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

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

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

Books in Brief, episode 4: Need some comfort reading? Try these titles!

Books in Brief with book covers for We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry, Textbook by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, The Princess Bride by William Goldman, and The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa

Need some book recommendations but don’t have a lot of time? Your librarians are here to help! Don’t miss the fourth episode of Books in Brief, a new video series featuring four great digital title recommendations in about two minutes. Collection Management Librarian Kathy Sexton recommends four titles to bring a little comfort to your … Read more

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month

Cherry trees along the Tidal Basin with Japanese Lantern

Pictured above: Cherry trees along the Tidal Basin with Japanese Lantern placed in the park in 1954. Washington, D.C. Carol M. Highsmith;, photographer, [between 1980 and 2006]. (Library of Congress) A celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States, this commemorative month pays “tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who … Read more

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