It’s almost the end of February, which means that Black History Month is, sadly, ending. However, we want to remind you that information on African American history is available all year long, and should always be remembered.
Since 1926, a version of Black History Month has existed in the United States. It started as a week, and over time became a month dedicated to making sure that African American/Black history was not overlooked. Canada and the U.K. also celebrate Black History Month, although the U.K.’s is in October. It is important to learn and remember all parts of history, since by paying attention to history we can hopefully avoid making the same mistakes as our ancestors. In the spirit of Black History Month, here are some links to great resources on this branch of history.
- The History Channel
- Infoplease.com has quizzes, crosswords, and more as well as biographies, etc.
- AfricanAmericanHistoryMonth.gov is the official site and has good teacher resources
- TimeForKids has great articles and such for younger audiences
- The Smithsonian also has some great teacher resources
- You can also see what kinds of African American History items we have in our catalog.
- Have you checked our our FDC collection? Located next to the Reference Desk, this collection contains materials concerning African American society and history
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Have you come in to see our newest book display: “It’s All Relative : Authors From the Same Family”? If not, you should and take one of our new “We’re Related” staff pick bookmarks while you’re at it. Stephen King, Faye Kellerman, and more are on this list. You’ll be surprised by who’s related!
We’ve gotten in a lot of great new titles throughout the library and tons of great new DVDs! If you missed some of your favorite show last season, we may have it, making it easy to catch up way before you can catch up on Netflix.
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It’s apple picking season! If you don’t know where to go, don’t worry. One of our staffers found some of the best local farms in NJ for you to visit! Come in and check out the display and/or visit our special Apples page, which you can also find through our homepage!
Here’s a great list of fall festivals you can also take advantage of (and here’s one that’s more targetable). Don’t forget to check out our calendars to see what we have going on as well.
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Yesterday kicked off Banned Books Week! In case you haven’t been around the library lately, we are making it very easy for you to find and read banned books, as our current display contains some of the most banned or challenged book of the last decade.
Banned books are books that have been removed from the shelves of a library, bookstore, or classroom due to what some consider controversial content. A book may be challenged (an attempt to ban) or banned on political, religious, sexual, or social grounds. The acts of banning or challenging a book are a serious matter, because these are forms of censorship which strike at our freedom to read.
There are 9 Bookmarks filled with some of the decade’s most banned and challenged books for you to peruse. You’ll be surprised by how many you’ve already read! These are at Circulation, Reference and the Display by the entertainment DVDs and new books.
All our Staff Picks of the Week this month have been Banned Books, so go check out those posts so far! Children’s, Nonfiction, & YA.
We encourage you to celebrate your freedom to read all week… all year really.
If you want more information on Banned Books or Banned Books Week go to: www.BannedBooksWeek.org/, the American Library Association, or even BuzzFeed!