South Kingstown Public Library Teens

7th-9th Grade Book Group

The 7th-9th Grade Book Group will be meeting Thursday, March 4th from 3:30-4:15 p.m. to discuss Down the Rabbit Hole by Peter Abrahams. Snacks will be served and new members are always welcome. Books are available in advance at the Peace Dale Library. Stop in or call the library at 789-1555 for more information.

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Percy Jackson Monopoly

Students in grades 5 and up are invited to join us on February 18th from 2:30-4:30 p.m. for Live Action Percy Jackson Monopoly. Play the classic board game with a new twist…you are the token traveling on a room sized board and instead of buying Boardwalk you can buy Mount Olympus!

Registration is required for this event! Call 789-1555 for more information or to register!

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Book Buddies Volunteer Program

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Need Volunteer Hours? Like Kids and Books? Join the Book Buddies!

Sign ups have begun for the fall session of the Book Buddies at the Peace Dale Public Library. Beginning on February 5th at 4 p.m., the program will run consecutive Fridays through March 12th. This is a great way for students in grades 6 and up to earn community service hours.

Each week Teen Readers in grades 6 and up will meet with 3-8 year old Little Book Buddies. One on one reading is ideal, but no more than 2 Little Buddies will be assigned to a teen reader. The first 30 minutes are dedicated to reading, book selection or coloring will follow if so desired.

This is a joint program supervised by the Teen Librarian and the Children’s Librarian. Registration and a six week commitment to the program is required; register by stopping in or calling the library at 789-1555.

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New Finds & Hidden Treasures

New Finds & Hidden Treasures is our new weekly book spotlight! Every Monday we’ll let you know about one of our great books from the new section as well as a related hidden treasure that you may have missed the first time around.

Check out this week’s titles, which celebrate February’s Black History Month:

New Find…
Riot by Walter Dean Myers

During a long hot July in 1863, the worst race riots the United States has ever seen erupt in New York City. Earlier that year, desperate for more Union soldiers, President Abraham Lincoln instituted a draft–a draft that would allow the wealthy to escape serving in the army by paying a $300 waiver, more than a year’s income for the recent immigrant Irish. And on July 11, as the first drawing takes place in Lower Manhattan, the city of New York explodes in rage and fire. Stores are looted; buildings, including the Colored Foundling Home, are burned down; and black Americans are attacked, beaten, and murdered. The police cannot hold out against the rioters, and finally, battle-hardened soldiers are ordered back from the fields of Gettysburg to put down the insurrection, which they do–brutally.

Fifteen-year-old Claire, the beloved daughter of a black father and Irish mother, finds herself torn between the two warring sides. Faced with the breakdown of the city–the home–she has loved, Claire must discover the strength and resilience to address the new world in which she finds herself, and to begin the hard journey of remaking herself and her identity.

And a Hidden Treasure…
Copper Sun by Sharon Draper

Amari’s life was once perfect. Engaged to the handsomest man in her tribe, adored by her family, and living in a beautiful village, she could not have imagined everything could be taken away from her in an instant. But when slave traders invade her village and brutally murder her entire family, Amari finds herself dragged away to a slave ship headed to the Carolinas, where she is bought by a plantation owner and given to his son as a birthday present.

Survival seems all that Amari can hope for. But then an act of unimaginable cruelty provides her with an opportunity to escape, and with an indentured servant named Polly she flees to Fort Mose, Florida, in search of sanctuary at the Spanish colony. Can the illusive dream of freedom sustain Amari and Polly on their arduous journey, fraught with hardship and danger?

Other titles you may like:

  • Day of Tears by Julius Lester
  • Chains: Seeds of America by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Flygirl by Sherri Smith
  • Glory Field by Walter Dean Myers

Sound good? Check the library catalog for availability. And don’t forget to check back for all new suggestions next Monday!

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