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    Read More About It - Twelve Years a Slave

    12 Years a Slave Movie Poster
    With Steve McQueen's movie Twelve Years a Slave just released in theaters, it's already getting tons of Oscar buzz. Read more about this fascinating story before it sweeps the Oscars in March.  Twelve Years a Slave is the true story of Solomon Northrup, a free black man, and the father of three children, who was kidnapped and sold into slavery.  As Christopher Orr in The Atlantic writes: "Twelve Years a Slave is likely the most painful, clear-eyed feature ever made about American slavery. In that light, it almost seems faint praise to add that it will... Read More »

    Tags: Fiction, Movies, Nonfiction

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    Happy Columbus Day! Sort of . . .

    Everything You Wanted to Know about Indians but Were Afraid to Ask
    Columbus Day is a federal holiday, but some argue that Columbus was far too controversial a figure to continue to be celebrated in 2013. He was neither the first person to “discover” America, nor was he solely an explorer, but also an exploiter of native peoples for his own gain.  What do you think?  Should Columbus still be celebrated in this way?  Tell us in the comments! Author Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal has written this informative webcomic, detailing some of the issues raised by continuing to celebrate Columbus Day in the United States.  According to Inman's resource list:  "All of the information in this essay came from... Read More »

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    LibraryReads: Books Librarians Love

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    Looking for even more recommendations on good books to check out?  (Besides our excellent New Fiction, New Genre Fiction and New Nonfiction lists, of course.  And don't forget our great monthly lists of new books for children and teens!) Let us introduce you to LibraryReads--the top ten books published this month that librarians across the... Read More »

    Tags: Fiction, Nonfiction, Recommended

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    Celebrate Your Freedom to Read!

    Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association
    Mark your calendars and get out your reading glasses:  September 22-28 is Banned Books Week!  Read a banned book today! For over thirty years, librarians, booksellers, teachers and readers have celebrated the right to read during this annual event.  Banned Books Week draws attention to "efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books" and "draws national attention to the harms of censorship." (From The American Library Association's website, which has tons of great info about banned books.) The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. The ALA put together ... Read More »

    Tags: Fiction, Nonfiction

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    Inquiring Minds - Lewis and Clark

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    Every week, librarian Judy Woodward compiles the most interesting reference questions and sends them to the Roseville Review. Here's this week's exploratory question! Q. There are so many books on the Lewis and Clark expedition. I have read Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose. What are some other good books that I could try? A. The Lewis and Clark expedition is one of the most popular topics in American history. And deservedly so. It’s hard to argue with the appeal of the notion of a small band of intrepid explorers making their way across the vast wilderness of early nineteenth century America. The library owns nearly a hundred different titles on the... Read More »

    Tags: Inquiring Minds, Nonfiction