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Keene Public Library Begins Book-To-Action Series With Sandra and Rich Wallace Visit to Discuss Their Recent Book “Blood Brother”

Thursday, July 13, 2017, at 6 p.m.

The community is invited to the Keene Public Library’s Book-to-Action series of events, featuring “Blood Brother: Jonathan Daniels and His Sacrifice for Civil Rights” by Rich & Sandra Wallace to be held Thursday, July 13, 2017, at 6 p.m. “Blood Brother” is an account of Jonathan Daniels, a white seminary student from Keene, traveled to Selma, Alabama, in 1965 to help with voter registration of black residents. Released in 2016, the book traces Jonathan Daniels’ life from his childhood in Keene to his work and sacrifice in the South. Adults and families with upper elementary-aged children are invited to come join friends for a light meal and a good discussion about books and community. Books can inspire you to make the world a better place starting in your own neighborhood! Read the book. Meet the author. Put the ideas in the book into action in your community! 

The Book-to-Action program is a variation on the traditional library book group—it offers participants not only the opportunity to collectively read and discuss a book and meet a book author, but also to put their newfound knowledge into action by engaging in a community service project or activity related to the book's topic.

Sandra Neil Wallace is an award-winning author of fiction and biographies for young people. As a child of three generations of concentration camp survivors, Sandra Wallace’s work focuses on overcoming barriers, including gender and race. The former TV news anchor and ESPN sportscaster was the first woman to host an NHL broadcast on national television. Her historical novel “Muckers” is based on the true, inspirational story of an Arizona football team overcoming racism to make a run at a state championship. Among the novel’s many awards are Booklist’s Top 10 Sports Books of the Year and Bank Street College’s Best Books of the Year. Sandra was named an outstanding newcomer to the children’s literature scene by the Horn Book following the publication of her novel, “Little Joe.” Her first book of nonfiction is “Babe Conquers the World”--a bio of sports pioneer Babe Didrikson Zaharias. Rich Wallace is the acclaimed author of a wide range of books for children and teenagers. His first novel, “Wrestling Sturbridge,” was an American Library Association Top 10 Selection for Young Adults and a 100 Best of the Best for the 20th Century. “Wicked Cruel” is a trilogy of thought-provoking and spooky urban legends set in New Hampshire. Rich has written more than three dozen novels for kids. He also served as senior editor at “Highlights for Children” magazine for many years, and still, writes the popular comic strip “The Timbertoes” for that publication.

Book-to-Action Discussions will continue throughout the summer. These discussions will include a light meal and engaging discussion but will not include the authors. On Thursday, July 20, 2017, at 6 p.m., families are invited to a Book-to-Action focusing on “Last Stop On Market Street”  by Matt de la Peña  This is an excellent book that highlights urban life, volunteerism, and thankfulness. On Thursday, July 27, 2017, at 6 p.m. the book “The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food” by Janisse Ray will be discussed. With a literary lyricism that prompted a New York Times writer to proclaim her the Rachel Carson of the south, the author presents inspiring stories of ordinary gardeners whose aim is to save time-honored, open-pollinated seed varieties that will be lost if people don’t grow, save, and swap the seeds. On Thursday, August 17, 2017, at 6 p.m. the book “Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him” by Luis Carlos Montalván will be discussed. In the book, a highly decorated U.S. Army captain returns from two tours in Iraq suffering from crippling post-traumatic stress disorder. Tuesday, a golden retriever trained to assist the disabled, helped him to recover from psychological wounds and restore his spirit.

These programs are free to the public and are sponsored by the Friends of the Keene Public Library. Contact 603-352-0157 or visit the online calendar at www.keenepubliclibrary.org for more information.