April Reading Resolutions…Let’s Get Graphic!

This month’s Reading Resolutions challenge is to read a graphic novel or Manga. While our library has an excellent collection in our Young Adult/Teen area, these books might be less familiar to adult readers.

If you’re wondering what a graphic novel is, the simple answer is that it’s a story told through illustrations. While most people are familiar with comic books, and graphic novels are often referred to as comics, the label is deceptive.  Graphic novels can cover all genres of literature, (including non-fiction!) and aren’t limited to traditional comic book/super hero fare. Graphic novels can also include serialized works, and even illustrated versions of popular novels.

Find this badge in your Beanstack account. Enter the title of the Graphic Novel you read to change it to color

Manga are Japanese graphic novels and are read from right to left. Manga have a distinctive artistic style and are most often serialized into multi-volume stories.

We’ve created a special collection of graphic novels, which you can browse here , and we’ve also highlighted a few selections by genre. We’re sure you’ll find a great read, but if you’d like a recommendation, be sure to give us a call.

General Fiction

The Crossroads at Midnight by Abby Howard – In this collection of evocative, unnerving slice-of-life horror, five stories explore what happens when one is desperate enough to seek solace in the unnatural, and what might be waiting for us at the Crossroads at Midnight.

Blankets by Craig Thompson – Loosely based on the author’s life, chronicling his journey from childhood to adulthood, exploring the people, experiences, and beliefs that he encountered along the way.

Girl in Dior by Annie Goetzinger – It’s February 12, 1947 and the cráeme de la cráeme of Paris Haute Couture is flocking to the momentous event of Dior’s first show. Clara, a freshly hired chronicler, is our guide in the busy corridors of the brand new house of Christian Dior. In a flurry of corolla shaped skirts, the parade of models file down the runway. Dior’s career is launched and Clara’s story begins when she is picked by Dior himself to be his model.

Victor and Nora: A Gotham Love Story by Lauren Myracle – Victor is mourning the death of his brother, and Nora is coping with the illness she knows will eventually kill her. Readers looking for a tragic romance with moral ambiguities, even those unfamiliar with the DC universe, will appreciate this backstory of one of Gotham’s most notorious criminals.


Autobiography and Non- Fiction

March by John Lewis – A  first-hand account of Congressman John Lewis’ lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation.

Fun Home by Alison Bechdel – Author and cartoonist Bechdel tells of her childhood with a closeted gay father, who ran a funeral parlor. The book is the basis for a Tony Award-winning Broadway musical.

Persepolis: the story of a childhood by Marjane Satrapi –The great-granddaughter of Iran’s last emperor and the daughter of ardent Marxists describes growing up in Tehran in a country plagued by political upheaval and vast contradictions between public and private life.

The Beast of Chicago by Rick Geary – The true-crime tale of early 20th century serial killer Herman Mudgett, better known as H.H. Holmes, who was the inspiration for the book The Devil In White City.


Novel to Graphic Novel Adaptations

The Giver by Lois Lowry – Now in graphic novel format, Lois Lowry’s Newbery Medal–winning classic story of a young boy discovering the dark secrets behind his seemingly ideal world is accompanied by renowned artist P.Craig Russell’s beautifully haunting illustrations.

Octavia Butler’s Kindred by Damian Duffy – Dana is a 1970s black woman repeatedly and involuntarily whisked back in time to a nineteenth-century plantation, where she becomes embroiled in the lives of the people enslaved there, risking everything by educating their children, even as she forms an uneasy and dangerous relationship with her own white ancestor.

Anne Frank’s Diary by Ari Folman – Authorized by the Anne Frank Foundation, this volume beautifully brings to life the inhabitants of the Secret Annex. Although this account has not been adapted verbatim, owing to length, Folman and Polonsky effectively convey the material, and the visuals capture the heartbreak of families in prolonged hiding.






Join the latest Big Library Read!

