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This month's BCPL's Reading Challenge is read a book that was banned at some point. Here are some of our suggestions. Select any title to learn more or to request a copy. You can participate in BCPL's Reading Challenge with the help of a parent or guardian on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #Bwellread to earn prizes at the end of each month!

 

 BCPL Reading Challenge 2017 In Partnership with WBALTV

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Model Behavior

posted by: August 30, 2017 - 7:00am

Cover Art for Bored and Brilliant Manoush Zomorodi, host of the popular Note to Self podcast, started an experiment back in 2015 to get her listeners to disconnect. The fascinating result is her debut book Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive & Creative Self. As our society finds itself further and further engaged in its devices, the author came to a realization. So caught in the slipstream of the now, we no longer have or take the time to create or invent, and a lack of learning from our pasts and planning for our futures. Her six-step plan to connect with each other, rather than with our phones, tablets, etc., may require some readers to adjust, but it is largely feasible. Who knew that boredom would become a virtue?
 

Meanwhile, acclaimed neuroscientist Gregory Berns has taken on a longstanding issue that generations have Cover Art for What It's Like to be a Dog wanted to understand. In his book What It's Like to Be a Dog, Berns unlocks some of the clues to animal behavior, including self-control, their value systems and their actual understanding of human speech. In order to decode how our canine cousins think, the author taught dogs to go into an MRI scanner completely awake. Just like people, these brain scans showed that dogs are individuals, with various capacities, strengths and weaknesses. Berns continues his studies with looks at other animals as well, including sea lions and dolphins. Fascinating and groundbreaking, this is a book that gives us new insight about our animal companions and our relationships with them.
 


 
 

Defining Moments in Black History

posted by: August 28, 2017 - 7:00am

Cover Art for Defining Moments in Black History: Reading Between the Lies This month, we lost a pioneer of African American culture with the passing of Dick Gregory (October 12, 1932 to August 19, 2017). Married for many years and the father of 10 children, Gregory most recently lived in Washington, D.C.
 

Gregory was a lifelong civil rights activist, taboo-breaking comedian and a prolific writer. His newest book, Defining Moments in Black History: Reading Between the Lies will be published in September by Harper Collins.
 

Gregory’s collection of writings takes into account his own personal relationships with civil rights luminaries such as Medgar Evers and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but his knowledge doesn’t just live in the history books. Quotes and riffs include things as current in our pop culture such as the movie Get Out
 

His essays continue along that vein, mining the place in the world where history and popular culture merge to give us a view of our world as we may (or may not) know it today, depending on our own points of view. The essays crackle in Gregory’s voice, a combination of serious, smart and conspiratorial. An audiobook is planned; let’s hope that it is complete so we can hear this voice one last time.
 

Defining Moments in Black History is due out September 19. You can place your hold now.


 
 

Inspirational Memoirs

posted by: August 23, 2017 - 7:00am

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A Stone of Hope by Jim St. Germain 

Jim St. Germain tells the story of how a rehabilitation program saved him in A Stone of Hope: A Memoir. St. Germain recounts his struggles with poverty, drugs, violence and crime as he grew up in Haiti and New York, and how he was lucky enough to be given the chance to turn his life around. Prepare to be challenged and inspired.

 

Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8 by Nakoki Higashida 

Naoki Higashida offers readers insight into his life in his new memoir Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8: A Young Man’s Voice From the Silence of Autism. Translated by KA Yoshida, the book shares stories from Higashida’s school days, family life and challenges. A unique and powerful look into living with autism. 

 

Reading with Patrick by Michell Kuo 

In Reading with Patrick: A Teacher, a Student and a Life-Changing Friendship, Michelle Kuo tackles education, justice, poverty, race and more. She recalls her experience teaching in rural Arkansas and then later returning to help one of her students after he is arrested for murder.


 
 

Women in Tech Books

posted by: August 22, 2017 - 2:08pm

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Crash Override by Zoe Quinn
Video game designer Quinn recounts her experiences as the original target of the online harassment campaign known as Gamergate. She provides an insider’s view and practical advice for preventing, as well as responding to, online attacks garnered from her own experiences as a victim and her subsequent work helping others via Crash Override, her online abuse crisis network. Useful and important information for all users of social media.

 

Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change by Ellen Pao
Ellen Pao details her experiences from venture capitalist to CEO of Reddit to whistleblower, calling out bias and discrimination against women in the tech industry. In her book, she sheds light on the issues of discrimination that still plague the modern workplace and offers practical and achievable goals for a better, more inclusive, future.

 

Life in Code: A Personal History of Technology by Ellen Ullman
A fascinating first-hand account of the digital revolution by computer pioneer Ullman. These essays are filled with trenchant observations, philosophical meanderings and big-picture analysis of the tech industry, as well as the more quotidian aspects and anecdotes of being a woman in the computer industry.


 
 

Kanopy

posted by: August 21, 2017 - 7:00am

Kanopy Have you tried our new streaming movie service Kanopy yet? 

 

Maybe you have, but you’ve been overwhelmed by where to start? After all, with almost 30,000 movies and classes to choose from, it can be tough to pick. Then you should follow Kanopy on Facebook. It can tell you what movies show up in lists like Wired UK’s Best Documentaries. It can share things that have won film festivals, and it will even curate a list of films that reflect current events, such as its current list, United Against Hate

 

If you’ve already checked it out, let us know what you like in the comments! 


 
 

 

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Artemis by Andy Weir 

With over 3.5 million copies of his bestselling debut The Martian in print, following that up will be no small task  but Weir seems up to the challenge. Artemis is a heist story set in a city on the Moon with the story and technology very much set in the real world. It's sure to be enjoyed by science fiction and non-science fiction readers alike.  

 

Autonomous by Annalee Newitz 

Newitz is the founder of io9, a popular science and sci-fi blog, and the former editor-in-chief of Gizmodo. Her eagerly anticipated debut features a swashbuckling pharmaceutical pirate and a robot who fall in love while racing to end a drug epidemic. Is freedom possible in a culture where everything, even people, can be owned?

Salt Line by Holly Goddard Jones  

A literary dystopian novel where the United States’ borders have receded behind a salt line that protects its citizens from deadly disease carrying ticks. Few venture outside of the safe zone, except for those willing to pay a fortune to see what is left of nature. The novel follows one of those groups on an adventure outside the border and at the center of a murderous plot.
 


 
 

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