Author Visit with Traci Sorell Recap + Resources

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We were honored to host a collaborative author visit with Evanston Public Library to virtually welcome Cherokee Nation citizen and award-winning author Traci Sorell to our libraries! Traci shared an informative and insightful talk about her works such as We Are Grateful: Ostaliheliga and We Are Still Here! Native American Truths Everyone Should Know, her writing process, where she gets her ideas, and inspiration. I love how Tracy began our evening by asking our audience for their words to describe books for kids, which sparked an excellent discussion about how books can be “life-changing, eye-opening, formative, good, awesome, and great,” which is especially affirming to hear from young people attending. Traci shared how books for children now are “simply the best writing that’s out there” – and we couldn’t agree more, especially about Traci’s books 🙂

It was fascinating to learn about the background process of creating each of her books and why she wrote them. We especially appreciated learning more about Native Sovereignty. As Traci shared, “everyone in this country needs to know this information to be informed community members.”

Traci answered our many questions and we all learned so much from our time with her. I loved learning about Traci’s experience casting the narrators and producing the brilliant audiobook of We are Still Here!: Native American Truths Everyone Should Know, which you can even buy from the Cherokee Nation shop! You can also borrow our copy that includes the CD with the book!

We were so engaged in our conversation, we didn’t want our visit to end!

Please purchase Traci’s books from Booked in Evanston or your local independent bookstore.

Check out this booklist of books that Traci has written, anthologies she has contributed to, and readalikes. You can place holds at our libraries or stop by to check them out.

We are eager to learn more, so make sure to sign up for this incredible webinar on November 3 at 12:00 PM: Rethinking Thanksgiving: History, Holidays, and Gratitude – A Virtual Author Visit with Kate Messner & Traci Sorell.This webinar is designed for readers in grades 3-7 learning with teachers at school or with caregivers at home. We’re really excited to attend this webinar here at the library.

Thank you so much to Traci Sorell for visiting our virtual library and sharing your stories, knowledge, and heart! We loved hosting you! Traci also graciously sent us several giveaway books including the We Are Grateful: Ostaliheliga board book, Wonderful Women of the World, and One Land: Many Nations: Vol 1, to raffle off to our participants – so thank you for these amazing books! We also raffled off a copy of Classified: The Secret Career of Mary Golda Ross, Cherokee Aerospace Engineer and a copy of We Are Still Here! Native American Truths Everyone Should audiobook.

Resources

We provided Grab & Go Kits for this program that could be picked up at Lincolnwood Library. Based on popular demand, I’m also sharing the resources we included in the physical kit, so you can print them out and access these incredible resources.

Traci Sorell’s website

Listen to the readalong audiobook from Live Oak Media of We Are Grateful Otsaliheliga on Hoopla with your library card.

Traci shared the data and infographic of Diversity in Children’s Books in 2018. You can stop by the library for a print postcard with this infographic.

We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga Teacher’s Guide

We Are Still Here! Native American Truths Everyone Should Know Educator Resources

At The Mountain’s Base Poster in Cherokee & Educator Resources, created by Disrupt Texts

Indian No More Teacher’s Guide

Classified: The Secret Career of Mary Golda Ross, Cherokee Aerospace Engineer Educator’s Guide

Listen to the Dial a Story recording of Classified, read by Eti by calling our Dial-a-Story line at 847-999-7600 and press 5.

Check out the Indigenous Peoples’ Day Toolkit from Illuminative.

A huge thank you to Mr. Brian from Evanston Public Library for collaborating with us for this visit. Thank you so much to everyone who joined us for this wonderful author visit with Traci Sorell! We hope you will join us for future events are our libraries. Please feel free to share your feedback about this experience – we love hearing from you! Feel free to fill out our evaluation form here and get entered to our monthly prize drawing.

Author Visit with Cozbi A. Cabrera Community Quilt Project

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Join award-winning author, illustrator, & artist Cozbi A. Cabrera for this unique program that blends story, reflection, & making.

Youth & Teen Librarian Eti shares what to expect at our virtual visit with Cozbi A. Cabrera in this video:

We are so excited to invite our community to participate in an incredibly special experience. In collaboration with Evanston Public Library, we are honored to host award-winning author/illustrator Cozbi A. Cabrera, creator of books such as My Hair Is a Garden, Me & Mama and Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks (written by Suzanne Slade). She will join us virtually on Sunday, October 24 at 3:00pm – 4:00pm CT. Enjoy a chance to hear Cozbi talk about her art, read from her stories, lead a writing activity, and share her love for quilting and crafts. We recommend inviting friends, grandparents, grandchildren, & neighbors to this accessible, intergenerational program. Cozbi will lead participants through a special craft project that is perfect for the whole family! Register here!

Please visit Booked, Evanston’s very own independent bookstore, to order books by Cozbi A. Cabrera! You can order Cozbi’s books here

Stitching Time with Cozbi Project 

We will work together to create a community quilt that we’ll display in the library. During our virtual visit, Cozbi will guide us how to reconstruct a meaningful personal memory onto the quilt square.

We are grateful to Sally and Linda at Evanston Public Library who taught us how to make the Program Kits and supported us through this process, and Cozbi who kindly donated the fabric and will teach us all how to make our quilt squares.

We will provide program kits that have mostly everything you need to participate.

Each Program Kit includes: 2 quilt squares, fabric scraps, needle, thread, craft glue, a response form, and instructions. PLEASE NOTE: Kit contains a sharp needle and thread. Please supervise children. You will also need a pair of scissors that can cut fabric; these have not been provided.

Register for our author visit with Cozbi A. Cabrera and then we’ll contact you to come pick up your program kit at the library.

