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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Hear Me Roar!

Gruff...gruff...gruff...oh, excuse me.  I was just lifting some weights here.  That's right, lifting weights.  Do you want to know why?  Because I am a strong woman!  Or at least I am trying to be.  You see, it's Women's History Month in March, and there are so many strong women in history that I was feeling a little weak.  So I am bulking up!  Protein shakes and all.  Wait, what is that you say?  It is more about women who have changed history through their work and minds?  Ahh, I see.  (Blush.)  Well, let me put my dumbbells and sweat bands away.  So you mean to tell me that this whole Women's History Month is about women from the past who have been powerful, passionate, fierce, and dedicated to what they believe in?  Well, that makes a lot more sense.  Lucky me, I am already here at the library, so I don't have to go far to get some great books.  And there are so many of those fascinating women to look up to - Amelia Earhart, Jane Addams (not of the Addams Family monster variety, just in case you were wondering), Sacagawea, Harriet Tubman, and one of my favorites, Abigail Adams.  We have books on all of them!  Now, I am a little American history crazy, so I might be a bit biased, but all these women, and other women too, lived such powerful and interesting lives.  They took it upon themselves to change history.  What a mighty thing that is - to be so brave and courageous.  I can't help but be inspired and take on life with new vigor.

So you know me by now, and as usual, I have some fun activities for you to do at home or at the library.  I have yet to meet a girl who does not at least know about American Girl dolls.  We have oh so many books about them in our series section.  But why not make up your own American Girl doll story?  Cut out a picture of a girl from a magazine at home, and get writing - where did she come from?  Who is she?  What era is she living in?

Keep a diary, or journal.  We have learned a lot about women through the diaries and letters they left behind.  You never know - you might be the next woman to change the world, and people like me would love to read about your daily life years from now.

Make a scrapbook.  A couple pages could be about women in sports, and another few about women in politics.  You can't forget about women in science.  Arrange the pages chronologically or alphabetically.  So many fun possibilities with this one - crafting made educational! you think you know what I am up to again?  No, no, no - no more weights.  Now I am lifting all the books I am going to check out on fabulous women throughout history.  Hey, it's a win-win!  I can get mentally and physically strong at the same time!  What a deal. 

Amelia Earhart Materials
Jane Addams Materials
Sacagawea Materials
Harriet Tubman Materials
American Girl Doll Materials

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