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Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.  During this month we spotlight the important contributions of AAPI individuals in our local communities and across our nation. Check out this list of new AAPI authors and their books that speak to the struggles and triumphs of Asian American identity.


Black History Month: A Historical Fiction Commemoration

Black History Month is celebrated each February. It is a time to reflect on our past, learn about the Black experience, and celebrate Black greatness. These historical fiction titles give the experience of Black history with a with an exciting fictional spin. 


International Day of Persons with Disabilities

The 2022 theme for the International Day of Disabled Persons is: "Transformative solutions for inclusive development: the role of innovation in fueling an accessible and equitable world". Explore transformative solutions with these titles from innovative authors.


Hispanic Heritage Month 2022

In honor of the complex contributions of authors and trailblazers descendent from Spanish speaking countries, join us in celebrating Hispanic Heritage by reading compelling research, poignant memoirs, inspiring biography, and captivating fiction!


Banned Books Week

Celebrate your freedom to read by checking out these challenged and banned books!


Labor Day 2022

Labor Day honors the American labor movement and the works and contributions of laborers. The titles in this list tell the stories of the labor movement's past, present, and future.


Disability Independence Day

On July 26th the Americans with Disabilities Act will be celebrating its 32nd birthday.  It was signed into law on July 26, 1990 and has continued to promote the importance of equal opportunities for people with disabilities ever since.   Below you will find an assortment of books that discuss the experiences of people with a variety of disabilities.


Graphic Memoirs on Gender Identity

“Reading is an exercise in empathy; an exercise in walking in someone else’s shoes for a while.” -Marjorie Blackman

“I read so I can live more than one life in more than one place.” -Anne Tyler

Expand your understanding of the lives of others by reading these memoirs about gender identity.



Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.


Jewish American Heritage Month

Each May we celebrate Jewish American Heritage Month. Now is a great time to check out one of these works of fiction featuring characters who are Jewish.


Actually Autistic in World Autism Month

April is World Autism Month, but the voices we hear this month (and all year long) are often those of autistic people’s families and doctors. Here are fifteen books by autistic authors, about autistic people -- for everyone.


Memoirs for Transgender Day of Visibility

Transgender Day of Visibility takes place each year on March 31st to celebrate transgender and nonbinary people, and raise awareness of discrimination faced by trans people worldwide. The memoirs listed here are penned by all kinds of people from different walks of life, but their gender nonconformity is one thing they all have in common. It's a great time of year to make space in your reading life for one of these memoirs by a transgender or nonbinary author!


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