Women’s History Month Book List

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Last year, the National Women’s History Alliance selected as their theme “Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to be Silenced.” Since most women’s suffrage events were canceled in 2020, they extended the theme for 2021 as it “captures the spirit of these challenging times.” In honor of that theme, Spokane Public Library created a selection of fiction and non-fiction books for Women’s History Month honoring women who used their voices to speak out. These books by women honor the spirit of women’s empowerment.


Non-Fiction

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

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Becoming by Michelle Obama

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Educated by Tara Westover

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My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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The Woman’s Hour: the Great Fight to Win the Vote by Elaine F. Weiss

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Fiction

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

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In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

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The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

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Kindred by Octavia Butler

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Old Baggage by Lissa Evans

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The Power by Naomi Alderman

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Enjoy Magazines from RBdigital on Libby from OverDrive Starting January 28

Spokane Public Library will be moving our digital magazines from RBdigital to the Libby app starting January 28. You will continue to be able to browse, borrow, and enjoy all the same great magazines from ZINIO in the RBdigital app, now available in Libby from OverDrive. Magazines will still be available in the RBdigital app through March 31.

Getting Started with Libby

Our library is proud to continue to offer you a wide selection of digital titles for you to access anytime, anywhere through the award-winning Libby app.

All you need to get started in Libby is your device and your library card number [and PIN number]. The Libby app is easy to use and will guide you through the setup process and get you connected to our library in just a few minutes. If you have questions, you can find in-app support, or visit the Help site or Libby Academy within the app for assistance.

New to digital?

In just a few taps, you can start reading instantly on your phone or tablet. The digital library is available 24/7 without leaving home and is free from our library. Download the Libby app to get started.

 

Learn how to find magazines in Libby by watching this tutorial video.



Black History Month 2021

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While February is Black History Month, it is important to reflect on the stories and impact of Black history throughout the year. The Library partnered with members of the community to provide videos, events, and book lists to inspire the community to reflect on and learn from the history of Black people in America.


Videos


Virtual Events | Register by clicking the link


Book Lists


Movies



Black History Month | Book List Recommended by Community Members

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For Black History Month, we reached out to members of Spokane’s Black community and asked them to share a couple of their favorite books or books they felt were important for others to read. This is an #OwnVoices list in more than one way, it is selected by #OwnVoices and the books themselves are written by #OwnVoices.

#OwnVoices is a term coined by the writer Corinne Duyvis, and refers to an author from a marginalized or under-represented group writing about their own experiences/from their own perspective, rather than someone from an outside perspective writing as a character from an underrepresented group.


Recommended by Kiantha Duncan, Spokane NAACP President

African Americans in Spokane by Jerrelene Williamson, Spokane Northwest Black Pioneers
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This is My America by Kim Johnson
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Recommended by Carl Richardson, Artist and SFCC Professor

Life Doesn’t Frighten Me: Poem by Maya Angelou, Paintings by Jean-Michel Basquiat
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Recommended by Inga Laurent, GU Professor and Inlander Writer

All About Love: New Visions by bell hooks
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The Farming of Bones by Edwidge Danticant
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Conjure Women by Afia Atakora
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The Good Lord Bird by James McBride
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Recommended by Ginger Ewing, Executive Director, Terrain

Black Futures edited by Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham
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The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X by Les Payne and Tamara Payne
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On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope by Deray McKesson
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Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
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Recommended by Shantell Jackson, Multidisciplinary Artist and Poet

The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw
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Stop Telling Women to Smile by Tatyana Fatzlalizadeh
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The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennet
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Caste: The Origin of our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
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Black Futures edited by Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham
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Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick by Zora Neale Hurston
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Recommended by Bob Lloyd, Artist and Photographer; Retired Professor of Art, EWU

The Plot to Betray America: How Team Trump Embraced Our Enemies, Compromised Our Security, and How We Can Fix It by Malcolm W. Nance
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Black Software: The Internet & Racial Justice, from the AfroNet to Black Lives Matter by Charlton D. McIlwain
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Black History Month | Book List for Kids 2021

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This is an #OwnVoices list for Black History Month featuring stories of historical fiction, fiction, biography, and more about prominent people, movements, and eras outlined in Black history. We hope these books inspire learning and reflection.

