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Rhode Island was one of the 13 colonies in North America that rebelled against the British rule in 1775 and the first to officially declare independence from the British Crown. On May 4, 1776, the general assembly in Rhode Island passed an act which declared Rhode Island and Providence Plantations an independent state. The anniversary of this date has become a state holiday known as Rhode Island Independence Day. To commemorate this special day in history, the library has displayed books about our very own Rhode Island!

From the middle/upper school collection:

Rhode Island (Ted Klein) An introduction to the geography, history, government, economy, people, achievements, and landmarks of the country’s smallest state which is known as “The Ocean State.”

Rules to Rock By (Josh Farrar) Annabella Cabrera tries to start a rock band at her new middle school in Providence, Rhode Island, but has trouble when the members of a rival band bully her and she develops a case of writer’s block.

Rhode Island 101: Everything You Wanted to Know About Rhode Island and Were Going to Ask Anyway (Tim Lehnert) Provides information and facts about Rhode Island, covering slang, cities/towns, people, the natural world, weather, culture, food, economy, crime/punishment, history, and politics.  It includes illustrations, quotations, sidebars, and a time line.

Picturing Rhode Island: Images of Everyday Life 1850 – 2006 (Maureen Alice Taylor) Shows through photographs how the state has evolved over the past century and a half.

Traveler (Ron McLarty) Jono Riley returns to his childhood home in Rhode Island in search of the truth about a series of mysterious shootings that changed his life.  He looks to come to terms with his own role in the devastating events.

Haunted Rhode Island (Thomas D’Agostino) Tales of the haunted places in Rhode Island.

Rhode Island 1636-1776 (Jesse McDermott) Traces the history of Rhode Island through firsthand accounts of people who lived and worked in the colony from 1636 to 1776. Features photographs, historical maps, a time line, and a list or resources for further study.

You know you’re in Rhode Island when: 101 quintessential places, people, events, customs, lingo, and eats of the Ocean State (Ryder Windham) Many people worry that these United States are becoming too much like each other, but Rhode Islanders know better. Fun for all ages, this book highlights and celebrates the Ocean State’s history, traditions, cuisine, and lingo with humor. For example, you know you’re in Rhode Island when…All roads lead to memory lane, you root for the Pawtucket Red Sox, kids grow up drinking coffee milk, and the state bird is a chicken.

From the lower school collection:

The Rhode Island Colony (Kathleen W. Deady) An introduction to the history, government, economy, resources, and people of the Rhode Island colony.

R is for Rhode Island Red (Mark R. Allio) A to Z pictorial with poetry for younger readers and Rhode Island writings for older readers.

The Colony of Rhode Island (Susan Whitehurst) Traces the history of Rhode Island from the arrival of the first European settlers in the early seventeenth century through 1790 when it became the thirteenth state to join the Union.

The Rhode Island Colony (Dennis B. Frandin) Traces the history of Rhode Island to 1790 when it became the last colony to ratify the Constitution.

The Black Regiment of the American Revolution (Linda Crotta Brennan) Explores the African American soldiers and their participation in the American Revolutionary War, including their time in Rhode Island.

A Little Maid of Narragansett Bay (Alice Turner Curtis) This book tells the story of Penelope Balfour and her brother Ted, who live on a little farm in Rhode Island during the Revolutionary War. “Penny’s” bravery and presence of mind greatly help the American camp.


Happy Birthday, Mr Shakespeare!

Today marks the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare. Learn more here.

Moses Brown’s library is celebrating by offering the below available selections of related titles for a variety of ages. Enjoy!

From the Middle and Upper School

TWITL_shakespeareIN SEARCH OF SHAKESPEARE (PBS video) Michael Wood travels to England in search of the true story behind the life of playwright and poet William Shakespeare, an intensely private person.

SHAKESPEARE BATS CLEANUP (Ron Koertge) When a fourteen-year-old baseball player catches mononucleosis, he discovers that keeping a journal and experimenting with poetry not only helps fill the time, it also helps him deal with life, love, and loss.

SHAKESPEARE’S WORLD AND WORK (Ed. John F. Andrews) Presents alphabetized, cross-referenced, illustrated entries on Shakespeare’s life and texts, and Renaissance England. Includes time lines, sidebars, definitions in page margins, and other features designed especially for younger readers.

BLUE AVENGER CRACKS THE CODE (Norma Howe) In his new identity as Blue Avenger, sixteen-year-old David visits Venice, Italy, and continues to pursue various crusades, including trying to solve the mystery of who really wrote Shakespeare’s works.

SHAKESPEARE’S POEMS AND SONNETS (Ed. Harold Bloom) This volume brings together study guides to sonnets 19, 53, 55, 87, 94, 116, 129 and “The Phoenix and Turtle”, “The Rape of Lucrece”, and “Venus and Adonis”.

EXPOSURE (Mal Peet) Paul Faustino, South America’s best soccer journalist, reports on the series of events that hurl Otello from the heights of being a beloved and successful soccer star, happily married to the pop singer Desdemona, into a downward spiral, in this novel loosely based on Shakespeare’s play, Othello.

THE JULIET CLUB (Suzanne Harper) When high school junior Kate wins an essay contest that sends her to Verona, Italy, to studyShakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” over the summer, she meets both American and Italian students and learns not just about Shakespeare, but also about star-crossed lovers–and herself.

