Apple in the Middle

"Apple Starkington turned her back on her Native American heritage the moment she was called a racial slur for someone of white and Indian descent, not that she really even knew how to be an Indian. Too bad the white world doesn't accept her either. And so begins her quirky habits to gain acceptance. Apple's name, chosen by her Indian mother on her deathbed, has a double meaning: treasured apple of my eye, but also the negative connotation-a person who is red, or Indian, on the outside, but white on the inside.After her wealthy father gives her the boot one summer, Apple reluctantly agrees to visit her Native American relatives on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation in North Dakota for the first time. Apple learns to deal with the culture shock of Indian customs and the Native Michif language, while she tries to deal with a vengeful Indian man who loved her mother in high school but now hates Apple because her mom married a white man.As Apple meets her Indian relatives, she shatters Indian stereotypes and learns what it means to find her place in a world divided by color."

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Edge of the Map : the Mountain Life of Christine Boskoff

Monday, October 12th - 9:00 AM

Edge of the Map is equal parts inspiring, dramatic, and heartbreaking. One of America's greatest high altitude mountaineers, Christine Boskoff was at the top of her career when she and her partner died in an avalanche in 2006. Charismatic, principled, and humble, Boskoff was also a deeply loved role model to her climbing partners and the Sherpa community. 

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The Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens

"In The Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens, a psychotherapist specializing in mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) shows overwhelmed and stressed-out teen readers how mindfulness skills can help them relax, prioritize, and keep calm during stressful times."

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The Familiar Dark

Monday, October 12th - 10:30am

"A spellbinding story of a mother with nothing left to lose who sets out on an all-consuming quest for justice after her daughter is murdered on the town playground. Sometimes the answers are worse than the questions. Sometimes it's better not to know. Set in the poorest part of the Missouri Ozarks, in a small-town with big secrets, The Familiar Dark opens with a murder in the town's playground." -- Provided by publisher.

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Ridge Stories: Herding Hens, Powdering Pigs, and Other Recollections from a Boyhood in the Driftless

Monday, October 12 - 12:00pm

Raised on a small dairy farm high in the hills of Wisconsin's Driftless Area, Gary Jones gets real about his rural roots. In this collection of interrelated stories, Jones writes with plainspoken warmth and irreverence about farm, family, and folks on the ridge-from uncooperative livestock to politically incorrect relatives, from the indignity of bathing in a galvanized washtub on the kitchen floor to the surprising advantages of oversized overalls. Alternately humorous and stirring, Jones's essays paint a vivid picture of life on a windy hilltop farm that will entertain city and country folk alike.

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Creative Care : a Revolutionary Approach to Dementia and Elder Care

Monday, October 12th - 1:30pm

A MacArthur Genius Grant recipient pioneers a radical change in how we interact with older loved ones, especially those experiencing dementia, as she introduces a proven method that uses the creative arts to bring light and joy to the lives of elders. In Creative Care, Anne Basting lays the groundwork for a widespread transformation in our approach to elder care and uses compelling, touching stories to inspire and guide us all-family, friends, and health professionals-in how to connect and interact with those living with dementia.

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A big guy took my ball

Piggie is upset because a whale took the ball she found, but Gerald finds a solution that pleases all of them. For Ages 5-8

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A Map into the World

Child picture book. Paj Ntaub, a young Hmong American girl, spends a busy year with her family in their new home, and seeks a way to share the beauty of the world with a grieving neighbor. Age: 5-8.

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Better Nate than ever

An eighth-grader who dreams of performing in a Broadway musical concocts a plan to run away to New York and audition for the role of Elliot in the musical version of "E.T.
For age 10+

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Bully

A little bull discovers that he has been a big bully. For ages 4-7

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Family tree problem solver : tried-and-true tactics for tracing elusive ancestors

Presents ideas and tips for overcoming common obstacles researching genealogies, including advice on how to find records before civil registration, using censuses, and advanced court records.

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Fry Bread : A Native American Family Story

Child picture book, e-book and DVD. This volume tells the story of a post-colonial food that is a shared tradition for Native American families all across the North American continent. Includes a recipe and an extensive author note that delves into the social ways, foodways, and politics of America's 573 recognized tribes. Age 3-6.

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Heather has two mommies

When Heather goes to playgroup, at first she feels bad because she has two mothers and no father, but then she learns that there are lots of different kinds of families and the most important thing is that all the people love each other. Recommended for ages 3-5.

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I walk with Vanessa : a story about a simple act of kindness

An elementary school girl witnesses the bullying of another girl, but she is not sure how to help. For ages 4-8

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Julián is a mermaid

While riding the subway home from the pool with his abuela one day, Julián notices three women spectacularly dressed up. Their hair billows in brilliant hues, their dresses end in fishtails, and their joy fills the train car. When Julián gets home, daydreaming of the magic he's seen, all he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies in his own fabulous mermaid costume: a butter-yellow curtain for his tail, the fronds of a potted fern for his headdress. But what will Abuela think about the mess he makes -- and even more importantly, what will she think about how Julián sees himself?
Ages 4-8

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Ling & Ting : Together in All Weather

Child early reader book, and audiobook with print book. Part of the Ling and Ting series. Twin sisters Ling and Ting have fun together playing in all kinds of weather. Age: 5-7.

