Electronic Collection Policy

The North Of Boston Library Exchange purchases and provides access to digital content in the form of ebooks, e-audiobooks, databases and other online resources for direct access by users of member libraries. Decisions regarding these collections are governed by this policy and additional specific instructions of the NOBLE Executive Board. This Electronic Collections Policy is based on and reflects NOBLE’s mission, vision and goals.

Digital content shall be selected and retained on the basis of its value for the interest, education, information, and recreation of the people of the communities served by NOBLE member libraries. We recognize the challenges of purchasing for both public and academic libraries while fulfilling the needs of a diverse population. NOBLE shall consider library user suggestions of titles and subjects to be included in our network collection, and purchase materials based on this policy.
Individual member libraries are responsible for policy and decisions regarding additions to their own digital collections, even where these collections may become shared with the larger NOBLE digital collections.

The following criteria are taken into consideration in selecting materials for the collection:

  • Best sellers and award winners
  • Interest and demand – staff and patron requests, usage data, waiting lists
  • Budget considerations
  • Popularity in other library collections and formats
  • Suitability of subject, style, and reading level for intended audience
  • Accuracy and comprehensiveness
  • Currency, where important to the topic
  • Authoritativeness of author, issuing body, and/or publisher
  • Diversity of viewpoint
  • Reviews – in review journals, popular media
  • Format – availability, popularity, suitability to the content, ease of use
  • Hardware, software, licensing, networking and storage requirements
  • Long term availability and perpetual access rights

Retention of Digital Collection Materials

NOBLE will periodically review digital collections using the selection criteria stated above. Content may be removed from the collection at any time at our sole discretion. Expired content may display in the catalog but may not be available or selected to repurchase. Additionally, items in the collection may become unavailable by the publisher or provider at any time. NOBLE does not control certain deselection processes made by the publishers or content carriers.

Reconsideration of Digital Collection Materials

Review Criteria:
Best practices in collection development assert that materials should not be excluded from a collection solely because the content or its creator may be considered offensive or controversial. Refusing to select resources due to potential controversy is considered censorship, as is withdrawing resources for that reason. Libraries have a responsibility to defend against challenges that limit a collection’s diversity of content. Challenges commonly cite content viewed as inappropriate, offensive, or controversial, which may include but is not limited to prejudicial language and ideas, political content, economic theory, social philosophies, religious beliefs, scientific research, sexual content, and representation of diverse sexual orientations, expressions, and gender identities.The Executive Board will evaluate whether the material still has significant value to the intended audience according to NOBLE’s selection criteria, and whether it has any material deficiency or error that significantly impairs its value to that audience. If the review fails that test the material may be removed from the collection if the Executive Board concurs.

Requests for Reconsideration:
Patrons residing in a NOBLE community or affiliated with a NOBLE academic member library with concerns about the content of materials in NOBLE’s Digital Collection are invited to document specific concerns using the online
Request for Reconsideration of Digital Content form. Anonymous submissions will not be considered.

These form submissions will be collected by NOBLE’s Executive Director and relayed to the Executive Board for review and discussion.

It is the responsibility of the Executive Director to communicate the results of the review to the patron submitting the request and to the library directors of NOBLE.

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Most Popular Adult Fiction in 2021

Adult Fiction


  • Hannah, Kristin
    The four winds
    Summary:"Texas, 1934. Millions are out of work and a drought has broken the Great Plains. Farmers are fighting to keep their land and their livelihoods as the crops are failing, the water is drying up, and dust threatens to bury them all. The Dust Bowl era has arrived with a vengeance. In this uncertain and dangerous time, Elsa Martinelli must make an agonizing choice: fight for the land she loves or go west to California in search of a better life."


  • Bennett, Brit
    The vanishing half
    Summary:"The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical. But after growing up together in a small, southern black community and running away at age sixteen, it’s not just the shape of their daily lives that is different as adults, it’s everything: their families, their communities, their racial identities. Ten years later, one sister lives with her black daughter in the same southern town she once tried to escape. The other secretly passes for white, and her white husband knows nothing of her past. Still, even separated by so many miles and just as many lies, the fates of the twins remain intertwined. What will happen to the next generation, when their own daughters’ storylines intersect? 