SOMETHING ROTTEN (Alan Gratz) In a contemporary story based on Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet, Horatio Wilkes seeks to solve the murder of his friend Hamilton Prince’s father in Denmark, Tennessee.

From the Lower School:
THE SHAKESPEARE STEALER (Gary Blackwood) A young orphan boy is ordered by his master to infiltrate Shakespeare’s acting troupe in order to steal the script of “Hamlet,” but he discovers instead the meaning of friendship and loyalty.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE AND THE GLOBE (Aliki) Tells the story of the well-known playwright, William Shakespeare, and of the famous Globe Theatre in which many of his works were performed.

THE BARD OF AVON (Diane Stanley and Peter Vennema) A brief biography of the world’s most famous playwright, using only historically correct information.

TALES FROM SHAKESPEARE (Tina Packer) A collection of prose retelling of ten familiar Shakespeare plays, each illustrated by a well-known artist or artists.

SHAKESPEARE’S SECRET (Elise Broach) Named after a character in a Shakespeare play, misfit sixth-grader Hero becomes interested in exploring this unusual connection because of a valuable diamond supposedly hidden in her new house, an intriguing neighbor, and the unexpected attention of the most popular boy in school. (find in the MS/US collection)

THE WEDNESDAY WARS (Gary D. Schmidt) During the 1967 school year, on Wednesday afternoons when all his classmates go to either Catechism or Hebrew school, seventh-grader Holling Hoodhood stays in Mrs. Baker’s classroom where they read the plays of William Shakespeare and Holling learns much of value about the world he lives in. (find in the MS/US collection)

KING OF SHADOWS (Susan Cooper) While in London as part of an all-boy acting company preparing to perform in a replica of the famous Globe Theatre, Nat Field suddenly finds himself transported back to 1599 and performing in the original theater under the tutelage of Shakespeare himself. (find in the MS/US collection)

Find these and more (including LOTS of videos of Shakespeare’s plays-made-into-movies!) at library.mosesbrown.org.

Great reads to help celebrate Earth Week

This week and next, the Walter Jones Library at Moses Brown will be celebrating Earth Day! Some of the featured books will include…

The Age of Miracles (Karen Thompson Walker) Julia and her family awake one morning to a world suddenly changed when the rotation of the earth suddenly slows down and gravity is affected. The length of days and nights grows longer, and the environment is turned into chaos. Trying to adjust to these changes in this utterly altered world, Julia attempts to navigate through the personal disasters of everyday life and the loss of dreams, plans, and loved ones.

All Over Creation (Ruth Ozeki) Single mother Yumi Fuller returns home after a twenty-five-year absence to care for her ailing parents and walks into the middle of a clash between her parents’ neighbors who are experimenting with growing genetically altered potatoes, and an environmentalist group, the Seeds of Resistance, who believe the elderly Fullers hold the key to propagating plant life on Earth.

Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change (Elizabeth Kolbert) Presents an examination of the build-up of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere and the effects on climate change and global warming.

Climate Change (Shelley Tanaka) Examines the issue of global warming and explains how global warming is occurring and its potential impact on life on Earth. It also considers the difficulties of confronting the issue and taking action.

Earth Care: World Folktales to Talk About (Margaret Read MacDonald) This is a collection of traditional tales and proverbs from over twenty countries of ethnic groups, touching upon both human and ecological themes such as environmental protection, the care of other creatures, and the connection of all things in nature.

An Inconvenient Truth: The Crisis of Global Warming (Al Gore) Explains the phenomenon of global warming and its effects showing how the Earth could change as the climate crisis continues.

Science as a Contact Sport: Inside the Battle to Save the Earth’s Climate. (Stephen Schneider) Describes the history of the world’s reaction to global warming. It discusses the scientific discoveries, negotiations, delays, and suggested solutions.

Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void (Mary Roach) Examines the science of traveling and living in outer space without air, gravity, fresh foods, privacy, and other features of life on Earth. Discusses the findings of space agencies’ research using space simulations.

Earth (Jeffrey Zuehkle) An introduction to the planet Earth that provides information on its location in the solar system, size, orbit, temperature, atmosphere, surface, and moon, and discusses how astronomers study space.

The Earth Book (Todd Parr) Introduces young readers to the importance of conservation and provides ideas to live an environmentally friendly lifestyle, such as planting trees, using both sides of a piece of paper, and recycling. Includes a poster with ten tips to live green.

Our Big Home: An Earth Poem (Linda Glaser, art by Elisa Kleven) Describes the water, air, soil, sky, sun, and more shared by all living creatures on Earth.

Earth Always Endures: Native American Poems (Neil Phillip)Selection of sixty Native American chants, prayers, and songs representative of traditions from tribes across the country, accompanied by duotone photographs taken by nineteenth century photographer Edward Sheriff Curtis.

A Child’s Introduction to the Environment: The Air, the Earth and the Sea Around Us: Plus Experiments, Projects, and Activities You Can Do to Help Our Planet! (Michael Driscoll and Dennis Driscoll) Provides an entertaining and instructive tour of the Earth’s varied environments, along with activities and materials to encourage young environmentalists.

Good Earth Art: Environmental Art for Kids (MaryAnn F. Kohl and Cindy Gainer)Offers a variety of art projects that develop an awareness of the environment using materials collected from nature or saved from the trash-bin.

Find these books and more in the library catalog and in the digital library!