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Lincoln Public Library District's
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[JUNE 2, 2004]  This year's theme for the summer reading program at Lincoln Public Library is "Explore The Reading Trail." Here are some new titles to start your exploration:

"All Aboard!" Mary Lyn Ray, Little, Brown, and Co.

Mr. Barnes is a rabbit and he's going on a train trip! Join Mr. Barnes as he enjoys all of the sights and sounds of a ride on a train. There are other animals on board. Some are sleeping, some are reading, and some are looking out the windows. One thing is certain -- the train will take them where they want to go. Color illustrations by Amiko Hirao.

"Major Taylor: Champion Cyclist." Lesa Cline-Ransome, An Anne Schwartz Book.

This biography introduces readers to the extraordinary life of "Major" Marshall Taylor. Taylor was the African-American bicycle racer who won the world championship title in 1899. At an early age young Marshall showed an incredible talent for bicycle riding. Forward, backward or balanced on the handlebars, Marshall could do it all on his bike. After turning pro at the young age of 18, he won the world bicycling championship three years later. It is against the backdrop of his struggles with racism that this authentic American hero's story is told. Color illustrations by James E. Ransome.


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"The Boy On Fairfield Street." Kathleen Krull, Random House.

A child named Ted Geisel was born in 1904 at 74 Fairfield St. in Springfield, Mass. His house was only three blocks from the public library and six blocks from the public zoo. What's so extraordinary about young Ted and his childhood in Springfield? He grew up and become the world-renowned children's author Dr. Seuss. Join the future Dr. Seuss as he enjoys all of the things he did while growing up -- reading, drawing and writing. Color paintings by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher.

"Leslie's Story." Martha McNey, Lerner Publications Co.

Twelve-year-old Leslie is a young girl with a special life circumstance. McNey describes the true story of Leslie's life with mental retardation. Leslie's story concerns the challenges she faces at home and school in overcoming the way people think about or treat her and others like her. Learn how Leslie lives like any other 12-year-old and seeks acceptance and respect in her community. Whether it's art, ice skating lessons or clowning around with her family, Leslie proves that she is a productive member of her community and school. Photographs by the author.

For more information on the library's summer reading program, visit us at 725 Pekin St. or call 732-5732.

[Richard Sumrall, Lincoln Public Library District]

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