Friday, February 5, 2010

What's Shakin?

In the YA section of Central library you may have noticed some new displays.

We are always trying to mix things up and make sure that all of our great material gets its chance to be in the spotlight.

First up is our new display of non fiction material! If you love reality television, documentaries or just interesting stories of real life, this is the section for you.

This year, in particular, had a great crop of non fiction titles that are aimed at teens. Right next to the Youth Services desk you can find a display of some of our favorites. For instance, on this day, here were some of the books being showcased:

1968, THE YEAR AMERICA GREW UP From racial and gender equality fights to the struggle against the draft and the Vietnam war, in 1968 Americans asked questions and fought for their rights. Now, 30 years later, we look back on that seminal year--from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination to the Columbia University riots to our changing role among other nations--in this gripping introduction to the events home and abroad.

Gay America: Struggle for Equality: Milestones of gay and lesbian life in the United States are brought together in the first-ever nonfiction book published specifically for teens." Profusely illustrated with archival images, the groundbreaking "Gay America "reveals how gay men and women have lived, worked, and loved for the past 125 years.

Life Doesn't Begin 5 Pounds from Now-For any woman who has bonded with a stranger by complaining about how fat she feels, here is a thoughtful and inspiring guide to breaking the cycle of body criticism and creating a powerful and healthy self-image.

Close to Shore
-Four deaths. One maiming. One shark. . .
In mesmerizing detail, journalist Michael Capuzzo's CLOSE TO SHORE recounts the dramatic true story of a series of shark attacks that occurred along the New Jersey shore in July 1916 -- resulting in the largest shark hunt in history, and the end of Americans' naivete about the dangers of the sea.

Our other new highlighted section comes from the biography section. Located in between our display of new material and the CD collection, you can find some of the most interesting lives lived. Take a walk in someone else's shoes with some of these titles!

Here are some recent selections from the display:

This Land Was Made for You and Me: The Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie- Before Springsteen and before Dylan, there was Woody Guthrie. "All you can write is what you see," Guthrie wrote across the bottom of his hand-written lyrics for the song, and that is what Woody Guthrie did over and over again in his often difficult lifetime. Through his music, he voiced the struggles and the suffering he saw during the Great Depression, the spirit of and courage of workers fighting for unions, the tragic death of sailors during World War II.

The Radioactive Boy Scout: The Frightening True Story of a Whiz Kid and His Homemade Nuclear Reactor
-Growing up in suburban Detroit, David Hahn was fascinated by science. While he was working on his Atomic Energy badge for the Boy Scouts, David's obsessive attention turned to nuclear energy. Throwing caution to the wind, he plunged into a new project: building a model nuclear reactor in his backyard garden shed.

Young Black and Determined: The Story of Lorraine Hansberry-
Hansberry once noted that she was sent to kindergarten on Chicago's South Side too well dressed for the Depression years. "The kids beat me up; and I think it was from that moment I became a rebel.". Readers can drink in the whole civil rights history of much of this century and an in-depth treatment of Hansberry's major play, A Raisin in the Sun, along with her fascinating life.
We keep both these displays full of books that are worth taking a look at! So, pick em up, look through them and get ready to jump into the world of non-fiction. Sometimes true life is just more interesting than fiction!

Book blurbs are from BookLetters

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