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Five Chapter Books by African American Authors

Looking for great books for kids by African American authors? These choices are perfect for summer reading or anytime. Dragons in a Bag by Zetta Elliott (2018; 154 pages). When Jaxon is sent to spend the day with a mean old lady his mother calls Ma, he finds out she's not his grandmother--but she is a witch! She [...]

By | June 30th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Take pride in these reads by Black LGBT+ authors!

June is Pride Month, and what better time to highlight overlooked voices? Here are a few books at the intersection of Black and queer that you can get at the library! Real Life by Brandon Taylor (2020, 327 pages). Wallace is a black man in the predominately white setting of academia, pursuing his degree in [...]

By | June 25th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Five Teen Books by African American Authors

Looking for some awesome books for teens by African American authors? Your library is here to help. Here are five great books to choose from. Place a hold for curbside pickup today! How it Went Down by Kekla Magoon (2014; 326 pages). When sixteen-year-old Tariq Johnson is shot to death, his community is thrown into [...]

By | June 23rd, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ed Hamilton’s “Spirit of Freedom” maquette

On this significant Juneteenth remembrance, the Carnegie Center for Art and History is pleased to announce the commission of a new addition to the permanent collection. Thanks to an anonymous donor, a small 13 inch, bronze casting of the maquette of Ed Hamilton’s large-scale sculpture Spirit of Freedom is currently in production at Louisville’s Falls [...]

By | June 19th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Curbside Service – FAQ

Hi Everyone! We have had a lot of questions about our services since we have been closed to the public. I’ve compiled a list of our most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and their answers, to help better serve you. I hope that this quick-reference guide will help you as we all transition to the “new [...]

By | June 18th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Indiana Room Digital Resources

We have had several people asking when the Indiana History Room will be open again.  At this time, we still do not know.  We are making services available to patrons as it is safe to do so.  In the meantime, you can email requests to indiana@nafclibrary.org and staff will respond as soon as they are [...]

By | June 17th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Queer RomComs for Pride Month Reading

Does anyone else feel like reading romcoms in the summer? Here are five delightful queer romcoms for your Pride Month rainbow reading this summer. Don't forget to sign up for the Summer Reading Program where you can earn prizes for reading this summer! Boyfriend Material by Alexis White (coming in July!). This fake-dating romance matches [...]

By | June 11th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Five Books by African American Authors

Did you know that reading stories can increase empathy? In light of recent events, I think empathy is ever more and more important for us all to cultivate. Many white people are looking for work they can do to help in the fight against racism and developing more empathy by reading the works of African [...]

By | June 10th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Do You Want to Build a Snowman? A Virtual Frozen Party

We're having a Virtual Frozen Party all week long June 15-19.  Each day we'll have new virtual content in a celebration of Disney's Frozen.  Do you want to build a snowman?  Sign up to receive a free make-it and take-it snowman craft.  This craft can be picked up at our curbside services at either the [...]

By | June 9th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Talking About Race with Young Children

Looking for ways to talk to young children about race and racism? Your library can help. Here are some resources about raising racially conscious children and having conversations about race: 100 Race-Conscious Things You Can Say to Your Child to Advance Racial Justice Today's Parent: How to Talk to Kids About Racism: An Age-by-Age Guide [...]

By | June 4th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments