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In the astrological Zodiac, Aries, the ram sign, runs from March 21-April 19. Aries are known for being passionate trailblazers. The authors of these works are Aries; celebrate their astrological signs and birthdays with these reads. 

Bonus: each year the editors over at POPSUGAR hold a reading challenge -- in 2021, one of the challenges is to read a book by an author under the same Zodiac sign as you. Are you an Aries? It's the perfect time to give one of these reads a go!

1st to die by James Patterson
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Prolific author James Patterson's birthday is March 22, 1947.

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
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Kate DiCamillo's birthday is March 25, 1964.

Since 1987, the Horror Writers Association (HWA) has acknowledged fine writing in the horror and dark fiction genres by awarding the Bram Stoker Award to authors. 

The final ballot for each year is lengthy and allows for nominations of first novels, graphic novels, young adult, screenplays, and poetry collections. This highlights the HWA's dedication to honoring "superior achievements" by a variety of authors, not simply "best of the year."

Highlighted below are a few of the nominees that can be found at the library, in a variety of formats. A complete final ballot for the Bram Stoker Awards can be found here.

The only good Indians : a novel by 1972- Stephen Graham Jones
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Peter Straub's Ghost Story meets Liane Moriarty's Big Little Lies in this American Indian horror story of revenge on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. Four American Indian men from the Blackfeet Nation, who were childhood friends, find themselves in a desperate struggle for their lives, against an entity that wants to exact revenge upon them for what they did during an elk hunt ten years earlier by killing them, their families, and friends.

In the astrological Zodiac, Pisces, the fish sign, runs from February 19-March 20. Pisces are known for being empathetic and compassionate. The authors of these works are Pisces; celebrate their astrological signs and birthdays with these reads. 

Bonus: each year the editors over at POPSUGAR hold a reading challenge -- in 2021, one of the challenges is to read a book by an author under the same Zodiac sign as you. Are you a Pisces? It's the perfect time to give one of these reads a go!

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Amy Tan's birthday is February 19, 1952. 

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Jeff Kinney's birthday is February 19, 1971.

Determined mothers.

Tenacious activists.

Formidable women.

Powerful believers.

Those characteristics and the stories that tell readers how they were formed are available in the new history and biography books listed below.

Let us celebrate them.

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In her groundbreaking and essential debut The Three Mothers, scholar Anna Malaika Tubbs celebrates Black motherhood by telling the story of the three women who raised and shaped some of America's most pivotal heroes: Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin. Much has been written about Berdis Baldwin's son James, about Alberta King's son Martin Luther, and Louise Little's son Malcolm. But virtually nothing has been said about the extraordinary women who raised them, who were all born at the beginning of the 20th century and forced to contend with the prejudices of Jim Crow as Black women. Berdis, Alberta, and Louise passed their knowledge to their children with the hope of helping them to survive in a society that would deny their humanity from the very beginning-from Louise teaching her children about their activist roots, to Berdis encouraging James to express himself through writing, to Alberta basing all of her lessons in faith and social justice. These women used their strength and motherhood to push their children toward greatness, all with a conviction that every human being deserves dignity and respect despite the rampant discrimination they faced. These three mothers taught resistance and a fundamental belief in the worth of Black people to their sons, even when these beliefs flew in the face of America's racist practices and led to ramifications for all three families' safety. The fight for equal justice and dignity came above all else for the three mothers. These women, their similarities and differences, as individuals and as mothers, represent a piece of history left untold and a celebration of Black motherhood long overdue.

Dorothy Pitman Hughes was a transformative community organizer in New York City in the 1970s, who shared the stage with Gloria Steinem for five years, captivating audiences around the country. After leaving rural Georgia in the 1950s, she moved to New York, determined to fight for civil rights and equality. Lovett traces Pitman Hughes' transformation into a powerhouse activist determined to take on the needs of her community and build a platform for empowerment. She created lasting change by revitalizing her West Side neighborhood, a community subjected to racial discrimination, with nonexistent childcare and sub-standard housing, in which poverty, drug use, lack of job training, and the effects of the Vietnam War were evident She imagined and then created a high quality child care center which also offered job training, adult education classes, a Youth Action corps, housing assistance and food resources. Pitman Hughes' realization that the area could be revitalized by actively engaging and including the community was prescient and is startlingly relevant. As her stature and influence grew to a national level, Pitman Hughes went from the West Side to spending several years traversing the country with Steinem and educating people about feminism, childcare, and race. Pitman Hughes's community activism was transformed when she moved to Harlem in the 1970s to counter gentrification. She bought the franchise to the Miss Greater New York City pageant in order to demonstrate that black was beautiful. She also opened an office supply store and became a powerful voice for Black women entrepreneurs and Black-owned business only to be thwarted by plans for economic development that favored national chains over local businesses. Throughout every phase of her life, Pitman Hughes' understood the transformative power of activism with the Black community. 

Kermit Versus Thorndyke Smackdown

 

Hey Kids,

Ever wondered whether a mosquito could take on a great white shark? Me neither. But now that you're thinking about it, how do a mosquito and a great white match up? If you're curious about this and other animal matchups, check out some of the books below. 

Bear Hugs,

Thorndyke

This title has lots of different matchups, if you just can't make a choice.

Who doesn't love a great story. Fairy Tales and Folktales have been passed down from generation to generation, and this February 26th, which is Tell Me a Fairy Tale Day, cuddle up in a favorite spot at home and read your favorite Fairy Tale or Folktale with someone you love.

Folktales by Cyril Bassington

The drive to pass down stories from generation to generation is a trait that cultures across the world have in common. Some of these fascinating stories are called folktales, and many are still beloved hundreds of years after they were first told. Readers will learn the characteristics that folktales across cultures share. They'll discover that fables, fairy tales, and tall tales all fall within this category, and they'll learn famous examples of each--such as the Tortoise and the Hare, Paul Bunyan, and Cinderella --accompanied by appealing artwork.

Many of this month's new large print titles are simultaneous releases. A simultaneous release refers to when the original release of a book and the large print version occur on the same date. This can happen with highly anticipated titles and best selling authors. If a title isn't a simultaneous release, the large print version may be published at a later date.

Listed below are just a few of the new large print titles in the library...

The push [large print] : a novel by 1982- Ashley Audrain
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Blythe Connor is determined that she will be the warm, comforting mother to her new baby Violet that she herself never had.

But in the thick of motherhood's exhausting early days, Blythe becomes convinced that something is wrong with her daughter--she doesn't behave like most children do.

Or is it all in Blythe's head? Her husband, Fox, says she's imagining things. The more Fox dismisses her fears, the more Blythe begins to question her own sanity, and the more we begin to question what Blythe is telling us about her life as well.

Then their son Sam is born--and with him, Blythe has the blissful connection she'd always imagined with her child. Even Violet seems to love her little brother. But when life as they know it is changed in an instant, the devastating fall-out forces Blythe to face the truth.

The Push is a tour de force you will read in a sitting, an utterly immersive novel that will challenge everything you think you know about motherhood, about what we owe our children, and what it feels like when women are not believed.

Spin [large print] by Patricia Daniels Cornwell
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In the aftermath of a sabotaged NASA rocket launch gone, Captain Calli Chase comes face-to-face with her missing twin sister, as well as the startling truth of who they really are, and now with a top secret program put in motion years ago has spun out of control, Calli embarks on a frantic search for the missing link between the sabotaged rocket launch and her predetermined destiny--a search that someone else is very interested in stopping.

March is Reading Month, and in celebration CPL staff are looking back at the books that first sparked our love of reading. What book made you love reading?

Tee V.: I remember reading the Junie B. Jones series when I was in first grade and falling in love with her spunky attitude and great sense of style, reading the whole series that was out to that point made me a voracious reader!

Maniac Magee : a novel by Jerry Spinelli

Whitney J.: It was the first book that made me think deeply about the social institutions in our country – race, class, gender, and more. I read it at least three times in elementary school and it’s still important to me today because of the ways that it opened my eyes to the world.

Not all broken hearts come from love triangles, shattered promises, or deep secrets from the past. In some books, the broken heart comes from it being stabbed. With a knife. Watch your back (and your front), ladies and gentlemen.

If you love a little bit of murder with a little bit of romance, then the titles below might just be for you.

Everyone says Lord Ian Mackenzie is crazy-and possibly a murderer-but a young widow longing for passion is determined to bare the truth about the dashing and darkly charming Scotsman.

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Korede is bitter. How could she not be? Her sister, Ayoola, is many things: the favorite child, the beautiful one, possibly sociopathic. And now Ayoola's third boyfriend in a row is dead.

Korede's practicality is the sisters' saving grace. She knows the best solutions for cleaning blood, the trunk of her car is big enough for a body, and she keeps Ayoola from posting pictures of her dinner to Instagram when she should be mourning her "missing" boyfriend. Not that she gets any credit.

Korede has long been in love with a kind, handsome doctor at the hospital where she works. She dreams of the day when he will realize that she's exactly what he needs. But when he asks Korede for Ayoola's phone number, she must reckon with what her sister has become and how far she's willing to go to protect her.

"On Monday February 15th, people traveled across the country and stood in a block-long line to pay respects to Cicely Tyson at a public viewing. Tyson was the first Black woman to have a recurring role in a dramatic television series, the 1963 drama 'East Side, West Side.' Her performance as a sharecropper’s wife in the 1972 movie 'Sounder' cemented her stardom and earned her an Oscar nomination. She went on to win two Emmy Awards for playing the 110-year-old former slave in the 1974 television drama 'The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman' and another Emmy 20 years later for 'Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All.'" - Los Angeles Times

Celebrate Tyson's life on screen and in print with these selections from the library. 

Just as I am : a memoir by Cicely Tyson

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