Cook Memorial Library was one of 4,000 libraries across the country selected to receive a We the People Bookshelf grant, which provided free hardcover editions of 17 classic books on the theme of “A More Perfect Union.” The library also received bonus materials, including a DVD edition of “The Civil War,” the award-winning documentary by Ken Burns. The grant was awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in cooperation with the American Library Association.
The We the People Bookshelf on “A More Perfect Union” contains the following books:
• Kindergarten to Grade 3: “Tico and the Golden Wings” by Leo Lionni; “When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson” by Pam Muñoz Ryan; “A More Perfect Union: The Story of Our Constitution” by Betsy and Giulio Maestro
• Grades 4 to 6: “César: ¡ Sí, Se Puede! / Yes, We Can!” by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand; “Darby” by Jonathon Scott Fuqua; “Eagle Song” by Joseph Bruchac; “The Great Little Madison” by Jean Fritz
• Grades 7 to 8: “Chains” by Laurie Halse Anderson; “Hitch” by Jeanette Ingold; “Lincoln Shot: A President’s Life Remembered” by Barry Denenberg; “Warriors Don’t Cry” by Melba Beals
• Grades 9 to 12: “American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic” by Joseph Ellis; “Carver: A Life in Poems” by Marilyn Nelson; “Killer Angels” by Michael Shaara; “Lincoln in His Own Words” by Milton Melzer; “Twelve Angry Men” by Reginald Rose; “The Souls of Black Folk” by W. E. B. DuBois
• Bonus: “The Civil War: A Film by Ken Burns”; “The Civil War: An Illustrated History” by Geoffrey Ward, Ric Burns, Ken Burns; “Declaring Independence: The Origin and Influence of America’s Founding Document” edited by Christian Y. Dupont
Come see our display of these new materials.
To compliment this collection, we will present a NH Humanities Council program on “New Hampshire Towns and the Civil War” in the fall.