Music, Construction, Art Beetles, and Girl Power!

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We hope you’ve been enjoying the Summer Reading Program, Reading by Design! We certainly have been. Our Youth librarians have been reading loads of books related to that theme: from the design of writing to how to code to how to DIY a fashion shoot. Come on in and see all of the design books we have for you – on display and on our regular shelves – and, while you’re at it, get a few hole punches on your challenge card!

Silent Music: A Story of Baghdad by James Rumford, tells the story of Ali, a young boy growing up in Baghdad. Ali is learning calligraphy and how to write in Arabic. As he brings writing into everyday activities such as soccer and watching his father shave, he learns about Yakut, an ancient calligrapher who also learned to write during a time of war. With illustrations that incorporate calligraphy into every single page in unique ways, this story illustrates the beautiful musical rhythm of language and writing.

Cathedral: the Story of Its Construction by David Macaulay, is an early 1970s Caldecott Award winning classic that tells the story of the construction of a Gothic cathedral. From tools to blueprints and more, this beautifully illustrated book acts as a stunning introduction to architecture and design for children. If you can’t get enough of this gorgeous book, make sure you look at Macaulay’s other works.

In the book Masterpiece by Elise Broach, you’ll meet a beetle that can draw? James has one living under his kitchen sink! Marvin the beetle has left a miniature drawing for James in the book . But when they accidentally end up involved in an art heist, these unlikely friends are going to need to team up to solve the mystery!

If you need a good book about girl power that will inspire you to try some new technology, then Girl Code, Gaming, Going Viral, and Getting It Done by Andrea Gonzales and Sophie Houser, is the book you’re looking for. These tech phenoms created a game that went viral overnight and are sharing their knowledge with readers! Affect your world and the world around you with the help of these two awesome girls and learn how you can inspire change.

We hope you stop by to visit the library and grab a book from one of our design themed displays (good for a couple of hole punches on your challenge card for sure) – and be sure to tell us what books you’re loving this summer.