Happy Birthday, Ezra Jack Keats!

Ezra Jack Keats wrote some of the most beloved children’s books – The Snowy Image result for snowy day keatsDay, Whistle for Willie, Peter’s Chair, A Letter for Amy, and more. He’s been gone since 1983, and his books are still used in classrooms and library storytimes all over the country.  He wrote and illustrated children’s books, illustrated adult books, painted murals, and helped design camouflage patterns while serving in the army. Did you know he also created backgrounds for the original Captain Marvel comic?Image result for ezra jack keats

From the entry on Mr. Keats in Wikipedia: “One of Keats’ signature story elements is that the children in his books are consistently challenged with real problems that are recognizable to young readers; in solving them, the characters learn and mature.”

Watch this video clip of Ezra Jack Keats making art with Mr. Rogers.

You might also want to check out the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, dedicated to bringing multiculturalism and diversity to children’s literature.

 

Not My Idea: Books About Whiteness

Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness – Author Storytime

When Sat, Mar 09, 2019
10:15 to 11:00

First come, first served.

Not My Idea

White children and adults are socialized to see themselves as outside of conversations about race and racism. Author and illustrator Anastasia Higginbotham will read her book, followed by a collage art activity for kids. She invites white children and parents to become curious about racism, accept that it’s real, and cultivate justice.

 

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Drag Queen Storytime!

Drag Queen Storytime with Poison Waters!

When

Sat, Mar 09, 2019
2:00 to 3:00

Where

Woodstock Library Poison Waters

First come, first served.

The library is proud to present an hour of kid-friendly drag! Join us for this special storytime featuring the fabulous Poison Waters reading stories about inclusion and diversity, followed by a craft or dance party.

For kids 2-6 years old with a favorite adult.

 

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Drag Queen Story Time!

Drag Queen Storytime with Carla Rossi!

When

Sat, Mar 09, 2019
2:00 to 3:00

Where

U.S. Bank Room – Central LibraryCarla Rossi

Free tickets available 30 minutes in advance.

Photo by Gia Goodrich

The library is proud to present an hour of kid-friendly drag! Join us for storytime featuring our fabulous queen, Carla Rossi, reading stories about inclusion and diversity, followed by a dance party.

For kids 2-6 years old with a favorite adult.

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Storytimes at MultCo Libraries

Multnomah County Libraries host a variety of children’s storytimes across their Image result for multnomah county library storytimeneighborhood libraries. They typically include stories read aloud, singing/fingerplays, and sometimes a craft or other activity. You can find storytimes for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, kids with sensory challenges (kids who have a hard time with noises or textures or proximity to others, or kids who need to be movingmovingmoving all the time, etc). Image result for multnomah county sensory library storytimeYou can also find storytimes presented in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Vietnamese, and Russian. Most storytimes are presented regularly – weekly, monthly, or whatever. Check the website or with your library for the schedules.

Short Story and Movie Night

The invitation read something like this:

I want to do more reading, and I want to do more socializing. But Book Club is too haaard! I don’t have time to read a whooole book! Talking about books for two hours is boooring!

Let’s read a short story then watch a movie based on it instead!

Read the story ahead of time. Then come over and hang out with us. I’ll have something dinner-like available. Feel free to bring food/drink to share as well, if you like.

The emphasis was on the social aspect – the short story and movie give us a reason to get together and stuff to talk about.

This month’s story & movie was Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Image result for breakfast at tiffany's bookWhile I’d seen parts of the movie, I’d never read the story. In fact, I’ve never read any Truman Capote before this. I got the four-story collection from the library and read it all. While the writing it good, I can’t say I’m dying to read more of it. Maybe it’s a matter of cultural shifts and no-longer-relevant references. It was hard to get past the overt racism of several characters. I may try to read “In Cold Blood” just because.

 

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No one else in the group had watched the movie before, so we’re all watching it several decades after it was made. Again, lots of no-longer-relevant cultural references, lots of cultural shifts.

We were all properly horrified by Mickey Rooney’s character, found everyone else in the movie pretty much unsympathetic, pondered whether Marilyn Monroe (Truman Capote’s choice for the lead) would have been a better choice than Audrey Hepburn, wondered why Hannibal Smith was in this movie without the rest of the A-Team, were glad to have seen it for the overall cultural reference, loved pretty much all of Audrey Hepburn’s clothing, and we thought Cat was easily the best actor.  We had a great time talking about the differences between the story and the movie, and which movies and stories these reminded us of.  Also: what genre is this movie?  Definitely not a romance. Redemption? Drama? Screwball drama?

Dinner was chicken enchiladas (per “chicken and sauce” in the movie) and margaritas (just because).

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And of course, I’ve had this song stuck in my head for two weeks straight.

The next Short Story and Movie night is already scheduled!