For the month of February, I encourage you to focus on the lesser known individuals that have made a difference in history. While Martin Luther King, Jr and Rosa Parks are valuable individuals to study, there are hundreds of others that have contributed to our history. We have Black History Month books showcased in the library, including biographies of African Americans, along with the works of African American authors and illustrators. Please stop by and select a title. In addition to the links below Netrekker, BrainPop and Discovery Education have an abundance information and resources. One of my favorites is MopTop Shop, a site with African American scientists just for kids! Happy reading and learning!
Tuesday, January 26, 7 pm - NICK BRUEL (signing line ticket event)
Join us on Tuesday, January 26, at 7 pm as the always hilarious Nick Bruel returns to Quail Ridge Books with a new chapter book, Bad Kitty Goes to the Vet (Roaring Brook $13.99). Ages 7+. Receive a signing line ticket for the after-program signing line with the QRB purchase of Bad Kitty Goes to the Vet.
Our students will know Ms Weatherford because we use her book Freedom on the Menu in the media center to study the history of race relations in the US and NC. She will be at Quail Ridge Books to present her new book, Freedom in Congo Square, on Wednesday, Jan 13, at 5 p.m. This vibrantly-illustrated picture book introduces us to New Orleans' Congo Square, the one place slaves could gather and find some measure of freedom to sing and dance and maintain cultural traditions. With its colorful images and simple rhyme, Freedom nimbly and accurately conveys the lives of slaves to young children. For ages 4+.
I loved this book! A 4th grader who's reading it now loves it too!
Tuesday, December 15, 7 pm - CASSIE BEASLEY at Quail Ridge Books
It's one of our favorite books of the year. Cassie Beasley visits on Tuesday, December 15, at 7 pm for Circus Mirandus. As with all great children's fantasies, much more is at stake than what first appears. Rosemary says, To read Circus Mirandus is to hold starlight and birdsong in your hands. Micah's quest to save his grandfather is the platform for a tale of belief and miracles, of incredible selflessness and extraordinary generosity. Beasley creates a mystical oasis within our world. Magic can be found in the simplest object if you know how to look, but the greatest magic is finding a true friend. I adored this book. Beasley creates a mystical oasis within our world. Ages 9+. We will not be surprised if Circus is a big award winner in the winter.
This year marks milestones for two middle-grade novels by award-winning author Eleanora E. Tate. Thank You, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.! turned 25. Just an Overnight Guestturned 35. To salute these anniversaries and her important contributions to children's literature, Wake County Public Libraries and the NC Museum of History are hosting several programs in her honor, with Ms. Tate speaking at each event. Conn's Media Center has books for check out. Quail Ridge Books will provide books for sale at the library events, and you can also find her books in stock in QRB children's department. There's more information about the events here.
Richard B. Harrison Public Library's (1313 New Bern Ave, Raleigh, 27610) fall programming is in full swing. They offer something for all ages: Reading Buddies for those PreK-5 grade students who want a little practice reading with a volunteer teenager and a full September calendar plus services for the adults in the family! Check them out today!
Tuesday, September 8, 6:00 pm
JUDY SCHACHNER, Dewey Bob
From the creator of the beloved Skippyjon Jones, a new picture book starring a sweet raccoon character in an endearing tale of unexpected friendship.
For ages 3-8
Friday, September 11, 7:00 pm
INGRID LAW, Switch (Savvy series #3)
For generations, the Beaumont family has harbored a magical secret. They each possess a "savvy"a special supernatural power that strikes when they turn thirteen. In this second sequel to the Newbery Honor winning Savvy, the families unusual abilities turn inside out. Steep learning curves and near catastrophes ensue.
For ages 8-12
Tuesday, September 15, 7:00 pm
Author and illustrator of the Dragonbreath series, URSULA VERNON, Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible
Move over Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. There's a new, feisty princess in town. Her noble steed is a quail. Hey, she's a hamster.
For ages 8+
Tuesday, September 22, 7:00 pm
KEVIN HENKES, Waiting. Henkes is a Newbery Honor-winning author and Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator.
An owl, puppy, bear, bunny, and pig wait for marvelous things to happen. What are you waiting for?
A new picture book by the author of Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, Owen and Kitten's First Full Moon.
For ages 4-8
Thursday, September 24, 5:00 pm
Bestselling author of the Fancy Nancy picture books as well as chapter books,
JANE O'CONNOR, Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy, Soccer Mania.
The sixth Nancy Clancy chapter book has plenty of humor and sports action, written expressly for kids like Nancy who aren't the star of their team.
For ages 6+
Saturday, September 26, 2:00 pm
JOAN HOLUB, The Knights Before Christmas
This picture book parody of the classic Twas the Night Before Christmas is sure to set kids giggling. Who's the strange 'invader', dressed in red and white? What are three brave knights going to do?
For ages 5+
Wednesday, September 30, 7:00 pm
GENE LUEN YANG, Secret Coders
For ages 8+, a wildly entertaining new series that combines logic puzzles and basic coding instruction with a page-turning mystery plot!
From the award-winning creator of the graphic novel American Born Chinese, and high school computer programming teacher.
Award winning author/illustrator Don Tate will be at Richard B. Harrison Library on Monday, August 31st at 6:30. This is an impromptu visit as he is presenting at UNC on Tuesday. Books will be available for purchase and I believe he will be autographing them as well. Don't miss this fabulous opportunity!
Some of our library's most popular authors are coming to Raleigh. Mark your calendars!!
Dragonbreath author Ursula Vernon on Sept. 15 @ 7 p.m. at Quail Ridge Books. She's launching a new series, Hamster Princess Harriett the Invincible!
Artemis Fowl author Eoin Colfer and illustrator Oliver Jeffers (The Day the Crayons Quit) bring their new book Imaginary Fred to Quail Ridge Books on Oct.2 @ 6 p.m. You don't want to miss it!
Yesterday a couple came into the media center with a wonderful gift...4 boxes of gently used books! Thank you to the United Methodist Women of Trinity UMC for their generous donation. Their goal is to provide books for students who need them at home for summer reading. The kids will be soooooo excited!
In addition to reading, I love to play competitive tennis; hike & camp in the mountains; garden and create outdoor art; walk Mocha, my chocolate lab; visit my son in NYC; and learn new things!