Staff Picks: Books
Staff-recommended reading from the
Through the years of researching my family history, I discovered that many of my ancestors fought in the Civil War. There is currently a pictorial display at the Oshtemo Branch Library of African/American Civil War Veterans along with books on African/ American history. I’m the part-time teen librarian at Oshtemo. My four great-grand- fathers and five great-great uncles are in the display, along with information about Michigan’s 1st Colored Infantry, later called the 102nd United States Colored Infantry.
The display also includes information about the “Battle of Honey Hill” that took place on November 30, 1864, in support of General William T. Sherman’s march to the sea in South Carolina. My great-grandfather John Conner, his brother William Frank Conner, who was the sergeant of his troop, and their two brother-in-laws, Himebrick Tyler and Joseph Seaton fought bravely in this battle.
African Americans in the Civil War
250 preschoolers and over 100 of their parents, teachers, and caregivers enjoyed our most recent Music & Make Believe programs. Music & Make Believe is a collaboration between the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra and the Kalamazoo Public Library where children 4-6 years old come to hear a story read, accompanied by a string quartet. In our latest sessions, the book was Berlioz the Bear by Jan Brett so all the children made bear hats to take home.
Music & Make Believe is one of my favorite programs we do here at the library and I am so happy to be part of something that gives children a chance to experience top quality live music for free. We schedule Music & Make Believe programs twice a year: in the Fall around September or October and in the Winter around February or March. These are programs you need to register for so keep your eyes open for the next set of programs. It's really an opportunity you shouldn't miss.
Berlioz the Bear