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Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month, which celebrates the heritage and history of the Indigenous peoples of this land. It feels like a good time to recognize the fantastic books Native authors have been contributing to our collection in the last year or two. Below is a selection of some of those books, with a handful of upcoming November releases. The final few are, admittedly, not by Native authors but wonderful additions that focus on Native subjects.

This list focuses on adult books, but the teen and youth areas have plenty of titles to contribute, as well!  

Halloween Reads 2022

It’s the best time of the year: October, when all things dark and creepy are celebrated. As has been my custom for a few years, I wanted to share appropriate reading material for the season. There are so many great horror novels that have been released this year that I decided to showcase one for every day of the month. So here are 31 books to get you through Halloween and well beyond.

Hispanic Heritage Month Reading Challenge 2022

Now that we’ve had a bit of time to put the Summer Reading Challenge behind us, we’re ready to begin another Beanstack challenge. National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated each year from September 15 - October 15. We challenge you to read any book written by a Hispanic author, or about or set in a Hispanic country. You may read one of our recommended books or pick out a book on your own.

LGBTQ+ Reads

Whether you're part of the LGBTQ+ community, are an ally to the community, or you just want to read about experiences other than your own, we have books in every genre that fit the bill. There have been great strides in the publishing world in recent years to offer more diverse books to readers; books that reflect more of the general population. The selection below are some of the best LGBTQ+ books that have been released just in the first half of 2022. Keep an eye on our new releases for many more to come throughout the year!

Audiobook Month

June is Audiobook Month/Audiobook Appreciation Month, and we at FRVPLD are always ready to celebrate this way of reading. Aren’t audiobooks cheating, you may ask? Definitely not! Reading is reading, whatever form it takes. Studies have shown that there is no significant difference in how the brain comprehends audio vs text books. Humans were oral storytellers for tens of thousands of years before the written word evolved, so it takes us back to our roots.

Shakespeare Retold

As a massive Shakespeare nerd, April 23 is a holiday to me. It’s believed to be the date of Shakespeare's birth and is known to be the date of his death. But, as he writes himself in Sonnet 18, the written word gifts immortality. “So long as men can breathe or eyes can see/So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.”

Over the years, countless authors have given new life to Shakespeare’s works, which were themselves mostly retellings of older stories. Below is a small sampling of novels that are retellings of or loosely inspired by the Bard’s works.

Community Discussion for Social Change

Have you heard about our Community Discussion for Social Change (C.D.S.C.)? It’s a newer monthly discussion group to talk about social issues that are important to our community. Prior to taking on the name of C.D.S.C., we kicked things off in December with a three-part discussion of The 1619 Project. Once we wrapped up those sessions, we switched gears to focus on a different text each month.

Women's History Month Reading Challenge Reading Recommendations

Women's History Month is celebrated annually in March, with International Women's Day falling on Tuesday, March 8 this year. As Kirstin's blog here details, we are doing another Beanstack Reading Challenge to celebrate this month. Take a look at her post for information about how to sign up, prizes, and more. I'm here to share our recommended reads for the challenge.

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