"Perhaps we can yet prove worthy successors to the men and women, black and white, who gave their lives [in the Civil War] that this country should be unified, truly unified, and that all Americans should be free."
John Hope Franklin
The Lawrence Memorial Library is one of 4,000 libraries selected to receive the We the People "A More Perfect Union" Bookshelf. This is the fifth year in a row that we have given this award!
NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities) is grateful to the United States Congress for its strong support of this program, and they are alerting the Senators and member of United States House of Representatives that the Lawrence Memorial Library has received this award.
Since it was so successful this past year during the past years, Michele Romence (the school's librarian) plans to implement another reading program during the lunch hour in the library. The dates will be:
Thursday, December 16: Lincoln Shot: A President's Life Remembered by Barry Denenberg
Thursday, January 20: Tico and the Golden Wings by Leo Lionni
Thursday, February 17: Eagle Song by Joseph Bruchac
Thursday, March 17:When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson by Pam Munoz Ryan
Thursday May 19: Darby by Jonathon Scott Fuqua
"I am very proud that our students have yet another opportunity to be a part of this wonderful reading program," said Principal Kathi Lee.
The Bookshelf - a collection of seventeen classic hardcover books for young readers - is related to the theme "A More Perfect Union." The Bookshelf also includes three bonus items: the complete DVD edition of The Civil War: A Film by Ken Burns, including performance rights; the companion book to The Civil War series, and Declaring Independence: The Origin and Influence of America's Founding Document; as well as bookplates, bookmarks, and posters.
Books selected for "A More Perfect Union" Bookshelf are:
Kindergarten to Grade 3
* Tico and the Golden Wings by Leo Lionni
* A More Perfect Union: The Story of Our Constitution by Betsy and Giulio Maestro
* Una union mas perfecta: la historia de nuestra constitucion by Betsy and Giulio Maestro (translated by Aida E. Marcuse)
* When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson by Pam Munoz Ryan
Grades 4 to 6
* Cesar Si, se puede! by Carmet T. Bernier-Grand (Spanish edition)
* Cesar Si, Se Puede! / Yes, We Can! By Carmen T. Bernier-Grand
* Eagle Song by Joseph Bruchac
* The Great Little Madison by Jean Fritz
* Darby by Jonathon Scott Fuqua
Grades 7 to 8
* Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
* Warriors Don't Cry by Melba Beals
* Lincoln Shot: A President's Life Remembered by Barry Denenberg
* Hitch by Jeanette Ingold
Grades 9 to 12
* The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. DuBois
* American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic by Joseph Ellis
* Lincoln in His Own Words by Milton Meltzer
* Carver: A Life in Poems by Marilyn Nelson
* Twelve Angry Men by Reginald Rose
* Angeles asesinos by Michael Shaara (translated by Manuel de los Reyes)
* Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
* The Civil War: A Film by Ken Burns
* The Civil War: An Illustrated History by Geoffrey Ward, Ric Burns, Ken Burns
* Declaring Independence: The Origin and Influence of America's Founding Document edited by Christian Y. Dupont