  • Haig, Matt
    The midnight library
    Summary:Nora Seed finds herself faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one, following a different career, undoing old breakups, or realizing her dreams of becoming a glaciologist, she must search within herself as she travels through the Midnight Library to decide what is truly fulfilling in life, and what makes it worth living in the first place.


  • Foley, Lucy
    The guest list : a novel
    Summary:On an island off the windswept Irish coast, guests gather for the wedding of the year – the marriage of Jules Keegan and Will Slater. Old friends. Past grudges. Happy families. Hidden jealousies. Thirteen guests. One body. The wedding cake has barely been cut when one of the guests is found dead. And as a storm unleashes its fury on the island, everyone is trapped. All have a secret. All have a motive. One guest won’t leave this wedding alive…


  • Backman, Fredrik
    Anxious people : a novel
    Summary:"Looking at real estate isn’t usually a life-or-death situation, but an apartment open house becomes just that when a failed bank robber bursts in and takes a group of strangers hostage. The captives include a recently retired couple who relentlessly hunt down fixer-uppers, a wealthy bank director who has been too busy to care about anyone else, a young couple who are about to have their first child but can’t seem to agree on anything, an eighty-seven-year-old woman who has lived long enough not to be afraid of someone waving a gun in her face, a flustered real estate agent, and a mystery man who has locked himself in the apartment’s only bathroom — truly the worst group of hostages in the world.


  • Hilderbrand, Elin
    Golden Girl : a novel
    Summary:Entering the afterlife due to a hit and run accident, a successful author learns she can observe the earthly lives of her nearly grown children and is also permitted three "nudges" to alter the outcome of events


  • Grisham, John
    A time for mercy
    Summary:Clanton, Mississippi, 1990: Jake Brigance finds himself embroiled in a deeply divisive trial when the court appoints him attorney for Drew Gamble, a timid sixteen-year-old boy accused of murdering a local deputy. Many in Clanton want a swift trial and the death penalty, but Brigance digs in and discovers that there is more to the story than meets the eye. Jake’s fierce commitment to saving Drew from the gas chamber puts his career, his financial security, and the safety of his family on the line. There is a time to kill and a time for justice. Now comes A Time for Mercy.


  • Coben, Harlan
    Win : a novel
    Summary:"Over twenty years ago, the heiress Patricia Lockwood was abducted during a robbery of her family’s estate, then locked inside an isolated cabin for months. Patricia escaped, but so did her captors — and the items stolen from her family were never recovered. Until now. On the Upper West Side, a recluse is found murdered in his penthouse apartment, alongside two objects of note: a stolen Vermeer painting and a leather suitcase bearing the initials WHL3. For the first time in years, the authorities have a lead — not only on Patricia’s kidnapping, but also on another FBI cold case — with the suitcase and painting both pointing them toward one man: Windsor Horne Lockwood III."


  • Grisham, John
    Sooley
    Summary:After seventeen-year-old Samuel Sooleymon receives a college scholarship to play basketball for North Carolina Central, he moves to Durham from his native, war-torn South Sudan, enrolls in classes, joins the team, and prepares to sit out his freshman season.Sooley has a fierce determination to succeed so he can bring his family to America, working tirelessly on his game until he dominates everyone in practice, and when Sooley is called off the bench, the legend begins.


  • Baldacci, David
    A gambling man
    Summary:The 1950s are on the horizon, and Archer is in dire need of a fresh start. He hops on a bus and begins the long journey out west to California, where rumor has it there is money to be made for someone who’s hard-working, lucky, a criminal, or all three. Along the way, Archer stops in Reno, where a stroke of fortune delivers him a wad of cash and an eye-popping blood-red 1939 Delahaye convertible, plus a companion for the final leg of the journey, an aspiring actress named Liberty Callahan who is planning to try her luck in Hollywood. But when the two arrive in Bay Town, California, Archer quickly discovers that the hordes of people who flocked there seeking fame and fortune landed in a false paradise that instead caters to their worst addictions and fears. Archer lands
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    Rediscovering New England

    Rediscovering New England — Rediscover New England’s rich history, scenic beauty and colorful stories with our new collection of OverDrive ebooks and audiobooks. Hikes, drives, and sites are nearby for a daytrip or longer stay, or just curl up with a good local story.

