By Katie Weiblen
Originally published in the October 2018 issue of the 1666 Coffman Newsletter
New picture books have been added to the children’s area on the second floor of the library. Residents are encouraged to view and use these wonderful additions and share them with grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.This Is the Nest that Robin Built by Denise Fleming.
A robin’s friends help build her nest in this collage picture book. It received Caldecott Honor Award.
Love by Matt de la Peña
The importance of love in a child’s life is eloquent and moving.
Out of Wonder: Poets Celebrating Poets by Kwame Alexander
Out of gratitude for the poet’s art form, Newbery Award-winning author and poet Kwame Alexander pays homage to twenty famed poets.
Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackwell
Watch the days and the seasons pass as the wind blows, the fog rolls in, and the icebergs pass by. Outside there is water all around. Inside the daily life of a lighthouse keeper and his family.
Ducks Away by Mem Fox
Count along with mother duck as her ducklings try to waddle across the bridge. What happens when ducks fall one by one into the river teaches young readers basic math principles of addition and subtraction.
Old Hat by Emily Gravett
This fresh and funny picture book is about the futility of fads and the joy of learning to be yourself.
There is a Crocodile Under My Bed by Ingrid and Dieter Schubert
This colorful picture book helps children overcome bedtime fears of the dark.
Grace for Gus by Harry Bliss
Grace is the quiet girl in the class and Gus the class guinea pig. Grace knows Gus is lonely so she sets out to help her furry friend.
How the Sun Got to Coco’s House by Bob Graham
Follow the journey of the sun across the world from a whale’s eye to a little girl’s window.
Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell
A girl is lost in the snow. A wolf pup is lost too. How will they find their way home? This book won the Caldecott Medal.
For Older Children
Roller Skates by Ruth Sawyer
A young girl’s experience living in New York city in the 1990’s. It is a delightful story of old New York about a tomboy who could not help being a lady at the same time. It won the Newbery Award for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science by Joyce Sidman
Maria Merian became an artist and a scientist in the seventeenth century. Her fieldwork and careful observation helped uncover the truth about metamorphosis and changed the course of science. Joyce Sidman is a Minnesota author and is known as a foremost science writer for children.
If you follow the Minnesota literary scene you may be aware that the Minnesota Book Awards have been awarded since 1988. Between now and November 16, 2018, submissions are being accepted for the awards that will be announced on April 6, 2019.
Coffman Library’s collection contains many of the books that have been award winners, finalists or nominees during the history of the awards. Copy the following link into your browser to see the complete list of past award winners and finalists.
To be eligible a book must have a 2018 copyright date and only authors, publishers and agents are eligible to make submissions. If you could make a submission, what Minnesota book would you recognize for the upcoming awards?
By Carol Van Why
Originally published in the September 2018 issue of the 1666 Coffman Newsletter
In June, the Library Committee asked you to tell us what new books you’d like to see in the library. Those titles are among the dozens that will begin to appear on the library’s Recent Arrivals shelves (just inside the second floor door to the right) this week. You can also find them under the “We Suggest” menu item New Books – 2018.
Our statistics tell us that Coffman’s reading interests, in order of popularity, are fiction, mystery, biography, and history. With the help of a financial donation from a resident, the Library Committee has been able to purchase 17 new books in the mystery/thriller genre. Look for new books by favorite authors like Baldacci, Krueger, Penny, Sandford, and Winspear.
You’ll be happy to hear that several of our new fiction purchases are based on such historical figures as Eliza Schuyler Hamilton and Alma Mahler. A new work by a favorite Minnesota author, Julie Schumacher, and popular fiction by contemporary Asian American authors should also be popular with Coffman readers.
Many of our nonfiction purchases are award winners and will grace library shelves for years. Biography highlights include recent works on Grant and Eisenhower. At least two of our history selections are actually true crime tales set in previous centuries. If you liked The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson these may appeal to you.
Though not as popular with Coffman readers, our science and environment collections contain more award-winning titles per shelf than any other library category. We’re pleased to have added important new books on both the Gulf of Mexico and the Great Lakes. And most readers will not be able to resist Simon Winchester’s latest. Now there’s an author who has proven to be able to turn any subject into a riveting read.
I hope you’re inspired to browse what’s new in the library. To help, we’ve put together a list of all the new titles, arranged by genre or subject. Pick up your own copy from the library’s table today.
For the next couple of months when the new books are not signed out to others,
you’ll find them on the library’s Recent Arrivals shelves. Thereafter, you’ll find them shelved in their permanent locations.
Don’t forget to sign books out and return them promptly for your fellow residents to enjoy.
By Carol Van Why
We asked and you told us what you’ve been reading this summer. All of your recommendations are combined in a list that you can find on the Library’s website at the Resident Reading List – Summer 2018. Titles appear in a genre/broad subject arrangement. Most but not all of the books on the list are in the Coffman collection. If you can’t find something contact one of the Library Committee members for help. Enjoy!
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