Monday, August 24, 2009

Thanks to the Winnie Belle Learned Fund ...

...we now have a large selection of books about and from other cultures. Also included in our purchases are CDs from Putumayo World Music. The books and CDs are on display in the Children's Room for you to view and check out. Here's a sampling of the titles:
Bean Soup/Sopa de Frijoles by Jorge Argueta
All Kinds of Children by Norma Simon
My Father's Shop by Satomi Ichikawa
I Love Saturdays y Domingos by Alma Flor Ada
One Year in Beijing by Xiaohong Wang
Somewhere in the World Right Now by Stacey Schuett
The Road to Mumbai by Ruth Jeyaveeran
Everybody Bonjours! by Leslie Kimmelman

The Winnie Belle Learned Fund was established in 2006 by Dr. Burnett Rawson in honor of Winnie Belle Learned, a Vermonter, educator, and his benefactress. Ms. Learned was born in 1863 in Westford. Despite many personal hardships, she became a teacher and principal. With a relative, she operated the Cherry Hill Farm in Williston until her death in 1941. Her generosity and vision allowed Dr. Rawson to attend the University of Vermont and its medical school.

Dr. Rawson's goal for the Winnie Belle Learned Fund is to help public libraries of Vermont foster literacy, love of learning, critical analysis. and intellectual exploration in their communities, among children of all ages and their families. We are so lucky to be a recipient of Dr. Rawson's generosity. What a marvelous way to honor a teacher!