Feeling stressed? Then you’ll love the latest Big Library Read selection, “The Art of Taking It Easy” by psychologist, comedian and author Dr. Brian King.

The Art of Taking It Easy is a practical and hilarious book that encourages readers to embrace humor as a way to reduce stress and live a happier, fuller life.

In his book, King defines stress, discusses it’s origins and how it impacts our bodies and brains. His practical approach offers ways to deal with everyday stress, and other conditions such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse, hypertension and obesity, that occur as a result. But what sets The Art of Taking It Easy apart from other books on this topic is the author’s humor, memorable stories and life-changing tips and instructions gleaned from his personal experience.  Read a sample here.

“I wrote The Art of Taking It Easy to put my insights on stress management on paper, so my
daughter, Alyssa, who is now three, can use them one day. Of course, in the process I wrote a book that can be enjoyed by anyone,” said King, in an interview with Libby/Overdrive, sponsors of the Big Library Read.

The Big Library Read is the world’s largest digital book club, with over 20,000 libraries participating. Between April 5 and April 19, library card holders can download copies of The Art of Taking It Easy with no waiting. After reading, check out the discussion questions (click here to download) and share your thoughts on The Big Library Read discussion board. And join the Professional Book Nerds podcasters for a free live conversation and Q&A session with Dr. King, Tuesday, April 13, at noon, central. Click here to register.

If you haven’t used Libby or Overdrive previously, install the free app to get started. You’ll find instructions here. Download your copy, join the fun, and master the fine art of taking it easy!


RB Magazines Moving To Libby

Your favorite RB Digital magazines now have a new home on Libby!

Starting March 31, RB Digital magazines will  no longer be available, so to read your favorite magazines, you’ll need to visit the Libby digital reading platforms. Libby is user friendly and easy to navigate, but if you haven’t used it before, never fear!  We’ll walk you through the process to find your magazines’ new location within the app.


Starting out

If you’re new to Libby, begin by downloading the free app to your mobile device. You’ll find it at all major app stores. If you prefer to read on your desktop or laptop, you can also go to https://libbyapp.com/  The website works just like the app.

When you open Libby for the first time, you’ll be prompted to locate your home library and enter your card number. Remember, if your library card was issued by a library other than AAPLD, you’ll need to enter that library as your home library, even if we’re the library you use most often.



If you have Libby installed on one device and want to sync it with another, simply open the app on the first device and tap the Libby logo in the upper right corner. This opens the menu to locate your library and enter your card number.

Kindle users should click on the Read Books With button to select Kindle.

The Get Some Help button allows you set your language preference to read in a language other than English, manage notifications, and more.



Finding the Magazines

At the bottom of the screen you’ll see three buttons:

Library- allows you to browse the entire Libby collection

Middle- takes you to the book you’re currently reading.

Shelf- this is where you find your check-outs and account information.

To find the magazines, Click the Available button at the top and then Magazines on the following page


What’s new? Takes you to a drop down where you can select the New item you want including, New in Magazines.

What’s popular? Takes you to a drop down where you can select the most popular items, including Popular Magazines.

What’s available? Takes you to a drop down where you can select Available Magazines. For our next examples, we’ll use this option.





Borrowing a magazine

The Magazine page shows magazines grouped by title. To see them by category, click “more” in the description box at the top. This will open a drop-down menu that is organized by category.  Select a category and browse available magazines.  The page will show the current and most recent editions.

The little rectangle/plus sign symbol to the right of each magazine’s name is the Borrow button.



To borrow the current issue, click the Borrow button at the top of each magazine title group.  To see inside before you borrow, click on the cover. A new page will open that will show the table of contents and other information about the issue.  Use the Borrow button to borrow the magazine.

Past issues can be found by scrolling to the bottom of the page and clicking the downward facing arrow. When you find the magazine you want, click the cover for the table of contents, or use the Borrow button to borrow the magazine.


