I took the easy way out from having to choose my favorite books of the year and blogged about the library's top circulating novels instead. I couldn't deal with the struggle of narrowing down my favorite reads, and I'm not sure why I convinced myself that choosing my favorite albums would be any easier! There was so much brilliant music released this year, but I eventually managed to narrow my top picks a bit. While all of the albums were released in 2021, a couple of the songs selected to represent the album have been around longer than their official releases.
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I hope you all had time to read plenty of books this year, because there was certainly no shortage of great new releases. Even with shortages of supplies and labor wreaking havoc on the publishing world, there was still a lot of new material to enjoy.
White, a blank page or canvas
The challenge, bring order to the whole
(From Sunday in the Park With George)
November brings us to the annually recognized Native American Heritage Month.
October has come again, and many of us at FRVPLD have firmly been in fall/Halloween mode for weeks already (stop in and check out all the wonderful decorations at both libraries). I’m ready to share some of 2021’s best reads for spooky season. Supernatural, gothic, bone chilling horror…whatever your brand of creepy or unsettling, there have been some great contributions this year.
Banned Books Week 2021 is approaching, with the annual celebration of the freedom to read without censorship falling between September 26 - October 2. As in years past, the American Library Association has compiled a list of the top ten most banned and/or challenged books from 2020 (the last full year of data) to draw attention to this ongoing issue. These bans and challenges can take place in public libraries, universities and academic libraries, public schools and their libraries, and bookstores among other locations.
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 a book about a Latin American country, or a book set in a Latin American country (including those countries not listed below). You may read one of our recommended books or pick out a book on your own.
Not only did June 1 kick off our Summer Reading Challenge, but it was also the beginning of Pride month! Even the "Reading Colors Your World" theme this year segues nicely into Pride. Pride is a time in which the LGBTQIA+ community and their allies celebrate the progress the gay rights movement has made since the Stonewall Riots in 1969 and also serves as a reminder of the fight for equality that is still ongoing. The library celebrates and supports our rich and diverse community throughout the year, and Pride month is no exception.
We see every day how much the AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) community is hurting as horrific attacks and racist insults are in the news. This certainly isn’t a new problem, but it has become strikingly more visible in the past year. There are many tangible ways we can all help out, and if you’re curious about educational resources or where to make donations, please don’t hesitate to ask at a library information desk.
February saw the release of the novel Nick by Michael F. Smith, which is the story of The Great Gatsby’s Nick Carraway before the events of that novel. Smith wrote this book years ago but had to wait until 2021 to publish it once the copyright on Gatsby expired and its contents became part of the public domain.