Celebrating Juneteenth

On Saturday, June 19, Americans across the country will celebrate the end of slavery.

What is the history of this observance, which is separate from the Emancipation Proclamation? Juneteenth is a day of observance, celebrating Black freedom and culture. On Thursday, June 17, 2021, President Joe Biden signed legislation into law declaring Juneteenth a federal holiday and naming it Juneteenth National Independence Day.

The end of slavery began on January 1, 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, but in many states, news traveled slowly and Black Americans were not immediately freed. This was especially true in Texas, the most distant state.

Juneteenth refers to June 19, 1865, when General Gordon Granger, from the Union army, arrived in Galveston, Texas and demanded that enslaved Blacks be set free. Upon hearing the news, Black Americans celebrated their freedom and new rights, including buying land. Slavery was officially abolished on January 31, 1865 when the 13th Amendment was ratified.

To help you learn more about racial justice, here are selected lists of fiction and nonfiction, linked to our print and digital catalogs.

FICTION

Beloved by Toni Morrison: print, large type, book on CD, eBook, eAudiobook
Conjure Women by Afia Atakora: print, large type, eBook, eAudiobook
Dear Martin by Nic Stone: print, book on CD, eBook, eAudiobook
Hell of a Book by Jason Mott: print, large type
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi: print, large type, book on CD, eBook, eAudiobook
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison: print, book on CD, eBook, eAudiobook
Juneteenth by Ralph Ellison: print, eAudiobook
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead: print, large type, book on CD, eBook, eAudiobook
The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates: print, large type, book on CD, eBook, eAudiobook


NONFICTION

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates: print, large type, book on CD, eBook, eAudiobook
Caste by Isabel Wilkerson print, large type, book on CD, eBook, eAudiobook
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin: print, eBook, eAudiobook
Four Hundred Souls by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain: print, large type, audiobook player, eBook, eAudiobook
The Home Place by J. Drew Lanham: print, Book Club in a Bag, eBook, eAudiobook
Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall: print, eBook, eAudiobook
How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi: print, large type, book on CD, eBook, eAudiobook
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou: print, book on CD, audiobook player, eBook, eAudiobook
I’m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown: print, eBook, eAudiobook
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson: print, book on CD, eBook, eAudiobook, YA eAudiobook, DVD, Blu-Ray DVD
A Little Devil in America by Hanif Abdurraqib: print, eBook
A Mighty Long Way by Carlotta Walls LaNier and Lisa Frazier Page: print, eBook
The Purpose of Power by Alicia Garza: print, eBook
Stony the Road by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: print, eAudiobook
The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson: print, book on CD, audiobook player, eBook


Looking for more? Visit our Black Voices digital collection here.

For print, books on CD, and DVDs, try these keyword searches:
Black independence
End of slavery
Black freedom
Black lives matter
Juneteenth (in Children’s Collections)
Juneteenth (in Adult Book Collections)


You can learn more about Juneteenth at these websites:
Juneteenth.com
National Museum of African American History & Culture
Wikipedia

Virtual Program: July Adult Book Groups

We are holding our existing adult book groups as virtual programs. Please see our July titles and dates below. These groups are all being held online via Zoom.  We are requiring registration for these online book groups in order to send out the Zoom meeting information. Click on the date below to register. Information on our adult book groups can also be found on our website: http://bit.ly/chescolibs-bookgroups

Evening Book Group
Monday, July 12, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane

Comics Unbound Group
Monday, July 19, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Long Way Down: The Graphic Novel by Jason Reynolds and Danica Novgorodoff

Afternoon Book Group
Wednesday, July 21, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
The Yellow House by Sarah Broom

The Page Turners Book Group and the Whodunits Book Group will return in September.

Registration is required for all book groups. Registration will close at least 2 hours prior to the scheduled start time of the book group. A Zoom link will be emailed to registrants 2 hours before the book group starts.  Make sure to check the email address you registered with to receive the link.  You do not need a Zoom account to attend the virtual book group.

