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Not Just History, But NOW

February is Black History Month, but that doesn't mean we should focus exclusively on the past.  The present is also vitally important.  It's what leads to the future.  Here are some of the best new realistic fiction books featuring Black teens.

Black Enough: Being Young and Black in America edited by Ibi Zoboi
Black Girl Unlimited: The Remarkable Story of a Teenage Wizard by Echo Brown
By Any Means Necessary by Candice Montgomery
Color Me In by Natasha Diaz
Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika Moulite
A Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Phillippe
Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks by Jason Reynolds
Not So Pure and Simple by Lamar Giles
The Revolution of Birdie Randolph by Brandy Colbert
Slay by Brittney Morris
The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus
Who Put This Song On? by Morgan Parker

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My Ideal Boyfriend Is a Croissant

So, if you've read my blog ever at all, you have probably noticed that I like to have obscure holidays help me decide what books to feature.  Some of these holidays I love so much are absolutely impossible to match with a book.   You would think that Croissant Day (January 30, 2020) is one such holiday.  You would be wrong.

My Ideal Boyfriend Is a Croissant by Laura Dockrill (07/16/19)
Sixteen-year-old Bluebelle, also known as BB or Big Bones, lives her life unapologetically. She loves life! She loves food!  When BB has a worse-than-usual asthma attack, her mom insists she go to the doctor. There, she is told that she is overweight (no surprise) and prediabetic (big surprise) and must lose weight, move more, and keep a food diary. To get out of this immediate health crisis, she agrees to make an effort.  Then a tragedy occurs in the family, and things get seriously complicated. Suddenly, losing weight and moving more are the least of her worries. As for the food diary, though, BB doesn't just document what she's eating, she documents what she's feeling--and she has a lot to say!
This honest, laugh-out-loud novel brimming with body positivity, bite-sized nuggets of feminism, and commentary on eating will have readers rooting for sixteen-year-old BB as she navigates her world while maintaining her plucky zest for life even in the most trying of times.

Read the NPR book review, In 'My Ideal Boyfriend Is a Croissant', the Heroine Is No Flake.

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Candy Jewelry

Make some tasteful (and tasty) accessories at Candy Jewelry on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.  Show off your sweet side when you thread your favorite candy onto licorice string and fishing line to make a necklace or bracelet that tastes as good as it looks.  This workshop is for students grades 7-12.  Registration is a must.  You can sign up online or by phone (205-444-7826) beginning 01/28/20.

The American Library Association announced their Youth Media Awards today!  Here are the winners!  Did any of your favorites make the cut?  Several of ours did!  Access the full list of winners and honors here.  

Relationships can be supportive, fun, even exciting. However, we know that sometimes relationships can mean disappointment, broken hearts and even abuse. It's important for parents to teach their children about healthy relationships. We want you to be able to start the conversation with your teen, so they'll more likely feel comfortable coming to you in the future when they need to talk.  Join us for our next Practical Parenting on Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 3 p.m.  The focus is #relationshipgoals: Guiding Teens Toward Healthy Relationships.  Our speaker is Elishua Markham, Community Services Director at SafeHouse of Shelby County.  This free session does not require a reservation.  It will be held in our Youth Program Room.  Follow the starred hallway through the Kid Zone.  The room is at the very end of that hall.  


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Volunteer applications are taken year round, but opportunities are available on a limited basis. During the school year times are available for special programs only. Applications will be held on file until opportunities arise. Volunteers are needed more during the summer to help with the library’s Summer Reading Program.