October 2022 Updates from the Library

We recognized many cultural celebrations in the Library during October. We continue to celebrate Latinx Heritage Month.   
For the month of October, I have been listening to YA audiobooks by Latina authors.  
This month we also recognized Indigenous People’s Day with a display of books and a slide show highlighting Taino voices, a group which has for many years inaccurately been reported as no longer existing.  
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October is also LGBTQ+ History Month, and October 11th was National Coming Out Day.   
This past Monday was Diwali, and we have a craft table for lantern making along with a display. 

People have been hard at work on puzzles, and we have rotated through a lot quickly, though we have recently seemed to slow down on the current one, which is quite a doozy. Stop by and do some work on it if you are up to the challenge.   
Middle School has been busy with research--6th grade on Ancient Sumerians, 7th grade Indigenous nations of the Americas, and 8th grade Discovering Voices of the past from 1930’s Germany. This requires primary sources, and the Boston Public Library has many great databases, so now 8th graders are equipped with BPL ecard (available to any Massachusetts resident over the age of 13). 
Extra credit English work has begun. I am trying to make sure students have access to all curricular books in print and online. Print books are gathered in collections in the Library. eBooks and audiobooks are in a collection on Sora organized by month. Please let me know if you have any curricular or recreational book requests. 
The first Massachusetts Teen Book Choice Awards winner has been announced, and it is the very popular graphic novel Heartstopper by Alice Oseman. If you have read through the series and want more, try reading Oseman’s newest novel, Loveless. 

This weekend is one of my favorite events of the year - The Boston Book Festival! A fun event with a lot of amazing authors speaking all over the Copley area, including the Boston Public Library. There are author presentations, panels, and workshops. There is also Storytime with authors in the BPL Children's Room and character meetings in Copley Square. BBF is free and open to the public. 
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