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September 04, 2020
DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR LIBRARY CARD IS? Mine is in my head! Today, more than ever, our library cards are valuable. During the pandemic, libraries have expanded their online services for all ages - building their digital collections of ebooks, e-audiobooks, and magazines; and providing free streaming of music and movies. Most libraries have online database resources that enable you to take a course, study a language, explore genealogy, and conduct research in a range of fields.
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SEPTEMBER is LIBRARY CARD SIGN-UP MONTH. If you don’t have a card, visit your library’s website and see how to get cards for all of your family. If you have a card, explore your library’s services. Many libraries, although they have reopened, offer an array of staff-created virtual programs as well as curbside pickup of materials.
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I have been using my library more than ever. To prepare for these posts I’ve checked out ebooks and searched the catalog. Lately, I’ve been placing holds and picking them up. Right now I am surrounded by 63 books! Here are a few that celebrate the library.
I could not put down THE BOOK WOMAN OF TROUBLESOME CREEK. Kim Michele Richardson’s novel has everything - a fierce young woman determined to live her own life in the face of grinding poverty and prejudice, a setting of both great beauty and peril, and memorable characters who will make you gasp, cry, laugh and cheer - all set against the backdrop of the Depression in Kentucky when the Pack Horse Library Project provided reading materials to people living in remote areas.
In RICHARD WRIGHT AND THE LIBRARY CARD, the young man who later becomes a great writer, cannot even enter the library because of segregation. How he enlists the help of a white colleague to borrow books is an inspiring read for children.
Langston, who moves from Alabama to Chicago after WWII, discovers he’s safe from the school bully at the library. Unlike Richard Wright, Langston gets his own card and is introduced to the works of many Black writers, including his namesake. FINDING LANGSTON is a powerful and moving short novel for middle grade readers.
Four teenagers find their lives change dramatically in THE LIBRARY CARD, a collection of short stories for older readers by award-winning author Jerry Spinelli.
How will a library card change yours?
Posted by Book Guide Wendy
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