Books in Brief, episode 5: Black Lives Matter

Books in Brief: Book covers for Homegoing, How to Be an Antiracist, Just Mercy, White Fragility

Need some book recommendations? Your librarians are here to help! Don’t miss this episode of Books in Brief, a video series featuring four great digital title recommendations in about two minutes. Collection Management Librarian Kathy Sexton recommends four titles to help educate yourself. Black Lives Matter digital titles Watch the episode above and then find … Read more

Classic & contemporary: Black Music Month

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By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph Designated in 1979 by President Carter as Black Music Month and renamed in 2009 by President Obama, African-American Music Appreciation Month is a celebration of Black music, Black joy, and Black excellence. Black artists have been originators and redesigners of sound across all musical genres. Check out these albums and … Read more

Virtual event: Author Cristina Henríquez to discuss immigration & ‘The Book of Unknown Americans’

Cristina Henríquez

Join your neighbors on Tuesday, June 23 at 7 pm for a virtual interview and Q&A session with Cristina Henríquez, author of The Book of Unknown Americans, to kick off this summer’s Many Voices, Many Stories community reading program. Hosted through Zoom, the virtual event will begin with a talk from the author, and attendees … Read more

Comfort reads: Kitten cozies

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By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph There’s nothing quite like the satisfying feeling of knowing that a mystery, with all its twists and turns, will be solved. Theories are put forth, deductions are made, answers are found. Cozy mysteries are great comfort reads. It makes sense that mysteries with cats are even cozier! You can find … Read more

Relevant reads: Culture

Book covers for Magical Negro, They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us, and Wayward Lives Beautiful Experiments on painted canvas

By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph Culture is created, manifested, and maintained. It cannot not exist without people actively perpetuating it, and it does not exist in a vacuum. These books explore Black culture in America, how it shapes and is shaped by music, and the ways racial and socioeconomic inequalities influence it. You can find … Read more

Relevant reads: Pandemic novels & short stories

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By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph From the plague to the 1918 influenza to now, pandemics have been an unwelcome member of society. Touching everyone and everything, global sickness and the changes we have to make to get through makes us anxious and sends us looking for escape. No wonder we turn to fiction that explores … Read more

Hulu’s ‘Normal People’: Watched it? Read these!

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By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph Whether you read it when it first came out, want to read it before you start the new series, or just finished the series and want the source material, we’ve got you covered. Hulu’s Normal People, based on Sally Rooney’s book, tackles the damaging effects of secrets and miscommunications.  You … Read more

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