Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with a Stack of Good Books!
The Berkeley Public Library acknowledges that we sit on the unceded, traditional lands of the Ohlone people. You can find more information about Indigenous territories of the world at https://native-land.ca.
River is recovering from an unnamed illness and is too fatigued to dance in the Grand Entry for the intertribal dance on powwow day. Even though River watches the grandeur on the sidelines, dressed in her jingle dress, the love of her family and community give her hope that she will dance again in the future. A beautiful picture book celebrating the power of resilience and healing.
Based on Peter Pan but set 100 years later, Lily and Wendy are stepsisters and once were best friends. Now, they are not sure because their parents are separating. What will it mean for the two girls who have grown up together on the Muskogee Creek Nation, where Lily and her mom are enrolled members? The night before Wendy and her father return to London, England, a stranger comes to the window offering adventure. Wendy is all for it, but Lily is hesitant and suspicious. Wendy impulsively takes their little brother Michael and flies off into the sky with the stranger who turns out to be Peter Pan. However, Neverland is not the fun adventure Wendy was hoping for, not at all. Lily knows something is wrong and sets out to rescue her siblings. In Neverland, Lily finds a group of Native children who have been brought to the island against their will. Wendy quickly discovers just what kind of person Peter really is. Will Wendy and Lily be able to save Michael from the lost boys and will they all make it home from Neverland?
Recommended for 4th-7th graders.
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MakeMake is a collection of hundreds of online books and interactive stories in Spanish for kids 3 and up!
MakeMake serves the needs of a City that is not only growing as a bilingual space, but also in its appreciation for multiculturalism: close to 11,000 Berkeley residents speak Spanish at home, and many more, including kids in Spanish immersion school programs, speak the language at school.
The founder of MakeMake, Catalina Holguín, has curated access to a network of Latin American publishers that represent their local and regional culture and language auténticamente — not just popular books from US publishers translated into Spanish. “It’s not only language that is contained in a book. Culture is contained there, too,” says Holguín.
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MOCHA @ the Library
MOCHA (the Museum of Children's Art) is offering free weekly art workshops at the Central Library and West Branch until June*!
Join MOCHA Teaching Artists in these workshops for children and families. Each week, the Teaching Artist will present art related to a different theme, building creative, social-emotional, and academic skills through painting, drawing, sculpting, and numerous other art forms.