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Happy #LibraryShelfieDay 2022!

Wednesday, Jan. 26 is National #LibraryShelfieDay. The New York Public Library's official definition of a library shelfie is, "A photograph that one has taken of oneself at a library, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam, and shared via social media. Library Shelfie Day is celebrated on the fourth Wednesday of January and began in 2014." Book lovers from all over the world are invited to share their library shelfies on social media!

Lit Chat with Mia P. Manansala

Lit Chat with Mia P. Manansala

The weather is finally turning colder, and there’s no better time to grab a blanket and a bowl of lugaw and warm up with a cozy mystery! Check out our Lit Chat with Mia P. Manansala to find out how she got into mystery writing and where her series is going next.

Page to Screen: Geek Edition

Page to Screen

Comic book superheroes are experiencing a renaissance. But with so many characters, time travel plots, branching timelines, and alternate universes: sometimes it’s helpful to go back to the original source. So, whether you’re looking to fill in some gaps or you want to see what’s next, the Library has you covered.

Lit Chat with Debora De Farias

Debora de Farias

For some authors, writing is a full-time career, but others, including Debora De Farias, write and publish books while holding down another full-time job! Come hear how she managed it at our next Lit Chat!

Books to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Books to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Baptist minister and social activist who led the Civil Rights Movement from the mid-1950s until his death by assassination in 1968. His skillful rhetoric, iconic speeches, grassroots organizing and nonviolent approach to resistance were fundamental to that movement’s success in ending legal segregation in the United States. To learn more about the man and the federal holiday that honors his achievements, check out these biographies, speeches and documentaries.

Writer’s Lab: Pressbooks, with Emily Gooding of Biblioboard

Do you have a completed book just waiting to make its debut in the world? Do you need some help turning that book into a file that you can publish? Check out Pressbooks, a service offered for free with your library card that gives you a book formatted perfectly for your favorite publishing service.

Books to Read If You Love The Show Ozark

Season 4 of Ozark is coming back to Netflix on Friday, January 21, 2022. The fourth and final installment of the crime drama will feature a total of 14 new episodes. It’s been almost two years since fans saw the shocking season three finale and if you're anything like other Ozark fans, you are counting down the days until season four begins. While we wait for the fourth season to air, here are some read-alike recommendations sure to hold you over until you can get your Ozark fix in! 

Zora Neale Hurston's Birthday

Happy Birthday Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston was born on January 7, 1891. After her mother’s death in 1904, Hurston relocated from Central Florida to Jacksonville where she grew, lived, worked, played and loved in Florida’s largest city. A central figure in the Harlem Renaissance, her work celebrated African American culture in the rural South.

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