Dirigo library awarded book collection

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DIXFIELD — The Dirigo High School Library is one of 4,000 libraries across the country selected by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association to receive free hardcover editions of 19 classic books as part of the We the People Bookshelf grant program. The theme of this year’s Bookshelf is “A More Perfect Union.”

The program contains the following books, many of which will be distributed to the Dixfield elementary and middle schools.

Kindergarten to grade three: “Tico and the Golden Wings,” Leo Lionni; “When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson,” Pam Muñoz Ryan; “A More Perfect Union: The Story of Our Constitution,” Betsy and Giulio Maestro.

Grades four to six: “Yes, We Can!,” Carmen T. Bernier-Grand; “Darby,” Jonathon Scott Fuqua; “Eagle Song,” Joseph Bruchac; “The Great Little Madison,” Jean Fritz.

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Grades seven to eight: “Chains,” Laurie Halse Anderson; “Hitch,” Jeanette Ingold; “Lincoln Shot: A President’s Life Remembered,” Barry Denenberg; “Warriors Don’t Cry,” Melba Beals.

Grades nine to 12: “American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic,” Joseph Ellis; “Carver: A Life in Poems,” Marilyn Nelson; “Killer Angels,” Michael Shaara; “Lincoln in His Own Words,” Milton Melzer; “Twelve Angry Men,” Reginald Rose; “The Souls of Black Folk,” W. E. B. DuBois.

Bonus: “The Civil War: A Film by Ken Burns”; “The Civil War: An Illustrated History,” Geoffrey Ward, Ric Burns, Ken Burns; “Declaring Independence: The Origin and Influence of America’s Founding Document,” edited by Christian Y. Dupont.

The award is part of the NEH’s We the People initiative, which supports projects that strengthen the teaching, study and understanding of American history and culture. Selected public and school libraries in all 50 states will receive the collection, as well as access to online planning and promotional materials.

Since 2003, NEH and ALA have distributed 17,000 We the People Bookshelf grants to school and public libraries across the country. It is the second year that Dirigo High School has received the award. Participating libraries will present programs on the theme of “A More Perfect Union” for their students or library patrons.

For more information about Bookshelf programs at the Dirigo High School Library, contact Marianne Archard, school librarian.

For more information about the Bookshelf project, visit publicprograms.ala.org/bookshelf.

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