New Books (May 22, 2020)

The New Jersey State Library is adhering to restrictions imposed by the Governor’s COVID-19 directives, so staff can only provide access to electronic items until further notice. We will begin featuring titles from our print collections when the restrictions are lifted. In the meantime, please explore our extensive electronic resources collection, including eBooks on EBSCOhost.

Featured eBooks

Our first featured eBook is The Grown-Up’s Guide to Making Art With Kids.

Make art and memories with the special kids in your life! Packed with how-to drawing and painting projects, creative prompts, and original crafting activities, The Grown-Up’s Guide to Making Art with Kids will inspire you and your little ones to spend hours of creative fun together. This book includes drawing and painting projects featuring popular, kid-friendly, and on-trend subjects—like dinosaurs, pets, flowers, and robots—that adults and kids can create together. Guided practice pages invite interactivity and allow children and adults to draw and paint the same subjects, side by side, for a fun-filled joint activity. The book’s artwork is colorful, approachable, and done using ordinary, easily available art tools, including markers, crayons, colored pencils, and acrylic paint. In addition to drawing lessons, The Grown-Up’s Guide to Making Art with Kids also includes projects and ideas for using artwork created from the prompts in the book to make crafts, including a map, pop-up art, and paper dolls. The Grown-Up’s Guide to Making Art with Kids teaches valuable drawing, painting, and crafting skills to both kids and adults; inspires creativity; and encourages family togetherness. What better way to avoid screen time than by drawing, painting, and creating together with your kids?

Our second featured eBook is In the Country of Women: A Memoir.

One of NPR’s Best Books of the Year, In the Country of Women is a valuable social history and a personal narrative that reads like a love song to America and indomitable women. In inland Southern California, near the desert and the Mexican border, Susan Straight, a self-proclaimed book nerd, and Dwayne Sims, an African American basketball player, started dating in high school. After college, they married and drove to Amherst, Massachusetts, where Straight met her teacher and mentor, James Baldwin, who encouraged her to write. Once back in Riverside, at driveway barbecues and fish fries with the large, close-knit Sims family, Straight—and eventually her three daughters—heard for decades the stories of Dwayne’s female ancestors. Some women escaped violence in post-slavery Tennessee, some escaped murder in Jim Crow Mississippi, and some fled abusive men. Straight’s mother-in-law, Alberta Sims, is the descendant at the heart of this memoir. Susan’s family, too, reflects the hardship and resilience of women pushing onward—from Switzerland, Canada, and the Colorado Rockies to California. A Pakistani word, biraderi, is one Straight uses to define a complex system of kinship and clan—those who become your family. An entire community helped raise her daughters. Of her three girls, now grown and working in museums and the entertainment industry, Straight writes, “The daughters of our ancestors carry in their blood at least three continents. We are not about borders. We are about love and survival.”

To view these titles, and other titles in this collection, start with the New eBooks Research Guide.

eBook access is restricted to New Jersey State employees and Thomas Edison State University staff and students.

EBSCO eBooks are available in PDF and ePub formats. You can read them online and download them to many devices. Not sure how to do that? Grab your State Library borrower’s card, and see this guide to checking out and downloading EBSCO ebooks, and this guide to reading EBSCO eBooks on your mobile devices.  If you use an Android device, this short video tutorial may also be helpful.

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