In addition to creating the WRA Summer Leisure Reading List, the WRA librarians also submit reading suggestions for preK- Grade 12 for the Cleveland Area Independent Librarians Network (CAISLN).
The 50 star American flag was designed by an Ohio high school student for a class project. His teacher originally gave him a B–.
Mayor Robert Heft remembers:
'The thing is to add it (a star) so no one can tell there is a change in the design," he said. Heft arranged the 50 stars in five rows of six stars alternating with four rows of five stars.
His teacher, Stanley Pratt, gave him a B minus on the project.
"He said it lacked originality," Heft said. "He said anybody could make the flag."
Pratt, however, said he would give Heft a high grade if he could get Congress to accept the design.
Heft took on the challenge and sent his flag to his congressman, Rep. Walter Moeller, who eventually got Heft's design accepted.
Twenty years ago Lucie Bowen left Marrow Island; along with her mother, she fled the aftermath of an earthquake that compromised the local refinery, killing her father and ravaging the island’s environment. Now, Lucie’s childhood friend Kate is living within a mysterious group called Marrow Colony—a community that claims to be “ministering to the Earth.” There have been remarkable changes to the land at the colony’s homestead. Lucie’s experience as a journalist tells her there’s more to the Colony—and their charismatic leader-- than they want her to know, and that the astonishing success of their environmental remediation has come at great cost to the Colonists themselves. As she uncovers their secrets and methods, will Lucie endanger more than their mission? What price will she pay for the truth?
In the company of Station Eleven and California, Marrow Island uses two tense natural disasters to ask tough questions about our choices—large and small. A second novel from a bookseller whose sleeper-hit debut was praised by Karen Russell as “haunted, joyful, beautiful….” it promises to capture and captivate new readers even as it thrills her many existing fans.
For more Good Reads, look left!