You can also check out our display Cozbi’s books and readalikes. You can also put books on hold here.

Project Directions

Think about a memory that’s important to you and using these materials, reconstruct it on the quilt square.

You can plan your design using the template we’ve provided.

You can also create a paper quilt square using your own drawing supplies. 

Use the fabric scraps we’ve provided to depict your memory. You can sew them on using the needle and thread or use the fabric glue to attach them. You can also use your own fabric scraps you may have at home. 

Once you’re finished creating your quilt square, return it, plus your enclosed response form, to the library at the Youth and Teen Services desk to add to our community quilt by November 1. You can also email a picture of your square to our librarians to be added to our digital quilt at eberland@lincolnwoodlibrary.org.

A huge thank you to Brian, Sally, and Linda at Evanston Public Library for all of their support and guidance to join them in this special visit and project. Special thanks to St. Mary’s Quilters for their assistance. Thank you to Ann and Lisa at Lincolnwood Library, and our community partner, Carey Petersen, who will be helping us make our quilt. And of course, to Cozbi A. Cabrera, for bringing us all together to share in this wonderful experience!

Please contact Eti at eberland@lincolnwoodlibrary.org with any questions.

We can’t wait to see you at our author visit with Cozbi A. Cabrera!!!

We love collaborating with our friends at Evanston Public Library!

Curious to learn more about Cozbi A. Cabrera? Here are a bunch of resources we recommend to prepare for our visit and continue learning.

Cozbi’s website

Suzanne Slade and Cozbi A. Cabrera on Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks

The Picture Book Buzz – Interview with Cozbi A. Cabrera and Review of Me & Mama

Author Talk for Kids: Cozbi Cabrera (Me and Mama) PBS Books

Process Piece Podcast Episode 31: Cozbi A. Cabrera – Living Enriches the Art, and the Entry Point is the Heart

The Anthropocene Reviewed Fandom Kit

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What is The Anthropocene Reviewed: Essays on the Human-Centered Planet?

It’s a book based on the podcast where best-selling young adult author John Green (The Fault in our Stars, Turtles All the Way Down) reviews facets of the human-centered planet on a five-star scale. The cover is designed by Grace Han. Intended to be like a memoir, The Anthropocene Reviewed is a book of essays that take the form of extremely in-depth Yelp reviews. John described it as “beginning in my childhood when I saw Halley’s Comet and smelled scratch-and-sniff stickers and moves through my adolescence when I became fascinated by the internet and then through my twenties when I worked at a children’s hospital and survived a mental health crisis, and then, into adulthood, and becoming a parent.”

According to Anna Sale, author of Let’s Talk About Hard Things, “The Anthropocene Reviewed somehow satisfies all the contradictory demands I have for a book right now: it stimulates my brain while getting me out of my head while taking me to faraway places while grounding me in the wonders of my everyday. I’m so glad it’s here. I need it.”

I (Ms. Eti) have created this Teen/Adult Fandom Grab & Go Kit to celebrate the release of this highly-anticipated book, which will be released on May 18, 2021. Our physical kit will be available in our Great Green Box starting the week of May 18th, as well as by the Adult Services desk. Stop by the library or contact us to reserve a kit to pick up.

Share what you’re created with me at eberland@lincolnwoodlibrary.org and we’ll spotlight it on our social media! Special thank you to fellow Nerdfighter Christina M., who helped me craft this kit.

John Green’s books are poignant, powerful, and emotional, and as a book that does address some difficult topics, including loss related to COVID-19, we wanted to share some of our community mental heath resources:

If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 74`741.

Sensory Reviews

We have included a couple items (Diet Dr. Pepper and Scratch-and-Sniff stickers) for you to explore to create your own sensory experiences and think about how you would review them. Some ideas to consider: what are your childhood memories of these items? What feelings do you associate with them? What is their origin? What do you think is their appeal? What connections to have to your friends and family and these items? How many stars would you give them? Use the stars we’ve provided 😊 Then, check out John’s reviews.

Hiroyuki Doi Circle Drawings Magnet

In the “Works of Art by Agnes Martin and Hiroyuki Doi” podcast episode, John reviews the “the monumental circle drawings” of the Japanese artist Hiroyuki Doi, who began drawing after the death of his brother, because he found that the circles gave him “relief from the sadness and grief.” John shares, “I also find that repetitive actions offer relief– provided I choose them and don’t find them too physically or mentally taxing. Of course it’s easy to chalk that up to my having obsessive-compulsive disorder, but studies have found that most people are more focused and retain more information when they are doodling than when they are not.” John has a long-term plan to draw 170,000 or so circles. In fact, The Anthropocene Reviewed end papers are based on his circle drawings and they’re beautiful!

Using the green sharpie, draw circles on the wooden disc magnet we’ve provided, hopefully while listening to “This Year” by the Mountain Goats, checking out the “Works of Art by Agnes Martin and Hiroyuki Doi” episode or “What’s wrong with taking the back streets?” Vlogbrothers video.

Share pictures of your creations with us! (Be careful to use magnets safely and keep away from young children.)

Signature Art

John has signed every copy of the first printing for the United States and Canada, which amounts to signing his name 250,000 times! Check out his Vlogbrothers video, “How to Sign your Name How to Sign Your Name 150,000 Times” for autographing insights. If you go to the end paper opposite the signature page, there’s a review of autographs. Using the green sharpie, try to apply his advice to crafting your own signature. Hide the notecard in a book for someone else to find it.

Read Readalikes

Check out our bookmark of The Anthropocene Reviewed readalikes. Whether you’re interested in beckoning lovely, innovative artists & creators, your relationship to nature, the hidden world of everyday design, or robots appearing overnight, this list has something for everyone.

