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Library News: Visiting Authors Galore

Latinx Heritage Month continues until 15 October, 2019. With this in mind, I start this week’s Jag Journal entry with a brief poem by poet Jesús Carlos Soto Morfín: The Poet Pencil. Come to the ISD library to check out a wide range of Latinx poets. Currently, I’m reading The Tree is Older Than You Are, a collection of poetry and art curated by Naomi Shihab Nye.

Once upon a time a pencil

wanted to write poetry

but it didn’t have a point.

One day a boy put it into the sharpener, and in place of a point

a river appeared.


28 October - 1 November.

During these dates, ISD will celebrate reading week with visiting poet, Taylor Mali. If you would like to know more about his work, check out Taylor Mali’s YouTube channel, linked here.

14 November, 2019:

Virtual Author Visit by author, Jewell Parker Rhodes will happen in the library at 3:30pm.

We have a skype interview, and students who have read Ghost Boys, Ninth Ward, Towers Falling, or Sugar can come with prepared questions to hear her speak and to get their questions answered.

21 and 22 November, 2019:

Visiting Gambian author, Oley Dibba-Wadda, will come speak to both ISD high school students and the ISD community in general. I would like to give thanks to Denrol Carayol, HS Maths teacher, who connected the library with this author. Through his efforts, the ISD community gets to have this author come and visit us.

You can purchase the book on Amazon.

Literary Circle Dates:

- 30 Sept - November 15: reading period.

- Saturday, Nov 16: Teachers and ISD parents come together for a book talk to discuss the book.

- Friday, Nov. 22 at 6:30pm: Oley Dibba-Wadda speaks to ISD community, reads from her work, and answers audience questions. This evening event is in the ISD Library.

Sunday 3 November, 2019

Toni Morrison Book Circle

Buy your copy of Toni Morrison’s last book, The Source of Self-Regard. With the passing of Toni Morrison, enough teachers and parents in the ISD community have said, “We should read her books!” And I agree. This final collection of essays is available on Kindle for $15.00usd. A group of us can easily get together and assign a discussion leader for each essay. The table of contents is available on Amazon. Let’s make book talk happen at Lulu Cafe in Mermoz! Reach out to me for more details:

What Stephanie Creamer is reading for Latinx Heritage Month:

Bustle Magazine

School Library Journal Magazine

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