Young readers will be inspired and fascinated by the lives of poets, ballerinas, actors, and engineers.
Wilma Mankiller, with her "abiding faith in the ability of Cherokee people to solve their own problems," transforms first the tiny community of Bell and then the Cherokee Nation ("Wilma's Way Home").
Janet Collins refuses to bow to segregation and becomes a principal dancer at the Metropolitan Opera House ("Brave Ballerina").
Edwin Binney believed all children should have access to art supplies - and put together the team that eventually created one of the world's most popular toys ("Crayon Man").
Bonus: "Beyond Words: What Elephants and Whales Think and Feel" will be a hit with animal lovers. True stories (like the group of elephants that builds a protective cage for an elderly woman lost at night) provide insight into the empathy, fear, pleasure, and anxiety that animals experience.
The mission of the North Manchester Public Library is to provide materials, programs, and services necessary to meet the recreational and educational needs of the community in an easily-accessible facility, which is a community center of activity and information.