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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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Homelessness

Written by or about individuals who have experienced the struggles of homelessness, the books on this list include both memoirs and fiction titles. Each book provides the reader with new perspectives while also creating space for empathy-driven dialogue.

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LGBT Teen Reads Adults Will Love

The following selection of books features LGBT characters from differing cultural backgrounds dealing with everyday life and battling insurmountable odds. Featuring stories of magic, special abilities, financial hardship, love, and relationships with family and friends, these books are enjoyable to teens and adults of all ages. 

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Working-Class Voices

Dive into working-class voices and thought-provoking narratives about what it means to be an American worker.

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Black History is American History

In the words of activist Rachel Cargle, "Black history is American history." Open your eyes and ears to the stories of our country's history told by Black Americans.

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Classics by Black Authors

Although the established canon of classic literature has historically excluded marginalized voices, Black authors have continued to write artful, influential works. Check out these classics by Black authors that you might not have read in school. 

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Graphic Novels

Check out these Own Voices fiction and non-fiction graphic novels.

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