Hold Tight, Don’t Let Go by Laura Rose Wagner
publication date: 2015
The prologue, which was probably the most powerfully-written passage in the book, introduced us to Magdalie Jean-Baptiste, and her sister Nadine, just as their lives were torn apart by the earthquake:
Do you want to make a difference in Kansas City?
This summer, the Kansas City Public Library is looking for ten teenagers to form our first ever Teen Leadership Council! These PAID positions will help the library organize and staff some of the biggest teen programs happening in Kansas City this summer, including:
- The Summer Reading Kick-off Celebration, May 23rd
- The Harry Potter House Cup Award Ceremony, May 30th
- The Largest Super Smash Bros Tournament in the World, June 6th
Poetry does not need to be lofty. It does not need to be revolutionary. It does not need to rhyme or follow a particular form. It can do all of these things, but it doesn’t have to. When we celebrate National Poetry Month every April, sometimes we forget that it is for all ages. That’s right; even tiny babies can enjoy poems.
The poems in The Silver Moon: Lullabies and Cradle Songs by Jack Perlutsky and illustrated by Jui Ishida are song lyrics. There is sheet music in the back of the book for four songs and you can download the musical notation for the rest at Jack Prelutsky's website.
What do you believe in? What do you stand for? Sometimes, unfairness in the world can make you feel like you are going to explode. At the same time, you can feel helpless. Absolutely powerless. But you aren’t. Your words can awaken. They can embolden. They can ignite.
According to the National Association of Social Workers‘ website: “Social justice is the view that everyone deserves equal economic, political and social rights and opportunities.” We have a book called Indivisible: Poems for Social Justice edited by Gail Bush and Randy Myer with 54 poems by 49 different people. These poets range from Abraham Lincoln to Maya Angelou to Dorothy Parker to Tupac Shakur. The poems touch on such different topics as physical handicaps, immigration, and race-- among others.
Some grievances eat at you. Write down what you think. Then, cut away everything that isn’t necessary. Give us the raw essence; we will get what you mean. You will make us care.
The Kansas City Public Library has received a $100,000 grant to help launch a new, two-year program aimed at improving financial literacy.
Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free: Laws for the Internet Age by Cory Doctorow is, as one would expect, an incisive and lively exploration of the issues surrounding copyright and enforcement in the Internet Age.
Kids are amazing! They all bring something unique and interesting to the world. We wouldn't be able to see things the way that we do without the perspective that they provide.
Unfortunately, children may not know how great they are. Sometimes we forget the importance of telling them the fantastic ways that they improve our lives. Luckily, Camp Fire has made a day to remind us to declare how much we appreciate them.
Absolutely Incredible Kid Day is on Thursday, March 19th this year. At any of the Kansas City Public Libraries, you can pick up forms to write letters to them. You can express how lucky you are to know such wonderful young people. It will mean a bunch to the kids you admire
To find out more, you can "like" Camp Fire's Facebook page. Just by clicking "like" any time during March 2015 up to the 19th, you will be entered to win two Southwest Airlines tickets. You can also follow the campaign on twitter at #AIKD.
Thank you for letting these incredible kids know how special they are to you. It means a great deal to them. We support your active connection to these kids and their lives.