    Women’s History Month: Children’s Books


  • Harrison, Vashti
    Little dreamers : visionary women around the world
    Summary:
    Featuring the true stories of women creators and thinkers from around the world, throughout history, this book shows that sometimes seeing things a little differently can lead to big changes. Some names are well known, some are not, but all the women had a lasting effect on the fields they worked in. Whether they were breaking ground for innovative structures or breaking rules and creating new ones, the women profiled here not only made a place for themselves in the world but made the world a better place to live.


  • Menéndez, Juliet
    Latinitas : celebrating big dreamers in history!
    Summary:"A celebration of Latinas and Latin American women who followed their dreams, with portraits and short bios."


  • Cavallo, Francesca
    Good night stories for rebel girls. 2
    Summary:While still inspiring rebel girls of the world to dream bigger, aim higher, and fight harder, this sequel is bigger than each of us, bigger than our individual hopes, and certainly bigger than our fears.


  • Cline-Ransome, Lesa
    Not playing by the rules : 21 female athletes who changed sports
    Summary:Profiles noteworthy women athletes from field hockey pioneer Constance Applebee to Little League pitcher Mo’ne Davis, including Althea Gibson, Mia Hamm, and Syrian refugee swimmer Yusra Mardini.


  • Hudson, Cheryl Willis
    Brave. Black. First. : 50+ African American women who changed the world
    Summary:Profiles notable African American women in various fields from Phillis Wheatley, Harriet Tubman, and Ida B. Wells to Condoleeza Rice, Beyoncé, and the founders of Black Lives Matter.


  • Freeman, Martha
    Born curious : 20 girls who grew up to be awesome scientists
    Summary:"A collection of biographies of twenty groundbreaking women scientists who were curious kids and grew up to make incredible discoveries."

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    Celebrating John Steinbeck


  • Steinbeck, John
    The grapes of wrath
    Summary:The Grapes of Wrath is a landmark of American literature. A portrait of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless, of one man’s fierce reaction to injustice, and of one woman’s stoical strength, the novel captures the horrors of the Great Depression and probes into the very nature of equality and justice in America. Although it follows the movement of thousands of men and women and the transformation of an entire nation, The Grapes of Wrath is also the story of one Oklahoma family, the Joads, who are driven off their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California. Out of their trials and their repeated collisions against the hard realities of an America divided into Haves and Have-Nots evolves a drama that is intensely human yet majestic in its scale and moral vision, elemental yet plainspoken, tragic but ultimately stirring in its human dignity.


  • Steinbeck, John
    The moon is down
    Summary:Depicts the Norwegian people’s staunch resistance to the Nazi occupation.


  • Steinbeck, John
    East of Eden
    Summary:The biblical account of Cain and Abel is echoed in the history of two generations of the Trask family in California.


  • Steinbeck, John
    In dubious battle
    Summary:A riveting novel of labor strife and apocalyptic violence, now a major motion picture starring James Franco, Bryan Cranston, Selena Gomez, and Zach BraffA Penguin ClassicAt once a relentlessly fast-paced, admirably observed novel of social unrest and the story of a young man’s struggle for identity, In Dubious Battle is set in the California apple country, where a strike by migrant workers against rapacious landowners spirals out of control, as a principled defiance metamorphoses into blind fanaticism. Caught in the upheaval is Jim Nolan, a once aimless man who find himself in the course of the strike, briefly becomes its leader, and is ultimately crushed in its service.


  • Steinbeck, John
    Travels with Charley : in search of America
    Summary:Steinbeck hits the highways with his French poodle, Charley. In a custom-built camper he named Rosinante after Don Quixote’s steed, the two traveled the country–10,000 miles and 34 states. Their varied experiences comprise several slices of small-town, back-roads Americana. Steinbeck laments the rise of plastic-covered everything, the vacuousness of "sad souls" he encounters, and the homogenization of local and regional culture. But bright spots abound, and Steinbeck rarely forsakes his humor and his hope in the human spirit. He reluctantly swings through the segregated Deep South before he concludes his trip. Here, the ugly specter of racism pervades all, and Steinbeck’s chronicle is profoundly disturbing.