Magazines you’ve borrowed will appear on your Loans shelf. To read the magazine, click Open in Libby.


Reading Your Magazine


Click or tap the right side of the screen to advance pages. Click or tap the left to go back.

Tap READ THE ARTICLE for a reader friendly view.

To open more options, such increasing font size or changing the background color of the article tap the middle of the screen. The icons at the top allow you to zoom in, change the font size or background, search within the magazine, or mark your place.

To exit the magazine, select the Back button.


Magazine check outs are for 14 days, and there’s no limit to the number of magazines you can borrow. Your magazine loans do not count toward your book check-out limit. Still have questions? Give the library a call and ask for an Adult Services staff member.










Fascinating lives, unforgettable stories

“It is not my deeds that I write down, it is myself, my essence.”
Michel de Montaigne

Pick up a memoir this March, and get to know someone remarkable.

Whether it’s an ordinary person thrust into extraordinary circumstances, or someone who is already a household name but has a story about how an unexpected challenge or tragedy has shaped them, memoirs can inspire, make us laugh, cry or cheer, and see our own lives through a different perspective.

What makes a memoir different from a biography or an autobiography? While the forms are similar (and shelved together at AAPLD!) a memoir is an account of a person’s life, usually the author’s, that’s centered around a theme or experience. Whether that’s a harrowing childhood, a serious illness, addiction, tragedy; or a  fight to succeed against enormous odds, a good memoir can give us insight into the writer’s experience and how we can apply those lessons as well.

To celebrate our month-long focus on memoirs, we’ve created a special collection which you can browse by clicking here.  If you stop by the Main Library, you’ll find some of our staff’s favorite memoirs displayed by the Adult Services desk, on our Staff Picks shelves.

Listed below are memoirs that have been turned into films– bonus points if you’re also looking for a March “Twice Told Tales” Reading Challenge:

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls – A journalist tells the story of her nomadic childhood in a highly dysfunctional, but uniquely vibrant family.

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert – Following a divorce, a writer embarks on an international journey of healing and self-discovery.

Wild by Cheryl Strayed – After battling addiction and grieving the loss of her mother, a young woman sets out alone to hike the 1,100-mile Pacific Crest Trail.

Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt – A teacher recounts his poverty-stricken Irish childhood, with humor and compassion

If you’re looking for something new or a little different, try one of these titles:

Sanctuary: a memoir by Emily Rapp Black   After losing her three year old son, a mother questions and redefines the idea of resilience.

Surviving the White Gaze: a memoir by Rebecca Carroll    A black woman’s search for racial identity, after being adopted by white parents, and later meeting her racist white birth mother.

The Secret Life of Dorothy Soames: a memoir by Justine Cowen    A British woman explores her late mother’s secret past, growing up in a notorious English orphanage.

Floating In a Most Peculiar Way by Louis Onuroah Chude-Sokei  A unique coming to America story, told by an African immigrant who finds himself in the midst of racial unrest and the growing Los Angeles hip-hop scene, in the early 1990s.

To Be Honest: a memoir by Michael Leviton   A memoir about an unusual upbringing in a family fanatically devoted to honesty, and what came next.

Celebrate Women!

March is Women’s History Month, a time to recognize the contributions of women– from great leaders, and top achievers in sports, entertainment, and literature, to the  anonymous women working daily to build a better world for their families and communities.

The annual recognition began in California as a local week-long celebration in 1978. In 1980, President Carter issued a presidential proclamation designating the second week of March as National Women’s History Week.  It was expanded to a month long event in 1987.

At AAPLD, we’re recognizing the accomplishments of women in several ways, starting with two special collections that tell women’s stories, one dedicated to books, the other to films.

A few stories you might have missed include:

Frida – Salma Hayek stars as ground-breaking Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, from her humble beginnings, to international fame as a talented painter with unique vision.

He Named Me Malala – A documentary tells the incredible story of Pakistani teen Malala Yousafzai, who was attacked by the Taliban for pursuing an education.

