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Juneteenth book talk with Opal Lee

Opal Lee coverpage

The city of Boulder will sponsor a talk with Opal Lee–the Grand Mother of Juneteenth.
At 94 years young–Opal Lee leads a campaign with Carmelo Anthony, Sean Combs, and 
Pharrell to make Juneteenth a National Holiday.  

This virtual talk happens–Saturday (June 19th–!0:00).  
It will also be recorded and posted on youtube.
You can register for the program HERE.

Harpercollins will publish Opal Lee’s  poignant picture book biography soon.

Opal Lee coverpage

NYT artist–Keturah Bobo is the illustrator.  The pictures are stunning.  
The text is lyrical and engaging.  And it includes a a red Juneteenth punch recipe
from Texan and famous Diva Chef–Angela Medearis. 
Will you pre-order the book HERE?



New Materials Monday: Donations from IWU Peace Fellows with Grant from Peace First

For this week’s New Materials Monday, we have 23 fiction and non-fiction books donated by Illinois Wesleyan’s Peace Fellows with a grant from the Peace First organization.

The books are not part of The Ames Library’s formal collection, but will circulate through our Social Justice and Diversity Room, located on the south side of the main floor. The book collection in the room works like a Little Free Library. You can take a book to borrow and after you’re finished, you can bring it back or pass it along to another reader. We also encourage you to donate books on the topic of social justice that you think might be good additions to the room.

Come by any time to browse the collection and snag a book or two!

New Materials Monday: Trans Literature

If you’ve read Becoming Nicole by Amy Ellis Nutt for the Summer Reading Program, then you may be interested in the following five books, selected by the author Susan Stryker. In a November 2018 interview with Five Books, Stryker explains how she made her selections. Jordy Rosenberg’s Confessions of a Fox is a retelling of the story of criminal Jack Sheppard (better known as Mack the Knife) as a transgender man, while I’ve Got a Time Bomb is an illustrated punk rock novel about “very non-normative sorts of trans lives.” Black on Both Sides looks at the intersection of blackness and transness. Histories of the Transgender Child explores “notions of the transgender child” that “[stretch] back to at least the early 20th century” and are “related to notions of emotional and physical plasticity or malleability that are intimately related to questions of race.” Trap Door is an “art-focused” book that documents trans people’s contributions to visual culture.

All five books are available through The Ames Library. (And if you’re not sure about how to find them on the shelf, just ask a librarian!)

Confessions of a Fox by Jordy Rosenberg: PS3618.O8323 C66 2018

I’ve Got a Time Bomb by Sybil Lamb: PS3612.A5449 I94 2014

Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity by C. Riley Snorton: E-book

Histories of the Transgender Child by Julian Gill-Peterson: HQ77.95.U6 G55 2018

Trap Door: Trans Cultural Production and the Politics of Visibility, edited by Reina Gossett, Eric A. Stanley, and Johanna Burton: NX650.G44 T73 2017