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  • Watch Party: Family Secrets — Navigating Unexpected Genealogical Finds External

    September 24, 2021 | 3:00 pm EDT | Online

    Teaching with Primary Sources Eastern Region

    Join us for a watch party of the “Family Secrets” National Book Festival presentation featuring Library of Congress genealogist Candice Buchanan and co-presenter Sheree Budge. These Library of Congress research librarians will virtually connect with Candice’s hometown audience to answer questions and share local connections.

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Great Reads from Great Places

"Your Name Is a Song" by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

Age: 5-10 years

In “Your Name Is a Song” (Innovation Press), a little girl is frustrated by a day full of teachers and classmates mispronouncing her beautiful name. She tells her mother she never wants to come back to school. In response, the girl's mother teaches her about the musicality of African, Asian, Black American, Latinx and Middle Eastern names on their lyrical walk home through the city.

Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow is a Philadelphia-based educator and children’s book author. Her picture books and short stories, which feature young Black and Muslim protagonists, have been widely recognized.

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Learn more about this state's 2021 Great Reads from Great Places book selection in this video.

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