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READ, READ, READ!

""READ, READ, READ . And listen to the stories around you. They are everywhere. Then put the pen on the paper and start writing." Author, Ruth Vander Zee

      
     

    PHOTO CONTEST


    Take a candid or posed picture of yourself or your friends in FOUNDERS Library or around school - reading a book, browsing the shelves, studying, or come up with your own creative idea! You can be silly, serious, or artistic.

    Winner -- gets to choose the book of their choice!

     

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    LIBRARY WEEK - April 12 - 16, 2015

    National Library Week is an annual celebration of the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians. All types of libraries - school, public, academic and special - participate.

     

        
       

      THOUGHTS OF THE AUTHOR

      Explaining why she choses serious topics for her picture books, Vander Zee explained in an interview posted on the Eerdmans Books for Young Readers Web site: "I believe that the story-teller has a unique opportunity to tell children the truth. All story-tellers tell the story of life. I believe children want to hear the truths of life told in a way that give them hope and courage. If children and adults can talk about tough moral issues based on my stories, I am happy." She also offered the following advice to young writers: "Read. Read. Read. And listen to the stories around you. They are everywhere. Then put the pen on the paper and start writing."

       Mary N. Oluonye, reviewing Mississippi Morning for School Library Journal,called the book "a sad, poignant story," and a Kirkus Reviews contributor noted that "Vander Zee's dialogue crackles with import." Hazel Rochman commented in her Booklist review that while its "picture-book format may keep older readers from picking up the book on their own, … the subject will spark classroom discussion even among some young teens."

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      LYNNE LIBBEY - ARTIST

        

       

      Lynne has a passion for sea and sky, She grew up on the Jersey shore in Sea Girt, NJ, and now lives on the ocean on Key Biscayne, Florida. Working exclusively in soft pastels, Lynne loves the vibrant and luminous colors of this traditional medium. She is often compared to N.C. Wyeth and Maxfield Parrish.  

      Ruth Vander Zee - AUTHOR

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        About the Author

        The author of the books Erika's Story and Mississippi Morning, teacher and writer Ruth Vander Zee has always had a love of stories. However, it was not until 1995 that she began writing her stories down on paper. As a child, Vander Zee listened to her father's tales, and she continued in the family tradition by making up her own stories to entertain her cousins. When she grew up she continued the habit, entertaining her own three children with original tales. At age forty she returned to college to earn her degree in education. After being a middle-school teacher for several years, she finally decided to put her words on paper, first by writing curriculum, then by writing picture books.

        Vander Zee's first book, 6,000,000 Stars, was later republished as Erika's Story.Based on a true story, the book tells of a Jewish girl named Erika who survived the Holocaust by sheer luck: Her desperate mother threw the infant Erika from a train heading toward a German concentration camp, realizing that was the child's only chance at a future. Discovered near the train tracks and raised by a village woman, Erika wonders what her parents' lives were like before the Holocaust. "Did they hold her close and kiss her before throwing her away to save her life?," wrote Hazel Rochman in a Booklist review, summing up some of Erika's questions. Joanna Rudge Long commented in Horn Book that, with its picture-book format, Erika's Story "would make an effective introduction to the Holocaust" for younger students."

        In Mississippi Morning Vander Zee deals with another serious subject. Set in the 1930s during the Great Depression, the story deals with racism and the Ku Klux Klan. The father of twelve-year-old James William runs the general store in their small Mississippi town. Even though James William knows his father does not think it "natural" for white and black people to spend time together, the boy sneaks off and goes fishing with his friend LeRoy, the son of a black sharecropper. LeRoy avoids fishing next to a certain tree because, as he tells James William, the Klan has hung black people from its branches. Becoming attuned to the racial divide in his town, James William overhears talk of a black preacher's house being burned down. Although the truth is difficult, the boy eventually comes to terms with the truth: his father is one of the men committing these acts of hate.

        Mary N. Oluonye, reviewing Mississippi Morning for School Library Journal,called the book "a sad, poignant story," and a Kirkus Reviews contributor noted that "Vander Zee's dialogue crackles with import." Hazel Rochman commented in her Booklist review that while its "picture-book format may keep older readers from picking up the book on their own,  the subject will spark classroom discussion even among some young teens."

        Explaining why she choses serious topics for her picture books, Vander Zee explained in an interview posted on the Eerdmans Books for Young Readers Web site: "I believe that the story-teller has a unique opportunity to tell children the truth. All story-tellers tell the story of life. I believe children want to hear the truths of life told in a way that give them hope and courage. If children and adults can talk about tough moral issues based on my stories, I am happy." She also offered the following advice to young writers: "Read. Read. Read. And listen to the stories around you. They are everywhere. Then put the pen on the paper and start writing."

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