The South Coastal Library is one of 500 libraries selected nationally to receive the We the People “Freedom” Bookshelf. This grant program presented by American Library Association in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities is to encourage young people to read and understand great literature while exploring themes in American history. A set of fifteen classic books on the theme of freedom for young readers in grades K through 12 will be available in the children’s and young adult’s sections of the library. Four of the titles will also be available in Spanish.
Many of the titles in this year’s We the People Bookshelf highlight important events in American history or universal themes that are part of American culture and represent the American heritage. All the books were selected from Summertime Favorites, a list of recommended readings that represents NEH’s long-standing effort to highlight classic literature for young people from kindergarten through high school. This list may be obtained at the library or online at www.neh.gov/projects/summertimefavorites.htm.
The freedom bookshelf will be on display and emphasized as part of South Coastal Library’s Summer Reading Program which starts on Monday, June 20.