20 Years Later: Books to Commemorate September 11

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks. I have hard time believing that it happened two decades ago, when on bright sunny morning, a city and a world were changed forever. Today brings sadness and pain but like a phoenix, the world rised out of the ashes and continue to rebuild through strength, hope and unity. And although we still are dealing with the aftermath of 9/11, what we have felt and learned from that day will remain.

There are so many stories out there that reflect the events and the aftermath of 9/11. To keep the memory of that day alive, it is important to read the powerful historical accounts and inspirational stories of that horrid day. For the 20 years, here are 20 book recommendations that help commemorate September 11 and make us remember to never forget:

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Books to Read This Month: September Edition

Fall is finally here! Well, the official start of autumn begins in a couple of weeks but the beginning of September is an exciting month! The weather starts dropping to those cooler temperatures, the leaves start changing to those beautiful, vibrant colors and we are hit with exciting new releases that are perfect to jumpstart your fall reading! This month we have a slew of exciting new releases, including the highly anticipated novel by Sally Rooney to a much talked about literary novel by Natasha Brown, these books will definitely get you excited about Fall 2021!

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25 Fall New Books That Are Must Reads

Are you ready for the autumn season? Apart from the leaves changing color and the crisp autumn air, one of my favorite things about the Fall season is the abundance of exciting books that come during that time! And Fall 2021 is no different from previous years. We have the latest book from bestselling author Sally Rooney to the next YA issue-oriented by Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal. So get your journals, Goodreads or StoryGraph accounts ready, here are 25 upcoming releases that will have you wanting the fall season to start tomorrow!

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Books to Read This Month: August Edition

Can you believe that it is August already? The amount of time you spend at the beach may be winding down, but the joy of reading engaging and compelling books is just heating up! These August releases promises to deliver the wide range of genres that are suitable for those readers who just want to taste of everything. From a cookbook with a taste of the Scottish Highlands to a in-depth story of this century’s most musical family, get ready to dive into books that will make you forget that summer is coming to an end in the first place!

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Watch BXAP’s Author Talk with Mike Curato

Missed the author talk that occured this past Wednesday? Well, the recording of this amazing event can now be watched online! Watch as my friend and co-worker (and also a contributor to this blog) Whitney is in conversation with the bestselling author, Mike Curato.

Watch Below!

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Free Virtual Library Programs: July

Are you looking for online programs to attend? Here are some interesting library programs I’m co-hosting and programs that are being put together by my fellow co-workers. All of them are free to attend! You don’t need to be a member of the library to attend. All you have to do is register at the corresponding link and the meeting information will be sent to you the day before the event.

Hope to see you all there!

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Lambda Literary Awards 2021: Children and YA Winners

My friend and fellow librarian extraordinaire, Whitney Davidson-Rhodes had the opportunity to be on the judging panel for the 2021 Lambda Literary Award season. Lambda Literary Award gives recognition and promotion to LGBTQ books and authors and every year they award the best of the best. To see the full list of the 2021 winners, check them out here.

But for this post I asked Whitney, out of all the books she read, to list her favorite ones. And no surprise, these are also my personal favorites. So let’s get the book recommendations going:

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Free Virtual Library Programs: June

Are you looking for online programs to attend? Here are some interesting library programs I’m co-hosting and programs that are being put together by my fellow co-workers. All of them are free to attend! You don’t need to be a member of the library to attend. All you have to do is register at the corresponding link and the meeting information will be sent to you the day before the event.

Hope to see you all there!

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Noteworthy Manga for the Spring

Hi again everyone! Joe Pascullo here once again penning a guest piece on my friend Tabrizia’s blog. And today our focus is going to be on some noteworthy manga that’ve debuted here in the States in 2021 (so far). On my podcast Manga Monthly, I booktalk all of the new titles that are making their English-language debut, and I’ve set aside a diverse group of 2021 manga that I’d love to thrust into the spotlight here today. Let’s dive in!

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Read in One: Best Book Series Perfect for Binge Reading

Are you looking to do something this weekend but are tired of watching Netflix or Disney Plus? Why not try something different and binge a book series instead of a TV show? If you are looking to get hooked onto a book series instead of a TV series, here are some exciting and fascinating series recommendations that will leave readers wondering where their weekend has gone when they reach the last page:

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