Here’s the list of suggested readalikes:

Somebody’s Daughter: A Memoir by Ashley C. Ford (expected publication date: June 1st, 2021)

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

Everything Is Beautiful, and I’m Not Afraid: A Baopu Collection by Yao Xiao

How to be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life by Lilly Singh

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Why Fish Don’t Exist: A Story of Loss, Love, and the Hidden Order of Life by Lulu Miller

You are an Artist: Assignments to Spark Creation by Sarah Urist Green

The 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design by Kurt Kohlstedt and Roman Mars

Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Write Your Own The Anthropocene Reviewed-Style Review

Select something from the human-centered planet to write a review in the style of The Anthropocene Reviewed. You can even select a topic from the book, write your own review, and then see how it compares with John’s assessment. Like all reviews, it’s just for fun and totally subjective. You can even use the notebook to write down your review and share it with us.

Here’s a template to help you get started:

  • Start by defining the thing you’re talking about:
  • Do some basic research to learn more about that thing.
    • Where did it come from? Was it invented, and if so, who made it? Our library has lots of resources on our website under the page, “Research and Learning.”
  • Make personal connections.
    • When did you first experience it? What are your associations with it? What are some emotions you feel when you think about it? Don’t be afraid of meaningful tangents or rambles. It’s all about the journey. (You can always go with “but we’re not here to talk about the [insert number of stars thing] here.”)
  • Find a way to make your reader cry or feel some sort of way about the thing.
  • Come to a conclusion about the thing and why you approve/disapprove of it. End by giving your rating.

By the way, if you attend John Green’s virtual book tour, he’ll actually write a new review together using a strategy he developed for the book!

Gratitude Journal

John shared in the “We Could All Use a Little Change” Vlogbrothers video how “a gratitude journal made by Kurzgesagt, the people behind those phenomenally beautiful and informative videos,” changed his life by writing down what he was grateful for every day. Use the notebook included to make your own gratitude journal or use it for whatever you like 😊: it’s yours.

Beckoning Lovely

Eti’s favorite essay/podcast episode is about Auld Lang Syne, which is also about the late author Amy Krouse Rosenthal, who helped us all see magic and hope, as John writes, “Although she was a playful and optimistic writer, Amy was not deluded about the nature of suffering, or about its centrality in human life. Her work–whether picture book or memoir–always finds a way to acknowledge misery without giving in to it.”

We’ve included some coloring sheets inspired by her book, Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal. We invite you to color them, write a quote from the book on the back, and send it to someone as a surprise. Send 5-stars to someone in your life who is unequivocally a 5-star person. You can use the card we’ve provided to mail them a note to tell them how awesome they are. You can even add a scratch-and-sniff sticker or the stickers we made to bring them joy.

Coming Together

We’ve all experienced some form of isolation over the past year. Through Coming Together’s 2021 season, we invite you to reconnect with neighbors, family, and friends to let them know you’re thinking of them. Visit comingtogether.in for more information. Reach out to a friend or neighbor with the postcards we’ve provided to tell them you are thinking of them during these difficult times. In addition to sending postcards, you might choose to make a phone call to neighbors and/or friends you know. Pick up the phone and let them know, “I was thinking of you today and thought I would give you a call.” Then be prepared to listen and share in a conversation.

If someone you talk to needs help with resources for healthcare, housing, food, mental health support, etc., you may suggest they call the Turning Point Behavioral Health Care Center/IDHS hotline at 847-933-0051 x609.

Attend the Virtual Tour

John is going on a virtual tour for The Anthropocene Reviewed and there will be a special guest each night! Tickets are available now, supported by independent bookstores across the USA! More info here: http://johngreenbooks.com/appearances.

Review the Book

First, get a copy of The Anthropocene Reviewed. You can, of course, put it on hold at our library.

Authors really appreciate reader’s reviews of their books – and it’s a huge part of gaining visibility and interest in their books. If you read The Anthropocene Reviewed, share a review on Goodreads, social media, or share it with the library and we’ll post it on our social media.

Is there another book you’ve loved this year? Show that author some appreciation and write a quick review and share it.

Review this Kit

We’d love to hear from you about what you thought of this kit, which has been created because of feedback we received to make more tween/teen/adult kits.

Please take a couple minutes to share your feedback with your Lincolnwood Public Library Youth and Teen Librarians and evaluate us on a 5-star scale. We will use this information to plan future Grab & Go Kits, just for you!

Fill out the form and you’ll be entered into a gift card raffle.

Here’s the link: www.tinyurl.com/LNK-KitFeedback

And finally, I give you 5 stars.

Amazon.com : Teacher Created Resources Gold Stars Foil Stickers (1276) :  Academic Awards And Incentives Supplies : Office Products

But wait, there’s more! Check out the incredible The Anthropocene Reviewed Map: a fan project from Ret and Jim, where you can Send in a photo of your copy of the book, write a review of your location, and see it on the map!

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month!

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May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month! You can learn more about the origins of this month designed to “celebrate and pay tribute to the contributions generations of Asian/Pacific Americans have made to American history, society and culture” here. To celebrate, our librarians curated lists of books by Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander creators for readers of all ages to enjoy all year long. Below, we have included photos of our staff picks displays, learning resources, virtual events to attend, and ways to take action to support our AAPI community.

Displays

You can stop by to browse our displays and/or click the titles below to put materials on hold at our library or other libraries in our system. The pictures below are just some of the books we’ve put on our displays. This is definitely not a definitive list of books or resources, but hopefully a good place to start reading, discussing, and sharing. We’d love to hear from you about the resources you find useful.