On The Basis of Sex – Felicity Jones stars as a young Ruth Bader Ginsburg, struggling to balance the demands of her rising career and new motherhood, as she partners with her husband Martin (Armie Hammer) to argue a landmark case of gender discrimination.

A Skating Life: My Story by Dorothy Hamill – An Olympic medalist and international skating star by the age of 19, Hamill faced significant personal challenges in adulthood, but found strength to persevere through her love for her daughter.

Becoming Beyonce by J. Randy Taraborrelli –  The first comprehensive biography ever published about America’s favorite living pop icon,  from New York Times bestselling biographer Taraborrelli.

Rise of the Rocket Girls by Nathalia Holt – If you loved Hidden Figures, you won’t want to miss this story of the women who propelled the space program from missiles to the moon and beyond.

We’re also pleased to offer these special online programs. Two focus on history-making female leaders, the other is an evening with a best-selling woman author, as she shares insights about her process and experience in the publishing industry.

On Thursday, March 18, from 6:30- 8:00 p.m., historian Jim Gibbons will present Notorious: The Life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and her tireless crusade for women’s rights. Ginsburg was many things: Glamour magazine’s 2009 Woman of the Year, one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, a cancer survivor, and an inspiration to many. But she was not a quitter. Appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1993, Ginsburg served until the time of her death in September 2020. Click here to register for the program, presented on Zoom.

Best-selling suspense author Mary Kubica will present a program on Thursday, March 25 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Kubica is the bestselling author of The Good Girl and five other thrillers. Her latest novel, The Other Mrs., scored her a film deal with Netflix. Mary will discuss her writing process, how she balances her personal and professional life, and the unprecedented success of The Other Mrs. Mary’s next title, Local Woman Missing, will be released in May. Click here to register for this program, presented via Zoom.

On Wednesday, March 31, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., popular historical presenter Leslie Goddard, Ph.D., returns with a new presentation, Becoming Queen Elizabeth II, which explores the life of England’s longest reigning monarch: her childhood, the abdication of her uncle, her marriage to a navy officer named Philip, her World War II service, and her struggle to balance her roles as queen and mother. Get to know the woman behind the images, her sense of humor, and savvy intelligence with which she meets her demanding obligations. Click here to register for the program, presented on Zoom.

If you prefer to register or place your holds by phone, give the Adult Services Department a call at 847-458-6060. We’re happy to help!

March Reading Resolutions…Twice Told Tales

When it comes to books that have been made into movies, do you prefer to read the book before you see the movie, or after?

Everyone has an option on the topic (book first fan, here!) but whatever your preference, you’ll love March’s Reading Resolutions theme, which invites you to read a book that’s been made into a movie, a TV series or even rewritten as another book.

While you’re probably familiar with popular adaptations such as Jurassic Park, It, or The Lord of the Rings, why not give one of these books a try for your March read?  Take home the movie to watch before or after, and tell us which you enjoyed most!

A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks – In 1950s small-town North Carolina, a popular boy falls for the local preacher’s daughter, who hides a devastating secret. The 2002 film stars Shane West and This Is Us’s Mandy Moore.

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen– The story of the Dashwood sisters, one ruled by common sense, the other who lives according to her passions, and the men who love them. The 1995 film stars Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, Hugh Grant and Alan Rickman.



Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer– A biologist and her team investigate a beautiful, deadly world of mutated landscapes and creatures, to stop the spread of an alien lifeform which threatens the planet. Natalie Portman, Gina Rodriguez and Oscar Isaac star in the 2018 film adaptation.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas– Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. The 2019 film stars Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall and musician, Common.



From Here To Eternity by James Jones – In 1941 Hawaii, Army Pvt. Robert E. Lee Prewitt is a champion boxer. But when he refuses to join the base’s boxing team, he gets “the treatment” that may break him or kill him. First Sgt. Milton Anthony Warden knows how to soldier better than almost anyone, yet he risks his career to have an affair with the commanding officer’s wife. The classic 1953 film stars Burt Lancaster, Frank Sinatra, Deborah Kerr and Donna Reed.