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Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine and Kadir Nelson

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Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly and Laura Freeman

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Trombone Shorty by Bryan Collier

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Memphis, Martin and the Mountaintop: the Sanitation Strike of 1968 by Alice Faye Duncan and R. Gregory Christie

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The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage by Selina Alko and Sean Qualls

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Child of the Civil Rights Movement by Paula Young Shelton and Raul Colon

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Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson and Frank Morrison

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Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford and Kadir Nelson

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Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford and R. Gregory Christie

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Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson

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One Million Men and Me by Kelly Starling Lyons and Peter Ambush

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Josephine: the Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell and Christian Robinson

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul by Carole Boston Weatherford and Frank Morrison

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The ABC’s of Black History by Rio Cortez and Lauren Semmer

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Exquisite: the Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks by Suzanne Slade and Cozbi A. Cabrera

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All Around Town: the photographs of Richard Samuel Roberts by Dinah Johnson

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Take a Picture of Me, James VanDerZee! by Andrea J. Loney and Keith Mallett

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The Power of Her Pen: The Story of Groundbreaking Journalist Ethel L. Payne by Lesa Cline-Ransome and John Parra

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Black is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy and Ekua Holmes

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Middle Grade

The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

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Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

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The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis

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My Life as An Ice Cream Sandwich by Ibi Zoboi

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One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

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Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose

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Becoming Muhammad Ali by James Patterson and Kwame Alexander

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Betty Before X by Ilyasah Shabazz, Renée Watson

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Stella by Starlight by Sharon Draper

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A Few Red Drops by Claire Hartfield

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March Forward, Girl: From Young Warrior to Little Rock Nine by Melba Pattillo Beals

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Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

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Reaching for the Moon: The Autobiography of NASA Mathematician by Katherine G. Johnson

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This is Your Time by Ruby Bridges

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YA

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

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March, Book One by John Lewis

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Monster by Walter Dean Myers

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Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You by Jason Reynold, Ibram X. Kendi

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We Are Not Yet Equal: Understanding Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson, Tonya Bolden

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Say Her Name by Zetta Elliot, Channie Waites

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Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi, Yusef Salaam

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X: A Novel by Ilyasha Shabazz and Kekla Magoon

Kindred (Graphic Novel) by Octavia Butler

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If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson

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How I Discovered Poetry by Marilyn Nelson

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Dear Justyce by Nic Stone

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Coffee Will Make You Black by April Sinclair

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Black Boy White School by Brain F. Walker

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Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

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Library Projects Under Construction

The Library currently has five projects under constructionfunded by the $77 million bond voters passed in 2018. There have been no major pandemic implications to the construction timelines and we are looking forward to opening four out of five projects this year. Read on to learn about each project. You may also watch a time lapse of the construction projects here. 

Liberty Park 

Located adjacent to the aquatic center at Liberty Park, this building is nearly double in size to the existing East Side Library that it will replace. This location will feature beautiful westward views of the park and a Sasquatch-themed children’s area. The library also includes a quiet reading room, two group study rooms, and a large event space. This building is expected to open in summer 2021. 

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Shadle Park 

The Shadle Park Library renovation nearly doubles the size of the existing library to 30,000 square feet. Visitors to the new Shadle Park Library will enjoy access to a large event space, several private study rooms, a maker studio, and an enhanced children’s area called Moose’s Market. Shadle Park Library is expected to open in summer 2021. 

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Hillyard 

The new Hillyard Library will be located on the Shaw Middle School campus, positioned next to the Shaw Middle School Library with a retractable door to accommodate library access outside of school hours. The library’s partnership with Spokane Public Schools efficiently uses tax-payer funds to expand services to the community. The new library boasts a mountain-themed children’s area, three private group study rooms, a large event space, and a maker studio. The new Hillyard Library is expected to open in fall 2021. 

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The Hive™ 

In partnership with Spokane Public Schools, the Library is building a cutting-edge facility in the Sprague Union DistrictCalled The Hive™ for the variety of learning and arts activities that will take place there, this building will provide event/training facilities and offices for Spokane Virtual Learning as well as a maker studio and studio spaces for local artists. This building already won an architecture award from The American Institute of Architects Spokane chapter in the unbuilt category. The Hive™ will open in summer 2021. 

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Central  

Spokane’s main library, the three story, 117,000 square foot space located downtownwill reopen in spring 2022 as a citywide hub of 21st century library servicesAfter reopening, this library will be renamed Central Library. Highlights of the new Central Library include large event spaces overlooking Spokane Falls, media studios including a public recording studio, an underwater-themed children’s area, and, of course, plenty of room for the library’s collection. Ample meeting and small study rooms will punctuate each floor of the building, offering a variety of choices for community use. 

