#BlackLivesMatter Resource Series at Oakland Public Library

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From the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign at Oakland Public Library. A woman holds a #WeNeedDiverseBooks sign up.      Photo: Courtesy of Oakland Public Library (via NPR)

From the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign at Oakland Public Library. A woman holds a #WeNeedDiverseBooks sign up.
Photo: Courtesy of Oakland Public Library (via NPR)

Across the country #BlackLivesMatter is inspiring action and conversation. Thank you to the Oakland librarians who have compiled resources to support these conversations (all of which are available to view here; however placing holds on materials via the OPL catalog would require a library card).

Listen, Learn, Participate: A #BlackLivesMatter Resource Series offers books, articles and videos to prompt discussion and action around:

These are incredibly valuable resources for teachers, students, parents, kids, community organizers, neighbors, and you. ❤

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Celebrate the Life of Leslie Feinberg; Read!

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stone-butch-bluesx400Leslie Feinberg, who identified as an anti-racist white, working-class, secular Jewish, transgender, lesbian, female, revolutionary communist, died on November 15. You can read her obituary, lovingly written by her partner, Minnie Bruce Pratt, here. Feinberg wrote extensively about the complexities of gender as well as the links between socialism and LGBT history. Many of her book titles, speeches, interviews, articles, and podcasts can be accessed via her website. Take a look!

At the time of her death Feinberg was preparing a 20th anniversary edition of Stone Butch Blues, a free access edition, which can be read and downloaded on-line. This edition is dedicated to CeCe McDonald, a young Minneapolis (trans)woman organizer and activist sent to prison for defending herself against a white neo-Nazi attacker, and will contain a slideshow, “This Is What Solidarity Looks Like,” documenting the breadth of the organizing campaign to free CeCe McDonald. A group of friends are continuing to work to post Feinberg’s final writing and art online at Lesliefeinberg.net (coming soon).

September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month for American Public Libraries

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catlibrarycardThere is no better time of the year than September to sign up for a library card. All next month, the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries all across the country are celebrating the value of getting a library card. If you don’t already have a library card, then be sure to stop by your local public library sometime during the month of September. If you have one, but know a friend or young person who doesn’t, then bring them to the library to get a card! They will want one to check out books, ebooks, audio tapes, cds, videos, dvds, and access computer terminals, databases and download mp3s—all free!

Live in Brooklyn?

Live in Manhattan, Bronx, or Staten Island?

Live in Queens?

 

NYC Floating Library at Pier 25 (9/6 – 10/3)

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floatinglibraryAll aboard The Floating Library: a pop-up, mobile device-free public space aboard the historic Lilac Museum Steamship berthed at Pier 25 on the Hudson River in New York City (September 6- October 3, 2014) offering free public programming with over twenty roundtables, performances and workshops over the course of the month.  From their website: The ship’s main deck will be transformed into an outdoor reading lounge to offer library visitors a range of reading materials from underrepresented authors, artist books, poetry, manifestoes, as well as book collection, that, at the end of the lifecycle of the project, will be donated to local high school students with demonstrated need. Ongoing art installations include a Listening Room that will feature new works by six sound artists in response to literature. Readers can BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) or browse the library. I hear there will also be rope swings. Rope swings in a library. The library on a boat. I’ll never leave.

9/19 Books Through Bars NYC’s annual bingo fundraiser at ABC No Rio!

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NYC Books Through Bars is an all volunteer-run collective that sends free books to incarcerated people across the country. Join them and the folks at ABC No Rio at their annual bingo fundraiser September 19, 2014. Doors open at 7:30pm and games begin at 8! Face Book event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/289708914546972/

Bingo cards will go for $2 each and $5 for three cards. All the proceeds from the event will be used directly on postage to send books to prisoners. Please bring a pen to help you notate bingo.

Throughout the evening, we will be raffling prizes from The IFC Center, Gristle Tattoo, SHAG sex shop, Babeland, Pioneers Press, Pok Pok Restaurant, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Book Thug Nation, The Feminist Press, Cinnamon Snail Food Truck, Interference Archive, Verso Books, Terri Restaurant, Third Root Community Center, NYC Trapeze School, Just Seeds Arts Collective, AMC (TV network), Criterion Films, New York Public Library, and more.

ABC No Rio (and their Zine Library! ) is accessible by the F, J, M, and Z trains off the Delancey-Essex Street stop. If you cannot make it to bingo night, please consider donating to Books Through Bars NYC here: http://www.booksthroughbarsnyc.org/#!donate/c1ghi. You can donate money, stamps, packing supplies, or books. Just $10 can send three book packages to three prisoners.

BTB

NYPL’s Children’s Book Exhibit is Brilliant

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The ABC of It is an examination of why children’s books are important: what and how they teach children, and what they reveal about the societies that produced them. Through a dynamic array of objects and creative spaces, the exhibition celebrates the extraordinary richness, artistry, and diversity of children’s literature across cultures and time. On exhibit at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Gottesman Exhibition Hall, now through March 23, 2014. If you haven’t already, go experience it!

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Goodnight Moon! Room at NYPL’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Gottesman Exhibition Hall