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New Reads Set in the Old West

Are you looking for books that give a fresh look at the American Old West? Check out these fiction and nonfiction titles published within the last two years.

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Environmental Justice

These books will take you from the water crisis in Flint, MI to a disappearing village in Alaska.

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On Plagues

Whether it's the Black Death, COVID-19, or any pandemic in between; plagues have always had the worst impact on marginalized people, and we ignore them at our own peril. This collection of plague narratives--both real and fictionalized--is sure to educate, thrill, and remind us of those universal truths.

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Local Authors: The Ozarks in Perspective

Welcome to the Ozarks, where folks love to tell stories and pass on history from one generation to the next like clockwork! Embrace the tales and traditions lovingly crafted into tomes by these local authors. 

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Black Joy Matters

While it's important to shine a light on the struggle of the Black community, it's also important to highlight the wonderfully joyful books featuring Black characters and authors. If you'd like to escape into a happily-ever-after, here are some optimistic Black stories to sink into.

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Black Lives Matter

A powerful way to develop empathy for those of different identities and backgrounds is by attending to their stories and perspectives. The first part of this Own Voices list offers memoirs by Black authors who explore their intersecting identities and the impacts of racism and injustice on themselves and those whom they love. The second part collects empowering anti-racist nonfiction and fiction for teen readers.

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New Perspectives in Biography

Everyone has a different experience, and these biographies are a great way to learn about someone else's journey! Sink your teeth into tales of struggle, growth, and adventure from around the world. 

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Expanded Digital Content to Enjoy During the Summer

Whether you come to the Library when it reopens May 26, or visit online, you still have free access to more audiobooks for all ages, romance novels, e-books and math e-books for children and teens. Many providers of digital resources have expanded your temporary access to help you beat the COVID-19 blues.  

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Digital Staff Picks

The Library has lots of e-books and digital audiobooks that you can check out from home, 24/7. Here are a few books Library staff members have enjoyed in digital format.

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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novels

Jurors for the administration of the Pulitzer Prize have been reviewing and recognizing distinguished pieces of literature since the early 20th century. Check out some of the winners in the Springfield-Greene County collection.

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