News from Youth Services Category: Picks by Amy S.

How to Find What You’re Not Looking For

by Veera Hiranandani

how to find what you're not looking for book cover
JF HIRANANDANI, V.

Ariel Goldberg is in middle school, dealing with friendship and learning challenges. Ariel is also dealing with family issues, as her beloved older sister Leah leaves home to marry Raj, the Indian man that she has fallen in love with.  When Leah’s parents refuse to accept the marriage, Ariel realizes that it is through poetry that she is best able to communicate her feelings about all that is happening in her life.

This story takes place shortly after the Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virgina in 1967 and is inspired by the author’s own family history.  

No Vacancy

by Tziporah Cohen

no vacancy book cover

JF COHEN, T.

Miriam and her family move from Manhattan to upstate New York to run a motel. Miriam is 11, and has two good friends she hates to leave back home. Upon arrival in her new town, Miriam meets a new friend, Kate and a cast of towns people who begin to make her feel welcome. This is a sweet summer friendship story which also deals with religion and tolerance.  Miriam is Jewish and her new friend Kate is Catholic. Both these faiths are explored in this book as the girls grapple with a decision  they make to help business at the struggling motel.  This story is full of authentic characters and a wonderful summer setting.  

National Portrait Gallery and Black History Month

portraits of African Americans in National Portrait Gallery

Let’s visit the National Portrait Gallery without even leaving the house! Google arts and culture has created a virtual exhibit of notable African Americans, which is a great exhibit to explore any time, but especially during Black History Month.

To extend your experience, we’ve put together a list of books about some of the famous figures featured in this virtual art exhibit. Place a hold or come to the main library to check one out!

One Last Word by Nikki Grimes

One Last Word, Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance by Nikki Grimes  

author Nikki Grimes

author Nikki Grimes, photo by Aaron Lemen

Original poems from the Harlem Renaissance are used as the foundation for Grimes new poems in the beautiful poetry book, One Last Word, Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance. Grimes brings the Harlem Renaissance right to the present with themes of injustice and unfulfilled promises and contemporary African-American illustrators are featured throughout this collection.   The foreword includes a history of the Harlem Renaissance, and poet biographies. The poems are beautiful and the artwork more beautiful still.  

Learn more about the book at the Read Write Poetry blog.

Use our databases for kids to research and learn more about the Harlem Renaissance.

Review by Amy. S.

E-Book & E-Audiobook – Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed

Amal UnboundTwelve-year-old Amal’s dreams of becoming a teacher are crushed when she accidentally insults a member of her Pakistani village’s ruling family. Her punishment is to become a servant for the insulted family. As Amal navigates this new, harsh life, her unwavering courage keep her going.   Amal’s sense of hope makes this ultimately an uplifting story. Anyone moved by Malala Yousafzai will love this beautifully written, suspenseful and empowering story.   

 For Grades 4 and up.   

This book is available as an ebook and e-audio in OverDrive’s Digital Library. 

Book reviewed by Amy S., Youth Outreach and Programming Assistant