Picture Books

Picture Books pictured above from left to right:

Surfer of the Century: The Life of Duke Kahanamoku by Ellie Crowe, illustrated by Richard Waldrep

Like the Moon Loves the Sky by Hena Khan, illustrated by Saffa Khan

A Map into the World by Kao Kalia Yang, illustrated by Seo Kim

The Many Colors of Harpreet Singh By Supriya Kelkar, illustrated by Alea Marley

Watercress by Andrea Chang, illustrated by Jason Chin

Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and June Jo Lee, illustrated by Man One

Ohana Means Family by Ilima Loomis, illustrated by Kenard Pak

Drawn Together by Minh Lê, illustrated by Dan Santat

A Different Pond by Bao Phi, illustrated by Thi Bui

The Ocean Calls: A Haenyeo Mermaid Story by Tina Cho, illustrated by Jess X. Snow

Queen of Physics: How Wu Chien Shiung Helped Unlock the Secrets of the Atom by Teresa Robeson, Illustrated by Rebecca Huang

Sugar in Milk by Thrity Umrigar, illustrated by Khoa Le

Middle Grade/Chapter Books

Middle grade/chapter books pictured above from left to right:

Front Desk by Kelly Yang

All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team by Christina Soontornvat

The Best at It by Maulik Pancholy

A Wish in the Dark by Christina Soontornvat

Once Upon an Eid: Stories of Hope and Joy by 15 Muslim Voices, edited by S. K. Ali and Aisha Saeed, illustrated by Sara Alfageeh

A Thousand Questions by Saadia Faruqi

Stargazing by Jen Wang

Awesome Asian Americans: 20 Stars who made America Amazing by Philip Amara & Oliver Chin, illustrated by Juan Calle

The Land of Forgotten Girls by Erin Entrada Kelly

Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue Park

Finish the Fight!: The Brave and Revolutionary Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote by Veronica Chambers & the Staff of The New York Times

Game of Stars (Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond #2) by Sayantani DasGupta

Green Lantern: Legacy by Minh Lê, illustrated by Andie Tong

Dawn Raid by Pauline Vaeluaga Smith

Young Adult

Young adult books pictured above from left to right:

Finding My Voice by Marie Myung-Ok Lee

Flamer by Mike Curato

Come on In: 15 Stories about Immigration and Finding Home, edited by Adi Alsaid

Shine by Jessica Jung

Superman Smashes the Klan by Gene Luen Yang, illustrated by Gurihiru

Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay

Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

American Betiya by Anuradha D. Rajurkar

Almost American Girl: An Illustrated Memoir by Robin Ha

Ink Knows No Borders: Poems of the Immigrant and Refugee Experience, edited by Patrice Vecchione and Alyssa Raymond

Adult

Adult books pictured above from left to right:

The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir by Thi Bui

Oleander Girl: A Novel by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

The Making of Asian America: A History by Erika Lee

Chinatown Pretty by Andria Lo & Valerie Luu

Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls: A Memoir by T Kira Madden

Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

Iep jāltok: Poems from a Marshallese Daughter by Kathy Jetn̄il-Kijiner

Asian Americans PBS series (all episodes also available streaming online here)

In addition to our physical displays, you can access many of these titles, as well as films, documentaries, ebooks and audiobooks on Overdrive and Hoopla. Kanopy has also curated a selection of films and documentaries for Asian American and Pacific Islander month that you can access with your library card.

Virtual Events

There are incredible virtual events across the country that we can attend from our homes. I’ve selected a couple suggested events, but there are definitely many happening throughout this month and beyond.

Dakota County Library in Minnesota is hosting a variety of programs to uplift diverse Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) experiences and voice including:

*music and dance performances

*author talks with Paula Yoo, author of The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial that Galvanized the Asian American Movement, An Na, author of The Place Between Breaths, V.T. Bidania, author of the Astrid and Apollo series, and Kao Kalia Yang, author of Somewhere in the Unknown World

*a talk with historian and librarian Sarah Okner to learn about the intern​ment of more than 120,000 Japanese American adults and children during World War II

*conversation about Asian American Adoptees in Children’s Literature with award-winning poet, educator, and Korean adoptee Sun-Yung Shin along with library science professor and adoption scholar Dr. Sarah Park Dahlen, and so much more!

Register here.

Join the Asian Author Alliance for AAPI Book Month, “a month-long celebration of AAPI identities and cultures. AAPI authors and artists will come together for virtual panels and events throughout the month of May! Join us for discussions and celebrations of Asian and Pacific Islander identities and cultures!” Set reminders to attend their YouTube Panels, which you can always watch at your convenience.

We’re especially excited for the Diversity in YA 10 Year Anniversary Discussion (Instagram Live) with Malinda Lo and Cindy Pon on Friday, May 7 at 7pm CT.

“A decade ago, Cindy Pon and Malinda Lo launched Diversity in YA, a national book tour and website that celebrated diversity in young adult books. Today they look back on the ten-year anniversary of DiYA and talk about what’s changed and what hasn’t since 2011.”

Some of the best learning experiences we’ve had this year have been at Skokie Public Library’s Civic Lab. Civic Lab returns on Monday, May 10 from 7:30-8:30pm CT for a session on Asian American Activism.

“The term “Asian American” did not come into existence until the 1960s. Learn about the history of the term, its inclusion of Pacific Islanders, and the legacy of Asian American solidarity movements.” Register here.

