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Lists of recommended books for various occasions and audiences —
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  1. halloween by
  2. hold me closer necromancer by McBride, Lish.
    Romance Free Books for Teens
    Books for teens with little to no romance
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  3. copper sun by Draper, Sharon M.
    #1000BlackGirlBooks - Teens
    https://grassrootscommunityfoundation.org/1000-black-girl-books-resource-guide/
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  4. girl who carried too much stuff by Boston, Marc.
  5. chinese children s favorite stories fables myths and fairy tales by Yip, Mingmei.
    Read a folk tale from Asia (Children's)
    Summer Reading Challenge Sheet 3
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  6. little boat by Gomi, Tarō.
    Read something by a Japanese author or illustrator (Children's)
    Summer Reading Challenge Sheet 3: Read something by a Japanese Author or Illustrator
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  7. hunterman and the crocodiles a west african folktale by Diakité, Baba Wagué.
    Read a folk tale from Africa (Children's)
    These are just some of the books you can use to fill the challenge to read a folk tale from Africa on sheet 2 of JMRL's Summer challenge.
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  8. martina una cucarachita muy linda un cuento cubano by Deedy, Carmen Agra.
    Read a folk tale from Latin America (Children's)
    Summer Reading Challenge Sheet 1: Read a folk tale from Latin America
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  9. tiger time by Einhorn, Kama, 1969-
    Learn about an endangered animal!
    The books on this list are about endangered animals around the world. They all satisfy the Summer Reading Challenge "Learn about an endangered animal"
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  10. assignment by Wiemer, Liza.
    Jewish American Heritage Month for teens
    Young Adult novels featuring Jewish American characters.
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  11. 1 000 butterflies an illustrated guide to the world s most beautiful butterflies featuring all the families subfamilies tribes and major genera by Hoskins, Adrian.
    Environmental Titles for Earth Day
    Celebrate Earth Day Every Day on April 22 and beyond! This list of fiction and nonfiction titles tackles environmental issues and plant-based eating, as well as climate and eco fiction. If you like this list, you may also want to check out our list titled "Climate Change Nonfiction": https://hestia.jmrl.org/findit/MyResearch/MyList/576
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  12. ho onani hula warrior by Gale, Heather (Children
    Many Cultures, Many Gifts, One Home Picture Books
    A special list of picture books for the 2021 Festival of Cultures to help build bridges of understanding between new Americans and established residents and between different cultures residing in our community.
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  13. appropriate an octoroon plays by Jacobs-Jenkins, Branden.
    The Golden Collection
    15 plays by prominent Black playwrights, donated in honor of Jeremy O. Harris. Learn more about the Golden Collection here: https://slaveplaybroadway.com/resources/
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  14. almost american girl an illustrated memoir by Ha, Robin.
    Many Cultures, Many Gifts, One Home: Diversity in Books for Teens
    A list of books for teens representing diverse cultural heritage and backgrounds. Compiled for the 2021 Festival of Cultures.
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  15. american as paneer pie by Kelkar, Supriya, 1980-
    Many Cultures, Many Gifts, One Home Chapter Books
    A special list of chapter books for the 2021 Festival of Cultures to help build bridges of understanding between new Americans and established residents and between different cultures residing in our community.
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  16. 7 tools to beat addiction by Peele, Stanton.
    Mental Health Resources
    Books (and a few movies) on depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, addiction, and other mental health concerns. This list includes fiction, poetry, memoirs, and nonfiction.
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  17. what s new cupcake ingeniously simple designs for every occasion by Tack, Karen.
    Great Library Bake Off - Baking Books and DVDs
    For those participating in the Great Library Bake Off, or anyone who feel the urge to create something delicious! We have much more than this, so we hope you'll make an appointment to browse the shelves at one of our libraries.
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  18. against the loveless world a novel by Abulhawa, Susan,
    Virginia Festival of the Book 2021
    Virtual event March 13-26, 2021. Most of these books are available in multiple formats. If you're interested in large print, an ebook, audiobook, or book on CD, search for the desired title in the catalogue search bar, and your results will include all formats.
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  19. 10 best anxiety busters simple strategies to take control of your worry by Wehrenberg, Margaret.
    Self Care
    Information and methods related to self care, including: yoga, meditation, anti-anxiety practices, stress management, easy recipes, soothing hobbies, and more!
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  20. everything sad is untrue a true story by Nayeri, Daniel.
