March is Women’s History Month, and there is no better place to celebrate than at your local library. There will be engaging, all ages programs across the parish highlighting the achievements of various women. Be sure to check out our calendar of events or sign up for our newsletter at www.mytpl.org in order to be up-to-date on library happenings.
In addition to our Women’s History Month celebrations, don’t forget to check out all the resources that the library has. From the newest novels and memoirs, DVDs and magazines, to free access to Ancestry.com, the library has much to offer.
In order to get you and your family in the mood to celebrate, here are a couple of my favorite books by and about women. All three books are available through the Terrebonne Parish Library System, and you can reserve a copy today at www.mytpl.org.
Malala’s Magic Pencil
Written by Malala Yousafzai
Illustrated by Kerascoët
When Malala was a little girl, she wished for a magic pencil. With the magic pencil she would be able to create beautiful dresses for her mother, brand new buildings for schools for her father, and a real soccer ball for her and her brothers to play with. Despite her wishing and hoping, each morning when she woke up there was no magic pencil. As she grew older she learned that she could use her voice and her writing as her own magic pencil, and she became an activist for education and women’s rights, work that would eventually earn her a Nobel Peace Prize.
Little Melba and Her Big Trombone
Written by Katheryn Russell-Brown
Illustrated by Frank Morrison
Little Melba Liston was born in 1926 in Kansas City surrounded by jazz music. There was no getting away from music, and Melba soaked it up. When she was seven years old she laid her eyes on the instrument of her dreams–a big shiny trombone. From there she went on to play solos on the radio, join music clubs at school, and eventually she got to go on tour with a jazz band. She took her music on the road to share with the whole world.
I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark
Written by Debbie Levy
Illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley
When Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a little girl, women were expected to grow up, get married, have kids, and nothing else. Luckily, Ruth’s mother did not agree with this and took her daughter to the local library where she learned about many different strong and powerful women that changed the world. Little Ruth grew up to become a lawyer that continued to push boundaries and fight for equality for all. Eventually she came to sit on the highest court in all the land. She became the first Jewish woman to sit on the Supreme Court. •