Take Action

“Introduced by Sen. Villivalam and Rep. Gong-Gershowitz, the Teaching Equitable Asian American Community History (TEAACH) Act (HB 376) will paint a more complete picture of our shared history by adding Asian American history to the Illinois School Code.” According to the Asian American Caucus, “This bill would ensure Asian American students learn stories that reflect their experiences. Further, all students will have a better understanding of Asian American communities, experiences, and histories as part of our country.”

The bill has passed in the Illinois House of Representatives, and now goes to the Senate. You can email your Legislators to Co-Sponsor and vote to pass the TEAACH Act ((HB 376 and SB 648) here. You can learn more about the efforts to pass this bill here.

Support organizations like Stop AAPI Hate, Hate is a Virus, and Asian Americans Advancing Justice.

Participate in bystander intervention trainings and continued education.

Support providing Asian American Studies and Asian American Literature classes. Check out the Defining Safe podcast hosted by Yiming Fu with Albert Chan, a social studies teacher at Niles North High School & Niles West High School, about the process to create the Asian American studies class in D219.

What other ways are you taking action?

Learning Resources

Want to find even more excellent books? Check out the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, which is awarded by the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA).

Check out the Guide for Parents of Asian/Asian American Adolescents (William James College Center for Multicultural and Global Mental Health (CMGMH) Asian Mental Health Program, in collaboration with the Massachusetts General Hospital  (MGH) Center for Cross Cultural Student Emotional Wellness).

Dr. Sarah Park Dahlen has created an invaluable (and continually growing) collection of Asian American K-12 Resources.

You can watch all five episodes of PBS’s Asian Americans documentary series for free online.

“Asian Americans is a five-hour film series that delivers a bold, fresh perspective on a history that matters today, more than ever. As America becomes more diverse, and more divided, while facing unimaginable challenges, how do we move forward together? Told through intimate and personal lives, the series will cast a new lens on U.S. history and the ongoing role that Asian Americans have played in shaping the nation’s story.”

You can also access behind-the-scenes process interviews, educational resources and lesson plans, and an interactive gallery.

Embrace Race offers incredible webinars (with recordings available afterwards) for caregivers, educators and community members including the recent Violence Against Asian Americans: How Do We Support the Children?.

Attend the on-demand webinar from Learning for Justice about Teaching Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Spring Break Staycation Kit

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Our Youth & Teen librarians have created a special Staycation Kit which includes yarn, DIY Tic Tac Toe, DIY puzzle, a Take a Break with a Book list for the whole family, books, and more to help you spend time with family and create new, special memories together.  You can also request DVD and book bundles to help with your spring break entertainment.

Lincolnwood residents can sign up for a Staycation Kit (pictured above). Fill out this form to request a kit – while supplies last. One kit per family, please.

The Lincolnwood Public Library is brimming with resources to help our community celebrate traditions, create memories, learn new skills, express gratitude, and spend time with family. Here are a few ideas compiled by our librarians to help everyone enjoy time together!

Finger Knitting Kit 

Artists and crafters of all skill levels can find thousands of classes on CreativeBug. To access CreativeBug on our library’s website, go to Research & Learning, select Quick Links, then CreativeBug and log in with your library card. You can access the Finger Knitting class here. Use the yarn we’ve provided to make something fun! 

DIY Tic Tac Toe 

Cut two long strips and two shorter ones from your scrap fabric to use as the lines on your tic-tac-toe ‘board.’
Glue down strips of fabric in the shape of the # sign.
Decorate your game pieces with either the traditional ‘x’s and ‘o’s or something more creative.
You’ll need five of each design.
Introduce your child(ren) to the simple rules of the game and then you’re ready to play!
If you used a fabric bag as your ‘board,’ when you’re done playing, you can store the game pieces inside for easy clean-up.

Puzzle 

You can create special family time by working together to color your own puzzle in the style of your choice. Feel free to share pictures of your finished products with us!

Host a Movie Night

Use our Movie Night Guide to plan a memorable movie night at home. Check out our suggestions of movies that can be fun for the whole family to watch together.

Reading 

There’s nothing like a good book to enjoy inside while it’s cold outside – or to bring outside with you while spring begins. Our librarians have curated this Take a Break with a Book Booklist to offer suggestions for exploring places, experiences, and stories all from the comfort of home. This is just a list to get started. You can put these books on hold here. You can also always call or email our librarians to get personalized recommendations just for you or submit a Book Bundle request form at https://lincolnwoodlibrary.org/books-movies-more/what-do-i-read-next. We have included two FREE books you can read and keep.

Ty’s Travels: All Aboard! by Kelly Starling Lyons, Illustrated by Nina Mata

Ty’s Travels: All Aboard! is a fantastic read aloud for families – and a marvelous first independent read for beginning readers. Use the activity sheets in the Kit to continue sharing Ty’s world. You can access more resources here. Explore the power of imagination together by creating your own cardboard train and setting off on incredible adventures together. You can even upcycle the Staycation Kit box! 

Twelve Kinds of Ice by Ellen Bryan Obed, Illustrated by Barbara McClintock

This book is an enjoyable read aloud for all ages, capturing the joy of winter in its poetic prose. Work together to create a collaborative piece (ex: poem, comic, drawings) about twelve kinds of a natural feature, object, person or experience. Use this book as a mentor text to write or talk about a family memory of winter or spring. 

The library has many activities to explore on our YouTube channel and Facebook page, including storytimes, youth activities and crafts, author visits, program recordings, technology tutorials, book talks, and much more. There’s truly something for everybody!

Which activities are you excited to do over spring break? Feel free to share your suggestions with us!

Feedback

We are eager to get feedback from our community about our Grab & Go Kits. We rely on your input to help us develop future kits. Tell us what you and your kids think by competing our quick feedback form & you’ll be entered into a gift card raffle! You can access it at www.tinyurl.com/LNK-KitFeedback.