  • Steinbeck, John
    Of mice and men
    Summary:Set in depresson-era California this book tells a story about the strange relationship of two migrant workers, who dream of better days on a ranch of their own. When they land jobs on a ranch in the Salinas Valley, the fulfillment of their dreams seems within their grasp until one of them succumbs to his weakness for soft, helpless creatures and commits an unintentional act of violence. Tragic tale of a retarded man and the friend who loves and tries to protect him.


  • Steinbeck, John
    The red pony
    Summary:Traces a boy’s journey into manhood after his father gives him a pony to train and care for.

  • Steinbeck, John
    The pearl
    Summary:For the diver Kino, finding a magnificent pearl means the promise of a better life for his impoverished family. His dream blinds him to the greed and suspicions the pearl arouses in him and his neighbors, and even his loving wife cannot temper his obsession or stem the events leading to tragedy. Kino and his wife illustrate the fall from innocence of people who believe that wealth erases all problems.


  • Steinbeck, John
    Sweet Thursday
    Summary:“In Monterey, on the California coast, Sweet Thursday is what they call the day after Lousy Wednesday, which is one of those days that is just naturally bad. Returning to the scene of “Cannery Row”, the weedy lots and junk heaps and flophouses of Monterey, John Steinbeck once more brings to life the denizens of a netherworld of laughter and tears – from Fauna, new headmistress of the local brothel, to Hazel, a bum whose mother must have wanted a daughter. [Illustrates the theme that] ‘the common bonds of humanity and love make goodness and happiness possible’ “–P. 4 of cover


  • Steinbeck, John
    Tortilla flat
    Summary:In the shabby district called Tortilla Flat above Monterey, California lives a gang whose exploits compare to those of King Arthur’s knights.


  • Steinbeck, John
    The winter of our discontent
    Summary:Ethan Allen Hawley, the protagonist of Steinbeck’s last novel, works as a clerk in a grocery store that his family once owned. With Ethan no longer a member of Long Island’s aristocratic class, his wife is restless, and his teenage children are hungry for the tantalizing material comforts he cannot provide. Then one day, in a moment of moral crisis, Ethan decides to take a holiday from his own scrupulous standards. Set in Steinbeck’s contemporary 1960 America, the novel explores the tenuous line between private and public honesty, and today ranks alongside his most acclaimed works of penetrating insight into the American condition.


  • Steinbeck, John
    Cannery row
    Summary:Vividly depicts the colorful, sometimes disreputable, inhabitants of a run-down area in Monterey, California.

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    Discover the Lives of Women Authors


  • Gary, Amy
    In the great green room : the brilliant and bold life of Margaret Wise Brown
    Summary:Captures the exceptional life, imagination, and passion of the author of "Goodnight Moon," drawing on unpublished manuscripts, songs, personal letters, and diaries that the author discovered in the attic of Margaret Wise Brown’s sister.,"The extraordinary life of the woman behind the beloved children’s classics Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny comes alive in this fascinating biography of Margaret Wise Brown. Margaret’s books have sold millions of copies all over the world, but few people know that she was at the center of a children’s book publishing revolution. Her whimsy and imagination fueled a steady stream of stories, songs, and poems, and she was renowned for her prolific writing and business savvy, as well as her stunning beauty and endless thirst for adventure. "–Dust jacket.


  • Grande, Reyna
    The distance between us
    Summary:"At the age of 8, Reyna Grande made the dangerous and illegal trek across the border from Mexico to the United States, and discovered that the American Dream is much more complicated than it seemed."–Provided by publisher.


  • Shields, Charles J.
    I am Scout : the biography of Harper Lee
    Summary:This biography tells the story of how Harper Lee struggled to become an author and created one of the most popular novels of the 20th century.


  • Daugherty, Tracy
    The last love song : a biography of Joan Didion
    Summary:Explores the life of the distinguished American author and journalist, following Didion’s life as a young woman in Sacramento to her adult life as a writer interviewing those who know and knew her personally.


  • Veevers, Marian
    Jane and Dorothy : a true tale of sense and sensibility : the lives of Jane Austen and Dorothy Wordsworth
    Summary:"An intimate portrait of Jane Austen, Dorothy Wordsworth, and their world– two women torn between revolutionary ideas and fierce conservatism, artistic creativity and emotional upheavals."–Front jacket flap.


