Upcoming Programs

Tuesday, February 4 from 7 PM to 8:30 PM, Dark Horse Public House
Are you ready for romance?  Between the Covers is a social book group for readers ages 21+ that focuses on the romance genre. For our "first date" we will be reading "The Wedding Date" by Jasmine Guillory. New members are always welcome!

Wednesday, February 5 from 7 PM to 9 PM, Remnant Brewing
Come join us for a talk with Lindsay Allen, the rooftop farm manager at Boston Medical Center. Attendees will learn about the history of urban gardening, food justice, rooftop farming and innovative ways to grow food at your home, including tips for your home garden!  

Saturday, February 8 from 3 PM to 4:30 PM, Central Library Auditorium
Ants on a Log is Julie Beth and Anya Rose. The folk duo writes music for children and other childlike people, songfully advocating for positivity, social justice, and silliness. Ants concerts are full of surprising and joyful moments, interactive singing, jump roping, drumming, and improv.

Thursday, February 13 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM, East Branch Library
Come hear stories from Mr. B from Faskia, our local Ethopian restaurant. Make sure to come hungry for delicious food!

Friday, February 21 from 2 PM to 3:15 PM, Central Library Auditorium

 We are hosting a Rainforest Reptile Show! There will be mini zoo with bugs, frogs, snakes, lizards, and even an alligator! 
February is Black History Month
February  Recommendations

In recognition of Black History Month, all of these excellent titles are written by Black authors.

by Oyinkan Braithwaite

A Nigerian dark comedy, Korede is constantly cleaning up after her sister, Ayoola who uses men for their money and then ends up killing them. 

Audience: Fans of quirky, dark and fast reads

Recommended by Heidi, Reference Librarian
A local autobiographical zine that discusses black hairstyles, and the author's relationship with their hair. 

Audience: Local zine lovers!

Recommended by Tim, Technology Librarian

An eloquently written, meticulously analyzed, powerfully presented, and completely unwavering gaze at the major role that racism has played in American history, and still plays in current politics, law and economics. This is a sometimes infuriating but always enlightening look at case after case of repeated and unwarranted social injustice, i.e., a book that everyone needs to read.

Audience: Those who enjoy excellent, meticulously researched nonfiction
Recommended by Jim, Head of Circulation

The author describes what that is like for her sons growing up black in America, a country that hasn't been a safe place for black children.    She wants her sons to not be hindered by what they see as limitations and appreciate the beautiful things in life.    What she wants most is for her sons to become the people they want to be.    She challenges white America to see the potential of black children.  

Audience: All Americans, especially parents and caregivers

Recommended by Marita, Head of East Branch

When Jefferson, an African-American man, is sentenced to death for a murder he didn't commit, Jefferson's godmother approaches Grant Wiggins, a local schoolteacher respected in the black community, with a daunting request: teach Jefferson how to die with dignity.

Audience: Those who want a brilliantly written classic

Recommended by Kevin, Head of Reference
Set in an alternate 1880s New Orleans, this compelling novella sees a street urchin and a sky pirate, both inhabited by 
orisha  (Yoruba deities), take on a phantom cell of the Confederate army in an effort to wrest a dangerous magical weapon from their control.

Audience: Teens who love steampunkish themes and alternate history
Recommended by Jo, Business Manager

by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Roxane Gay, Yona Harvey, Alitha Martinez, and Afua Richardson

Love comics? These are all written and illustrated by mega-talents. Wakanda forever! 

Audience: Any and all comics lovers

Recommended by Ellen, Interim Head of Teen Services
Jordan transfers to a prep school in middle school, and deals with new friends, new teachers, and plenty of microaggressions.  Excellent, excellent graphic novel.

Audience: Perfect for middle-grade/tweens who love graphic novels
Recommended by Alison, Interim Head of West Branch

Heartfelt emotional family story of teen parents who deal with their future choices differently, while the story goes back and forth in time and touches on issues of class, race, sexuality and education -- (beautifully written in only about 200 pages!)  

Audience: Fans of beautiful and brief family yarns

Recommended by Mary, Reference Librarian

Fannie Lou Hamer was a champion of civil rights from the 1950s until her death in 1977. Ms. Hamer gave a speech at the Democratic National Convention that, despite President Johnson's interference,
aired on national TV news and spurred the nation to support the Freedom Democrats.

Audience: Little ones that like a little history with their story time.
Recommended by Annamarie, Children's Librarian

Faster, Stronger, Better WiFi!

We've upgraded our  wifi  system at the Central Library! The new system is stronger and faster than our previous system--providing patrons with a more reliable wireless connection to the internet throughout the entire building. Next time you're at our Central branch, take out that laptop or phone, and take it for a test drive!
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