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Labor Day 2023

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.



It’s been a long day, you’re tired, and you have to figure out something for dinner. You search around your kitchen and find random, little food items to add to your plate. It’s #GirlDinner, the viral TikTok trend of creating a dinner out of snacks. Check out these books to get more #GirlDinner ideas!


Women's Equality Day

Women's Equality Day was established to recognize and commemorate the 19th Amendment which granted women the right to vote. This was just the beginning of the courageous work done by women of the United States to gain full rights and privileges both public or private, legal or institutional – as citizens of the United States. 

To celebrate, check out this booklist that highlights women's continued efforts towards women's equality throughout their daily lives in places like relationships, careers, health, entertainment, and sports. 


Female Anti-Heroes

Older but never wiser, it can be exhausting always rooting for these female anti-heroes. When left to their own devices they often end up in crisis, but these monsters are fun to read about even when they're the problem. It's them.


Disability Independence Day 2023

July is Disability Pride Month, punctuated by July 26th, Disability Independence Day. In the spirit of celebration, choose a book that fosters understanding and amplifies representation from this mix of fiction, poetry, essay, and memoir.


Quirky Nonfiction

These weird-but-true titles will pique your interest in a variety of topics.




Juneteenth is an annual U.S. holiday celebrated on June 19th. It marks the emancipation of enslaved African Americans and the end of slavery.


Sci-Fi Novellas

Take a quick trip to another world (or time!) in these thought-provoking science-fiction novellas. 


Fiction with Footnotes

Footnotes, endnotes, pieces of found ephemera, notes scrawled in the margins and other effects can confound and delight readers. Here are a few books and authors - some sprawling, some humorous, some concise - that use this creative narrative device to enhance their works.


Mental Health Awareness

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Check in on your mental health by checking out these titles.


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.


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