  • Moser, Benjamin
    Sontag
    Summary:"Benjamin Moser’s Sontag, a biography of Susan Sontag, is a portrait of the iconoclastic and prolific essayist, novelist, and critic and her role in the history of American intellectualism."

  • Bagge, Peter
    Fire!! : the Zora Neale Hurston story
    Summary:"Peter Bagge has defied the expectations of the comics industry by changing gears from his famous slacker hero Buddy Bradley to documenting the life and times of historical 20th century trailblazers. If Bagge had not already had a New York Times bestseller with his biography of Margaret Sanger, his newest biography, Fire!!: The Zora Neale Hurston Story, would seem to be an unfathomable pairing of author and subject. Yet through Bagge’s skilled cartooning, he turns what could be a rote biography into a bold and dazzling graphic novel, creating a story as brilliant as the life itself. Hurston challenged the norms of what was expected of an African American woman in early 20th century society. The fifth of eight kids from a Baptist family in Alabama, Hurston’s writing prowess blossomed at Howard University, and then Barnard College, where she was the sole black student. She arrived in NYC at the height of the Harlem Renaissance and quickly found herself surrounded by peers such as Langston Hughes and Wallace Thurman. Hurston went on to become a noted folklorist and critically acclaimed novelist, including her most provocative work Their Eyes Were Watching God. Despite these landmark achievements, personal tragedies and shifting political winds in the midcentury rendered her almost forgotten by the end of her life. With admiration and respect, Bagge reconstructs her vivid life in resounding full-color."


  • Franklin, Ruth
    Shirley Jackson : a rather haunted life
    Summary:"Still known to millions only as the author of the "The Lottery," Shirley Jackson (1916-1965) remains curiously absent from the American literary canon. A genius of literary suspense, Jackson plumbed the cultural anxiety of postwar America better than anyone. Now, biographer Ruth Franklin reveals the tumultuous life and inner darkness of the author behind such classics as The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle. Placing Jackson within an American Gothic tradition of Hawthorne and Poe, Franklin demonstrates how her unique contribution to this genre came from her focus on "domestic horror" drawn from an era hostile to women. Based on a wealth of previously undiscovered correspondence and dozens of new interviews, Shirley Jackson, with its exploration of astonishing talent shaped by a damaged childhood and a troubled marriage to literary critic Stanley Hyman, becomes the definitive biography of a generational avatar and an American literary giant."


  • Martinetti, Anne
    Agatha : the real life of Agatha Christie
    Summary:The life of Agatha Christie was as mysterious and eventful as her fiction. This beautifully illustrated graphic novel traces the life of the Queen of Whodunnit from her childhood in Torquay, England, through a career filled with success, mischief, and adventure, to her later years as Dame Agatha. Revealing a side to Christie that will surprise and delight many readers, Agatha introduces us to a free-spirited and thoroughly modern woman who, among other things, enjoyed flying, travel, and surfing.


  • Lahiri, Jhumpa
    In other words
    Summary:"A series of reflections on the author’s experiences learning a new language and living abroad, in a dual-language edition."


  • Tan, Amy
    Where the past begins : a writer’s memoir
    Summary:“From New York Times bestselling author Amy Tan, a memoir on her life as a writer, her childhood, and the symbiotic relationship between fiction and emotional memory.”


  • Kröger, Lisa.
    Monster, she wrote : the women who pioneered horror & speculative fiction
    Summary:"Horror and speculative fiction wouldn’t exist without the women who created it. From forgotten visionaries like Margaret ‘Mad Madge’ Cavendish, to literary icons like Mary Shelley and Shirley Jackson, to modern-era marvels such as Anne Rice and Helen Oyeyemi, women authors have always been at the vanguard of frightening fiction. And their life stories are as intriguing as the novels, short stories, and novellas they crafted. Part biography, part reader’s guide, Monster, She Wrote will introduce you to
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    Presidents Day Picture Books


  • McNamara, Margaret.
    George Washington’s birthday : a mostly true tale
    Summary:On George Washington’s seventh birthday, he does chores, misbehaves, and dreams of a day when his birthday will be celebrated by all.


