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The first two books are realistic fiction and the last two are nonfiction. Each book has its theme, but Heroine and Girl in Pieces are more about mental illnesses and self struggles. The books do cover facts that are common within the world but each book individually goes in-depth of the main character’s story. Heroine […]

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Remembering Samer

Rachel – Teen Services It’s March 11th, a Wednesday night, and I’m sitting at the Teen Underground desk. The Library has been quiet lately and our teen space is unusually empty for a weeknight until Samer walks in. My mood brightens immediately upon seeing him open our door. He comes in smiling like he always […]

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A Timeless, 1995 Gem of a Movie

Some things really are timeless. Even if they aren’t. A contradiction? Not to one of the incredibly lucky persons who have seen Whisper of the Heart, a 1995 Japanese Anime movie adapted from a 1989 Manga comic book. This is an impossibly charming (although somewhat predictable) adolescent love story. The “bibliographic record” (information about each […]

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Knowledge is Power: Books, Movies, and Documentaries to Further Education on Antiracism

“… ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.” – James Baldwin I cannot overstate how significantly books contribute to antiracism. Understanding history beyond basic school textbooks helps us draw lines from the past directly to where we are right now. Educating ourselves adds invaluable depth to our antiracism and equips […]

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