Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: January 17, 2022. A Reader’s Advisory

The library will be closed all day on Monday, January 17, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Here's a reader's advisory put together by Susan, one of O'Fallon Public Library's librarians, to learn all about who Dr. King was and the values he lived by. DVD’s  Selma [videorecording] / Paramount Pictures, Pathé and Harpo … Continue reading Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: January 17, 2022. A Reader’s Advisory

5 Young Adult Fiction Books about Grief, A Reader’s Advisory

With recent news headlines in mind, we have a list of young adult fiction novels for teens or anyone experiencing a significant loss, whatever the circumstances. The Hate U Give Starr Carter navigates two worlds, an upscale suburban preparatory school and the impoverished city neighborhoods where she lives. After a police officer shoots and kills her … Continue reading 5 Young Adult Fiction Books about Grief, A Reader’s Advisory

Children’s Books for Women’s History Month

Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls Encourage kids to be rebellious against the social norms of their genders. Learn about many phenomenal women and hear their stories as scientists, astronauts, writers, artists, politicians, motorcycle racers, and rappers. Illustrated in modern art style with each page completely different than the last. These very real biographies are told … Continue reading Children’s Books for Women’s History Month

New Title Tuesday — Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times

The New Title Tuesday recommendation today, Radical Hope edited by Carolina De Robertis is in honor of the dreamers and free thinkers who officially began this nation in 1776. Each person in the United States, regardless of when they arrived, carry the ideological DNA of our founding fathers and mothers.  We expect justice. We demand equality. … Continue reading New Title Tuesday — Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Jan 16, 2017. A Reader’s Advisory

If you are unfamiliar with or hope to teach young people about Dr. King’s values and his leadership in the non-violent struggle for equal rights, I have put together just a few of the many resources we have for that purpose. DVD's  Selma [videorecording] / Paramount Pictures, Pathé and Harpo Films present; produced by Christian Colson, Oprah … Continue reading Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Jan 16, 2017. A Reader’s Advisory

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin, A Reader’s Advisory

I spent my childhood in Nashville, Tennessee at a time when protests for civil rights roiled not so far from my front door. This volatile era spurred nightly dinner-table arguments between my raging “teen-ager with a cause’ aunt and my rigidly racist grandfather.  It was my aunt who first told me about James Baldwin and … Continue reading The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin, A Reader’s Advisory