Youth Services: Native American Heritage Month Display

If you haven’t yet had a chance to visit the two Native American Heritage Month displays in the Youth Services wing, now is the perfect time! Look for picture book biographies, chapter books, non-fiction books for all ages, and graphic novels, all featuring Indigenous authors and illustrators, on display in the New Books section. In the children’s seating area, you’ll find a beautiful selection of picture books and board books. Here are a few of our favorites! PICTURE BOOKS A Day with Yayah by Nicola I. Campbell (Interior Salish); illustrated by Julie Flett (Cree-Métis) A sparkling spring day with a rainbow-arced sky finds Nikki, Jamesie, and Lenny harvesting wild potatoes, rhubarb, celery, and lightning mushrooms with their Yayah (grandmother). Though it sounds like a frolicsome field trip, their day is much more than that. Every day, Yayah teaches the children two new words in Nlaka’pamux, the language of the indigenous people of the Nicola Valley in British Columbia. Fry Bread: A Native American Story by Kevin Noble Maillard (Seminole, Mekusukey Band) Fry Bread tells the story of a food that is a shared tradition for Native American families across North America. A celebration of old and new, traditional and modern, similar and different, this story is told in lively and powerful verse by Seminole Nation member Kevin Noble Malliard and vibrantly illustrated by Pura Belpre Award winner Juana Martinez-Neal. Includes a recipe and an extensive author note that delves into the social ways, foodways, and politics of America’s 573 recognized tribes. In My Anaana’s Amautik by Nadia Sammurtok (Inuit) Sammurtok lovingly invites readers into an amautik – the pouch in the back of the mother’s parka used to carry a child – and to experience everything through the eyes of the baby nestled there. From the cloud-like softness of the lining to the sound of Anaana’s laugh, this book offers a unique perspective that will charm readers of all ages. Sharice’s Big Voice: A Native Kid Becomes a Congresswoman by Sharice Davids (Ho-Chunk); illustrated by Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley (Ojibwe, Wasauksing FN) This inspiring picture book autobiography tells the remarkable story of Sharice Davids, one of the first Native American women elected to Congress and the first LGBTQ congressperson to represent Kansas. MIDDLE GRADE Jo Jo Makoons: The Used-To-Be Best Friend by Dawn Quigley (Ojibwe, Turtle Mountain Band); illustrated by Tara Audibert (Wolastoqey)The first in an all-new chapter book series, get ready to meet Jo Jo Makoons Azure, a spunky seven-year-old Ojibwe girl who loves who she is. Jo Jo also loves her #1 best friend Mimi (who is a cat), though she’s worried that she needs to figure out how to make more friends because Fern, her best friend at school, may not want to be friends anymore. Sisters of the Neversea by Cynthia Leitich Smith (Muscogee); cover art by Floyd Cooper (Muscogee) In this beautifully re-imagined version of Peter Pan, English Wendy and Native American Lily are step-sisters and best friends. But when their feuding parents plan to spend the summer apart, they worry about what will become of their family and their friendship. Little do they know, a boy has been watching them from the oak tree outside their window. A mysterious boy who wants to take them away for good to a place called Neverland – a magical island of wild animals, fairies, and kidnapped children, with a sea of merfolk, pirates, and a giant crocodile. A boy who calls himself Peter Pan. Healer of the Water Monster by Brian Young (Diné); cover art by Shonto Begay (Diné) Young’s debut novel tells a powerful story of a seemingly ordinary Navajo boy who must save the life of a Water Monster and discovers that he’s a hero at heart. Staying with grandmother on the Navajo reservation, Nathan is sure the summer is going to be majorly uneventful. But one night, while lost in the nearby desert, Nathan finds someone extraordinary: a Holy Being from the Navajo Creation Story – a Water Monster – who needs his help. With the help of other Holy Beings, Nathan must summon all his courage to help his new friend. Mary and the Trail of Tears by Andrea L. Rogers (Cherokee)In May 1838, twelve-year-old Mary and her Cherokee family are forced out of their home in New Echota, Georgia, the capital of the Cherokee Nation. Separated from her father. Confused by the greed and hatred of the white men stealing their few possessions, and facing a 1,000 mile trek to the lands west of the Mississippi, Mary does all she can to keep her friends and family together amidst the horrors of internment, violence, disease, and a harsh winter. Featuring nonfiction support material, a glossary, and reader response questions, this Girls Survive story explores the tragedy of the forced removals following the Indian Removal Act of 1830. The Barren Grounds (The Misewa Saga, Book 1) by David A. Robertson (Norway House Cree) Morgan and Eli, two Indigenous children forced away from their families and communities, are brought together in a foster home in Winnipeg, Manitoba. They each feel disconnected, from their culture and each other, and struggle to fit in at school and at their new home until they find a secret place, walled off in an unfinished attic bedroom. A portal opens to another reality, Askí, bringing them onto frozen, barren grounds, where they meet Ochek (Fisher). The only hunter supporting his starving community – Misewa – Ochek welcomes the human children, teaching them traditional ways to survive. But as the need for food becomes desperate, they embark on a dangerous mission. Accompanied by Arik, a sassy Squirrel they catch stealing from the trapline, they try to save Misewa before the icy grip of winter freezes everything, including them. Happy Reading! -Melanie Bruchet, Youth Services Librarian

