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Finalist Feature: Justice Makes a Difference

Category: Communities Create

Description: “Words are powerful,” Grandma told Justice. “They can be used in powerful ways to do good or to do harm. That’s why it’s important to always be careful with your words.”

Justice has grown up witnessing the many ways her grandma serves the community. She wants to make a difference in the world, too, but how? Isn’t she too young?

Through conversations with her grandma and their shared love of books, Justice learns about important women and men throughout history who changed the world: Ella Baker, Shirley Chisholm, Charles Hamilton Houston, Dr. Wangari Maathai, Paul Robeson, and Ida B. Wells. Justice learns how each leader was a champion for advancing justice and improving the world, and she dreams of becoming a change maker, too—“Miss Freedom Fighter, Esquire,” a superhero with a law degree and an afro!

Written by Dr. Artika Tyner and Jacklyn Milton, passionate educators and community advocates, Justice Makes a Difference is the inspiring story of one little girl’s realization that her name is her destiny.

Organization: Planting People Growing Justice Leadership Institute seeks to plant seeds of social change through education, training, and community outreach. PPGJLI focuses on building pipelines of success for K-12 students, promoting academic excellence and the unveiling of each student’s limitless potential through books, educational offerings, and youth leadership summits.

Winners will be announced at the 2020 Minnesota Library Association Annual Conference.

Finalist Feature: Legacies

Category: Communities Create

Description: In 2018, a group of 16 (mostly) local poets responded to a call for submissions to an anthology of “poetic living wills.” Edited by Northfield Poet Laureate Rob Hardy, the poems in Legacies deal with death and dying, with the things that make life meaningful in the face of death, and with the legacies that the poets hope to leave behind or have received from others before them.

Organization: The Northfield Poet Laureate, a position established in 2016, serves as a coordinator and creative leader for poetic and literary arts in the community. The Northfield Poet Laureate is sponsored by the City of Northfield and funded by the Northfield Public Library and the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC), in partnership with the Northfield Arts and Culture Commission. The first Northfield Poet Laureate is Rob Hardy.

Winners will be announced at the 2020 Minnesota Library Association Annual Conference.

Finalist Feature: Journeys

 

Category: Communities Create

Description: Journeys is a book of stories.Within its pages, you’ll find memories, poems, art, tall tales and everything in between. These stories share the journeys and perspectives of adult literacy students enrolled in reading, English as a Second Language, GED, and basic skills classes across the state of Minnesota.

Organization: The mission of Literacy Minnesota is to share the power of learning through education, community building and advocacy. Through its mission, Literacy Minnesota helps adults become self-sufficient citizens through improved literacy, helps at-risk children and families gain literacy skills to increase school success, strengthens communities by raising literacy levels and encouraging volunteerism, and raises awareness of literacy needs and services throughout the state.

Winners will be announced at the 2020 Minnesota Library Association Annual Conference.