Your Friday Five

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Your Friday Five

Labor Day

Welcome to Northeast Library blog series, Your Friday Five! Each week, the children's and teen staff will round up five of their favorite resources and reads around a certain topic. This Friday, we are highlighting Labor Day and the Labor Movement. Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. 

Labor Day book cover
Labor Day

by Rebecca Rissman
Introduces Labor Day, including the origins of the labor movement and of the holiday, why it is important, and how it is celebrated today.

brave girl book coverBrave girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909
by Michelle Markel
An illustrated account of immigrant Clara Lemlich's pivotal role in the influential 1909 women laborer's strike describes how she worked grueling hours to acquire an education and support her family before organizing a massive walkout to protest the unfair working conditions in New York's garment district.
Cesar Chavez picture bookA Picture Book of Cesar Chavez
by David A. Adler and Michael S. Adler
Cesar Chavez dedicated his life to helping American farmworkers. As a child growing up in California during the Great Depression, he picked produce with his family. Cesar saw firsthand how unfairly workers were treated. As an adult, he organized farmworkers into unions and argued for better pay and fair working conditions. He was jailed for his efforts, but he never stopped urging people to stand up for their rights.
Side by Side book cover
by Monica Brown
Something special happened when Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez met. Together, they fought for the rights of countless farmworkers. Side by side, inspiring hope, they changed history.
Breaker Boys book coverBreaker boys: How a Photograph Helped End Child Labor
by Michael Burgan
Little boys, some as young as 6, spent their long days, not playing or studying, but sorting coal in dusty, loud, and dangerous conditions. Many of these breaker boys worked 10 hours a day, six days a week all for as little as 45 cents a day. It took the compelling, heart breaking photographs of Lewis Hine and others to bring the harsh working conditions to light. 
--Meghan Ebbitt, Children's Librarian