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As we near the end of Black History Month, we can look to the future as well. Although the term "afrofuturism" was coined in the 1990s, the works that it is used to describe have been around for much longer. Afrofuturistic books, movies, and music explore the intersection of science fiction, fantasy, technology, and the cultural experience of Black people around the world. If you're curious about this genre, the following books, movies, and albums at the Library are a great place to start:

Spirits haunt the flooded streets of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In a parallel universe, a utopian society watches our world, trying to learn from our mistakes. A black mother in the Jim Crow South must save her daughter from a fey offering impossible promises. And in the Hugo award-nominated short story "The City Born Great," a young street kid fights to give birth to an old metropolis's soul.

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Seventeen-year-old Zelie, her older brother Tzain, and rogue princess Amari fight to restore magic to the land and activate a new generation of magi, but they are ruthlessly pursued by the crown prince, who believes the return of magic will mean the end of the monarchy.

Lunch and a Book meets on the second Thursday of every month from noon to 1:00 p.m. No registration required. Participation is encouraged.

January 2019

Lilac girls : a novel by Martha Hall Kelly
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In the late 1960s, after serving in the Air Force during the Korean War and writing copy for a marketing firm, Clive Cussler decided to try his hand at writing fiction. His debut novel, The Mediterranean Caper, was published in 1973 and introduced leading man Dirk Pitt to the world. This started a writing career that lasted up to present day. While Cussler is no longer with us, he has left behind decades of stories to keep the adventure alive.

Valhalla rising by Clive Cussler
Raise the Titanic! by Clive Cussler
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Katherine Johnson was a talented mathematician in a field dominated by white men.

After graduating high school at the age of 15 in the midst of the Great Depression, she earned a full scholarship to West Virginia State Institute's math department. Johnson briefly taught high school and then in 1940 was one of the first Black graduate students chosen to integrate West Virginia University.

In 1953 she began work as a research mathematician for what would become NASA. Katherine Johnson shattered barriers for all women, but particularly for Black women, earning the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015.

To celebrate the inspirational life of Katherine Johnson, check out the resources below or explore NASA's website. Learn about her and other amazing barrier-breaking mathematicians and scientists.

This is Johnson's autobiography, but there are many books to introduce readers to her life in the Children's Biography collection.

With Valentine's Day coming, there is a giant focus on all things love. For Storytime today, we decided to expand on that idea into the world of Kindness. Luckily, both of these themes are something you can put to very good use everyday, not just on a holiday! Happy Hugging!

Stories and Songs from Storytime

February 20th is National Love Your Pet Day! This day focuses on showing love and appreciation for our pets. Whomever your fur baby is, give them some extra time and attention whether it's a lovely walk (which helps us and our dog stay fit) or a snuggle at home (which lowers our stress levels). Pets provide unconditional love and companionship no matter how big or small, young or old they are. So share the love with your pet on National Love Your Pet Day! Enjoy some of our new books about pets too!

As Dave Barry turns seventy--not happily--he realizes that his dog, Lucy, is dealing with old age far better than he is. She has more friends, fewer worries, and way more fun. So Dave decides to figure out how Lucy manages to stay so happy, to see if he can make his own life happier by doing the things she does (except for drinking from the toilet). He reconnects with old friends and tries to make new ones--which turns out to be a struggle, because Lucy likes people a lot more than he does. And he gets back in touch with two ridiculous but fun groups from his past: the Lawn Rangers, a group of guys who march in parades pushing lawnmowers and twirling brooms (alcohol is involved), and the Rock Bottom Remainders, the world's oldest and least-talented all-author band. With each new lesson, Dave riffs hilariously on dogs, people, and life in general, while also pondering Deep Questions, such as when it's okay to lie.

With insight and humor, Dr. Philipp Schott shares tales from the unlikely path he took into his career of veterinary science and anecdotes from his successful small-animal clinic. Dr. Schott brings to his writing the benefit of many years of expertise. Wisdom he imparts on readers includes the best way to give your cat a pill, how to prevent your very handy dog from opening a fridge, and how to handle your fish when it has half-swallowed another. Through these and other experiences, Dr. Schott also learned that veterinary medicine is as much, if not more, about the people as it is the animals. And he will have you laughing and crying as you embark on this journey of discovery with him. 

 

Did you miss our Gray Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions so you can create your own colorful storytime at home, complete with songs and stories.

Don't need a full storytime? Borrow a rhyme when you need a short distraction, or check out these materials and spend a few minutes reading together.

From Storytime

A day so gray by Marie Lamba

A winter's day is transformed from bleak to beautiful by warm friendship and a new perspective in a gentle story that encourages the appreciation and celebration of cozy pleasures and quiet joys. Use as inspiration to notice the colors around you.

The American Library Association just announced the top youth books and media of 2019, including the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction. The Young Adult Library Services Association honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults.

For more information about this award and its current and past recipients, check the ALA website.

Help us recognize these honorees and winners by checking one out today.

2020 YALSA Nonfiction Winner

Free lunch by Rex Ogle

The American Library Association just announced the top youth books and media of 2019, including the William C. Morris Award. The Young Adult Library Services Association awards the Morris to a book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature. 

For more information about this award and its current and past recipients, check the ALA website.

Help us recognize these honorees and winners by checking one out today.

2020 Morris Award Winner

Who knew there were so many types of felines out there? From snow leopards and tigers to our own household cats, felines can be found in many corners of the world. Enjoy these stories and songs from storytime highlighting fantastic felines!

Yawning Cat

Stories and Songs from Storytime

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