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    As we wrap up this challenging and unprecedented school year, we look forward to summer and more time to enjoy the outdoors and a good book. Below are some summer reading resources. More specifics and details are outlined in the library Schoology page. This summer, I'm challenging families to take on my anti-racist summer reading challenge. I have included picture books, early chapter books, middle grade, young adult and adult titles. Students that read 5 or more books (at their level) can earn a small prize in the fall. 

    Don't forget about other reading resources that are available to you over the summer, including, Hoopla, Libby and our own ebook collection at Cascadia! In July, there will be several new ebooks added to the Cascadia Catalog. In schoology, there is a Summer "Reading 2020" folder. Inside, you will find instructional videos and details about how to access these free book sources. Students and families will have access to all the resources in Schoology through August 8th. 

    Last, and certainly not least, I wish you all a restful summer. I have missed seeing the students in person and I applaud you for all the support you have given your children during distance learning. See you next fall!

    Posted by msbodmer  On Jun 18, 2020 at 10:19 AM

    Juneteenth, a blend of the words "June" and "nineteenth," marks the day June 19, 1865, when enslaved African Americans in Texas found out that they were free. It took this news two years, six months, and nineteen days after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation to reach the enslaved African Americans of Texas. Learning of their freedom, the now free African Americans set out to find family members, follow their dreams, and fight for equal rights, a struggle that continues to this day.

    Today, African Americans around the country celebrate Juneteenth. At the heart of it, Juneteenth is a celebration that features, “the sights and sounds of blackness: People enjoying art, music and food that connect them to a shared ancestry and history. They celebrate being their authentic selves. They celebrate freedom in both solemn and festive ceremonies including parades, picnics, music, speeches, crafts, and dances.

    Below are some great resources and read-alouds that you can access and discuss with your children.

    Online Read Alouds:
    All Different Now: Juneteenth, The First Day of Freedomby Angela Johnson & E. B. Lewis - Find on Libby
    Juneteenth for Mazieby Floyd Cooper - Find on Libby!
    Juneteenth Jamboree by Carole Boston Weatherford
    Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold
    YA chapter book: Come Juneteenth by Ann Rinaldi – Find this book on Libby!

    Learn more: (a great resource for adults and 5th graders) (a simplified, less than 2 minute explanation of Juneteenth)

    Posted by msbodmer  On Jun 18, 2020 at 9:58 AM