History You Might Not Have Learned About In School A Few Red Drops by Claire Hartfield This mesmerizing narrative draws on contemporary accounts as it traces the roots of the explosion that had been building for decades in race relations, politics, business, and clashes of culture in Chicago in 1919. -- Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team by [...]
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Life was sad for the Torres girls before. But, after the death of eldest sister Ana, things completely fall apart. Jessica, once brash and confident tries to become Ana. Iridian, the one most like Ana, shrinks into the shadows and becomes scared to even leave their home, and Rosa turns to her faith and a belief that she can somehow [...]
Excited to see Hamilton? Here are a bunch of books to enjoy while you are immersed in the Hamilton experience. Lin-Manuel Miranda: Composer, Actor, and Creator of Hamilton by Kathryn Harrison Born in New York City to Puerto Rican immigrant parents, Lin-Manuel Miranda's creativity was influenced by the vibrant city. He began writing his first musical while he was in [...]
Today's Friday Fasts Picks are great for learning more about LGBTQ History. Click on a title to place a hold. Transgender Rights: Striving for Equality This collection of articles features reporting, opinion pieces, and first-person accounts that capture the evolving conversation about issues related to the trans community. Rainbow Revolutions: Power, Pride, and Protest in the Fight for Queer Rights [...]
So, growing up my favorite movie was Grease (followed closely by Xanadu---I wanted to be Olivia Newton John!). When I read a review of Only Mostly Devastated, which called it "A sweet and earnest adaptation of Grease that neatly updates its source material", I immediately put it on hold. But, honestly, I kind of forgot about it will everything that happened [...]
Welcome to Friday Fast Picks. Here are five titles that you might really enjoy, if you are interested in studying law. Fault Lines in the Constituition: The Framers, Their Fights, and The Flaws That Affect Us Today by Cynthia and Sandor Levinson Many of the political issues we struggle with today have their roots in the US Constitution. Learn more in this fascinating history of the Constitution. Notorious [...]
By now you have probably heard about the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921. Also called the Greenwood Massacre, it took place over a 24 hour period in a wealthy sector of Tulsa that was primarily home to People of Color. By the end of the devastating night, over 10,000 Black residents were left homeless after their homes and businesses were [...]
In 1983, Bryan Stevenson was an intern with the Southern Prisoners Defense Committee (now known as the Southern Center for Human Rights). Twenty-three and newly graduated from college, he did not know that he was about to embark on a career that would save the lives of many innocent people. Bryan's first case was working with a man named Henry. All [...]
I LOVE Awards Season! Every year at the Midwinter conference of the American Library Association, committees name the best books of the year. Many of the categories are likely familiar to you: Newbery is the year's best Children's literature by an American author, the Caldecott honors the best illustrations. The Printz is the best Young Adult literature of the year [...]
As you may know, I am in love with Stranger Things. And the marketing department and writers of Random House are totally feeding my obsession. They have released a bunch of books that delve into the lives of all our favorite characters. Will Byer's Secret Files just might be my favorite. The book is set up like a Trapper Keeper, [...]