Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Innovations in Reading Prize 2017 goes to Barbershop Books

Every year, the National Book Foundation awards a prize for Innovations in Reading to an individual or organization who is helping to change the world through reading. This year, the Innovations in Reading prize went to Barbershop Books, a program which builds child-friendly reading spaces in barbers. The empowering organization will receive $10,000 to help them in their incredible mission, as well as the chance to appear at the National Book Foundation's Why Reading Matters conference in June.  READ MORE HERE:

About Barbershop Books


Monday, April 17, 2017

James Baldwin's Archive, Long Hidden, Comes (Mostly) Into View - The New York Times

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New York Times: James Baldwin's Archive, Long Hidden, Comes (Mostly) Into View

NewsOne: James Baldwin's Most Intimate Archives Acquired by Schomburg Library

NPR: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Receives James Baldwin Letters

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Boulevard (135th St. and Malcolm X Blvd)
New York, New York, 10037

Thursday, April 13, 2017

2017 Pulitzer Prize winning books, included four black authors

These are the 2017 #Pulitzer Prize-winning books!  Instagram
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday)


Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy by Heather Ann Thompson (Pantheon)

The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between by Hisham Matar (Random House)

Olio by Tyehimba Jess (Wave Books)


Evicted:Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond (Crown)


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!