January 2023 Updates from the Library

Elyse Seltzer, Supervisor of the PK-12 Libraries

Start off the new year with new books! Ms. Golas and I made a list of some of the best new books of 2022. Many can be found in the library or on
Sora. A few are so new that they are still on their way to us, yet.  

In January, as there is no specified heritage month we are observing, based on an informal survey, our current library display features math. “Math is everywhere,” and there are books from all over the library, including sports, arts, cooking, technology, and biography. There are also fun math problems available to take with the help of Mr. Swartz.  

Thanks to the generosity of Brimmer families through our Birthday Book program, I was able to fill out our art section with the help of Ms. Rudolph in anticipation of her Global Art History class. The library now has some new beautiful architecture books, such as Frank Lloyd Wright’s The Houses and the complete works of Zaha Hadid. We also added artists books from Baroque Caravaggio Bernini to contemporary art activist Ai Weiwei and more. 

I started reading My Remarkable Journey, a memoir by Kathrine Johnson. Katherine Johnson was featured in the Hidden Figures book by Margot Lee Shetterly and movie and was a mathematician who worked for NASA and helped land the first person on the moon. Johnson lived to be 101 and did indeed have a remarkable life. Reading her story is a lesson in American History. 

Our display and resources for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day goes beyond the person and looks at the movement that he inspired along with others who worked for change in the civil right movement.   

As we gear up for the Lunar New Year of the Rabbit, I am asking community members to share their favorite ways in which they celebrate the Lunar New Year. If you would like to share your family's favorite part of celebrating the Lunar New Year, send me an email (eseltzer@brimmer.org) or stop by the library. 

In Library class, 6th graders are getting started on book trailers. 6th graders are also starting research projects in History and Science, so they are getting introduced to new databases like Noodletools for citation. 7th graders are writing petition letters with robust evidence using our library databases.  
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