Children’s Books Collaborative

Learning peace, justice through children’s books at Orange libraries

The Traprock Center for Peace and Justice in Greenfield awarded $1,000 to the Friends of the Orange Public Libraries this summer to purchase fiction and nonfiction books for children on subjects including world peace, empathy, friendship, diversity, tolerance, community, and humans’ place in the natural environment.

The Orange Public Libraries purchased nearly 100 books for children ranging in age from early childhood to young teens. Children’s librarian Jason Sullivan-Flynn described the selection as an eclectic mix of fiction titles that address children’s emotional and social growth, nature poetry, and non-fiction books on topics ranging from hard science on the environment to biographies of children and adults who have advanced human and civil rights.

The books will be on display at the Wheeler Memorial Library, and the Moore-Leland Library in North Orange beginning on Sept. 23.

On Sept. 23, the library will also host a kite-making workshop for children 5 and older and their families at the Wheeler Memorial Library. The workshop will begin with Sullivan-Flynn reading one of the books purchased with the Traprock Center’s gift, Bruce Edward Hall’s “Henry and the Kite Dragon.” The workshop is made possible by the Traprock Center for Peace and Justice and is free and open to the public.