  • Meltzer, Brad
    I am Abraham Lincoln
    Summary:Follows Abraham Lincoln from his childhood to the presidency, showing how he spoke up about fairness and eventually led the country to abolish slavery.


  • Rockwell, Anne F.
    Big George : how a shy boy became President Washington
    Summary:Portrays George Washington as a shy boy who wasn’t afraid of anything except talking to people, but who grew up to lead an army against the British and serve as president of the new nation.


  • Hopkinson, Deborah
    Abe Lincoln crosses a creek : a tall, thin tale (introducing his forgotten frontier friend)
    Summary:In Knob Creek, Kentucky, in 1816, seven-year-old Abe Lincoln falls into a creek and is rescued by his best friend, Austin Gollaher.


  • Thomson, Sarah L.
    What Lincoln said
    Summary:The author integrates Lincoln’s famous words into the narrative, revealing the inspiration and determination that led to his greatest achievements.


  • Cullen, Lynn
    Dear Mr. Washington
    Summary:In April, 1796, young Charlotte Stuart writes a series of letters to George Washington, whose portrait’s being painted by her father, reporting on her efforts and those of her brothers to follow the rules of good behavior in the book Mr. Washington gave them. Includes historical notes.


  • Slade, Suzanne.
    The house that George built
    Summary:Shares the story of how George Washington had a home built for the future presidents.


  • Daugherty, James Henry
    Lincoln’s Gettysburg address : a pictorial interpretation
    Summary:A pictorial interpretation of the sixteenth president’s famous speech introduces a new generation of readers to its enduring legacy while placing the speech against the backdrop of a crucial period in Lincoln’s presidency.


  • Small, David
    George Washington’s cows
    Summary:Humorous rhymes about George Washington’s farm where the cows wear dresses, the pigs wear wigs, and the sheep are scholars.


  • Burleigh, Robert.
    Abraham Lincoln comes home
    Summary:Told through the eyes of a young boy, the sober mood of the country after the Lincoln assassination is presented as he and many other mourners await to pay their respects to their fallen president as Lincoln’s funeral train travels from Washington, D.C. to Springfield, IL in 1865.


  • Meltzer, Brad
    I am George Washington
    Summary:George Washington was one of the greatest leaders the world has ever known. He was never afraid to be the first to try something, from exploring the woods around his childhood home to founding a brand new nation, the United States of America.

  • Smith, Lane
    Abe Lincoln’s dream
    Summary:When a schoolgirl gets separated from her tour of the White House and finds herself in the Lincoln bedroom, she also discovers the ghost of the great man himself.

  • Engle, Margarita
    Dancing hands : how Teresa Carreno played the piano for President Lincoln
    Summary:In soaring words and stunning illustrations, Margarita Engle and Rafael López tell the story of Teresa Carreño, a child prodigy who played piano for Abraham Lincoln. As a little girl, Teresa Carreño loved to let her hands dance across the beautiful keys of the piano. If she felt sad, music cheered her up, and when she was happy, the piano helped her share that joy. Soon she was writing her own songs and performing in grand cathedrals. Then a revolution in Venezuela forced her family to flee to the United States. Teresa felt lonely in this unfamiliar place, where few of the people she met spoke Spanish. Worst of all, there was fighting in her new home, too—the Civil War. Still, Teresa kept playing, and soon she grew famous as the talented Piano Girl who could play anything from a folk song to a sonata. So famous, in fact, that President Abraham Lincoln wanted her to play at the White House! Yet with the country torn apart by war, could Teresa’s music bring comfort to those who needed it most?


  • McCully, Emily Arnold.
    The escape of Oney Judge
    Summary:Young Oney Judge risks everything to escape a life of slavery in the household of George and Martha Washington and to make her own way as a free black woman.


  • Swanson, Shari
    Honey, the dog who saved Abe Lincoln
    Summary:"Based on a little-known tale from Abraham Lincoln’s childhood, this deeply researched book tells the true story Abraham Lincoln being rescued from a cave by a dog named Honey. Based on primary sources."


  • Adler, David A.
    A parade for George Washington
    Summary:"Follows George Washington’s journey from Virginia to New York in anticipation of his inauguration at Federal Hall in New York City on April 30, 1789."

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    Black History Month : Children’s Biographies


  • Pinkney, Andrea Davis.
    Let it shine : stories of Black women freedom fighters
    Summary:Tells the stories of ten African-American women freedom fighters.


  • Rockliff, Mara
    Born to swing : Lil Hardin Armstrong’s life in jazz
    Summary:Ever since she was a young girl, Lil Hardin played music with a beat. She jammed at home, at church, and even at her first job in a music store. At a time when women’s only place in jazz was at the microphone, Lil earned a spot playing piano in Chicago’s hottest band.


  • Harrison, Vashti
    Little leaders : bold women in black history
    Summary:Features female figures of black history, including abolitionist Sojourner Truth, pilot Bessie Coleman, chemist Alice Ball, politician Shirley Chisholm, mathematician Katherine Johnson, poet Maya Angelou, and filmmaker Julie Dash.


  • Hearth, Amy Hill
    Streetcar to justice : how Elizabeth Jennings won the right to ride in New York
    Summary:"Amy Hill Hearth uncovers the story of a little-known figure in U.S. history in this fascinating biography. In 1854, a young African American woman named Elizabeth Jennings won a major victory against a New York City streetcar company, a first step in the process of desegregating public transportation in Manhattan. This illuminating and important piece of the history of the fight for equal rights, illustrated with photographs and archival material from the period, will engage fans of Phillip Hoose’s Claudette Colvin and Steve Sheinkin’s Most Dangerous. One hundred years before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, Elizabeth Jennings’s refusal to leave a segregated streetcar in the Five Points neighborhood of Manhattan set into motion a major court case in New York City."–Provided by publisher.


  • Bolden, Tonya
    Facing Frederick : the life of Frederick Douglass, a monumental American man
    Summary:Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) is best known for the telling of his own emancipation. But there is much more to Douglass’s story than his time spent enslaved and his famous autobiography. Facing Frederick captures the whole complicated, and at times perplexing, person that he was. Statesman, suffragist, writer, and newspaperman, this book focuses on Douglass the man rather than the historical icon.


  • Petry, Ann
    Harriet Tubman : conductor on the Underground Railroad
    Summary:Harriet Tubman was born a slave and dreamed of being free. She was willing to risk everything including her own life to see that dream come true. After her daring escape, Harriet became a conductor on the secret Underground Railroad, helping more than three hundred other slaves make the dangerous journey to freedom.


  • Weatherford, Carole Boston
    Voice of freedom : Fannie Lou Hamer, spirit of the civil rights movement
    Summary:Presents a collage-illustrated treasury of poems and spirituals inspired by the life and work of civil rights advocate Fannie Lou Hamer.


  • Hudson, Cheryl Willis
    Brave. Black. First. : 50+ African American women who changed the world
    Summary:Profiles notable African American women in various fields from Phillis Wheatley, Harriet Tubman, and Ida B. Wells to Condoleeza Rice, Beyoncé, and the founders of Black Lives Matter.

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    Black History Month


  • Berry, Daina Ramey
    A black women’s history of the United States
    Summary:"A Black Women’s History of the United States is a critical survey of black women’s complicated legacy in America, as it takes into account their exploitation and victimization as well as their undeniable and substantial contributions to the country since its inception."


  • Black ink : literary legends on the peril, power, and pleasure of reading and writing
    Summary:"Spanning 250 years, this carefully-curated collection of 25 essays features the earliest Black authors who wrote as means of resistance in a time when their literacy was illegal and the brilliant writers who have continued their legacy–utilizing the power of the written word to create change, insert a diversity of experience into the "mainstream," and make a profound impact on our communities and the world."


  • Twitty, Michael
    The cooking gene : a journey through African-American culinary history in the Old South
    Summary:"First Amistad hardcover published 2017","A memoir of Southern cuisine and food culture that traces the paths of the author’s ancestors (black and white) through the crucible of slavery to show its effects on our food today."


  • Four hundred souls : a community history of African America, 1619-2019
    Summary:"A "choral history" of African Americans covering 400 years of history in the voices of 80 writers, edited by the bestselling, National Book Award-winning historian Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain. Last year marked the four hundredth anniversary of the first African presence in the Americas–and also launched the Four Hundred Souls project, spearheaded by Ibram X. Kendi, director of the Antiracism Institute of American University, and Keisha Blain, editor of The North Star. They’ve gathered together eighty black writers from all disciplines — historians and artists, journalists and novelists–each of whom has contributed an entry about one five-year period to create a dynamic multivoiced single-volume history of black people in America."


  • Tinsley, Omise’eke Natasha
    Beyoncé in formation : remixing black feminism
    Summary:Making headlines when it was launched in 2015, Omise’eke Natasha Tinsley’s undergraduate course "Beyonce Feminism, Rihanna Womanism" has inspired students from all walks of life. In Beyonce in Formation, Tinsley now takes her rich observations beyond the classroom, using the blockbuster album and video Lemonade as a soundtrack for vital next-millennium narratives.0Woven with candid observations about her life as a feminist scholar of African studies and a cisgender femme married to a trans spouse, Tinsley’s "Femme-onade" mixtape explores myriad facets of black women’s sexuality and gender. Turning to Beyonce’s "Don’t Hurt Yourself," Tinsley assesses black feminist critiques of marriage and then considers the models of motherhood offered in "Daddy Lessons," interspersing these passages with memories from Tinsley’s multiracial family history. Her chapters on nontraditional bonds culminate in a discussion of contemporary LGBT politics through the lens of the internet-breaking video "Formation," underscoring why Beyonce’s black femme-inism isn’t only for ciswomen. From pleasure politics and the struggle for black women’s reproductive justice to the subtext of blues and country music traditions, the landscape in this tour is populated by activists and artists (including Loretta Lynn) and infused with vibrant interpretations of Queen Bey’s provocative, peerless imagery and lyrics.0In the tradition of Roxanne Gay’s Bad Feminist and Jill Lepore’s bestselling cultural histories, Beyonce in Formation is the work of a daring intellectual who is poised to spark a new conversation about freedom and identity in America.


  • Whitaker, Mark
    Smoketown : the untold story of the other great Black Renaissance
    Summary:Chronicles the African American renaissance in Pittsburgh from the 1920s through the 1950s, assessing how it rivaled Harlem and Chicago as a site of black culture and influence.


  • Blight, David W.
    Frederick Douglass : prophet of freedom
    Summary:"An acclaimed historian’s definitive biography of the most important African-American figure of the 19th century, Frederick Douglass, who was to his century what Martin Luther King, Jr. was to the 20th century."


  • Sorin, Gretchen Sullivan
    Driving while black : African American travel and the road to civil rights
    Summary:"How the automobile fundamentally changed African American life–the true history beyond the Best Picture-winning movie. The ultimate symbol of independence and possibility, the automobile has shaped this country from the moment the first Model T rolled off Henry Ford’s assembly line. Yet cars have always held distinct importance for African Americans, allowing black families to evade the many dangers presented by an entrenched racist society and to enjoy, in some measure, the freedom of the open road. Gretchen Sorin recovers a forgotten history of black motorists, and recounts their creation of a parallel, unseen world of travel guides, black only hotels, and informal communications networks that kept black drivers safe. At the heart of this story is Victor and Alma Green’s famous Green Book, begun in 1936, which made possible that most basic American right, the family vacation, and encouraged a new method of resisting oppression. Enlivened by Sorin’s personal history, Driving While Black opens an entirely new view onto the African American experience, and shows why travel was so central to the Civil Rights movement."


  • Rosenberg, Rosalind
    Jane Crow : the life of Pauli Murray
    Summary:"Throughout her prodigious life, activist and lawyer Pauli Murray systematically fought against all arbitrary distinctions in society, channeling her outrage at the discrimination she faced to make America a more democratic country. In this definitive biography, Rosalind Rosenberg offers a poignant portrait of a figure who played pivotal roles in both the modern civil rights and women’s movements. A mixed-race orphan, Murray grew up in segregated North Carolina before escaping to New York, where she attended Hunter College and became a labor activist in the 1930s. When she applied to graduate school at the University of North Carolina, where her white great-great-grandfather had been a trustee, she was rejected because of her race. She went on to graduate first in her class at Howard Law School, only to be rejected for graduate study again at Harvard University this time on account of her sex. Undaunted, Murray forged a singular career in the law.
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