Stop at the library and pick up a book for out June 18th at 6 pm book club meeting.
Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History by Keith O’Brien
The untold story of five women who fought to compete against men in the high-stakes national air races of the 1920s and 1930s — and won
Between the world wars, no sport was more popular, or more dangerous, than airplane racing. Thousands of fans flocked to multi‑day events, and cities vied with one another to host them. The pilots themselves were hailed as dashing heroes who cheerfully stared death in the face. Well, the men were hailed. Female pilots were more often ridiculed than praised for what the press portrayed as silly efforts to horn in on a manly, and deadly, pursuit. Fly Girls recounts how a cadre of women banded together to break the original glass ceiling: the entrenched prejudice that conspired to keep them out of the sky.
O’Brien weaves together the stories of five remarkable women: Florence Klingensmith, a high‑school dropout who worked for a dry cleaner in Fargo, North Dakota; Ruth Elder, an Alabama divorcee; Amelia Earhart, the most famous, but not necessarily the most skilled; Ruth Nichols, who chafed at the constraints of her blue‑blood family’s expectations; and Louise Thaden, the mother of two young kids who got her start selling coal in Wichita. Together, they fought for the chance to race against the men — and in 1936 one of them would triumph in the toughest race of all.
Like Hidden Figures and Girls of Atomic City, Fly Girls celebrates a little-known slice of history in which tenacious, trail-blazing women braved all obstacles to achieve greatness.
Summer Library Program from the Eddy-New Rockford Library
A UNIVERSE OF STORIES 2019 SUMMER READING PROGRAM
Readers of all ages will explore all things space this summer as the Eddy-New Rockford Library presents “A Universe of Stories” during their summer library program.
Activities may include a space green screen pictures, group games, space-related crafts, and more. The 2019 Summer Reading Program is open to young people, kindergarten through young adult, with programs, storytimes, and more.
Friday May 31st we will have our kick-off from 2-3:30 we will have a green screen with space backgrounds, a craft and an outdoor game.
On June 12th from 4-6 we will have an exhibit of actual Moon Rocks on loan from NASA .
Every Wednesday starting June 5th at 2 pm we will watch Storytime from Space on the big screen, these are books being read by people on the space station.
Again this year kids in grades K-6 will read 5 books do an activity from the sheet and get a movie pass, kids 7-12 grade read 6 books to get a movie pass.
Registration for “A Universe of Stories” begins on Friday May 31st at 2 pm. For more information, call the library at 947-5540 or visit our websitehttps://newrockfordndlibrary.com/ or our Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/NewRockfordPublicLibrary/
All programs are free of charge.
Would you like to join us for book club? Stop in a pick up a book and join us for the discussion on April 16th at 6 pm.
This months book club read is
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they’ve known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin’s orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions.
Lina finds solace in her art, meticulously–and at great risk–documenting events by drawing, hoping these messages will make their way to her father’s prison camp to let him know they are still alive. It is a long and harrowing journey, spanning years and covering 6,500 miles, but it is through incredible strength, love, and hope that Lina ultimately survives. Between Shades of Gray is a novel that will steal your breath and capture your heart.