The “Bookshelf” grant coincides with the “Picturing America” grant also recently awarded to the library as both relate to the richness and diversity of American culture.
A total of 20 hardcover books were awarded to the Three Rivers Branch Library ranging all grade levels from K-12. Out of the 20 books, three are in Spanish. These books include: Walt Whitman by Barbara Kerley, Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez by Kathleen Krull, The Captain’s Dog: My Journey with the Lewis and Clark Tribe by Roland Smith, The Life and Death of Crazy Horse by Russell Freedman, Travels with Charley in Search of America by John Steinbeck, Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville, and 1776: The Illustrated Edition by David McCullough—a $65 value book that includes reproductions of actual famous presidential letters and a thorough illustrated look at the original publication.
These books, hundreds of dollars in value, were awarded free of charge to over 4,000 schools and libraries in the U.S. this year according to the NEH Bookshelf website. The Three Rivers Branch Library was one of those 4,000 who received the grant out of over 7,000 applicants. The NEH Bookshelf Fact Sheet states: “The awards are part of the National Endowment for the Humanities We the People initiative, which supports projects that strengthen the teaching, study and understanding of American history and culture.”
Each grant year has a different set of books and a different theme.
The books will be on display for everyone to see starting June 3 at the Three Rivers Branch Library and will be available for checkout the following Monday.
Those with Internet access can view all titles awarded with the grant at: www.wethepeople.gov/bookshelf/index.html.