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  • International Year of Peace and Trust: Mandela and the General & Trust First

    International Year of Peace and Trust: Mandela and the General & Trust First

    Mandela and the General by John Carlin with art by Oriol Malet Will the freedom struggle end in a bloodbath? Nelson Mandela’s fight against racism is about to spiral into an all-out race war. Unless he can win over his archenemy, the white supremacist General Viljoen, the democratic struggle for equality and justice in South…

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  • Bringing Readers Together Through Mayor Buddy’s Book Club

    Bringing Readers Together Through Mayor Buddy’s Book Club

    Throughout the year, Orange County Library System, City of Orlando’s Mayor Matching Grant recipient, proudly partners with Mayor Buddy’s Book Club, a City of Orlando youth program, to host monthly book clubs at local neighborhood centers across Orlando. These book clubs connect young readers with literacy coaches and community helpers, such as firefighters, police officers and public officials who participate in lively book discussions and trivia. The…

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  • International Year of Peace and Trust: I Am Malala

    International Year of Peace and Trust: I Am Malala

    I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up For Education And Changed The World by Malala Yousafzai with Patricia McCormick Malala Yousafzai, now known simply as Malala, is an international symbol of peace. She will turn just 24 years old this month. In October 2012, she received a worldwide outpouring of support when a Taliban gunman…

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  • International Year of Peace and Trust: Called To Forgive & Resist!

    International Year of Peace and Trust: Called To Forgive & Resist!

    Called to Forgive: The Charleston Church Shooting, a Victim’s Husband, and the Path to Healing and Peace by Anthony B. Thompson with Denise George Could you forgive the murderer your spouse? On June 17, 2015, nine Black people were killed during a Bible study at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC. While…

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  • Fè timoun ou yo aprann pandan tout vakans ete a avèk Pwogram Lekti Ete a

    Fè timoun ou yo aprann pandan tout vakans ete a avèk Pwogram Lekti Ete a

    Byento Lekòl pral fèmen, epi elèv yo pral jwi vakans ete yo. Pandan ke vakans ete a se yon bon moman pou yo pran plezi ak detann, konsa tou li kapab fè yo pèdi sa yo te aprann pandan lane lekòl la. Ki pi bon fason pou ede pitit ou yo kenbe ladrès akademik ak…

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    #OCLSReads: Teen Books for Summer 2021

    Every year we make a recommended summer reading list for teens, and this year is no different! Get your summer started off right with these recommended tales!   The Only Black Girls in Town by Brandy Colbert In a predominately white California beach town, the only two Black seventh-graders, Alberta and Edie, find hidden journals…

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    #OCLSReads: Early Learning Books for Summer 2021

    The 2021 Early Learning Summer Reading List is now available! This booklist covers a lot of ground, serving parents of children ages 0-5—a wide range of abilities! One thing all young children have in common is their hunger for learning. Capitalizing on the opportunity to build a love for reading is important. We have divided…

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  • International Year of Peace and Trust: Leaders Eat Last & When Heaven and Earth Changed Places

    International Year of Peace and Trust: Leaders Eat Last & When Heaven and Earth Changed Places

    Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t by Simon Sinek  Author and inspirational speaker Simon Sinek writes about how some effective leaders build a “Circle of Safety.” He uses true workplace stories that range from military to big business, from government to investment to illustrate his point.In working with organizations around the…

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  • International Year of Peace and Trust: The Dead Are Arising & Let Your Voice Be Heard

    International Year of Peace and Trust: The Dead Are Arising & Let Your Voice Be Heard

    The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X by Les Payne & Tamara Payne NPR’s Gabino Iglesias describes The Dead Are Arising as “the definitive biography of Malcolm X.” Iglesias credits the contextualization the book offers as the reason this biography stands out, even from Malcolm’s own The Autobiography of Malcolm X, co-written with Alex Haley.…

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    International Year of Peace and Trust: The Good Neighbor: The Life And Work Of Fred Rogers

    In September of 2019, the United Nations adopted a resolution to designate 2021 as the International Year of Peace & Trust. The UN’s resolution “underlined that the International Year constitutes a means of mobilizing international efforts to promote peace and trust among nations on the basis of political dialogue, mutual understanding and cooperation in order…

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