Lincolnwood Reads: Outside, Inside by LeUyen Pham

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Our youth librarians chose Outside, Inside by LeUyen Pham as our youth Lincolnwood Reads selection. Participate in Lincolnwood Reads on Beanstack by creating an account.

Our youth librarians chose Outside, Inside as our youth Lincolnwood Reads selection, recognizing as Kirkus noted, that this book is “a powerful ode to community [delivering] a timeless message of humility, perseverance, and hope.” With her signature gorgeous and affirming style that reflects her deep, empathetic understanding of young readers, LeUyen Pham uses the concepts of inside/outside to help offer support, care, and insight to both document this moment in time – and also show how caring for each other is timeless.

As a book about the past year, please note Outside, Inside does discuss and show loss related to COVID-19. It is a beautiful book that deals with hard things in a hopeful, compassionate way. We wanted to share some resources to help you take care of yourselves and express any feelings you’re feeling.

Watch our archived Lunch Break Storytime: Feelings. You can also download our Storytime Handout.

How To Recognize and Respond To Big Feelings (Sesame Street Communities)

How Big Is Your Scary Feeling? (Sesame Street Communities)

Our community also has a variety of mental heath resources available:

Turning Point Mental Health Services

JCFS Chicago Response for Teens

No Shame On U

Metropolitan Family Services

Outside, Inside Grab & Go Kit

Our Youth Librarians have created a special Grab & Go Kit to explore Outside, Inside by LeUyen Pham together and extend the literacy experience with a variety of reading, writing, crafting, and connecting activities. Several of the activities in the kit are Beanstack tasks you can complete, check off, and win prizes! We’d love to see what you create so feel free to share pictures or videos with us at youthservices@lincolnwoodlibrary.org. You can pick up a free Grab & Go Kit in our Great Green Box while supplies last. You can also use all of the ideas and resources available in this digital kit.

*Please note that several activities come from the activity guide created by Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group..

Read

Read Outside, Inside by LeUyen Pham. You can put a copy on hold at our library. You can share it by asking open-ended questions. This is a technique called ‘dialogic reading,’ and research shows that it helps children increase their reading comprehension and critical thinking skills. Some suggested questions: Where is the cat? What do you notice? What do you wonder? How does this spread make you feel?

Dial-A-Story

Call our Dial-a-Story line at 847-999-7600 to listen to a Read Aloud of Outside, Inside, read by Ms. Ann. This is a wonderful activity you can do as a family.

Join our Outside, Inside Book Discussion/Storytime

Attend our family book discussion/storytime on Wednesday, April 7 at 6–7pm CST! Register here. You can even share what you’ve created using this kit during our program! We will make the paper house together in the program.

Write a Thank You Note*

Every day nurses, doctors, grocery-store workers, post-office employees, teachers, and many others help make a world a better place. Write a thank you note to someone who has made a difference in your community. You can use the card, worksheet and envelope. Sesame Street Communities has resources to provide ways for everyone to say thank you. You can even create this Mail a Hug craft.

Interview Someone You Love*

Is there someone you miss seeing every day? Call them on the phone or set up a video call and interview them! You can use the worksheet for ideas for questions. You can even interview them for My Lincolnwood Story!

Shop Local

Support our local independent bookstore partner, Booked in Evanston, by purchasing a copy of our Lincolnwood Reads selections here. You can also email them at info@bookedevanston.com to request any of our readalike titles – or any book you desire! They are the best!!

Draw*

Draw a picture of your favorite thing to do outside.

Draw a picture of your favorite thing to do inside.

We have also included some activity pages from the readalike book, Why Are You So Quiet? by Jaclyn Desforges & illustrated by Risa Hugo.

Make a Memory Jar

Inspired by In a Jar by Deborah Marcero and Memory Jars by Vera Brosgol, create your own memory jar. A memory jar can be a time capsule of an hour, a day, an event, or an entire season/year. Use the scrapbook paper and your own art supplies to draw or write down words that remind you of moments or feelings you want to capture. You can even put little objects into the jar. This is an activity you can do with the whole family. You could even make the jar to share with a friend or family member.

Host a Dance Party

Host a family dance party with your favorite music and dance moves. We have created a fun playlist of music we love to help you get moving and get everyone at home involved in creating your epic playlist. You can use speakers or a computer for quality sound. You can even dim the lights and set up some string lights or color-changing led lights to make it fancy. We’ve provided a glow stick bracelet and connector to add to the fun, which are recommended for ages 3 years old and up.

Paper House

Make a paper house using the provided template from the Eric Carle Museum. Watch the tutorial video with LeUyen Pham to learn how to make the paper house. The project starts at around 16 minutes.

Speaking of the Carle Museum, check out ART in PLACE: Social Distancing in the Studio, “an exhibition featuring inspiring artworks created by more than 20 of today’s leading picture-book artists during the global pandemic. Each illustrator shares one artwork, a self-portrait taken in their studio, and a statement about their selection.”

Mentor Text

The pairing of opposites of outside/inside offer an opportunity to use this book as a powerful mentor text for writers of all ages. Use the format of Outside, Inside as a prompt for a creative writing response after reading this book.

Watch

Watch virtual author visits and storytimes with LeUyen Pham talking about creating Outside, Inside.

LeUyen Pham launch Event from An Unlikely Story Bookstore

We recommend attending OUTSIDE, INSIDE: Teaching, Learning, and Reflecting on Life During the Pandemic on Monday, March 15 at 5:30 CST. All author proceeds will benefit the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.

