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Take Pride In The U.S.A.

Parents and teachers, can help children develop a sense of pride and patriotism for America by sharing books.

The Pledge of Allegiance. Francis Bellamy

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History Lessons

Brush up on your American history before the Fourth of July by reading America: The Story of Us written by Kevin Baker for the History channel. The book is a comprehensive look at our shared history and is told through short essays, eye-catching graphics, vivid pictures, and charted statistics.

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Biographies in Bite Size

American SketchesIf you’re a biography reader, you’ve probably read something from Walter Isaacson.  This summer while you’re sitting in the sun or passing the long afternoons away, read his bite-size biographies in American Sketches: Great Leaders, Creative Thinkers, and Heroes of a Hurricane.

 

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Poetry of America

Last month was National Poetry Month, so why am I writing this blog in May?  If you had a chance to visit the Atascocita Branch you may have noticed my display of poetry books in the children's area. I am happy to report that many children and adults checked these items out. Even though April is over and gone, I am hopeful that you will continue to explore books in this area of the library.

We the People Bookshelf

La Porte is one of several branches to receive a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in cooperation with the American Library Association. Look for our display of a collection of 17 books on the “Picturing America” theme. These books are designed to encourage people of all ages to read great literature while exploring themes in American history. 

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Photo Books

The AmericansMy head always turns when I see a photography book sitting face out on a shelf. It’s probably a throwback from when I was little and only liked books with pictures. But now I can appreciate “picture books” with more grown-up themes. The latest one I’ve come across is a re-issue of The Americans by Robert Frank with black-and-white pictures from the 1950s. The faces of the people and the moments Frank captured are sometimes comical, sometimes haunting. Most of all they give you a picture of who we Americans were not so long ago.

 

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