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One person, no vote : how voter suppression is destroying our democracy

In her New York Times bestseller White Rage, Carol Anderson laid bare an insidious history of policies that have systematically impeded black progress in America, from 1865 to our combustible present. With One Person, No Vote, she chronicles a related history: the rollbacks to African American participation in the vote since the 2013 Supreme Court decision that eviscerated the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Known as the Shelby ruling, this decision effectively allowed districts with a demonstrated history of racial discrimination to change voting requirements without approval from the Department of Justice.

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Pride : the story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag

The very first picture book about the remarkable and inspiring story of the Gay Pride Flag! Ages 5–8.

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Queer Heroes

This beautiful, bold book celebrates the achievements of LGBTQ+ people through history and from around the world--featuring dynamic full-color portraits of a diverse selection of 53 inspirational role models accompanied by short biographies that focus on their incredible successes. For ages 10+

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Rainbow : a first book of pride

Children from different kinds of families demonstrate the original meanings of the colors in the rainbow flag, and then come together at a Pride parade.
For ages 2-5

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Rainbow revolutionaries

Rainbow Revolutionaries brings to life the vibrant histories of fifty pioneering LGBTQ+ people from around the world. For ages 8-12

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Sewing the rainbow : the story of Gilbert Baker and the rainbow flag

Sewing the Rainbow is the powerful story of Gilbert Baker and the creation of the rainbow flag. For ages 4-8

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The Case of Windy Lake

Child fiction. The first book in the Mighty Muskrats Mystery series. Sam, Otter, Atim, and Chickadee are four inseparable cousins growing up on the Windy Lake First Nation. Nicknamed the Mighty Muskrats for their habit of laughing, fighting, and exploring together, the cousins find that each new adventure adds to their reputation. When a visiting archeologist goes missing, the cousins decide to solve the mystery of his disappearance. Age: 9-12.

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The color of law : a forgotten history of how our government segregated America

"...The Color of Law is a groundbreaking investigation into how U.S. governments in the twentieth century deliberately imposed racial segregation on metropolitan areas nationwide....Richard Rothstein has painstakingly documented how our cities--from San Francisco to Boston--became so divided. Rothstein describes how federal, state, and local governments systematically imposed residential segregation: with undisguised racial zoning, public housing that purposefully severed previously mixed communities, subsidies for builders to create whites-only suburbs, tax exemptions for prejudiced institutions, and support for violent resistance to African Americans in white neighborhoods. Rothstein demonstrates how police and prosecutors brutally upheld these standards, and how such policies still influence tragedies in places like Ferguson and Baltimore. With painstaking research, The Color of Law forces us to face the obligation to remedy our unconstitutional past." -- Back cover.

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The Forever Sky

Child picture book. Two young Ojibwe brothers, Niigaanii and Bineshiinh, look to the stars and spin stories, some inspired by Uncle and some of their own making, as they remember their grandmother. Age: 5-8.

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The Pants Project

Eleven-year-old Liv fights to change the middle school dress code requiring girls to wear a skirt and, along the way, finds the courage to tell his moms he is meant to be a boy.
For ages 9 and up

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When the Shadbush Blooms

Child picture book. A young Lenni Lenape Indian child describes her family's life through the seasons. Includes facts about the Lenni Lenape Indians. Age: 5-8.

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Wonder

Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student. For ages 10+

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Minecraft Dungeons: The Rise of the Arch-Illager: An Official Minecraft Novel

Brave heroes have banded together to take a perilous journey through the war-torn Overworld to defeat the Arch-Illager and his formidable army. But how did that army come to be? And just where did the Arch-Illager come from?The terrible truth behind the Arch-Illager is that he never asked for ultimate power. Known as Archie, this little Illager is bullied by his fellow Illagers and mistrusted by fearful Villagers. Archie only ever wanted a place to call home, but he finds himself shunned by all. As he wanders through deep forests and up craggy mountains, he stumbles upon a dark cavern--with a sinister secret waiting inside.Archie discovers an object that whispers to him promises of power: the Orb of Dominance. With it, Archie realizes he can wield incredible magic and reshape a world that turned its back on him. All he needs to do is exactly what it tells him . . .After all, it's called the Orb of Dominance for a reason, right? But is it named for the way Archie uses it--or is it using him?

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A Chair for My Mother

Child picture book. Also available in Hmong. A child, her waitress mother, and her grandmother save dimes to buy a comfortable armchair after all their furniture is lost in a fire. Age: 5-8.

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Adventures from the Land of Stories: Queen Red Riding Hood's Guide to Royalty

"Queen Red Riding Hood from the Land of Stories gives advice and makes observations on how to rule"-- publisher.  

Book 1, Adventures from the Land of Stories Companions series

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Do Not Lick This Book

Min is a microbe. She is small. Very small. In fact, so small that you'd need to look through a microscope to see her. Or you can simply open this book and take Min on an adventure to amazing places she's never seen before -- like the icy glaciers of your tooth or the twisted, tangled jungle of your shirt.

