• Walter Reed Middle School Library •
Spotlight on Amazing Black Authors & their books!
Jewell Parker Rhodes
In 1990, I (Ms. Fed) sat down in room 440 in Sierra Hall at CSUN and waited for my 8:00 am Black Women Author's to begin. It was early. I had spent the morning commuting and searching endlessly for a parking spot, and I had only had one cup of coffee. Imagine my surprise when this energetic women, Dr. Jewell Parker Rhodes, walked in and started talking about the course. I was unprepared for her enthusiasm and passion, but very excited about the literature I was going to read. She introduced me to Alice Walker (The Color Purple), Toni Morrison (Song of Solomon), Zora Neale Hurston (Their Eye Were Watching God), Lorraine hansberry (A Raisin in the Sun), and many more fantastic authors.
In 2000, Reed got new literature books and imagine my surprise when I had my 8th graders read one of the selections titled "Block Party" and it was written by my professor Dr. Rhodes! I loved that connection.
Fast forward to 2015 and I am now purchasing books for the library. What a joy to be able to include her middle grade novels into our collection! If you haven't read anything by Jewell Parker Rhodes, then do yourself a favor and check out her books:
Black Brother, Black Brother
Paradise on Fire
Treasure Island: Runaway Gold
Battle of the Books List
Want to know more about the Battle of the Books Selections? Here's a list with summaries of each book:
Come and Check Out the Library!
The library is open at
After School Wednesdays / Thursdays / Fridays until 4:00 pm
During a class period with a pass from a teacher
You can check out up to 3 books at a time & keep them for 2 weeks. If you need more time, you can renew the book for an additional 2 weeks.
Feel free to lounge on the couches and read, or use the tables and do homework, or use the computers and print items for school work.
Just remember -- you can drink water in the library, BUT you cannot eat in the library.