@ Your Library 3.20.18

Women's History


@ Your Library

By Beverly Ewart


March: A good month for protests; a good month for women’s history; a good month to learn more about women’s suffrage and some of the movement’s most celebrated figures:

  • Sojourner Truth

  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton

  • Susan B. Anthony

  • Alice Stone Blackwell

  • Carrie Chapman Catt

  • Nora Stanton Blatch Barney

  • Alice Paul

If you don’t recognize some of these names, stop by and check them out at the library.  These are some of the women who led the march to the 19th Amendment, paving the way to the polling booth for generations of women to come.  (I have chosen to include some British suffragettes in my book list as well.)

Let’s see which books get your vote:

  • In Her Own Right: The Life of Elizabeth Cady Stanton by Elisabeth Griffith - The first comprehensive, fully documented biography of the most important woman suffragist and feminist reformer in nineteenth-century America, In Her Own Right restores Elizabeth Cady Stanton to her true place in history. Griffith emphasizes the significance of role models and female friendships in Stanton's progress toward personal and political independence. - Amazon

  • Courting Miss Ansel by Kim Vogel Sawyer - A new schoolteacher has a small 1880s Nebraska town up in arms over her newfangled teaching methods in this charming prairie romance.

  • Sex Wars by Marge Piercy - Coming of age in a post-Civil War New York City tenement flat, Jewish-Russian Freydeh juggles multiple jobs to earn passage for her family, until she learns that her younger sister is adrift somewhere in the city.

  • The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote by Elaine F. Weiss - Following a handful of remarkable women who led their respective forces into battle, along with appearances by Woodrow Wilson, Warren Harding, Frederick Douglass, and Eleanor Roosevelt, The Woman's Hour is an inspiring story of activists winning their own freedom in one of the last campaigns forged in the shadow of the Civil War, and the beginning of the great twentieth-century battles for civil rights. - Amazon

  • Votes For Women!: American Suffragists and the Battle for the Ballot by Winifred Conkling - “Author Winifred Conkling covers not only the suffragists’ achievements and politics but also the private journeys that fueled their passion and led them to become women’s champions. From Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who founded the suffrage movement at the 1848 Seneca Falls convention; to Victoria Woodhull, the first female candidate for president; to Sojourner Truth and her famous speech, “Ain’t I a Woman?”; to Alice Paul, who was arrested and force-fed in prison, Conkling combines thorough research with page-turning storytelling to bring the battle for the right to vote to vivid life. Votes for Women! also explores the movement’s often powerful, sometimes difficult relationship with the temperance and abolition movements, and takes unflinching look at some of the uglier moments in the fight for the women’s vote.” - Amazon

  • Suffragette - DVD  Inspired by true events, a moving drama exploring the passion and heartbreak of the women who risked everything in their fight for equality in early 20th century Britain. The story centers on Maud, a working wife and mother whose life is forever changed when she is secretly recruited to join the U.K.'s growing suffragette movement. Galvanized by the outlaw fugitive Emmeline Pankhurst, Maud becomes an activist for the cause alongside women from all walks of life.  

  • Secrets on 26th Street by Elizabeth McDavid Jones  “In New York City in 1914, eleven-year-old Susan encounters a mystery through an independent-minded female boarder and becomes involved in the growing suffrage movement.” - Amazon

  • Louisa May Alcott: Author, Nurse, Suffragette by Carol Greene  “A biography of the nineteenth-century American author best known for her autobiographical novel Little Women.” - Amazon

  • Sojourner Truth’s Step-Stomp Stride by Andrea Davis Pinkney (K-Gr. 3) A celebrated author-illustrator team tells the story of one of the most unique and courageous women in American history, Sojourner Truth, who worked relentlessly to end slavery and ensure freedom for all.

  • Miss Paul and the President: The Creative Campaign for Women’s Right to Vote by Dean Robbins  (K-Gr 3) - “This picture book biography introduces young readers to Alice Paul, the suffragist and women's rights activist. Readers will learn of Paul's fierce efforts to win the right to vote for women, including putting together a parade in Washington, DC, that upstaged the incoming president, Woodrow Wilson; organizing protesters outside the White House; and directly confronting President Wilson on the matter of women's suffrage. ...A final illustration shows the triumphant Paul on her way to vote in the 1920 election. This is an engaging introduction to an important and often neglected historical figure.” - from School Library Journal

  • You Want Women to Vote, Lizzie Stanton? By Jean Fritz (Gr. 3-7) "A lively portrait of the unconventional leader of the women's suffrage movement follows Lizzie Stanton's career from the 1848 Women's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, through her successful writing and lecturing tours, to her struggle for women's rights."-- Amazon.

  • Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary by Anita Anand  “In 1876, Sophia Duleep Singh was born into Indian royalty. Her father, Maharajah Duleep Singh, was heir to the Kingdom of the Sikhs, one of the greatest empires of the Indian subcontinent, a realm that stretched from the lush Kashmir Valley to the craggy foothills of the Khyber Pass and included the mighty cities of Lahore and Peshawar. It was a territory irresistible to the British, who plundered everything, including the fabled Koh-I-Noor diamond. Exiled to England, the dispossessed Maharajah transformed his estate at Elveden in Suffolk into a Moghul palace, its grounds stocked with leopards, monkeys and exotic birds. Sophia, god-daughter of Queen Victoria, was raised a genteel aristocratic Englishwoman: presented at court, afforded grace and favor lodgings at Hampton Court Palace and photographed wearing the latest fashions for the society pages. But when, in secret defiance of the British government, she travelled to India, she returned a revolutionary. Sophia transcended her heritage to devote herself to battling injustice and inequality, a far cry from the life to which she was born. Her causes were the struggle for Indian Independence, the fate of the lascars, the welfare of Indian soldiers in the First World War--and, above all, the fight for female suffrage. She was bold and fearless, attacking politicians, putting herself in the front line and swapping her silks for a nurse's uniform to tend wounded soldiers evacuated from the battlefields. Meticulously researched and passionately written, this enthralling story of the rise of women and the fall of empire introduces an extraordinary individual and her part in the defining moments of recent British and Indian history.”

Library Programs:

Baby Storytime happens on Tuesdays from 10-10:45am. Children ages 0-18 months and their caregivers are invited to experience books and participate in bounce rhymes, songs, finger plays, and social/play time. There is no registration necessary for this program.

Toddler Story Time (18-35 months) meets Monday mornings 10:30am-11am and runs in 4-week sessions. Registration is required, so please be sure to contact Valerie White at 315 386-3712 ext. 4.  There are still openings in the Toddler Story Time sessions in April  and May, for which children ages 18-35 months may be registered.

Preschool Storytime meets Wednesday mornings from 10:30-11:15 am. This popular program features books, flannel board stories, songs, finger plays, movement, and crafts. Preschool Storytime is designed for 3-5 year olds and their caregivers. No registration is needed.

The Junior Writers’ Group at the Canton Free Library meets from 3:30-4:50 pm the second and last Thursday of every month. This creative and lively group is for children ages 8-12 who like to have fun with words. Children should bring paper and a writing instrument. Questions? Contact Linda Batt 344-6592 or linda.batt06@gmail.com

The deadline to register teams for the Canton Battle of the Books is Saturday, March 31st. Registration forms may be emailed or returned directly to Valerie in the Children’s Room.

Teen Programs:

Teens! Anime Club continues to gather on Fridays 5:00-7:00 pm to enjoy some sweet, sweet anime!

Casuals Wielding Dice meets each Wednesday from 3pm-5pm at Canton Free Library. Join Game Master David Crowell for imaginative adventures involving critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, and creativity!  

Clash of the Readers will be getting a new schedule this year. Our annual reading challenge, which has taken place in March during Teen Tech Week, will now take place during Teen Read Week in October 2018. Stay tuned for more information!

Hours: Canton Free Library is open Monday 9:30am - 8pm, Tuesday 9:30am - 5pm, Wednesday 9:30am - 8pm, Thursday 9:30am -5pm, Friday 9:30am -5pm, and Saturdays from 10am -3pm. Please note that the book drop remains open 24/7 for returns. Rensselaer Falls Branch Library is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 3pm -6pm. Morley Branch Library is open Tuesday and Thursday 1pm -6pm.

For more CFL news, “like” the library page on Facebook.  Find new additions to our collection on our website: cantonfreelibrary.org. To renew your current checkouts, login to  ncls.org; you may also renew via email at canlib@ncls.org, or by calling (315) 386-3712.

Learn some women’s history @ your library!