Entries by Tammie Benham

Maker Cart for Elementary School Aged Children

The Rosemary Titus Reynolds Children’s Library in Joplin Public Library is proud to announce a new program for Children in 1st through 5th grade.  The Maker Cart program is funded by the MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES and is offered on the first and third Saturdays of the month.  Come use recycled materials to explore […]

Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess by Shari Green

Written in sparse prose, this offering from Shari Green is touching without being full of angst.  Macy McMillan is a typical sixth grader with one exception-she’s deaf.  In a refreshing twist, this story doesn’t use Macy’s hearing as a main focal point.  Instead we are introduced to a pre-teen who is anxious about making and […]

Diverse Picture Books

I started this week’s review with another novel in mind, but a recent comment from a storytime attendee directed my attention elsewhere. On their way out the door, a small child stopped to look at a display book; as they did so, they told their caregiver, “Look, its me!” The child holding the book and […]

nine, ten: a September 11 Story by Nora Raleigh Baskin

The heavy subject matter of the World Trade Center bombings of September 11, 2001 is here portrayed through the eyes and experiences of four middle school children.  Beginning with typical day-in-the-life angst of a middle schooler, albeit individuals with some trauma in their past, the author leads us to the culminating event of the planes […]