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand – One of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War. When former Olympic runner turned U.S. Air Forces lieutenant Louis Zamperini’s plane crashes in the Pacific, he draws upon his courage and ingenuity to survive alone on a small raft in open water, and later in a Japanese POW camp. Angelina Jolie directed the acclaimed 2015 film

Find the “Twice Told Tales” activity badge in Beanstack. Read a book, answer a question to turn it into color.

Check out more from our special Reading Resolutions Twice Told Tales collection here



Learn A Language, With a Little Help From Your Library

Speak a new language so that the world will be a new world.”
Rumi, Persian Poet


There are plenty of reasons to learn a new language. Plans for a trip abroad, communicating with a new friend or family member, making yourself more valuable at work, even boosting brain health! Studies have shown that bilingual people process information more efficiently, and learning a second language as an adult can help stave off cognitive decline.

Though Covid might have delayed your travel plans, right now is an excellent time to learn a language. Whether you’re brushing up on your skills, or starting from scratch,  your library is a great place to start!

Our world language resources include books, audiobooks and an online language learning platform called Mango.

Our world language print collection includes study guides for popular European, Asian, South American and Middle Eastern languages, American Sign Language, plus books to help you learn Latin, Hebrew, Old English and even decipher ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs.

We offer dictionaries, pocket-sized, visual and comprehensive, and also phrasebooks to help you learn the language as it’s spoken in casual or business settings.

Language learning is a natural fit for audiobooks, and our collection of audio courses include Berlitz, Living Language, Fodors and Drive Time. Turn commuting, housework, or treadmill time into a daily language class, that’s both fun and productive.

Explore more of our Language collection by clicking here

If you prefer working with an online resource or an app, Mango is for you! Mango offers lessons in over 70 languages, and English As A Second Language lessons for speakers of 20 different languages. Each language has multiple lessons divided into categories, some have bonus listening and reading lessons, and there is also a collection of world-language films with breakdowns of each line of dialogue. You’ll find these under Mango’s EXPLORE tab.

To get started, download the free Mango app from your favorite app store, or log-in through our website and create an account using your AAPLD library card number. Not an AAPLD cardholder? Check with your home library to see if they subscribe to Mango. But our print and audio materials are available to reciprocal borrowers, so please stop in and browse, place a hold online, or give us a call. ¡Nos encanta ayudar!


Black History Month- By the Book

February is Black History Month, a time to celebrate the contributions and history of Black Americans, past and present.

The celebration dates back to 1926, when it was created by African American historian, educator and publisher Carter G. Woodson as a one week observance. It expanded to a month-long celebration in 1976. The month of February was chosen to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln (Feb. 12) and abolitionist Frederick Douglas (Feb. 14).

We’ve created a display highlighting the work of Black authors, non-fiction titles by prominent Black voices, and films centered on Black stories. Here’s a sample of what you’ll find in our collection:

Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke –  A Black Texas Ranger investigates a murder in a small town in East Texas, and uncovers a shocking secret. Steeped in the culture, music and atmosphere of the East Texas bayou country, the novel creates a vivid portrait of contemporary Black life in rural America.

No One Is Coming To Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts – A successful man returns to his North Carolina hometown to build his hillside dream home and win back the love of his high school sweetheart. But his success, contrasted with the town’s decline, forces everyone to consider what they really want from life, and how they might go about finding it.

The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory – When a Los Angeles writer goes to a Dodgers game with an actor she’s casually dating, the last thing she expects is a scoreboard proposal. After she refuses, she’s trailed by a camera crew, until a handsome fan comes to her rescue. When what begins as another casual affair unexpectedly blossoms into love, can she find the courage to follow her heart?

Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid – An influential businesswoman tries to help her babysitter, who was falsely accused of kidnapping a child. But when a viral video reveals unwelcome aspects of the businesswoman’s past, both she and the babysitter are forced to confront what they think about themselves and each other.

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead – An enslaved young woman escapes from a plantation in Georgia, via the Underground Railroad, which Whitehead reimagines as a literal railroad of tracks and tunnels running beneath the ground of the Civil War-era South.

 When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole – A psychological thriller set in a gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood. A young woman investigating the neighborhood’s vanishing history, with the help of a new arrival, begin to uncover the deadly secret of what really happened to the departed residents.

Find these books, and lots more, in our Black History Month featured collection. Click here for more titles.






Your February Reading Resolution…And The Winner Is…

February is awards month. It’s time for the Golden Globes, and the Oscars, and also a great month to read  an award-winning book!

In the book world, major awards don’t correspond neatly to one month, but AAPLD’s print and digital collections include winners of all the major literary and genre fiction awards, from 2020 through many previous years.

To help you decide which award winner you might enjoy for your February Reading Resolutions read, here is a list of the book awards represented in our collection and a little about each one:

National Book Award – Presented by the National Book Foundation, whose mission is to “celebrate the best literature in America, expand its audience, and ensure that books have a prominent place in American culture.” National Book Award winners in our collection include: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, There, There by Tommy Orange and Leave The World Behind by Ruuman Alam.

Man Booker Prize – One of the two Booker prizes for literature, the Man Booker Prize considers a writer’s body of work rather than a single novel. Man Booker Prize winners and finalists in our collection include This Mournable Body by Tsitsi Dangeremba, and The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel.

National Book Critics Circle – Each year, the National Book Critics Circle presents awards for the finest books published in English in six categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Biography, Autobiography, Poetry, and Criticism. NBCC winners/finalists in our collection include Everything Inside by Edwidge Danticat, Feast Your Eyes by Myla Goldberg, Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli

Kirkus Prize – The awards in fiction, nonfiction, and young readers’ literature are given annually by Kirkus Reviews, and each award comes with a $50,000 cash prize, making the Kirkus Prize among the most lucrative in the world. Kirkus winners/finalists in our collection include Luster by Raven Leilani, Black Sunday by Tola Rotimi Abraham, Fiebre Tropical by Juliana Delgado Lopera and the Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante.

Pulitzer Prize – Established in 1907 by publisher Joseph Pultizer to recognize excellent in literature and journalism. Pulitzer prize winners and finalists in our collection include The Nickel Boys by Colin Whitehead, The Dutch House by Ann Patchett, The Topeka School by Ben Lerner.

Women’s Prize For Fiction – one of the United Kingdom’s most prestigious literary prizes, and annually awarded to a female author of any nationality for the best original full-length novel written in English, and published in the United Kingdom. Winners and Finalists in our collection include Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell, Domincana by Angie Cruz, Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo, A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes, The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel, and Weather by Jill Offill.

Hugo Award– Selected by popular vote of the World Science Fiction Society to recognize excellence in writing, art and publishing. Since 2009, the Hugos have also recognized Science Fiction and Fantasy graphic novels. Winners and finalists in our collection include Monstress (volumes 1-3) by Marjorie M. Liu, Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson (Hugo for Best Graphic Story), A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine, The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal.

Edgar Award– Awarded by the Mystery Writers of America and named for Edgar Allen Poe, the Edgar recognizes excellence in the mystery, thriller and true crime genres. Edgar winners and finalists in our collection include The Devil In White City by Erik Larson, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole, and Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel.

RITA Award – Selected by the members of the Romance Writers of America, this award recognizes excellence in multiple genres of romance fiction. In 2021, the RITA will be replaced by the Vivian, to better reflect the diversity of romance readers and authors. RITA award winners in our collection include Lady In Waiting by Marie Tremayne, A Duke In The Night by Kelly Bowen, How to Keep A Secret by Sarah Morgan, My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma, Then There Was You by Kara Isaac, Now That You Mention It by Kristan Higgins.