Developing Your Career

Are you seeking a new job? Thinking about your short term and long term career vision? Evaluating how you can reach your professional goals? Here are some resources to help you enhance your career development.  Career Choreography: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Finding the Right Job and Achieving Huge Success and Happiness by Ken Lindner America’s Most Successful Career Developer shows you how to secure personally suited jobs and achieve your professional goals by following easy and effective steps Crush Your Career: Ace the Interview, Land the Job, and Launch Your Future by Dee Ann Turner Chick-fil-A’s former HR operations manager helps you create a work life you love from recruitment to retirement, including how to prepare and interview for jobs, develop strong relationships, keep a job, and grow your career.  Roadmap to Federal Jobs: How to Determine Your Qualifications, Develop an Effective USAJOBS Resume, Apply for and Land U.S. Government Jobs by Barbara A. Adams Learn proven processes for finding, applying for, and landing U.S. Government jobs. The Genius Habit: How One Habit Can Radically Change Your Work and Your Life by Laura Garnett  Print   Book on CD   Ebook  In The Genius Habit, performance strategist Laura Garnett shows you how the path to finding long-lasting professional happiness starts with building the habit that makes extraordinary accomplishment all but guaranteed, as well as: – The difference between passion and purpose and why one matters more than the other – How to stop equating achievements with happiness – Why having a mentor is not a necessity for career success. Back to Business: Finding Your Confidence, Embracing Your Skills, and Landing Your Dream Job After a Career Pause by Nancy McSharry Jensen The 45 percent of American women who take career breaks know better than anyone that searching for a job—with its new modes of communication, new rules of discoverability, and new expectations—has changed rapidly in the last decade. This book lays out a clear path for anyone ready to re-enter the workforce. How to Get a Good Job After 50: A Step-by-Step Guide to Job Search Success by Rupert French These days, more and more people are looking to stay in the workforce longer and are seeking satisfying, fulfilling jobs. How to Get a Good Job After 50 is a step-by-step guide to finding and winning the sort of job older employees want to have! In clear, practical chapters, job search expert Rupert French shows you how to adopt a pro-active, ‘self-employed’ approach that builds self-esteem and promotes a time-efficient, self-managed job search program. Recalculating: Navigate Your Career Through the Changing World of Work by Lindsey Pollak A leading workplace expert provides an inspirational, practical, and forward-looking career playbook for recent grads, career changers, and transitioning professionals looking to thrive in today’s rapidly evolving workplace. Next Job, Best Job: A Headhunter’s 11 Strategies to Get Hired Now by Rob Barnett  If you’re struggling to find work in an uncertain job market, Next Job, Best Job by headhunter Rob Barnett delivers game changing strategies to get you hired now. For readers at any phase of a career, Barnett saves you months of wasted time surfing random job postings and uploading resumes into oblivion. His new process gives you the end-to-end tools to find the work you want. Love Your Job: The New Rules of Career Happiness by Kerry Hannon Yes, it is possible to have a job you love, and it doesn’t require starting from scratch. Love Your Job is a guide to making work fulfilling and fun – again or even for the first time. Kerry Hannon, The New York Times columnist and AARP’s jobs expert, focuses on the little things that can make a big difference in how we feel about work. Amazing Fast-Track Careers: Start A New Career In Less Than A Year by Rothesia Stokes Amazing Fast-Track Careers is a guide for those who are seeking new career paths but are unaware of the options available to them. You no longer have to feel limited to a career that does not fulfill you or feel it will take several years to make a career change. You can begin taking action to have the career you desire. Power Moves:  How Women Can Pivot, Reboot, and Build a Career of Purpose by Lauren McGoodwin From the founder of the influential website Career Contessa, an invaluable career resource for women feeling stuck or unfulfilled that combines actionable advice, learning tools to make impactful life changes, and an in-depth discussion of how to build a meaningful career on your terms. Finding Work You Love: 3 Steps to Getting the Perfect Job After College by Kirk Snyder A three-step career system to help you tap into your own unique value to find a deeply meaningful and engaging job, whether you’re a college student, a recent graduate, or a new professional looking for a fresh start. The 2-Hour Job Search, Second Edition: Using Technology to Get the Right Job Faster by Steve Dalton Use the latest technology to target potential employers and secure the first interview—no matter your experience, education, or network—with these revised and updated tools and recommendations. The Introvert’s Complete Career Guide: From Landing a Job, to Surviving, Thriving, and Moving on Up by Jane Finkle In this supportive, all-inclusive handbook, Jane Finkle demonstrates how to use your introverted qualities to their best advantage, then add a sprinkling of extraverted skills to round out a forceful combination for ultimate career success. Finkle shares the keys to navigating each stage of professional development—from self-assessment and job searching, to survival in a new position and career advancement. -Hongmei, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian