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Once upon a time, it was a dark and stormy night … perfect for exploring our Children’s Collections

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Did you know your library has a large collection of children’s books and storytelling props like puppets & felt boards? Plus, we have step-stools for reaching the top shelves and big bean bag chairs to curl up and read in. Children accompanying their parents to the library are welcome to read our books.

Our children’s collections support Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s programs in Education. They also grew out of the Family Reading Center in the old library.

In addition to stories, we have children’s books on every topic – including activities in science, math, music, and art. We have books about holidays from many cultural traditions, plus DVDs and music CDs. And we subscribe to the Junior Library Guild which sends us new books each month! You can see a list and follow updates to the collection on our blog using this link.

We also have books for grown-ups about teaching kids and young adults. From the library website, you can access databases of professional literature in education research, and ebooks on education topics.

Our librarian Liz Metz has created research guides to children’s literature, and to education resources. She also made our online catalog of puppets. Liz has a degree in elementary education and is our liaison for the education programs here. You can read more about her background in this profile.

New Children's Books

“Digitally collaged illustrations, done in a warm color palette, use simplified shapes to playfully symbolize different objects. Close-ups of the starlings’ lustrous, rainbowlike colors highlight Preston-Gannon’s skillful understanding of the way light reveals itself on a dark form.” (Kirkus Reviews)

One Dark Bird by Liz Garton Scanlon: PIC SCA

“Engle’s free verse whirls and twirls, playful and vivacious, while López’s vivid, colorful artwork elevates this story to heavenly heights. Like a concerto for the heart.” (Kirkus Reviews)

Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreno Played the Piano for President Lincoln by Margarita Engle and Rafael Lopez: ML3930.C2635 E55 2019

“Seventeen different trees are represented by a scattered array of leaves―each carefully labeled―in many gradations of green. The enticing collage art uses negative space to show the veins. The page turn leads to additional glorious art, affirming the text’s use of such words as ’emerald’ and ‘jade.'” (Kirkus Reviews)

Summer Green to Autumn Gold: Uncovering Leaves’ Hidden Colors by Mia Posada: QK649 .P67 2020

“This comedic horror-lite story about snacks is just delectable, and offers an avenue of connection between the generations.” (School Library Journal)

Snack Attack! by Terry Border: PIC BOR

“Investigating the wordless spreads is both a challenge and a joy. . . . When child and cat finally reunite, the sweet relief feels immediate and intimate . . .” (Kirkus Reviews)

Spot & Dot by Henry Cole: PIC COL

New Books: Race Relations

“A valuable guide . . . While especially helpful for those new to the critical analysis of whiteness, this work also offers a useful refresher to anyone committed to the ongoing process of self-assessment and anti-oppression work.” (Library Journal)

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin Diangelo: HT1521 .D486 2018

The history and contributions of African Americans in northeast Indiana have been largely overlooked. This new publication, African Americans in Fort Wayne: The First 200 Years, does not claim to be a definitive history of the topic. It does, however, recognize and honor the pioneers who have made the African-American community in Fort Wayne what it is today.

African Americans in Fort Wayne : The First 200 Years by Dodie Marie Miller: F534.F7 M647 2000

New Books: College Teaching and Learning

“Every college professor should read this book. It is useful, accessible, lively, and humorous. It is not ideological or pedantic, but is instead a practical guide to becoming a better professor for those of us who never desired to read a book about pedagogy.” (David Arnold, Columbia Basin College)

Geeky Pedagogy: A Guide for Intellectuals, Introverts, and Nerds Who Want to Be Effective Teachers by Jessamyn Neuhaus: LB2331 .N424 2019

“Gooblar adds his voice to a growing chorus questioning the absence of systematic pedagogical training of the professoriate in higher education. With deep empathy for emerging educators and an unwavering focus on students, Gooblar offers a guide towards cultivating a collaborative, active, and inclusive classroom.” (Kimberly Tanner, San Francisco State University)

The Missing Course: Everything They Never Taught You about College Teaching by David Gooblar: LB1778 .G655 2019

Cheating in College is a valuable read that allows educators of all disciplines to gain much-needed insight into the numerous complex issues related to student cheating. It also offers readers concrete and easy to follow tips on how to work to reduce the prevalence of cheating in their classrooms and campuses.” (Academy of Management Learning & Education)

Cheating in College: Why Students Do It and What Educators Can Do about it by Donald L. McCabe, Kenneth D. Butterfield, Linda K. Trevino: LB3609 .M27 2017

“This powerful book beautifully merges data and anecdote to explain that for far too many, college is not a gateway, but a trap. We as a society can and must do better, and The College Dropout Scandal shows us how.” (Wes Moore, bestselling author)

The College Dropout Scandal by David Kirp: LC148.15 .K57 2019

“For anyone teaching online—novice or seasoned—Small Teaching Online is a must-read! Darby expertly combines educational research and her expertise as an instructional designer to suggest practical solutions to challenges faced in the online environment in bite-sized chunks that don’t overwhelm.” (Mel Young, Teaching and Learning Innovation Hub, Cambrian College)

Small Teaching Online: Applying Learning Sciences in Online Classes by Flower Darby: LB1028.5 .D322 2019

domestic terrorism resource

American Swastika: Inside the White Power Movement’s Hidden Spaces of Hate. Second edition.

By Pete Simi & Robert Futrell
Call Number: E 184 .A1 S599 2015
View in IvyCat

This book is one of few empirical research studies of the white power movement in the United States. It is based on interviews and fieldwork carried out over two decades, from 1994-2014. The authors have carefully situated their study in our contemporary social context, and rewritten extensive sections for the second edition.

To begin with, they clearly define “the white power movement” to encompass various manifestations of belief that “the white race” is genetically superior to all other humans (p. 3). A great value of this book lies in its examination of social dynamics that have allowed these ideas to survive in the face of mainstream condemnation and scientific debunking: economic factors, niche music scenes, online forums, and personal networks including church groups.

This book is included in all major bibliographies of domestic terrorism prevention, and is relevant to our programs in public safety, homeland security, and sociology. It is important reading for anyone concerned about how hate groups maintain a presence in our society.

New Culinary Books

Enjoy biscuits and cakes, puddings and pies, from romance and comedy through to horror and science fiction, and discover fun, edible versions of your favorite novels.

Scone with the Wind: Cakes & Bakes with a Literary Twist by Miss Victoria Sponge: TX771 .S366 2015

“Jenny’s creative cookie designs are achievable, yet impressive. Jenny always delivers when it comes to creating eye-catching and delicious treats that everyone can enjoy.” (Desiree Smith, Wilton Brands)

Cookie Class: 120 Irresistible Decorating Ideas for Any Occasion by Jenny Keller: TX772 .K39 2019

“A fascinating read full of delicious detail. Claire Stewart explores the diversity of American wedding food and wedding feast traditions.” (Vicki Howard, visiting fellow, University of Essex)

As Long As We Both Shall Eat: A History of Wedding Food and Feasts by Claire Stewart: GT2690 .S74 2017

“What a joy this is for hungry readers everywhere: stylish, fun and clever. If there is comfort food, there is also comfort reading, and The Little Library Cookbook is it.” (Bee Wilson)

The Little Library Cookbook: 100 Recipes from Your Favorite Books by Kate Young: TX714 .Y687 2017

The Big Book of Amazing Cakes brings the magic of The Great British Baking Show to your kitchen with easy-to-follow recipes for every shape, size and delicious flavor of cake you can imagine.

The Great British Baking Show: The Big Book of Amazing Cakes by The Baking Show Team: TX771 .B535 2019

Welcome to the amazing world of pigfiteroles in mud, koala macarons, and the enchanting cat paradise cake… It’s time to infuse your baking with a sprinkle of glitter and a menagerie of cute creatures with the help of Kim-Joy–finalist on Great British Bake Off and America’s Great British Baking Show!

Baking with Kim-Joy: Cute and Creative Bakes to Make You Smile by Kim-Joy: TX771 .B355 2019