  21. we are water protectors by Lindstrom, Carole, 1964-
    American Library Association Children's Award Books 2021
    This is a list of American Library Association winners and honor books from 2021. Includes a variety of awards in publishing for children.
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  22. new small person by Child, Lauren.
  23. palm of my heart poetry by african american children by
  24. muhammad ali conscientious objector by Graham, Tim (Sports reporter)
  25. what do you do with a voice like that the story of extraordinary congresswoman barbara jordan by Barton, Chris.
  26. story of civil rights by Mara, Wil.
  27. ali a life by Eig, Jonathan.
    The Undefeated
    More information about the people featured in The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander and Kadir Nelson.
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  28. scarlett epstein hates it here by Breslaw, Anna.
    Fandom and Geek Culture
    Titles featuring fanfic, hacking, video games, fan art, comics, TV fandom and more.
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  29. turtles all the way down by Green, John, 1977-
    Mental Health in Young Adult Literature
    Books with characters who experience anxiety, depression, self-harm, OCD, ADHD, eating disorders, and more.
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  30. solo by Alexander, Kwame.
    African American Authors
    A sample of YA books by African American authors
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  31. red white royal blue by McQuiston, Casey.
    Humorous Fiction
    Get your happy on with a chuckle or an outright belly laugh with some humorous fiction. This list includes humor in tough situations, romantic comedy, satire, and more. Look for the tags!
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  32. i never had it made an autobiography by Robinson, Jackie, 1919-1972.
    African-American Athletes: A List for Adults
    Inspired by Kwame Alexander's picture book The Undefeated, this list offers further reading about African-American athletes.
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  33. Civil Rights Movement: A List for Adults
    Inspired by Kwame Alexander's picture book The Undefeated, this list offers further reading about the Civil Rights Movement.
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  34. stokely a life by Joseph, Peniel E.
    Black Power Movement: A List for Adults
    Inspired by Kwame Alexander's picture book The Undefeated, this list offers further reading about the Black Power Movement.
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  35. black inventors in the age of segregation granville t woods lewis h latimer shelby j davidson by Fouché, Rayvon, 1969-
    African American Inventors and Scientists: A List for Adults
    Inspired by Kwame Alexander's picture book The Undefeated, this list offers further reading about African-American inventors and scientists.
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  36. black lives matter by Edwards, Sue Bradford.
    Black Lives Matter: A List for Adults
    Inspired by Kwame Alexander's picture book The Undefeated, this list offers further reading about the Black Lives Matter movement.
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  37. breakbeat poets new american poetry in the age of hip hop by
    African American Poetry for Adults
    A sample of poems by African Americans in the JMRL catalog.
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  38. worst journey in the world by Cherry-Garrard, Apsley, 1886-1959.
    In the Kingdom of Ice Read Alikes
    Real-life adventures in cold climates and the ice that sustains them. Books on Tap January 2021
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  39. four tendencies the indispensable personality profiles that reveal how to make your life better and other people s lives better too by Rubin, Gretchen.
    Goals, Motivation, and Habits
    Books that will help you build new habits and break down old ones in pursuit of your goals.
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  40. big bed for little snow by Lin, Grace.
    Winter Wonder
    Snowy stories to snuggle and share.
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  41. alma y como obtuvo su nombre by Martinez-Neal, Juana.
    A-Z : A Picture Book for Every Letter
    26 Picture Books that start with each letter of the alphabet! A fun way to find new-to-you books.
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  42. 100 plays for the first hundred days by Parks, Suzan-Lori.
    Plays Written by Women
    From classic to contemporary, browse a sampling of JMRL's collection of plays written by women.
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  43. Read Local: Virginia Authors For Teens
    This list is a compilation of authors who live in the state of Virginia and write for teens.
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  44. aristotle and dante discover the secrets of the universe by Sáenz, Benjamin Alire.
  45. hungry hearts 13 tales of food love by
    Cozy Reads for Teens
    A mug of cocoa for your heart!
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  46. american panda by Chao, Gloria, 1986-
    Asian/Pacific American Heritage in Young Adult Literature
    Books featuring Asian/Pacific American characters or themes.
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  47. all the real indians died off and 20 other myths about native americans by Dunbar-Ortiz, Roxanne, 1939-
    Contemporary Native American & Indigenous Voices
    Recent books for adults by Native American own voices.
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  48. better late than never by Roby, Kimberla Lawson.
    Christian Fiction by Black Authors
    Black authors writing novels with contemporary Christian themes. These books range from sweet to sizzling.
