Friday, October 30, 2015

NanoWriMo and Native American History Month

November is a big month for libraries, and if we work together it can be a more than a countdown to Thanksgiving. November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and Native American Heritage Month.

The library will sponsor a Kick-off party for anyone interested in writing a novel during November on Thursday, November 5th after school. We’ll have games, a few prizes and comradery. Creative writing can be a powerful force for expression and maintaining mental health in the face of stress.
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Native American History can often be overlooked in the broader understanding of our country’s history, but November offers an opportunity for us to shine a light on these cultures. Here are a few resources to help you as you plan this month.

A Cheyenne Odyssey (Interactive Site) -
Treaties with the Native American Indian Nations (Online Exhibition)-
DocsTeach: Native Americans in the National Archives -


Books in our catalog:
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West by Dee Alexander Brown
Native American Mythology by Jim Ollhoff
You are now on Indian land the American Indian occupation of Alcatraz Island, California by Margaret Goldstein
Code talker : a novel about the Navajo Marines of World War Two by Joseph Bruchac
Ebooks are available on the history and culture of Hopi, Navajo, Nez Perce, Cherokee, Creek and Shoshone Tribes.

Don’t forget about the more than 2,000 ebooks we have in our catalog. Students and teachers can access them online here:

This is a great alternative for students who are shy about their friends seeing them reading or have a hard time returning titles. Kids will need a username and password if they are outside of the building.

Username: southatlanta               Password: readmore