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One Book One City for Kids Announces 2011 Selection
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One Book One City for Kids Announces 2011 Selection


GRAND RAPIDS (January 10, 2011) One Book, One City for Kids, a citywide reading initiative for 4th, 5th, and 6th graders, announces this year’s selection is "Ellie McDoodle: New Kid in School" by Ruth McNally Barshaw.

One Book, One City for Kids is an annual reading program encouraging 4,5 & 6th grade readers to read and discuss the same book each winter. The program also strives to encourage a life-long love of reading among middle school-age readers, inspire readers to bring story ideas and themes to life through discussion, and build collaborative ties between public libraries, school libraries, and area schools.

This year the entire city will be reading "Ellie McDoodle: New Kid in School" by Ruth McNally Barshaw. In this book, Ellie writes and doodles in a journal of her family’s move to a new home and her struggle to make friends, which gets a lot easier as she leads a nonviolent protest of long lunch lines at school. For any kid who’s ever felt like an outsider looking in, Ellie’s journal captures the frustration, the nervousness, and the occasional happy surprise of making a fresh start.

Ruth McNally Barshaw life-long writer and artist, has worked in the advertising field, illustrated for newspapers, and won numerous essay-writing contests. She has published three Ellie McDoodle booksShe lives in Lansing, Michigan with her family.

There will be “oodles” of programs in conjunction with this program. Teachers at Grand Rapids schools can apply online at http://www.onebookforkids.org/ to have the author visit their school on March 14 or 15. There will also be a “Oodles & Oodles of Doodles” party at the Grand Rapids Main Library on Monday March 14 at 6:30 pm and at the Cook Library Center on Friday, March 25 at 4:00 pm. Barshawwill also be at Pooh’s Corner on Monday March 14 at 3:30 pm for a reception and book signing.

One Book, One City for Kids is a collaboration between the Grand Rapids Public Library, Pooh’s Corner, the Grand Rapids Public Schools, Grand Rapids Community College, Greater Grand Rapids Reads, Kent ISD and Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities. It is sponsored by the Friends of the Main Library and the Grand Rapids Public Library Foundation. All programs are free and open to the public. For more information, call 616-988-5400 or visit our website at http://www.grpl.org/. The Grand Rapids Public Library connects people to the transforming power of knowledge.

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