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Background Information: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Background Information: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

cover of The Hate U GiveAs Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give remained on the New York Times young adult best seller list for the better part of 2017, the topics the book deals with clearly resonate with readers. The Hate U Give is about a sixteen year old black girl named Starr who splits her time between the world of her fancy prep school and the poor neighborhood where she lives. When she witnesses the police shoot her friend Khalil, and Khalil turns out to be unarmed, protestors swarm the streets and her neighborhood is catapulted into the national eye. As the only witness, what Starr does or does not reveal could change her community forever.

 

The plot of The Hate U Give reflects national events and discussions on police violence and race. If you’re interested in gaining a deeper understanding of these issues, the library has some books that may help.

cover of Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter by Sue Bradford Edwards and Duchess Harris

This slim book traces the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, from the shootings that sparked it to the protests and the activists working to chagne the United State’s justice system.
cover of The Fire This Time

The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race, edited by Jesmyn Ward

A response to the famed The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin, this book of essays and poetry explores race in America in the words of today’s leading thinkers and writers, such as Claudia Rankin and Edwidge Danticat.

 

Stop by the library for more recommendations from your librarians!

 

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2018 Reading Challenge: Bingo!

2018 Reading Challenge: Bingo!

This week marks the start of our annual reading challenge, and this year it’s BINGO!

How it works:

  1. Pick up a bingo card at the library. Put your name on it. (Hint: take a pic of your bingo card in case you lose it!)
  2. Start reading! Each square on the bingo board corresponds to one of the prompts on this doc. Strategize your path to a bingo. The books that you read:
    Must all be new to you in 2018 (with the exception of the center square);
    Each book can only be counted once (for one bingo square);
    Don’t have to come from Casti library, but we have plenty of recommendations;
    If you’re not sure if a book will count for a square, check with a librarian.
  3. Keep a file (digital or on paper) of all of your responses to the prompts, including the title and author of the books you’ve read. NOTE: For each item that includes a question, write no less than 3 and no more than 5 sentences.
  4. Once you completed an unbroken line (bingo!) horizontally, vertically, or diagonally on your card, bring your card and the file you’ve been keeping to the library to claim a prize!If you want to keep going, you can earn bingo multiple times on the same card. Hint: it gets easier as you fill in squares! Feeling impressive? You can go for “blackout”: complete all of the 25 squares on your bingo card to win a special prize!

Come into the library to get your card and get started!

 

 

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January Bay Area Author and Literary Events

January Bay Area Author and Literary Events

Tara Sim with Jessica Cluess, launching Chainbreaker, Tara Sim’s much anticipated sequel to Timekeeper
Friday, January 5, 2018, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
RSVP here

 

Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner, with Unearthed, an action-packed archaeological thriller.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 7:00 PM
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
RSVP here

 

Teen Advisory Board Meeting in Santa Clara
Saturday, January 13, 2018, 3:00 PM
Books Inc.
2712 Augustine Drive #120, Santa Clara
More information here

 

Launch of Michelle Oberman’s Her Body, Our Laws: On the Front Lines of the Abortion War, from El Salvador to Oklahoma.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 7:00 PM
Books Inc.
74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto
More information here

 

Laura Hopper in celebration of her stunning debut novel, I Never
Thursday, January 18, 2018, 7:00 PM
Books Inc.
74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto
More information here

 

Nidhi Chanani shares her critically-acclaimed graphic novel, Pashmina
Sunday, January 21, 2018, 2:00 PM
Books Inc.
3515 California St, San Francisco
More information here 

 

Carrie DiRisio, of twitter handle @broodingYAHero fame
Thursday, January 25, 2018, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
RSVP here

 

Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings in celebration of book one in their new sci-fi series, Zenith: Androma Saga #1.
Thursday, January 25, 2018, 7:00 PM
Books Inc.
601 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
More information here

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Small Bites: Short Story Anthologies

Small Bites: Short Story Anthologies

I love short story anthologies. If you’re in a reading slump, they’re a great way to discover new authors. Almost all of my favorite authors I found through reading anthologies.

They’re also great if you’re busy. If you feel like you don’t have the time for pleasure reading, short stories provide a quick reading experience to get a whole narrative in twenty or so pages. They’re wonderful, and you should totally try some, because the Casti library has a great selection. Here’s a few recommendations to get you started:

Unnatural Creatures
Edited by beloved author Neil Gaiman, this anthology features stories about mythical and imaginary animals from science fiction and fantasy greats like Peter Beagle, Samuel Delaney, and Nnedi Okorafor.

Tyranny of Petticoats, edited by Jessica Spotswood
This unique collection is full of stories of girls and women from America who buck tradition and gender roles. From the Old West to Prohibition to the Summer of Love, read about pirates, gunslingers, monsters, and heiresses.

I See Reality, edited by Grace Kendall
If John Green, Rebecca Stead, or David Levithan are more your taste, try this anthology featuring twelve tales of real life by up and coming realistic fiction authors.

Women of Futures Past, edited by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Trace the foundations of science fiction with this incredible collection of female speculative fiction authors that spans generations.

 

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