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  49. when sophie gets angry really really angry by Bang, Molly.
    Feelings: Shelf-Help for Littles
    Books about feelings for young children.
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  50. in the kingdom of ice the grand and terrible polar voyage of the u s s jeannette by Sides, Hampton.
    Books on Tap
    Upcoming titles for Books on Tap book club, which meets on the first Thursday of the month.
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  51. give me some truth a novel with paintings by Gansworth, Eric L.
  52. their eyes were watching god by Hurston, Zora Neale.
    Historical Fiction - African Americans
    This list contains older classic historical fiction titles and some newer titles. In all of them the main characters and the themes of the book focus on African Americans and their history and culture.
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  53. angus thongs and full frontal snogging confessions of georgia nicolson by Rennison, Louise.
    Humorous Teen Fiction
    It feels great to sink into a good book—and even better when that book can elicit some laughs. These books feature different kinds of humor including dark humor, hyperbole/exaggeration, sarcasm, satire, surprise, irony and pun.
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  54. one of us is lying by McManus, Karen M.
  55. man s search for meaning by Frankl, Viktor E. 1905-1997.
    Philosophy Book Club List
    Books covering works written by philosophers, as well as books about philosophy, or philosophical concerns such as happiness, meaning and freedom.
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  56. all around us by Gonzalez, Xelena.
    Indigenous Own Voices Stories
    A list of stories written by indigenous people in honor of Native American History Month
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  57. dinosaurs by Gibbons, Gail.
  58. index to virginia estates 1800 1865 by Pippenger, Wesley E., 1956-
    Virginia Genealogical Resources
    Resources for genealogical researchers available for viewing at the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society Reading Room.
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  59. water for elephants a novel by Gruen, Sara.
    NaNoWriMo-Born Books
    Books that were written during NaNoWriMo
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  60. artful edit on the practice of editing yourself by Bell, Susan 1958-
    NaNoWriMo Resources
    NaNoWriMo (national novel writing month) takes place every November, and challenges participants to write a novel in a month. This list should inspire and guide you all year long as you write. We've collected resources on craft, editing, and even marketing and selling your work.
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  61. breath the new science of a lost art by Nestor, James.
    Breathing for Health
    These materials relate to breathing and meditation for health and wellbeing. Check out this list for books on how the smallest changes can make big impacts.
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  62. star wars ahsoka by Johnston, E. K.
    Star Wars Picks for Teens
    Lovers of all things Star Wars Reads in the teen section of the library. We combined a selection of graphic novels and fiction for your enjoyment.
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  63. absolutely true diary of a part time indian by Alexie, Sherman, 1966-
  64. miss lina s ballerinas and the prince by Maccarone, Grace.
    Royal Reads: Picture Books
    Picture books of Princes, Princesses, Queens, and Kings
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  65. justin by Alonge, L. J.
    Quick Reads for Teens
    Sometimes you just need a quick read - a short book that you can pick up and polish off fast.
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  66. george by Gino, Alex.
    Challenged + Banned Books 2015-2019
    According to the American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom, these were the most challenged books between 2015-2019.
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  67. last train to key west by Cleeton, Chanel.
    LatinX Experience Adult Fiction
    During Latinx Heritage Month, JMRL is proud to highlight the cultures, contributions and resilience of Latinx, Hispanic and Latino-identified communities around the world.
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  68. american road trip by Flores-Scott, Patrick.
  69. all are welcome by Penfold, Alexandra.
  70. invictus by Graudin, Ryan.
  71. ember in the ashes a novel by Tahir, Sabaa.
  72. unwanteds by McMann, Lisa.
  73. cinder by Meyer, Marissa.
  74. skeleton hiccups by Cuyler, Margery.
  75. alanna the first adventure by Pierce, Tamora.
    Ready for YA? Staff Picks for Younger Readers
    Books for those transitioning from the Children's to the Young Adult collection.
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  76. revenge of the witch by Delaney, Joseph, 1945-
    Chapter Books for Slytherins
    Slytherins may enjoy these tales of darkness, pride, cunning, and ambition.
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  77. surfside girls the secret of danger point by Dwinell, Kim.
    Chapter Books for Hufflepuffs
    Hufflepuffs may enjoy these tales of hard work, loyalty, and fairplay.
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  78. alanna the first adventure by Pierce, Tamora.
    Chapter Books for Ravenclaws
    Ravenclaws may enjoy these tales of wit, wisdom, and learning.
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  79. abominables by Ibbotson, Eva.
