• 800 Books before 18

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#BooksBuildBetterHumans Chapter Book Read Aloud

Mondays @ 6:00 p.m. beginning October 19th

I was about ten years old the first time I read Zlata’s Diary by Zlata Filipovic.  It was the true story of a girl my age growing up in Sarajevo during the war in Bosnia.  In her diary, she wrote about watching MTV and eating pizza-things I also did as a child.  She also wrote about having to hide in a neighbor’s bomb shelter when intense fighting came to her neighborhood.  She wrote about not being able to sleep in her own bedroom because of the stray bullets that came from the hill behind her home.  And she wrote about a friend who died on a playground after being hit with shrapnel.


Eight years later, when the Iraq War began, this book was one of the first things I thought of.  It played a major role in my view of the conflict.


Children’s books have a way of staying with us, of continuing to impact our worldview into adulthood.  They allow us to experience the world through people whose lives are vastly different from our own.  They allow us to develop empathy.  These things are more important now than ever.


A chapter book read aloud featuring diverse authors, characters, and worldviews.  Join us in developing empathy through children’s literature.  


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*Selected materials are recommended for upper elementary students and above.



Reading challenge for children ages 5 to 18.

Pick up a registration packet at the library.

Read 50 books.

Bring your completed reading log in to receive a prize and your next log.

Keep reading until you’ve read 800 books.

Turn in your final log to receive your library swag bag!