The old saying that children should be seen and not heard will be blown to smithereens this week by the poignant tales of two teens. Week Five’s CLSC Young Readers selections Esperanza Rising and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian feature protagonists who face heartbreak and hardships with resilience and determination.
Sticks and stones may break one’s bones, but words can give mighty blows to self-esteem. In the case of R.J. Palacio’s protagonist, August, stares diminish self-worth, snickers pierce daggers into confidence and alienation drives away any hope in experiencing true friendship.
This week, young readers will travel to 21 countries, meet 25 families and learn about more than 500 meals, all while leaving their passports at home. From learning of Nadia Ahmed’s Okra Tagine with Mutton from Egypt to going through the supermarket aisles with the Cavens of California, this week’s read not only teases the palate but dishes out food for thought.
At 4 p.m. today in the Strohl Art Center, the book’s illustrator, Jules Feiffer, will meet with the Young Readers program to discuss his work. He will speak for 15 minutes in the exhibit of his work, and then the discussion will move to the porch of the Fowler-Kellogg Art Center.
As the CLSC Young Readers kicks off its 2014 season, prepare to be swept away with tales of wonder and intrigue.
The CLSC Young Readers program for the final week of the season offers two stories of loss and hope. Readers ages 11 and younger have explored 11-year-old Melody’s cerebral palsy in Sharon Draper’s Out of My Mind, while readers 12 and older have learned the story of Hazel Lancaster and her struggle with cancer in John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars.
To further engage readers on the books’ themes, the Young Readers program welcomes Doron Weber, this week’s CLSC author of Immortal Bird: A Family Memoir, at 4:15 p.m. today in the Alumni Hall Ballroom.
Weber will discuss his book and share the experience of losing his son almost eight years ago.
Two boys named Wes Moore grew up to have two very different fates: one an Army combat veteran, youth advocate, author and TV show host, the other a criminal. The two boys grew up in similar situations but made different choices about where their lives would go.
Wes Moore’s second book, Discovering Wes Moore, takes the author back through the process of finding the man whose name he shared, the man who was convicted of killing a police officer during a theft at a jewelry store. Moore will discuss his book with the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle Young Readers at 4:15 p.m. today in the Alumni Hall Ballroom.
Polly Shulman’s The Grimm Legacy takes place in a library. But it’s not just any library; the repository’s items are a unique, a vast collection of objects — from ordinary items such as shoes, chairs and telescopes to more unusual objects found in the Grimm brothers’ fairy tales.
Abraham Lincoln died on April 15, 1865. In the time leading up to his death, the 16th president of the United States worked to make the country just that: united.
Meg Murry is a young girl with plain looks, dismal grades and a stubborn attitude that hasn’t gained her many friends outside her own family.
Madeleine L’Engle’s story A Wrinkle in Time follows Meg’s journey of self-discovery in a quest to find her father, who mysteriously disappeared two years ago. The CLSC Young Readers will discuss L’Engle’s classic at 4:15 p.m. today in the Alumni Hall Ballroom.
Teresa Adams, assistant director of the Department of Education and Youth Services and director of Special Studies, chose the science-fiction novel for its connection to Week One’s theme, “Our Elegant Universe.”