Issue 2016 – 14
Summer Reading Program
The accompanying photo shows Rudy Jackson, accompanied by his mother, Tessa Jackson, receiving the book Rory the Dinosaur Wants a Pet from Downieville Librarian Peggy Daigle, upon his completion of the library’s Summer Reading Program, “Book a Trip Around the World”.
Rudy, with help from his mom and dad, read 70 books to achieve the goal. Among those books were Inside, Outside, Upside Down, What Is a Dinosaur, The Alligator Song, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Clifford’s Puppy Days, How to Catch an Elephant, and Harold and the Purple Crayon. The library congratulates Rudy on his achievement, and hopes that he keeps on reading and loving books. He is a wonderful example for the children of the community.
The Book Share & Review Group met at the Downieville Library on Tuesday, October 25. Here are the books that were shared:
When Clay Sings, by Byrd Baylor (illustrated by Tom Bahti): the recipient of a Caldecott Honor, this children’s book explores Native American pottery and symbols from the United States’ Desert Southwest. The original designs used throughout the book all derived from the prehistoric pottery of the Anasazi, Hohokam, Mibres, and Mogollon cultures. (Not currently in the Downieville Library.)
An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz: this non-fiction book is a part of the ReVisioning American History Series. In the introduction, the author, who is part Cherokee, states, “The history of the United States is a history of settler colonialism — the founding of a state based on the ideology of white supremacy, the widespread practice of African slavery, and a policy of genocide and land theft”. She then goes on to prove the truth of that assertion in a well-documented discussion of how this nation’s history — and, indeed, its present — has been an ongoing attempt to dispossess and exterminate the people’s and civilization who were already here when Europeans happened upon their shores. (Not currently in the Downieville Library.)
Raven’s Cry, by Christie Harris: a work of fiction, the book is based on the actual lives of leaders and members of the Haida First Nations culture of Haida Gwaii (the Queen Charlotte Islands) off the coast of northern British Columbia. The book tells the story of how the Haida people and their culture were pushed to the edge of extinction, through the story of the Eagle chief Albert Edward Edenshaw and successive chiefs. Beautifully illustrated by Haida artist, Bill Reid, the book recreates this tale of historic tragedy, and the ultimate survival of native spirit, with dignity, beauty, and ethnographic accuracy. (On the shelf at the Downieville Library.)
Raven: A Trickster Tale from the Pacific Northwest, by Gerald McDermott: the author (who is also the illustrator) has written other trickster tales books, including Jabuti the Tortoise: A Trickster Tale from the Amazon, Zomo the Rabbit: A Trickster Tale from West Africa, and Coyote: A Trickster Tale from the American Southwest. In this book, which was the recipient of a Caldecott Honor, he re-tells the myth of how Raven brought light to the people when all the world was in darkness. (Not currently in the Downieville Library.)
The next gathering of the Book Share & Review Group will be on Tuesday, December 20, 1:00 PM at the library. This gathering is a week earlier than usual, due to the Christmas season.