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Black Lives Matter

Juneteenth is a holiday celebrated every June 19 to commemorate the official end of slavery in the United States. 155 years later, we still see clearly that the end of slavery was not the end of racial inequality in this country. In honor of the approaching holiday and to recognize the racial injustices we see currently taking over the news, I’ve compiled a list of books you can find in our e-resources that are about the unique struggles of Black Americans, and what white people can do to be good allies.

New Nonfiction eBooks

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Many people have been turning to eBooks during these trying times. We at FRVPLD have been working hard to make sure more titles get added to our eBook platforms so our patrons can have access to the latest titles in some capacity. We have three different eBook platforms: Overdrive, Axis 360, and Hoopla. Below are some of the newest adult nonfiction titles that can now be found in each of those three platforms.

Overdrive

Cover art for The Lincoln Conspiracy by Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch

Patron Favorites of 2019

At Randall Oaks, we wanted to know what our fellow readers enjoyed most this year so we asked our patrons about their favorite books released in 2019. See something you missed on here? Start 2020 with one of the best of the previous year! 

 

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Jackie Robinson Day

Baseball season is upon us and today is a truly memorable day in baseball history.  April 15th is Jackie Robinson Day; the 72nd anniversary of his very first baseball game and the first time an African American played Major League Baseball. 

Randall Oaks Staff Favorites of 2018

You’ve seen enough “Best Of” lists for 2018 by now, so the Randall Oaks staff thought we’d just share some of our favorites, whether they're critically lauded or not. Here’s a sampling of books and movies that came out last year that we enjoyed for various reasons- they made us think, they made us cry, they were just plain fun, etc.

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Recommended Reads Weeks 1-3

Looking for something good to read? If you’ve signed up for Summer Reading you’ve probably seen the Recommended Read postcards (if you haven’t, it’s not too late to sign up or start filling out cards!). On the cards, simply let us know what you’re reading and why you would/would not recommend it. You can drop these off at the Information Desk and we draw winners every week for additional Summer Reading prizes. You’re reading anyway; why not try to win? Here’s a sampling of the book suggestions and comments your fellow readers have submitted in the first few weeks. 

Anthony Bourdain, 1956-2018

I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of chef Anthony Bourdain on June 8th.  He was one of my favorite food writers and television personalities.  A drug addict early in his cooking career, Bourdain turned his life around and became one of the most successful food personalities in America starting with his memoir Kitchen Confidential published in 2000.  With his success, Bourdain frequently advocated for the underdog.

Devils in the White City- and Beyond

Whether you’re interested in notorious murderers and serial killers or just into the Gaslight Era in general, we’ve got a great program for you. Devils in the White City and Beyond will explore some of the most notorious personalities from the 19th century. Register here to attend this Saturday, May 12. If you can’t make it, we’ve got you covered with some suggestions to read and watch.

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