Islesford’s Ashley Bryan, the author and artist whose books, illustrations and paintings have reached world-wide audiences, was honored this month for his latest children’s book Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life.
The book won a Newbery Honor Award, a runner-up to the Newbery Medal. The American Library Association announced the awards at its winter meeting in Atlanta. The prizes recognize excellence in children’s literature.
Freedom Over Me also won two honors medals for the Coretta Scott King Book Award. Bryan, 93, has published more than 50 children’s books.
A late-April ruling by the Maine State Ferry Service (MSFS) meant blood samples taken in island health care clinics could no longer be transported by ferry crews and captains. But after the May 7 meeting of the Ferry Advisory Board, the MSFS agreed to investigate how to comply with federal and other regulations regarding the practice.
I lived through the digital revolution—or thought I had until I read this book. Being a child of the 1950s and '60s, I had assumed that computers, email, Google and the World Wide Web were all creatures brought to life by my own generation; since Steve Jobs and Bill Gates were, in fact, younger than me, it was only natural to conclude that they had invented the digital world we now live in.