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Celebrate women’s history month with some great books

6 Mar

In January, the Amelia Bloomer Project announce the 2014  list of books that highlight the power of the individual and the collective voices of women across time and around the world. Here are the top 10.

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Cummins, Julie. “Flying Solo: How Ruth Elder Soared into America’s Heart.” Illus. by Malene R. Laugesen. 2013. Unpaged. Roaring Brook Press, $17.99 (978-1-5964-3509-4). K-Gr.2

Gevinson, Tavi (Ed.). “Rookie Yearbook Two.” 2013. 348p. Drawn & Quarterly, $29.95 (978-1-7704-6148-2). Gr.7-up.

Global Fund for Children. “Global Baby Girls.” 2013. Unpaged. Charlesbridge Publishing, $6.95 (978-1-5808-9439-5). PreS.

Markel, Michelle. “Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909.” Illus. by Melissa Sweet. 2013. Unpaged. Balzer + Bray, $17.99 (978-0-0618-0442-7). K-Gr.4.

Molloy, Aimee.“ However Long the Night: Molly Melching’s Journey to Help Millions of African Women and Girls Triumph.” 2013. 252p. HarperOne, $25.99 (978-0-0621-3276-5). Gr.10-up.

Mullenbach, Cheryl.  “Double Victory: How African American Women Broke Race and Gender Barriers to Help Win World War II.”  2013. 266p. Chicago Review Press, $19.95 (978-1-5697-6808-2). Gr.9-up.

Povich, Lynn. “The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued Their Bosses and Changed the Workplace.” 2012. 249p. PublicAffairs, $25.99 (978-1-6103-9173-3). Gr.10-up.

Schnall, Marianne. “What Will It Take to Make a Woman President? ” 2013. 386p. Seal Press, $17.00 (978-1-5800-5496-6). Gr.10-12.

Wishinsky, Frieda. “Profiles: Freedom Heroines.” 2012. 144p. Scholastic, $6.99 (978-0-5454-2518-6). Gr.4-6.

Yousafzai, Malala with Christina Lamb. “I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban.” 2013. 327p. Little, Brown and Company, $26.00 (978-0-3163-2240-9). Gr.8-12.

Click here to see the full list.

Knitting for charity SOLSC 6

6 Mar

I did it to myself. I have two knitting project on the go. Both for charity. One project isn’t due for a few months.The other is due by the end of the month and I’m a little worried.

My church has a school and I have promised to fill a bag that will later be beautifully arranged and auctioned off. I said I’d make a knitting bag. I could have let myself off easy and filled it with supplies that someone can purchase and knit something for themselves. But that was too easy. I promised a sweater. Then, I got another brilliant idea: matching mother-daughter sweaters. I found a pattern I liked that would knit up quickly.


Although I liked the colors in the picture, I wanted something different, more girly, but that a mom would wear, too.  So, I agonized over the colors, finally deciding on a red body with yellow pink and white in the fair isle. I started it Monday. With Spring Break coming soon, I hope I will make the deadline. I’m starting with the Mom Sweater and will knit the daughter sweater in the smallest size. The auction isn’t until May, so I know there is wiggle room. I suppose that’s way they gave us the early deadline.

The other sweater is for the Oregon Basset Hound Games in July. For the last three years, I’ve knit a sweater with a basset hound on it for the raffle at the Games. I started it because  had planned it out a while ago and had the yarn for it already. I was between knitting projects, so I began. I’m merging two patterns, so I don’t have a picture. It will be a white sweater with a basset hound fair isle motif.

There are lots of charitable organizations that one can knit for. It’s a great thing to do because organizations get things they can use and knitters have things to work on to keep their hands busy. You can only make so much stuff for yourself!

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