Stonewall Award – Awarded by the American Library Association’s LGBTQ roundtable to recognize excellence in fiction and non-fiction related to the LGBTQ experience. Winners in our collection include Cantoras by Carolina De Robertis, The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai, The Gods of Tango by Carolina De Robertis, The Hours by Michael Cunningham.

YALSA Notable Book Lists– Fiction titles that exemplify quality literature with appeal to young adults, awarded by the American Library Association, and nominated by readers, librarians and publishers. Winners in our collection include Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, The House of One Thousand Eyes by Michelle Barker, The Cruel Prince by Ashley Herring Blake

Nebula Award– Recognizes the best works of science fiction and fantasy, selected by the members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Winners in our collection include The Yiddish Policeman’s Union by Michael Chabon, The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi, Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer, Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Agatha Award – A relatively new award devoted to the cozy mystery genre and named for author Agatha Christy. Agatha Winners in our collection include Mardi Gras Murder by Ellen Byron, Glass Houses by Louis Penny.

Christy Award – Awarded by Christian publishers to recognize excellence within several genres of Christian fiction. Books in our collection include No One Ever Asked by Katie Ganshert, Life After by Katie Ganshert, The Promise of Jesse Woods by Chris Fabry, The Sea Keeper’s Daughter by Lisa Wingate, The Story Keeper by Lisa Wingate, Home to Harmony by Philip Gulley


Find the “Award Winners” activity badge in Beanstack. Read a book, answer a question to turn it into color.


Want to see more of our Award Winning books? Click here to watch the latest edition of the Adult Services New Release Round-Up, and here to access the Reading Resolutions February online catalog.

Once you’ve read your selection, go to the 2021 Reading Resolutions Challenge in Beanstack, select the February Activity Badge (shown above), answer the question. When your badge changes from gray to color, you’re entered in our monthly drawing.

Yes, we know that February is the shortest month, so if you can’t finish your book by the end of the month, no problem. Once a badge is active, it remains active all year. While you’ll miss the monthly drawing, you’ll still earn the badge, which counts toward the Grand Prize drawing at the end of the year.

Join our Black History Month TED Talk Series

To commemorate Black History Month 2021, AAPLD is proud to offer a series of four thought-provoking TED talks, presented by leading Black authors and historians.

The Black History On Your Own Time series runs through the month of February, and there’s no registration required. To watch a talk, simply click the links below, or go to our online program calendar and select a Friday date in February to find that week’s edition. (You don’t have to watch the talks on Fridays, though).

When you’ve finished watching, answer a couple of questions about the talk to be entered into a drawing to win a copy of  Barack Obama’s new book, “A Promised Land.”

Pulitzer prize-winning author Wilkerson talks about the Great Migration and its influence on society today. The topic of Wilkerson’s best-seller,  “The Warmth of Other Suns,” the Great Migration brought southern Black cuisine, culture, religion, and music to northern cities, and gave rise to a generation that transformed those cities through hard work, and the search for a better life.
Ikard, a professor of African American and Dispora Studies at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, uses the story of Montgomery, Alabama civil rights icon Rosa Parks, to illustrate how Black history is misrepresented and “whitewashed,” and why this harms us all.
The Difference Between Being “Not Racist” and Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi (Friday, Feb. 19) Kendi is a contributor to The Atlantic and CBS News, a Boston College humanities professor, and the author of several best-selling books, including How To Be An Antiracist, published in 2019. In his talk, Kendi defines antiracism, explains how it differs from being “not racist,” and challenges listeners to take the next steps toward building a truly racially just society.


Educator Christina Greer profiles Bayard Rustin, the man who organized the historic 1963 March on Washington. TED-Ed Original lessons feature the words and ideas of educators brought to life by professional animators.