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Indian Trail and South Hill libraries will also be lightly renovated. Design work began on those projects and construction will begin in summer 2021.  

 



Winter World Jumble | Opening Act(ivity)

Hi, my name is Lisa. I usually host the Opening Act(ivity) program at Northtown. While the libraries are closed, we are bringing the activities to you virtually.

Today’s activity is a Winter Word(s) Jumble:

  • UAMUTN
  • NTIWRE
  • ESFWALONK
  • YAALS PHOHDIPY (2 WORDS)
  • TSAONES SGEGERNIS (2 WORDS)
  • GKIAIGTNHVNS
  • GUIFS PRYA LRMUA (3 WORDS)
  • SYRULETB
  • LHYCLI
  • DGHESR LIEI (2 WORDS)
  • STE IGKNICA (2 WORDS)
  • OCA COTHO (2 WORDS)
  • KSAR TCOJF (2 WORDS)
  • NESATOMRN
  • ZALIZDRB
  • ENERIDER
  • NPCUIOCARO

Find the answers here!

Have fun!!!



Recommended Reads of 2020

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This year is/was, in short, a trip. One way to escape our own reality was to immerse ourselves in that of another via reading anything and everything. Straight from SPL staff to you, we present our Recommended Reads of 2020. The books in this list, published this year (or late 2019), grasped our attention through the trials and tribulations that became 2020. It certainly was a memorable one, wasn’t it? Enjoy these reads!

 

Watching From the Dark by Gytha Lodge

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The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin

“It’s a fast-moving, innovative urban fantasy with Lovecraftian undertones and cultural commentary. If you know and love New York City, you’ll have more insights into the characterizations (literally) of the city and its boroughs, but even those of us who have only visited or learned about New York City through media can appreciate Jemisin’s sly humor and sense of place. I also HIGHLY recommend the audiobook read by Robin Miles. She’s a wonderful narrator who gives each character a distinct personality,” Dana.

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The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

“This book is escape reading at its best. Imagine a world filled with every story ever told from every period of history and time; all of these stories are collected in a magical world that exists under our feet. And if you’re very lucky, you can just open a door (the right door) and enter it….,” Tammy.

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Network Effect by Martha Wells

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Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire

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Harleen by Stjepan Šejić

“Not only the best depiction of Harley Quinn, hands down the best art also,” Becky.

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Black Flamingo by Dean Atta

“This beautiful novel, written in verse, is a coming of age story about Michael who is mixed race and British. The novel starts with Michael as a young boy who desperately wants a Barbie but instead is given a Ninja Turtle. We follow him through his adolescent and teenage years all the way to college where, along the way, he begins to more fully understand his own identity and passions. It ends with a drag show where Michael fully embraces his new drag persona as the Black Flamingo- and this is when, as a reader, my heart was bursting,” Katie.

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Disability Visibility : First-Person Stories from the Twenty-first Century, edited by Alice Wong

“I highly recommend this book of essays and writings from folks in the disability community. Edited by Alice Wong who is a disabled Activist and creator who, among other things, started the Disability Visibility Project and is part of the #CripTheVote movement. For those of you still committed to diversifying your reading and want to include more marginalized voices, check it out. This is one book from 2020 I will be thinking about for years to come,” Katie.

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You Matter by Christian Robinson

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Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang

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Deacon King Kong by James McBride

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The End of the Day by Bill Clegg

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Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi

“This is the sequel to Tomi Adeyemi’s fantastic West-African inspired fantasy novel, Children of Blood and Bone. I recommend this book because it is some of the best and most unique fantasy fiction I have read recently. The characters in this book grow and change; some for better, some for worse,” Gina.

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Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara

“I picked this book up because it had the word “Djinn” in the title and I am attracted to books with magical realism. The young characters in the story are also interested in the presence of djinn but what they find becomes much darker. This story is a peek into the utter poverty of many in India and how they fight to live and find some joy in their lives. Beautifully written and so important, I recommend this book to all,” Eva.

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The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré

“The main character in The Girl with the Louding Voice is a fighter. She does not give up and she is faced with incredible adversity! Her incredible, infectious spirit drives this novel and despite the very heavy subject (human trafficking), she lifts us up and we cheer her on,” Eva

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The Cold Millions by Jess Walter

“Everyone you know is reading it, but it really is that good! This is a compelling, touching story about a fascinating period in Spokane history. Check out the acknowledgements for leads on other books about the time,” Vanessa.

