ALLen Reads

For the 10th year, Allen joins cities across the country participating in a community "One Book" project that involves everyone reading and discussing the same book.  Everyone in Allen can have "one book" to share and discuss with their family and friends.
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2017 Book Selections

Brown Girl Dreaming

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by Jacqueline Woodson


Recommended for grade 5 through adult

In vivid poems, Woodson shares what is was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow laws and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement.  Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child's soul as she searches for her place in the world and joyfully finds hew voice through writing stories, even as she struggles to read as a child.  Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become.

Each Kindness


by Jacqueline Woodson


Recommended for grades 3-4

Each kindness makes the world a little better.

Chloe and her friends won't play with the new girl, Maya.  Every times Maya tries to join Chloe and her friends, they reject her.  Eventually, Maya stops coming to school.  When Chloe's teacher gives a lesson about how even small acts of kindness can change the world, Chloe is stung by the lost opportunity for friendship and things about how much better it could have been if she'd shown a little kindness toward Maya.
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The Other Side

The Other Side
by Jacqueline Woodson

Recommended for grades K-2

Clover's mom says it isn't safe to cross the fence that segregates their African-American side of town from the white side where Anna lives.  However, the two girls strike up a friendship and get around the grown-ups' rules by sitting on top of the fence together. Parents will recognize the symbolism of the fence between the yards.

Children will love the story of how a new friendship is built and the beauty of the watercolor illustrations.


Book Discussions about brown girl dreaming


Noontime Pageturners   Wednesday, February 1  

Ladies Night Out Wednesday, February 15

Let's Talk Dewey Tuesday, February 21

Events and Activities

Tuesday, March 7
Tuesday, March 14
Tuesday, March 21
Tuesday, March 28
Thursday, March 16

Brown Girl Dreaming

Orchestra/Drama Interpretations:
LFC Drama Students and Orchestra
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Sunday, April 2