“Using Outside, Inside, rich conversation, and multimodal activities, author/illustrator LeUyen Pham and educator Kass Minor will help caregivers and educators develop a foundational landscape for engaging kids in authentic conversation and reflective practice grounded in and connected to the 2020-21/Global Pandemic teaching and learning experience. Kids, teachers, and caregivers have few opportunities to talk about how COVID-19 has shaped their lives, and many have become desensitized to its omnipresent force. LeUyen Pham’s newest book Outside, Inside offers a gentle touchstone for initiating and/or continuing these conversations.” This session is recorded so you can always register and watch it at your convenience.

Explore Readalikes

Check out readalike books that explore similar themes, such as community, kindness, family, creativity, various emotions, and resilience. Picture books are for everybody!

You can also pair Outside, Inside with other kinds of media such as poetry performances, art, comics, and film. Watch National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman read her poem, ‘The Miracle of Morning (presented in April 2020). You can access a performance video here.

We’d love to hear what you think about our Grab & Go Kit! Fill out our survey with your input and you’ll be entered into a prize raffle.

RESOURCES

A librarian always shares their sources 🙂 Here are some of the awesome learning resources we’ve found and used to create this Grab & Go Kit and Lincolnwood Reads programs:

KidLit These Days Podcast: Stay Safe

Strength as One (Librarian’s Quest)

Asian Lit for Kids Review

Sondra Eklund Review

In a Jar + Memory Jar Craft (This Picture Book Life)

Outside, Inside: The LeUyen Pham Interview and Trailer Reveal (Fuse #8)

LeUyen Pham: Evidence of love in a most difficult year (BookPage interview by Julie Danielson)

Teachers Books Reads Blog

Bookends Blog

‘Outside, Inside’ Is a Time Capsule That Helps Kids and Adults Reflect on Pandemic Life by Kara Newhouse (Mindshift)

Get Out the Vote 2021

Posted & filed under Blog, Youth & Teen.

For several years, Lincolnwood Public Library’s Junior Justice League, our community activism program for young people, has participated in Get Out the Vote projects to inspire our community to vote, which included posting signs and/or sending out postcards for the 2018 midterm elections, village, school and library elections, the 2020 spring primaries and the 2020 fall election.

Civic engagement and participation in our democracy is something we’re passionate about all the time! This spring our library will support our community in voting on April 6 for the 2021 consolidated elections for mayor, school board, library board, etc. Local elections often do not get as much attention as national or state elections – but they are incredibly important to every community.

Join Lincolnwood Library’s youth Junior Justice League, our virtual community activism program seeking to make a difference in our world while staying connected to our community, for our Get Out the Vote initiative to promote voting in the upcoming local elections. This program will take place on March 16 at 3:30pm CST on Zoom. This is a fantastic activity to do together as a family. You can register here

You can pick up a free Get Out the Vote Grab & Go Postcard Kit at the library on our Voting Displays and in our Great Green Box to participate in this activity on your own time, while supplies last. Our all-ages Get Out the Vote Postcard Kit (with art made by Kate) can offer a fun, engaging opportunity for families and friends to come together to talk about civic engagement and democracy, whether in person or virtually. You could even host your own postcard writing activity on Zoom! You can also use your own postcards. All you need are some basic art supplies. Middle school and high school friends, you can even get service hours for making and sending out postcards!

Get Out the Vote Postcards Directions

Using your own style, decorate the postcard and write a personal message to inspire others to vote, such as “Raise your Voice,” “Every Vote Matters,” “Make a Plan to Vote.” You can watch the video above for inspiration from our JJL kids!

Address the postcard on the right side of the postcard. You can attach a stamp or if you bring the postcard to the Youth & Teen Librarians, we can mail the postcard for you. Make sure to mail your postcards before the election. 

Treat yourself to a Voting sticker for a job well done.  

Make a plan with your family to vote this spring. Remember you can always register to vote by mail.

You can access our Get Out the Vote Postcard templates and directions here.

Voting Resources

Lincolnwood Library provides lots of resources about voting to help you find the information you need about registering, researching candidates, finding your polling place, and more.

You can check our Informed Voter page at https://lincolnwoodlibrary.org/vote.

School District 74 Candidate Videos

Niles Township Government Voter Information, which includes information about early voting, your polling place, vote by mail, the advisory referendum on the ballot, and lots more!

Check out our Voting display in the library & borrow some fantastic books to learn more about raising your voice for all ages. You can also easily put them on hold to get through curbside pick-up.

Magic by Randy Show and Teaching Program

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If you missed out on our Magic by Randy show and magic teaching program, you can visit his website. Here’s some highlights of what you missed in both programs!

Some magic cards Randy showed participants how to use in his magic teaching program
  1. In the teaching program Randy showed everyone how to use math in a magic trick that will get the same number every time
  2. How to make cards move in mysterious ways
  3. how to craft your own magic trick

in the performance, Randy

  1. moved objects and made objects move inside a glass (Without touching it)
  2. Pulled all sorts of objects from his mouth
  3. Did card tricks with the help of audience participation

You can also check out some of his videos from other performances on his website.

The library has other magic books for all ages and skill levels that you can check out to build upon Randy’s teaching program.

Mathemagic: Number Tricks – Lynda Colgan

Magic Tricks with Coins, Cards, and Everyday Objects by Jake Banfield

Simple Slight of Hand by Paul Zenon

OEB Magic Handbook: Paper Tricks by Jon Tremaine

Best Books of 2020

Posted & filed under Blog, Book Discussions, Youth & Teen.

We have several different lists and ways you can access some of our staff’s favorite picks of the year. Included are books for all ages, from infants to adults! Check it out and check back regularly for more recommendations.