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The Couch Potato by Jory John

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The Old Truck by Jarrett Pumphrey and Jerome Pumphrey

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Speak Up by Miranda Paul and Ebony Glenn

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The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennet

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Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

“I saw this book in numerous articles and decided to see what all the hype was about. Let me tell you, it was worth it. This gothic horror left me feeling spooked, charmed, and anxious for the lead character to succeed; and despite the conflicting emotions, I was on the edge of my seat through it all,” Skyler.

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The Blue House by Phoebe Wahl

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Chaos Reigning by Jessie Mihalik

“Each book is well-written. The world building is consistent. The storyline follows the youngest “von Hasenberg” sibling. As the youngest daughter, she is seen as spoiled, frivolous, and flighty. Her image allows her to follow her true abilities and work as a spy for her family,” Michele.

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Pharma: Greed, Lies and the Poisoning of America by Gerald Posner

“This book gives a clear picture of the opioid crisis and how the Sackler family gained influence and success in the pharmaceutical industry. In addition, it describes how those within the drug industry, government agencies, and scientists have exchanged their responsibility to public health for greed.” Catherine.

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We Have Been Harmonized by Kai Strittmatter

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Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey

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The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

This haunting horror novel is brutal, bleak, and beautifully written. A wrenching story of four Native teenage boys and how a tragic event from their youth follows them into adulthood. Visceral and very scary,” Kathryn.

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Green On Green by Dianne White and Felicita Sala

This sweet and calming picture book celebrates the changing seasons and a growing family with dreamy, rhythmic verse and lush illustrations. A lovely and joyous read for people of all ages,” Kathryn.

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Winter & Holiday Picture Books 2020

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Find a variety of children’s books to share celebrations of winter and a variety of winter holidays. Pick these up via curbside pickup!

Tree of Cranes by Allen Say

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Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story by Angela Shelf Medearis and Daniel Minter

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Llama Llama Holiday Drama by Anna Dewdney

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Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner and Mark Buehner

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Is it Hanukkah Yet? by Chris Barash and Alessandra Psacharop

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Little Owl’s Snow by Divya Srinivasan

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Li’l Rabbit’s Kwanzaa by Donna L. Washington and Shane Evans

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Hanukkah Bear by Eric A. Kimmel and Mike Wohnoutka

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Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins by Eric A. Kimmel and Trina Schart Hyman

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The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

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Winter Candle by Jeron Ashford Frame and Stacey Schuett

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The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming by Lemony Snicket and Lisa Brown

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The Lump of Coal by Lemony Snicket and Brett Helquist

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Every Month is a New Year: celebrations around the world by Marilyn Singer and Susan Roth

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Chanukah Lights Everywhere by Michael Rosen and Melissa Iwai

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Queen of the Hanukkah Dosas by Pamela Ehrenberg and Anjan Sarkar

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Squirrel’s New Year’s Resolution by Pat Miller and Kathi Ember

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The Trees of the Dancing Goats by Patricia Polacco

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Oskar and the Eight Blessings by Richard Simon, Tanya Simon, and Mark Siegel

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‘Twas Nochebuena by Roseanne Thong and Sara Palacios

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Daddy Christmas and Hanukkah Mama by Selina Alko

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The Shortest Day by Susan Cooper and Carson Ellis

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N is for Navidad by Susan Middleton Elya, Merry Banks, and Joe Cepeda

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Freedom Soup by Tami Charles and Jacqueline Alcántara 

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A Coyote Solstice Tale by Thomas King and Gary Clement 

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The Christmas Coat: memories of my Sioux childhood by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve and Ellen Beier

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Make an Embroidered Snowflake Card

cardsThis year might just be the perfect one for sending holiday cards. Since we can’t see our friends and extended family in person this year, a card that lets someone know you’re thinking of them can really brighten their day!

Normally, I host Crafternoon programs to let patrons make their own cards at the library; but this year, video will have to do! This video teaches you how to make embroidered snowflake cards. You’ll need this template – download and print or you can have us print it and request the print with your curbside pickup.

Not sure what to write once you’ve made your cards? Here are some ideas:

  1. Thank someone for being in your life. Think about how this person has been important to you and tell them. How does this person make your life better? How have they helped you? Have they inspired you? How are you grateful for them?
  2. Reminisce about holiday memories that you shared with the person;
  3. Acknowledge how difficult this year has been and offer hope for future get-togethers;
  4. Just tell them you’re thinking of them.

Need more inspiration for your holidays? Check our catalog here or look at the extensive online magazine collection through RBDigital.