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#VeryAsian Stories

After sharing a racist voicemail she received from a viewer, St. Louis news anchor Michelle Li has received a hugely supportive response from the public, from stories shared on social media with the hashtag #VeryAsian, to an appearance from Li on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Li's story has inspired us to share some of our favorite #VeryAsian stories that you can find at the library. Each of these books offers a distinct perspective from the vast and rich Asian diaspora. 

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Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is January 17th this year. We can celebrate by honoring his memory, and we can take a look at the writing of some of these modern day civil rights leaders.

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International Human Rights Day

December 10th is International Human Rights Day, the anniversary of the day that the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Celebrate with these inspiring and difficult stories of resilience in the face of injustice.

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Love Your Body Week

The National Organization for Women (NOW) is celebrating Love Your Body Week the week of October 10th, 2021. The Love Your Body campaign was created to raise awareness about the unrealistic and toxic beauty standards that society has created for women. The campaign challenges the notion that a woman’s worth is dependent upon the way that she looks and her ability to conform to beauty standards. These nonfiction titles will help you embrace the body that you have and reiterate the importance of loving your body.

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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month 2021

September 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic American Heritage Month, when we honor and celebrate the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society. One great way to celebrate the season is to read one of these new books by Latinx authors!

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Women's Equality Day

The 19th Amendment gave women in the United States the right to vote on August 18, 1920.  You can learn more about early suffragettes, their struggle to vote, and how you can help women continue to fight for their rights today by checking out our selection of women's equality books.

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Disability Independence Day

National Disability Independence Day on July 26th commemorates the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 26th, 1990. The ADA provides protection from employment discrimination as well as better access to goods, services and communications for people with disabilities. Celebrate Disability Independence Day by reading stories--true and fictional--about the lives of Americans with disabilities.

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Speculative Fiction by Indigenous Authors

Throughout history and still today, mainstream popular culture often depicts Native characters as stereotypical historical figures. These books by Indigenous authors imagine new worlds for Native culture to thrive.

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Mental Health Awareness Month

June is Mental Health Awareness Month. These memoirs and nonfiction titles deal with mental illness by addressing things like depression, anxiety, OCD, and more. 

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