Black History Month

Black History Month is always a great month to discover all sorts of authors you might have missed. Some of you may have already discovered on our web page our No Place for Hate reading list.

In spring of 2020, No Place for Hate-Falmouth and Eight Cousins Books generously donated a collection of 23 print books focused on diversity to the Main Library. The collection includes books for all ages. Books in this collection have a special identifying label on the spine and book plate. 

In the summer of 2020, the Falmouth Public Library Support Fund, generously donated additional children’s books to help expand our collection. The Support Fund’s donation included books at all three locations of the Falmouth Public Library.

Most recently, the Woods Hole Diversity Advisory/Black History Month Committees shared with us their suggestions of terrific books, television shows, and films that you might enjoy as we all celebrate Black History Month. The national theme this year for Black History Month is The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity.

Here are their book recommendations:

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (We also have a book club kit available, which comes with ten books.)
Born a Crime: stories from a South African childhood by Noah Trevor
The Warmth of Other Sons by Isabel Wilkerson
The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom
Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry; illustrated by Vashti Harrison
If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
All Boys Aren’t Blue: a memoir-manifesto by George M. Johnson

We will miss seeing the annual Harambee in Woods Hole this year, but the Woods Hole Diversity Advisory Committee have created a virtual Harambee! They invite you to participate in their virtual Harambee either by trying one of the delicious recipes listed and sharing a photo of your meal, or submitting your own recipe and photo.  In addition there will be a series of virtual talks, all of which you can find here.

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