    Chapter Books for Gryffindors
    Gryffindors may enjoy these stories of adventure, bravery, and determination.
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  80. gilda joyce psychic investigator by Allison, Jennifer.
    Chillers
    Spooky chapter books.
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  81. inspector flytrap by Angleberger, Tom.
    Mysteries Grades 2-3
    Chapter mysteries for younger readers.
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  82. book scavenger by Bertman, Jennifer Chambliss.
    Mysteries Grades 4-6
    Chapter mysteries for older readers.
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  83. giver by Lowry, Lois.
  84. when mischief came to town by Nannestad, Katrina.
  85. booked by Alexander, Kwame.
  86. marwan s journey by Arias, Patricia de.
    Immigrants & Refugees (Younger Readers)
    Picture Books starring immigrant and refugee travelers around the world.
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  87. i lived on butterfly hill by Agosín, Marjorie.
    Immigrants & Refugees (Older Readers)
    Books starring immigrants and refugees in their travels across the world.
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  88. uniquely wired a story about autism and its gifts by Cook, Julia, 1964-
    Picture books about People with Disabilities
    Picture Books starring characters with disabilities.
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  89. el deafo by Bell, Cece.
    Chapter Stories About People with Disabilities
    Chapter books starring characters with disabilities.
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  90. lily the unicorn by Clayton, Dallas.
  91. peska and the first salmon ceremony by Ritchie, Scot.
    Indigenous Heroes and Heroines
    Books starring indigenous characters.
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  92. radius of us by Marquardt, Marie F., 1972-
    The Story of US Immigration in Young Adult Fiction and Non-fiction
    Check out these titles about the stories of immigration and immigrants to the U.S.
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  93. let s talk about love by Kann, Claire.
  94. city of dreams the 400 year epic history of immigrant new york by Anbinder, Tyler.
    The Story of US Immigration (Adult Non-Fiction )
    In honor of Welcome Week 2020, which aimed to: “affirm the importance of welcoming and inclusive places in achieving collective prosperity.” Check out this selection of titles to learn more about the story of immigration in the United States.
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  95. americanah a novel by Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi, 1977-
    The Story of US Immigration (Adult Fiction)
    In honor of Welcome Week 2020, which aimed to: “affirm the importance of welcoming and inclusive places in achieving collective prosperity.” Check out this selection of titles to learn more about the story of immigration in the United States.
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  96. parts by Arnold, Tedd.
    Funny Picture Books to make you LOL
    Favorite funny picture books chosen by Central Children's Staff
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  97. moo by Creech, Sharon.
  98. narwhal unicorn of the sea by Clanton, Ben, 1988-
  99. wishtree by Applegate, Katherine.
  100. i am a cat by Bernstein, Galia.
    Staff Suggestions for Ages 3-5
    Recommendations for Ages 3-5.
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  101. when you look out the window how phyllis lyon and del martin built a community by Pitman, Gayle E.
    Celebrating Pride (Older Readers)
    LGBTQ+ themed books for older readers
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  102. leroy ninker saddles up by DiCamillo, Kate.
    Step-Up Books (Ages 6-8)
    Easier chapter books that feature larger fonts and more pictures.
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  103. five stories by Alter, Anna, 1974-
    Step-Up Books (Series)
    These unique series books are designed for growing readers who are between leveled readers and traditional chapter books.
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  104. superman smashes the klan the graphic novel by Yang, Gene Luen.
    Teen Services Staff Picks
    Favorites by JMRL Teen Services Staff
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  105. my princess boy a mom s story about a young boy who loves to dress up by Kilodavis, Cheryl.
    Celebrating Pride (Younger Readers)
    LGBTQ+ themed books for younger readers
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  106. off away by Atkinson, Cale.
    Black American Picture Books
    Picture books featuring Black American characters and stories
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  107. get out of my bath by Teckentrup, Britta.
    Books for Babies & Toddlers
    Board and picture books for babies and toddlers
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  108. my big dumb invisible dragon by Lucas, Angie.
    Grief Picture Books
    Picture Books about grief that can be used to start conversations.
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  109. let it shine stories of black women freedom fighters by Pinkney, Andrea Davis.
    Black History Month - 2020 Theme: African Americans and the Vote
    Selected books to celebrate Black History Month, February 2020.
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  110. check please sticks scones by Ukazu, Ngozi.
    Staff Picks
    JMRL staff reads widely and is happy to share many 'good reads' with you. Here are some recommendations for this month's reading.
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