Indigenous Peoples' Day honors Native American and Indigenous people as well as their history and culture. It is celebrated on the second Monday in October across the United States. Today is a great day to read a book by and about Native American people!

Nonfiction

The people shall continue by 1941- Simon J. Ortiz

From Ancient China to California in the 1990s, step back in time with these fantastic historical fiction titles. 

The black kids by Christina Hammonds Reed
Also available in: e-audiobook

With the Rodney King riots closing in on high school senior Ashley and her family, the privileged bubble she has enjoyed, protecting her from the difficult realities most black people face, begins to crumble.

Also available in: audiobook

After being taught in a boarding school run by whites that Navajo is a useless language, Ned Begay and other Navajo men are recruited by the Marines to become Code Talkers, sending messages during World War II in their native tongue.

National Hispanic Heritage Month takes place every year from September 15-October 15. Celebrate with one of the following Young Adult titles featuring Hispanic main characters!

Clap when you land by Elizabeth Acevedo
Incendiary by Zoraida Córdoba

After a remarkable career in law, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1993, only the second woman to join the Court. Much of Ginsburg's career was dedicated to gender equality and women's rights, as well as working as a volunteer attorney for the ACLU. In her later years, Ginsburg was well-known for her dissenting opinions and often wore elaborate collars when dissenting in Court. Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a giant in the landscape of American law and will remain an icon for generations to come.

Celebrate the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg with one of the many books and movies about her in CPL's collection.

Children's Materials

If you've read everything by the hilarious David Sedaris, try one of these novels, memoirs, or essay collections for more humor!

Looking for a suspenseful read with twist and turns? These thrillers and mysteries will have you turning pages late into the night!

Too close to breathe by Olivia Kiernan

For almost a century, American women took to the streets to march, lobbied Congress, and picketed the White House. What were they fighting for? The right to vote. And on August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment was ratified, granting all women that right.

On the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment's ratification, we're celebrating all things women's suffrage at CPL! Check out the resources we've gathered below and register for a Grab and Go Kit of fun take homes starting August 18th.

Image "Suffragette Banner - Votes For Women, 1910-1920" by Birmingham Museums Trust on Unsplash

Thank you for helping us have the best 62 days of our year at CPL! Join us Saturday, 8/15 @ 10:00am on Facebook Live for an Elephant & Piggie puppet show to celebrate 62 Days of Summer! Piggie and Gerald will be sharing a hilarious live show that you can enjoy from anywhere. Then explore more with the Elephant & Piggie resources and books below.  

Waiting is not easy! by illustrator Mo Willems

The phrase "Black Boy Joy" emerged a few years ago as a way to challenge the way we view black masculinity in society. Rather than simply seeing black males as angry or tough, Black Boy Joy allows us to see them through a wide variety of lenses. These picture books cover many topics, but all feature phenomenal black boys!

For picture books with black girls, check out our Black Girl Magic booklist. 

Jabari jumps by illustrator Gaia Cornwall
Also available in: e-video

Juneteenth marks the day that the last slaves were officially emancipated in the United States. Beginning as a smaller holiday throughout Texas, Juneteenth is now celebrated throughout the country on June 19th. The following nonfiction and fiction titles share stories of emancipation and celebration!

Children's Books

Juneteenth for Mazie by Floyd Cooper

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