On YouTube, we have regularly occurring book talks, including some that wrap up all of 2020 in books!

Here is a record set for some of the staff’s favorite Youth books that the library owns!

Our newsletter featured some of the staff’s favorite titles, which you can search below.

Rich – Youth and Teen Services

Almost American Girl by Robin Ha

Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster by Jonathan Auxier

Speechless by Adam P. Schmitt

Paula – Information Services

Magic Lessons by Alice Hoffman

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

Emily – Youth & Teen Services

The Living Dead by George A. Romero and Daniel Kraus

The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

Do Fish Sleep? by Jens Raschke, Jens Rassmus (Illustrations), Belinda Cooper (Translation)

Barbara Friedman – Information Services

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Afterlife by Julia Alvarez

Ask Again Yes by Mary Beth Keane

Brian – Information Services

Uncanny Valley by Anna Wiener

Star Wars: Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker

Kevin – Youth and Teen Services

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo 

We Unleash The Merciless Storm by Tehlor Mejia 

The New One by Mike Birbiglia and Jen Stein 

Author Visit with Next Wave Muslim Initiative writers, Sasa and Fatima

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We are SO excited and honored to welcome Next Wave Muslim Initiative writers and contributors of I Am the Night Sky & Other Reflections by Muslim American Youth anthology, Salihah “Sasa” Aakil & Fatima Rafie, to our virtual library on Tuesday, February 2nd at 6pm CST!

Sasa and Fatima will present and discuss their important works. Attendees will gain insights from these incredible young creators about their creative process to make the anthology, offering learning opportunities for young people who are interested in expressing themselves. Attendees will ALSO be entered into a raffle to win a free copy of I Am the Night Sky. You can also purchase copies from Shout Mouse Press.

Are you curious about how young people (just like you!) wrote and published a book?

Are you passionate about the power of stories to help young people “show their true selves, to build connection, and to create more inclusive and welcoming communities for all”? 

Are you interested in telling your own story? 

Then, this is THE program for you! Please register here to join our live Zoom with your email. You don’t have to read the book beforehand to enjoy our authors’ presentation; we hope it will inspire you to check it out or get your own copy. All are welcome to join us!

UPDATE: You can NOW watch the recording of our program on our YouTube Channel below.

Curious to know more about their book?

I Am the Night Sky & Other Reflections by Muslim American Youth is an essential addition to your home, classroom, and library collections! It received a Starred review in Kirkus and was named a Best Book of 2019. It is highly recommended from the Rich in Color blog. It was included on the 2020 Rise: A Feminist Book Project List for Ages 0-18. It was also on the In the Margins Book Awards Recommended Non-fiction list.

We have created a special Grab & Go Kit to accompany our upcoming virtual author visit that you can pick up from our Great Green Box! We have collected excellent resources to help celebrate and enjoy this visit! 

Write

We’ve provided you with a writer’s notebook to help you express yourself. Use it to respond to any of the Shout In Place Prompts, which was Shout Mouse Press’s initiative this past spring “to collect stories from young people during the pandemic and help young people process and capture their unique experience of this historic time.” We have included a couple examples in the kit. You can see all the prompts here, which also includes young authors’ writing, art, and reflections. You can also submit your own response or share them with us. You can also use the I Am the Night Sky Writing Prompts developed by Kathy Crutcher, Shout Mouse Story Coach to inspire you.

Watch

Get inspired to write by watching the powerful compilation video of Shout Mouse Press authors’ responses to the “Who Am I?” #ShoutInPlace prompt!

Try the Shout in Place prompt from Week 18: The #WhoAmIChallenge. Being as creative as possible, you are challenged to describe who you are. Using the #WhoAmIChallenge Template as your script, answer the question Who Am I? 5 times. Make sure to add details that show us how unique you are.

Create

Fatima Rafie created an incredible series of collages for this anthology. Using the collage materials provided, as well as your own craft supplies, magazines, or upcycled books, create a collage that explores the theme of identity. You can even use the I Am the Night Sky Writing Prompts to help inspire your art. We have also included some pictures of Fatima Rafie’s artwork to serve as mentor texts to help you get started. Feel free to share what you create with us!

Read 

Read and reflect on Salihah “Sasa” Aakil’s piece, “I am the Night Sky,” which became the title of the anthology. As Sasa writes in the introduction:

“In the end, the title we chose came from a piece in this collection, a line that speaks to the power we all felt while writing. The power to declare who we are. To reframe and reclaim. To tell our own stories, when all you’d heard was theirs.

We know who we are. We are intelligent, athletic and energetic, funny and strange, young and alive, writers and artists. We are boundless. We do not fit in anyone’s box. We are the night sky, and we wrote these stories, reflections, and reminders so that you can know us for us. Not for what they declared us to be…

This collection, like us, contains multitudes… We wrote our truths here, all in the hopes that you will remember us for who we are. We are. And we are here.”

The entire anthology is an incredible work of art! You definitely will want to check it out from the library and get your own copy, too!

We have included some amazing articles to learn more! 

“Book Launch: I Am the Night Sky” by Salihah Aakil (7/26/19)

“All the Ways I Learned to Become the Night Sky as a Muslim Teen” by Salihah Aakil (5/4/20)

“This D.C. press helps diverse young writers express themselves ‘from a place of power’” by Avery J.C. Kleinman (10/17/20)

Meet the Bright Muslim Writers and Artists Giving Life to the American Muslim Experience by Nadamousa 

You can check out Salihah Aakil’s official bio.

You can check out Fatima Rafie’s official bio.

Learn more about the Next Wave Muslim Initiative.

Learn more about Shout Mouse Press.

You can learn more about Shout Mouse Press in the videos below: