shots are fired and four students are killed. To this day, there is still argument of what happened and why.

    Told in multiple voices from a number of vantage points—protestor, Guardsman, townie, student—Deborah Wiles's Kent State gives a moving, terrifying, galvanizing picture of what happened that weekend in Ohio…an event that, even 50 years later, still resonates deeply.

    Clap When You Land - by Elizabeth Acevedo Clap When You Land book cover

    Camino Rios lives for the summers, when her father visits her in the Dominican Republic. But this year, on the day when his plane is supposed to land, Camino arrives at the airport to see crowds of crying people…

    In New York City, Yahaira Rios is called to the principal’s office, where her mother is waiting to tell her that her father, her hero, has died in a plane crash.

    Separated by distance—and Papi’s secrets—the two girls are forced to face a new reality in which their father is dead and their lives are forever altered.

    And then, when it seems like they’ve lost everything of their father, they learn of each other.

     

    Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You - by Ibram X Kendi and Jason ReynoldsStamped book cover

    This is NOT a history book.

    This is a book about the here and now.

    A book to help us better understand why we are where we are.

    A book about race.


    The construct of race has always been used to gain and keep power, to create dynamics that separate and silence. This remarkable reimagining of Dr. Ibram X. Kendi's National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning reveals the history of racist ideas in America, and inspires hope for an antiracist future. It takes you on a race journey from then to now, shows you why we feel how we feel, and why the poison of racism lingers. It also proves that while racist ideas have always been easy to fabricate and distribute, they can also be discredited.

     

    Excellence in Nonfiction:

    YALSA's (Young Adult Library Services Association) Award for Excellence in Nonfiction honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults

    The Cat I Never Named: A True Story of Love, War, and Survival - by Amra Sabic-El-Rayess and Laura L SullivanThe Cat I Never Named book cover

    Amra was a teen in Bihac, Bosnia, when her friend said they couldn’t speak anymore because Amra was Muslim. Then refugees from other cities started arriving, fleeing Serbian persecution. When Serbian tanks rolled into Bihac, the life she knew disappeared—right as a stray cat followed her home. Her family didn’t have the money to keep a pet, but after the cat seemed to save her brother, how could they turn it away? Saving a life one time could be a coincidence, but then it happened again—and Amra and her family wondered just what this cat was.

    This is the story of a teen who, even in the brutality of war, never wavered in her determination to obtain education, maintain friendships, and even find a first love—and the cat that provided comfort, and maybe even served as a guardian spirit, in the darkest of times.
     

     

     
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  • Be News-Literate on Election Day

    Posted by Sarah Hansen on 11/3/2020

    Getting a clear, accurate understanding of election results is often difficult, and this year's increase in early voting and vote-by-mail across the country is causing concern about how votes will be reported tonight. How can we sift through the noise and find accurate reporting about 2020 election results? Try these tips from your librarian and the News Literacy Project.

     

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