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We the People Grant - Becoming American

The Bookshelf | Young Adult Mother/Daughter Book Discussion Group | Book Exhibit
Bookmark Contest Winners |
Bookmark Contest Award Ceremony

The Henry Waldinger Memorial Library was awarded a 2006/2007 "We the People Bookshelf Grant - Becoming American" from the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Activities for this grant included a Young Adult Mother/Daughter book discussion program, an exhibit of the "Becoming American" titles, a bookmark contest for elementary school students, and finally, an awards ceremony for the bookmark contest winners.

We the People Logo

The We the People Bookshelf is a program that encourages young people to read classic books and explore themes in American history, culture, and ideas. This year's theme was "Becoming American."

"The We the People Bookshelf reveals the many and varied influences that have shaped our nation's history and culture. These classics also provide another powerful lesson: that there are traits and values shared by all those who, by birth or choice, become American."
                                                         -   NEH Chairman Bruce Cole

The Bookshelf

Books selected for the "Becoming American" Bookshelf were:

Kindergarten to Grade 3
The Lotus Seed by Sherry Garland
Watch the Stars Come Out by Riki Levinson
Grandfather's Journey by Allen Say

Grades 4 to 6
Immigrant Kids by Russell Freedman
The People Could Fly: The Picture Book by Virginia Hamilton
Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Bette Bao Lord

Grades 7 to 8
Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith
The Glory Field by Walter Dean Myers
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Dragonwings by Laurence Yep

Grades 9 to 12
Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
Barrio Boy by Ernesto Galarza
Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin , edited by Louis P. Masur
Giants in the Earth: A Saga of the Prairie by Ole Edvart Rølvaag

NEH selected these books, in consultation with members of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), divisions of ALA.

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Young Adult Mother/Daughter Book Discussion Group

The Henry Waldinger Memorial Library's Young Adult Mother/Daughter Book Discussion Group read and discussed In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson, by Bette Bao Lord, on Tuesday, September 19, 2006.


Book Cover for In the Year of the Boar

Shirley Temple Wong sails from China to America with a heart full of dreams.Her new home is Brooklyn, New York. America is indeed a land full of wonders, but Shirley doesn't know any English, so it's hard to make friends. Then a miracle-baseball-happens. It is 1947, and Jackie Robinson, star of the Brooklyn Dodgers, is everyone's hero. Jackie Robinson is proving that a black man, the grandson of a slave, can make a difference in America and for Shirley as well, on the ball field and off, America becomes the land of opportunity.       - Amazon.com

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Book Exhibit

The Henry Waldinger Memorial Library displayed the titles in the "Becoming American" Bookshelf in the Adult Room showcases in December 2006. "We the People" bookmarks were also distributed to patrons.

Becoming American Display
 
Becoming American Display

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Bookmark Contest Winners

During December 2006 and January 2007, the Henry Waldinger Memorial Library sponsored a Bookmark Contest for elementary students in the community. Over 165 entries were submitted from five different elementary schools, and winners were selected for Grades K-2, Grades 3-4, and Grades 5-6.

Grades K - 2
Bookmark - K-2 - 1st Place
 
Bookmark - K-2 - 2nd Place
 
Bookmark - K-2 - 3rd Place
1st Place
Michael Almonte
William L. Buck School

2nd Place
Jamie Dominique
William L. Buck School

3rd Place
Joey Vasquez
William L. Buck School

         
Grades 3 - 4
Bookmark - 3-4 - 1st Place
 
Bookmark - 3-4 - 2nd Place
 
Bookmark - 3-4 - 3rd Place
1st Place
Patrick McGreevy
James A. Dever School

2nd Place
Kimberly Jelich
James A. Dever School

3rd Place
Nanami Ellis
James A. Dever School
         
Grades 5 - 6
Bookmark - 5-6 - 1st Place
 
Bookmark - 5-6 - 2nd Place

2nd Place
Kristen Montana
James A. Dever School

 
Bookmark - 5-6 - 3rd Place

1st Place
Jennifer Zhang
James A. Dever School

3rd Place
Karissa Ferraiolo
James A. Dever School

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Bookmark Contest Award Ceremony

On Monday, January 29, 2007, the Henry Waldinger Memorial Library held an Award Ceremony to honor the winners of the Bookmark Contest. Mayor Edward Cahill presented award certificates and prizes to the talented student artists.

Photo from Award Ceremony
 
Photo from Award Ceremony
 
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Photo from Award Ceremony
Photo from Award Ceremony

Contact Ms. Eng at hwmlcontact@hotmail.com if you wish the JPEG of the full-size version of any photo sent to your e-mail address.

Additional information and current programs of the We the People Bookshelf are available at http://www.ala.org/ala/ppo/currentprograms/wethepeople/wepeople.htm.

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©2005 Henry Waldinger Memorial Library - Revised 12/31/2007