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Breaking the Silence: New Feminist Reads

With movements like Time’s Up, #MeToo, and the Women’s March making waves, the discrimination, violence, and other issues that women face are featuring more and more prominently in our current culture. For their part, female authors have been delving deeper into the most pressing questions concerning women today. These recent publications all seek to break through the silences surrounding these questions. Continue reading Breaking the Silence: New Feminist Reads

“Lift Your Light a Little Higher”: Celebrate Lesser-Known African Americans with 22 Books for Kids

Books about African American contributions

There is much to learn about what African Americans have added to our society and the world. Not just the big names that we recall, such as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks, but those “unsung” folks who changed our world forever with their contributions.

Read and discover; be inspired and learn more about how African Americans have changed and improved everything – everything! – in our world.

Thanks to our friends at Brightly for helping us to celebrate Black History Month.

November Staff Picks

There’s been some pretty eclectic reading by our staff this month. Find all of these Staff Picks titles on the front page of the catalogor select a category for a specific group.

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A Family Book Club: Stella by Starlight

stella by starlightOur friends at Brightly have created a way for families to explore important topics through books, and have some fun! The idea of a family book club is that everyone in the family reads the same book and then gathers together to discuss it and take part in book-themed activities.

You can even pair up with other families to double the fun. It’s a great way to spend time together and encourage a lifelong passion for books in your children.

This month’s pick is Stella by Starlight, by Sharon Draper. When a burning cross set by the Klan causes panic and fear in 1932 Bumblebee, North Carolina, fifth-grader Stella must face prejudice and find the strength to demand change in her segregated town.

Happy Birthday Langston Hughes!

LangstonHugesLangston Hughes
February 1, 1902-1967
Hughes, who claimed Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Carl Sandburg, and Walt Whitman as his primary influences, is particularly known for his insightful, colorful portrayals of black life in America from the twenties through the sixties. He wrote novels, Langston Hughes bookshort stories and plays, as well as poetry, and is also known for his engagement with the world of jazz and the influence it had on his writing, as in his book-length poem Montage of a Dream Deferred (Holt, 1951). His life and work were enormously important in shaping the artistic contributions of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s.

Read more about Langston Hughes . . .