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Each Kindness

When Ms. Albert teaches a lesson on kindness, Chloe realizes that she and her friends have been wrong in making fun of new student Maya's shabby clothes and refusing to play with her. For ages 7-11

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Five Little Ducks

Sing along with Pete the Cat in his groovy adaptation of the classic children's song "Five Little Ducks."

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Frindle

When he decides to turn his fifth grade teacher's love of the dictionary around on her, clever Nick Allen invents a new word and begins a chain of events that quickly moves beyond his control. Also available on audio CD, and large print.

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Nine months: Before a Baby is Born

"As a baby grows in her mother's tummy, a soon-to-be big sister and her family spend nine months preparing for the newest member of the family to arrive."-- Provided by publisher.

Recommended for K - Grade 3

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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles? Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you'll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results. In fact, none of Kondo's clients have lapsed (and she still has a three-month waiting list). With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house "spark joy" (and which don't), this international bestseller featuring Tokyo's newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home-and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.

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The new Jim Crow : mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness

Argues that the War on Drugs and policies that deny convicted felons equal access to employment, housing, education, and public benefits create a permanent under caste based largely on race.

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The Word Collector

Jerome enjoys collecting and using words that he hears, reads, or sees, and then decides to share his collection with others.

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Westward Expansion: An Interactive History Adventure

"Describes the people and events of the age of Manifest Destiny and the American West. The reader's choices reveal the historical details from the perspective of a traveler on the Oregon Trail, a laborer, or a Sioux warrior"--publisher.

Series:  You choose books

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Who are Venus and Serena Williams?

This biography describes the lives and careers of the tennis stars and sisters, Venus and Serena Williams, including their Grand Slam wins, Olympic success, trend-setting, and rivalry.

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Who is Muhammad Ali?

Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. won the world heavyweight championship at the age of 22, the same year he joined the Nation of Islam and changed his name to Muhammad Ali. He would go on to become the first and only three-time World Heavyweight Champion.

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Who was Beatrix Potter?

This biography of the talented British author Beatrix Potter describes her abilities to write fiction and to beautifully illustrate the natural world.  Miss Potter is best know for her 23 stories about Peter Rabbit and his family and other animals and the local farmer who chases them out of his fields.  Her most famous is The Tale of Peter Rabbit.   Beatrix Potter was also talented at illustrating natural plants as well as animals and was respected in the scientific community for her accurate watercolors of fungi.  

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Who was Roberto Clemente?

  • This biography of Puerto Rican Roberto Clemente traces the life and accomplishments of this outstanding professional baseball player, from his heroics on the field to his humanitarian efforts and his untimely death in 1972.  Clemente died in a plane crash while trying to deliver relief supplies to Nicaragua after an earthquake.  He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973, becoming the first Caribbean player to be so honored.  In 2002, Clemente was awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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#NotYourPrincess : voices of Native American women

Co-author: Mary Beth Leatherdale "Whether looking back to a troubled past or welcoming a hopeful future, the powerful voices of Indigenous women across North America resound in this book. In the same style as the best-selling Dreaming in Indian, #Not Your Princess presents an eclectic collection of poems, essays, interviews, and art that combine to express the experience of being a Native woman. Stories of abuse, humiliation, and stereotyping are countered by the voices of passionate women making themselves heard and demanding change. Sometimes angry, often reflective, but always strong, the women in this book will give teen readers insight into the lives of women who, for so long, have been virtually invisible."-- Provided by publisher

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1 Grumpy Bruce : a Counting Book

Long-suffering Bruce once again contends with an increasingly crowded household, this time in an original board book where young ones can count the never-ending party guests.

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100 Sideways Miles

Finn Easton, sixteen and epileptic, struggles to feel like more than just a character in his father's cult-classic novels with the help of his best friend, Cade Hernandez, and first love, Julia, until Julia moves away.

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12 Angry Men : True Stories of Being a Black Man in America Today

Adult nonfiction book. From racial profiling to racial literacy : the lessons of 12 angry men. Age: Adult.

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12 Christmas Wishes for My Dog

Adult Comedy. Having her dog taken away by an uptight landlord was heartbreaking for Laura. Willing to try anything to transform her life, and get her dog back, Laura follows her friend's suggestion. The life coach's unusual character makes Laura skeptical, especially when the coach tells Laura to make twelve wishes for a positive change in her life. She realizes that her wishes are sparking unforeseen circumstances, and must act quickly to get her life, and her dog, back before Christmas. Includes bonus features.

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12 Years a Slave : A True Story of Betrayal, Kidnap and Slavery

Adult nonfiction book, e-book, audiobook on Playaway, and e-audiobook. Born a free man in New York State in 1808, Solomon Northup was kidnapped in Washington, D.C., in 1841. He spent the next 12 years as a slave on a Louisiana cotton plantation, and during this time he was frequently abused and often afraid for his life. This is his detailed description of slave life and plantation society, culture and institutions. Age: Adult.

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