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Book Recommendations for Black History Month

Black History Month is celebration of the Black culture, specifically the African diaspora including, African-American history. Black History Month began as a week in 1926 before being celebrated as a full month in 1970. In honor of this month, we’d like to share 25 amazing books that feature Black characters and people, written by Black…
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February is American Heart Month

Every February, organizations around the country bring awareness to heart disease as a leading cause of death for Americans. Here at the library, we have a variety of resources you can use to learn more about heart disease and ways to keep yourself healthy. We have some books, which are on display on the brown…
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Best Books of 2022–Staff Picks 

In a previous post, we shared the best books according to the critics. Today, we are presenting the books published in 2022 that the Pollard Library staff loved. We enjoyed a wide range of books, including Romance, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Fantasy, True Crime, Memoirs, and Essays. We have a couple of Graphic Novels and books…
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Five Book Challenges for 2023 

The new year has officially arrived! Looking for a way to read more books in 2023? Why not try a book challenge? These are some of our favorites:    2023 Debuts ‘Read More Debuts’ Reading Challenge  The 52 Book Club Reading Challenge  Read Around the World: Book Voyage Reading Challenge  2023 Monthly Key Word Reading…
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Around the World in 80 Books – the last one!

We have made it to our final destinations.  I hope you have enjoyed this trip around the world, highlighting books about countries big and small. Our Moroccan novel was longlisted for the 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. The Canadian book was nominated for the 2020 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Debut Fiction. The…
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Around the World in 80 Books – part 9

We have only sixteen countries left to visit in our literary journey.  This month, we are featuring two Nobel Prize winners—one from Nigeria and one from Tanzania. The Tanzanian author won just last year. The book from Singapore was longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. The author of our Turkish book has been nominated…
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25 Books to Read for Ace Week

Ace Week or Asexual Awareness Week takes place once a year during October. Established in 2010, it is an annual event that puts asexuality in the spotlight: celebrating asexual people and sharing information about what it means to be asexual. This year it takes place from October 23rd to October 29th.   In celebration of…
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Around the World in 80 Books 

As we settle into fall, we are highlighting eight more books from countries around the world.  The book from Sierra Leone was the winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book, a finalist for the Orange Prize for Fiction, and an Essence Book Club Pick. The Hungarian novel was a New York Times notable…
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Coming Out Day Book Recommendations!

National Coming Out Day is a LGBTQ+ day of celebration that supports members of the community and their experiences with “coming out of the closet”. National Coming Out Day is celebrated every October 11th and has been since 1988. In honor of this day, we’d like to share some queer books non-fiction books that discuss the…
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Book Recommendations for Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month

Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated each year on September 15th through the 15th of October. Throughout this month we celebrate the contributions and influence of Latinx people. As such, we would like to highlight some notable authors and the books they’ve created. We hope you find some that you might enjoy!    Children’s Picture Books…
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Around the World in 80 Books

As the kids go back to school and the air turns crisp, we have more books to transport you to countries around the globe.  If you are short on time, consider our book from Ireland. It is only 118 pages, but is on the Booker Prize short list. The author representing the Dominican Republic has…
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September is National Recovery Month

Every Person. Every Family. Every Community. Recovery Month celebrates the gains made by those in recovery from substance use and mental health, just as we celebrate improvements made by those who are managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease. Each September, Recovery Month works to promote and support new evidence-based…
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Around the World in 80 Books

We have another set of international books on display.  Our Mexican book was longlisted for the National Book Award for Translated Literature in 2020, and the book from Sri Lanka was on the 2021 Booker Prize shortlist. The New York Times recognized the book from Ghana in its top 100 books of 2020, and the…
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