Thursday, November 17, 2016

These are the 2016 National Book Award Winners

2016  National Book Award Winners!

Four Categories: Fiction, NonFiction, Poetry and Young People's Literature


Chris Bachelder, The Throwback Special
Paulette Jiles, News of the World
Karan Mahajan, The Association of Small Bombs
Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad
Jacqueline Woodson, Another Brooklyn


Arlie Russell Hochschild, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right
Ibram X. Kendi, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
Viet Thanh Nguyen, Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War
Andrés Reséndez, The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America
Heather Ann Thompson, Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy


Daniel Borzutzky, The Performance of Becoming Human
Rita Dove, Collected Poems 1974 – 2004
Peter Gizzi, Archeophonics
Jay Hopler, The Abridged History of RainfallSolmaz Sharif, Look

Young People's Literature

Kate DiCamillo, Raymie Nightingale
John Lewis, Andrew Aydin & Nate Powell, March: Book Three
Grace Lin, When the Sea Turned to Silver
Jason Reynolds, Ghost
Nicola Yoon, The Sun Is Also a Star

source: NPR

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Howard University's Renowned Historic Library Named a National Treasure

National Preservation group partners with Howard University to re-imagine Founders Library

Founders Library has a Story to Tell

As our nation concludes a month long celebration of African-American achievement, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has named Howard University’s The Founders Library a National Treasure. As the first site at a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) to be named a National Treasure, the National Trust and Howard University will partner to re-imagine Founders Library as a creative and vibrant 21st century learning space, while maintaining its historic character.
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Founders Library Images

Source: National Trust for Historic Preservation

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Cut the Cuts to Library Funding!


Call Your Legislator Right Now. We expected a 4% cut. The proposed cuts are now 9%!

The cut to the Statewide Digital Library amounts to $164,163. This additional cut means losing our iConn newspaper database. This means no more access t o historical and current issues of the Hartford Courant, the New York Times, the LA Times, the Washington Post, Boston Globe and other major daily papers.
The cut to the Legal and Legislative Law Materials budget slashes funding for this important resource by $64,893. The State Library is CT's official Law Library. The public as well as the legal community and state government has come to rely on this imporant resource. This cut means we will no longer have access to important legal databases and other materials.
We need you to take action today and call your State Legislator. The special session dealing with the budget is slated to be over by Friday. Calls today and tomorrow can make the difference. Tell your State Legislators that they need to roll back both cuts to 4%--just like all the other cuts throughout the budget.
Call your State Rep today!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Job Posting: Law Librarian I – Connecticut Judicial Branch

Law Librarian I – Connecticut Judicial Branch

      Primary work location is Middletown, CT, but may be required to work in other locations two days a week.

The Connecticut Judicial Branch is seeking a qualified individual to perform professional to advanced library duties which include providing legal reference and research guidance, instruction in database searching, and catalog and collection maintenance. In-state travel is required.

Minimum Qualifications: A Master’s degree in Library Science or Information Science from a graduate school accredited by the American Library Association.

Information about the position is posted on the Connecticut Judicial Branch web site.

Applications must be received by December 21, 2015. Applications should be submitted through the on-line application site at: Paper applications will not be accepted.

Please reference posting ID #

Friday, November 20, 2015

Join Us at our BCALA-CT Social Dec. 4th! (RSVP by Nov. 30)

December 4, 2015
Bridgeport Public Library
925 Broad Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604

RSVP by Nov. 30 to Nykia Eaddy 203-576-7400 x434
or Vivian Bordeaux 203-576-7400 x431

Please bring a non-perishable item or a toy for a tot.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

12 Books by Black Women that Will Keep you Turning Pages all Summer Long

Summer Reads- Book Covers

Here are 13 books by African-American women that will have you turning pages until the fall.
  1. The Turner House by Angela Flournoy
  2.  God Help The Child by Toni Morrison
  3. X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz with Keekla Magoon
  4. Once Upon a Sunday, by Renee Allen Mccoy (release date: April 2015)
  5. Naya’s Invasion (Fallen Invasion Series, Book 2) by Mia Mitns (release date: April 2015)
  6. The Star Side of Bird Hill by Naomi Jackson (release date: June 2015)
  7. Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton (release date: May 2015)
  8. The Light of the World by Elizabeth Alexander (release date: April 2015)
  9. Pleasantville (Jay Porter Series) by Attica Locke (release date: April 2015)
  10. Jam on the Vine by LaShonda Katrice Barnett (release date: February 2015)
  11. Undivided by Patricia Raybon and Alana Raybon (release date: April 2015)
  12. Ordinary Light by Tracy K. Smith (release date: February 2015)
  13.  Balm by Dolen Perkins-Valdez (release date: May 2015)


Thursday, April 2, 2015

Author & Ilustrator, Jerry Craft, a BCALA-CT Selected Author at CLA 2015

Cartoonist, Illustrator and Author, Jerry Craft, creator of the award-winning Mama's Boyz comic strip will be a guest speaker for BCALA-CT at the 2015 Connecticut Library Association (CLA) Conference on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 11:00am.  View the full conference program

Join us as he speaks on what lead him to his exciting career, the challenges of being a reluctant reader and what he did to overcome that to become a self-published author and much more!

His newest book is a middle grade novel co-written with his two teenage sons, called: "The Offenders: Saving the World While Serving Detention!" -- an action / adventure story designed to teach kids about the negative effects of bullying. [Order Books!]

Conference Speakers at NCAAL 2015 ~ Aug 4-8, 2015

Join The Black Caucus of the American Library Association, Inc
9th National Conference of African American Librarians (NCAAL)
Hyatt Regency - St. Louis at the Arch, St. Louis, MO
Tuesday, August 4,  -Saturday, August 8, 2015

Meet at the Gateway ~ Reimagining Communities, Technologies, and Libraries

Recently Added Conference Speakers!!

  • Tukufu Zuberi, Ph.D, Keynote Speaker
    Professor of Sociology and founder of the Center of Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Zuberi is also a host on the hit PBS series History Detectives.
  • Troy D. Johnson, Speaker
    Troy Johnson is the President, founder and webmaster of which is one of the oldest websites dedicated to African American authors, literature and readers.
  • Max Brooks, Author Luncheon
    Graphic novelist and author of World War Z, Brooks will discuss his new work, Harlem Hellfighters based on the true stoyr of the all black WWI 369th infantry.
  • Joel Christian Gill, Author
    Chairman/CEO of StrangeFruit Comics, Gill is the author and illustrator of graphic novels that celebrate untold narratives in African American history.