Join Capitol Choices this year! We have confirmed meeting dates for 2017:
Those dates with an * indicate that a Board meeting will follow the regular discussion. All meetings will take place starting at 9:30 in the Auditorium at Arlington Central Library.
Help Celebrate the new Saturday Hours of the Young Reader's Center at the Library of Congress on Sat. January 28 between 9:30 and 4:30. Meg Medina and Dr. Hayden will present at 10, Erica Perl at 1. There will be lots of other activities and a surprise parade at 4.
This ambitious book takes on the subjects of: the early history of football,the Carlisle Indian School and its goal of taking the Indian out of Native children and the life, successes and struggles of legendary Jim Thorpe as well as Pop Warner. Meticulously researched we learn about the role of Teddy Roosevelt in saving football from those who found it too violent, the skill of Warner as well as his "abuse" of his players for perhaps personal gain, certainly fame, and the raw talent of Jim Thorpe who was an incredible athlete. Readers also see the prejudice that the Indians faced as they beat most of the major Ivy league colleges (players older, bigger and playing on home turf). A fascinating read. Edie Ching 910-14)
Wanting a name of his own, Thunder Boy, Jr. tries some new ones out. A satisfying story of a Native American boy who wants a name that represents his own abilities and experiences. There's no particular tribal identification here, but the tradition of names that carry meaning is common to many cultures around the world, making this a situation many children will recognize. Morales's digital paintings use old materials for texture and include grand images: the looming "Big Thunder," mom and her motorcycle, his chubby little sister on her tricycle following the helmeted Thunder Boy, Jr, . on his bike, as well as old toys, animals and symbols from the Southwest and Central America. K. Isaacs. (Up to 7)
Rural Alaska in 1970 isn't the most uplifting place to spend your teenage years. Ruth hides a secret she can't keep for much longer, and even a cold stroke of luck may not be enough to save Dora. Alyce dreams of dancing somewhere other than on the familiar decks of her family's fishing boat, while Hank, headed for safety, stumbles into serious danger. These four teenagers, voiced quietly and alternatingly by an array of convincing narrators, find their lives interwoven as each abandons the familiar in search of secure passage into adulthood. ~ Kit Ballenger
Although Little Hawk's friendship with John, a young pilgrim, leads to his own death, his strong ties with John continue throughout John’s life. This historical fantasy carefully examines native tribes conflicting with settlers in changing America during the 1600s.
Kidnapped by a pair of rascals and taken from Minnesota to Plains country in 1866, 8-year-old Chickadee works his way back to his grieving Ojibwe family. Like others in the Birchbark House series, Erdrich’s pencil drawings enliven this adventure.
Twelve-year-old Omakayas reaches puberty, travels north toward others of her Ojibwe tribe, and endures a starving time in this third story in The Birchbark House series which also features pencil sketches by the author.