National Library Week 2016

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We all know the importance of libraries and its impact it’s had on the world  and in many lives. This week (April 10-16) is National Library Week! It’s sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and honors the many libraries in the nation. This year the theme is Libraries Transform. This is a great time to be reminded of the influential work both libraries and librarians have had in our world. Let’s promote and encourage the use of libraries wherever you are. I know I’m thankful for everything the library has offered me as it has been my sanctuary many times. My love of books has definitely come from being at the library often. To read more about National Library Week and find out what things you can do to promote the library, go here. Keep reading and don’t forget to support your local library!

What and where is your favorite library?

Happy Reading!

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School Library Month

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It’s school  library month everyone! April has many bookish events to celebrate reading in various platforms. This whole month is used to honor and celebrate the impact that our school libraries has had on not only ourselves but our children and future children to come. Originally started in 1983, it was a way to promote reading and highlight the influences the library and librarians have on our education. This year the 2016 theme is School Libraries Transform Learning. I encourage everyone to get involved in your local school library or just thank someone who works in the school library. School librarians do a wonderful job servicing our community. Read more about school library month here.

What are some of your childhood school library memories?

Happy reading!

 

What to Read When You’re All Trumped Out

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We’re in the middle of a political and global crisis. This is no secret. Being in a different country and watching this mess of politics unfurl is hilarious but also eye opening and downright scary. It’s more important than ever to get involved in voting, especially if you don’t want the impending future to actually happen. Capital Hill is no rookie to lies and deceit and unfortunately it’s at all the little people’s expense. This election is a complete joke in my opinion, but it’s a joke that’s worth getting serious about. How people can vote for a bigot and racist is beyond me, but that’s the world we live in. So, with that being said, it’s time get into shape politically and get smart. There is so much that happens in the White House that goes unsaid and decisions that are made under the radar. Instead of being left behind in the all the dust the electoral candidates have kicked up, be proactive and educate yourself in what is happening in the world. Part of that is to READ, READ, READ. I can’t stress enough how important it is to stay abreast on current events.  To help you with that, I have made a short list of some important reads in order to better understand America’s political system.

  1. The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama

 

imagesU8ZLJZ2Q2. The Rise of Political Lying by Peter Oborne

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3.  The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Frederick Engel

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4. It’s Even Worse Than You Thought by Norman Ornstein and Thomas E. Mann

its5. The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

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So there you have it! Immerse yourself into some political goodness and don’t be blinded any longer. What’s your favorite political read?

Happy Reading!

 

Teen Tech Week 2016

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This weeks marks the beginning of Teen Tech Week which informs and educates students on how to use digital resources and services to help prepare them for college and succeed in school. Libraries are the focus in showcasing the technical outlets that teens have access to too, often times free. If you are a teen or know a teen, encourage them to really explore the world of the library and all it has to offer. You can find more information about Teen Tech Week here.

Happy Reading!

What to Read For Women’s History Month

March is a great month for many reasons. First, it’s National Book Month and second, it’s Women’s History Month. Because I am definitely picking up my reading for National Book Month, I want to include some books are that ideal to celebrate Women’s History Month! There are many extraordinary lives to be honored this month, take a look at the reading selection and see if anything fits your fancy. Happy Book and Women’s Month to you all!

  1. 1. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

HeLa-Cells-GalleyCat2. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

americanah3. Charlotte Brontë: A Fiery Heart by Claire Harman

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4. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

untitled5. Florynce “Flo” Kennedy: The Life of a Black Feminist Radical by Sherie M. Randolph

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6356358. Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space by Lynn Sherr

sally-ride-9781476725772_hr9.  A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

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10. Beloved by Toni Morrison

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Of course, there are many book out there that celebrate women and their impact on the world, these are just a few of suggestions to get you started. New York Public library has complied a wonderful archive of literary things that are specifically for Women’s History Day. You can find it here. How are you celebrating Women’s History Month?

Happy Reading!

Happy National Book Month

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Happy late but nonetheless happy, World Book Day and National Book Month! It’s a great time to dive into reading, or to revisit some of your favorite books. Many schools have different events for National Reading Month, and seeing the kids get dressed as their favorite story book characters is always endearing. As reading plays an important part in shaping the way we speak, think, and feel, it’s crucial we encourage others as well as ourselves to fully indulge in reading and improving our literacy. Reading is the foundation for so many things in our lives, and it’s our job as parents, educators, role modals, or friend to emphasize the importance of books.

From a child’s first foray into the depths of a story to an adult’s escape into a world of words, reading plays an integral role in our lives.”
-President Barack Obama

Besides Black History Month  and Christmas holiday, National Book Month is a favorite of month of mine. It’s during a great time of the year where most people find themselves in a mid winter slump, looking for something to revive them. As your resident book hero (not really) I have come up with some things you can do this month to spark your interest in reading and love for words.

  1. Visit your local library- This a wonderful time to shower your library with lots of love. Not only do they have a fairly great reading selection during this month, libraries tend to host special events just for National Book Month.

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2. Find a bookish foundation and get in involved! There are so many foundations that emphasize reading and literacy. Here’s a link to one called the Reading Rockets their mission is pretty awesome.

3. Start a book club with your friends- What better way to bond, than over a good book? Here you can find some top reading selections  just for book clubs.

4. Read a book every week- Yes, I know this one can be challenging, but this month you can try to kick your reading into high speed and read books you usually wouldn’t.

5. Write a review or two-This is a great way to write down what you thought about a book you read. They are many ways to dive into book blogging, or if you don’t want to blog, then you can write in a book journal to document your inner musings.

6. Take your children to a book reading- I used to love these as a child and remember the storyteller always use to dress up in beautiful costumes to read the books. Check your local bookstores and libraries to see if they have any upcoming children storytelling events that you can take your kids to enjoy.

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7. Join in the brouhaha that is Tournament of Books- Come one come call to the amazingly entertaining book event that is know as the Tournament of Books. See literary heavyweights battle it out for the top spot. Check it out here.

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These are just a few things you can do to enjoy National Book Month. Keep reading and enjoy this time to immerse yourself in books. Check back for more events!

Happy Reading!

 

 

The Man Booker Prize of 2015 Winner is….

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Congratulations to Marlon James the winner of the Man Booker Prize of 2015.  The Man Booker Prize 2015 was announced Tuesday night, October 13th. James won for his novel A Brief History of Seven Killings which is an epic tale about the gang violence in Jamaica, the almost assination of Bob Marley, and the expansion of corruption in the neighborhood.

His novel beat out front runner Hanya Yanagihara’s highly discussed novel, A Little Life.  There is currently a lot of buz surrounding Marlon James’ novel and  even though I have never read his novel, I’m excited to see a Jamaican writer win this year (whoop!).  He is also the FIRST Jamaican writer to win in all of the 47 years the Man Booker Prize has been active.

Gutteral, powerful, and downright gripping, A Brief History of Seven Killings is making giant waves. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy and I urge you to do the same! Congratulations again Marlon James!

Read more about Marlon James and the Man Booker Prize here.