Volume 19 - February 2022
Winter is Here
The DC Library Media Center is at the ready - whether you're home on an eLearning day or in our building - we are ready to support and enhance learning!
What's In Store? Celebrations! Read on....
1. Celebrate YA Books With Black Protagonists and Written by Black Authors
Book Lists to Entice You!
Check out the lists below to discover some awesome YA books by Black authors.
Teen Romances by Black Authors - Looking for YA romances as Valentine's Day approaches? Here are some great titles by contemporary Black authors to check out!
Young Adult Books About and By Black Authors - Sometimes it's hard to find YA novels with black leads, or even written by a black author. So, this list showcases books written by and about black people in the YA genre.
What To Read After Watching Black Panther - Not quite ready to leave Wakanda? Check out these titles!
YA Aftrofantasy & Afrofuturism - New to these terms? These two distinct subgenres of speculative fiction have their foundation in Black cultures, often (not always) building on and celebrating African mythology and folklore.
Black History, Black Futures: Teen Nonfiction - .....for our nonfiction lovers!
YA Graphic Novels by Black Authors and Illustrators - Do you love graphic novels that are not Manga style? This list is for you.
Explore Black Voices in Teen Literature - Some of our favorites, including Elizabeth Acevedo, Nic Stone, Jason Reynolds, Sharon Flake, and Angie Thomas....just to name (drop) a few!
Black History is Now - Here you'll find nonfiction, memoirs, biographies, and nonfiction graphic novels that examine Black History and the contemporary experiences of Black Americans making history today.
Bookmarks From Friends!
At the bottom of this Beecher Feature, you'll find the PDF version of the bookmarks pictured below. These were created by Theresa Coleman, the Public Services Librarian at the Nora Branch Library. These were passed along to us via our Shared System Manager and Knower of All Things, Sarah Batt, in her Friday Focus newsletter.
Thank you to both Theresa and Sarah!
2. Popular YA Novels by Black Authors on Display in DCHS Library
We will have more in the rotation as books are checked out. Be on the look out for other displays that honor and celebrate just a few of our favorite YA contemporary authors. Below is a small sampling of the authors we love!
Speaking of One of Our Faves.....
- All American Boys (co-written with Brendan Kiely)
- When I Was the Greatest
- The Boy in the Black Suit
- As Brave as You
- For Every One
- the Track series (Ghost, Patina, Sunny, and Lu),
- Look Both Ways,
- Stuntboy, in the Meantime
- Long Way Down, which received a Newbery Honor, a Printz Honor, and a Coretta Scott King Award Honor
In the video below, see New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds make his first visit to The Late Show for a fascinating discussion of the novels he writes for children. A personal note just can't be resisted right here....hearing Jason Reynolds speak at the American Library Association (ALA) Conference in June of 2019 was one of the highlights of my career. It was mesmerizing, inspiring, and filled me with hope. Enjoy the video!
3. Research Online Databases to Deepen Knowledge of Black History and the Black Experience
We have put some specific online databases in the spotlight this month and hope you will remember they are there to utilize all year long.
The African American Experience Database
IndyPL Online Databases
Black Freedom Struggle in the United States
Black Thought and Culture
Find works of leading African Americans in this collection of articles, interviews, speeches, essays, pamphlets, letters, and full run of The Black Panther newspaper.
4. Blind Date With a Book - Will you fall for the "one-liner"?
Back by popular demand, our Blind Date With a Book display.
The month that celebrates love is a great time to remember that we should not judge a book by its cover - both literally and metaphorically speaking. With this in mind, the library media center team picked some fun titles to wrap in Valentine's Day frivolity to conceal the cover. Included on the wrapping you'll find a "one-liner" (usually the first line in the book) and then a small hint underneath to entice you about the genre. (Don't worry....there's a little something for everyone!)
Explore the books in the display - what 'one-liner' and genre/hint speaks to you? Make your selection and then take your "date" to the circulation desk to (ahem.....pardon the pun) check it out.
What Else is New?
Check out some inspirational links!
Update on our new VR program
In collaboration with our technology team, we are working to rectify the technical hiccups we are facing. As soon as we can get online, we will train ourselves, and be ready to share this engaging new technology with our learners!
Decatur Central High School Library Media Center
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