These programs support the PA Forward Civic and Social Literacy Initiative.

Virtual Program: June Adult Book Groups

We are holding our existing adult book groups as virtual programs. Please see our June titles and dates below. These groups are all being held online via Zoom.  We are requiring registration for these online book groups in order to send out the Zoom meeting information. Click on the date below to register. Information on our adult book groups can also be found on our website: http://bit.ly/chescolibs-bookgroups

Evening Book Group
Monday, June 7, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Page Turners Book Group
Thursday, June 10, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

Whodunits Book Group
Wednesday, June 16, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The Lost Man by Jane Harper

Afternoon Book Group
Wednesday, June 16, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner

Comics Unbound Group
Monday, June 21, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
The Adventure Zone Vol 1. Here There Be Gerblins by Clint McElroy

Registration is required for all book groups. Registration will close at least 2 hours prior to the scheduled start time of the book group. A Zoom link will be emailed to registrants 2 hours before the book group starts.  Make sure to check the email address you registered with to receive the link.  You do not need a Zoom account to attend the virtual book group.

These programs support the PA Forward Civic and Social Literacy Initiative.

Virtual Program: May Adult Book Groups

We are holding our existing adult book groups as virtual programs. Please see our May titles and dates below. These groups are all being held online via Zoom.  We are requiring registration for these online book groups in order to send out the Zoom meeting information. Click on the date below to register. Information on our adult book groups can also be found on our website: http://bit.ly/chescolibs-bookgroups

Evening Book Group
Monday, May 3, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Virgil Wander by Leif Enger

Whodunits Book Group
Wednesday, May 12, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth

Page Turners Book Group
Thursday, May 13, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

Comics Unbound Group
Monday, May 17, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang

Afternoon Book Group
Wednesday, May 19, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Registration is required for all book groups. Registration will close at least 2 hours prior to the scheduled start time of the book group. A Zoom link will be emailed to registrants 2 hours before the book group starts.  Make sure to check the email address you registered with to receive the link.  You do not need a Zoom account to attend the virtual book group.

These programs support the PA Forward Civic and Social Literacy Initiative.

Virtual Program: April Adult Book Groups

We are holding our existing adult book groups as virtual programs. Please see our April titles and dates below. These groups are all being held online via Zoom.  We are requiring registration for these online book groups in order to send out the Zoom meeting information. Click on the date below to register. Information on our adult book groups can also be found on our website: http://bit.ly/chescolibs-bookgroups

Evening Book Group
Monday, April 5, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
When We Were Vikings by Andrew MacDonald

Page Turners Book Group
Thursday, April 8, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

Comics Unbound Group
Monday, April 19, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Check Please! Book 1 #Hockey by Ngozi Ukazu

Whodunits Book Group
Wednesday, April 21, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt

Afternoon Book Group
Wednesday, April 21, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi

Registration is required for all book groups. Registration will close at least 2 hours prior to the scheduled start time of the book group. A Zoom link will be emailed to registrants 2 hours before the book group starts.  Make sure to check the email address you registered with to receive the link.  You do not need a Zoom account to attend the virtual book group.

These programs support the PA Forward Civic and Social Literacy Initiative.


TED Talks discussion on creativity and resilience via Zoom on Tuesday, March 23

Join us on Tuesday, March 23 at 3:00 pm via Zoom for a community discussion of TED Talks on creativity and resilience.

This month’s talks are: “Your Elusive Creative Genius” by Elizabeth Gilbert, “How Craving Attention Makes You Less Creative” by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, “How to Build Your Creative Confidence” by David Kelley, and “My Year of Saying Yes to Everything” by Shonda Rhimes. Watch these videos at ted.com and bring your thoughts to share!

Haven’t heard of TED Talks before? TED Talks are “short, powerful talks…that cover almost all topics – from science to business to global issues – in more than 110 languages.” TED is a nonprofit with a “global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. [TED] believes passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world.”

Registration is required. This program supports PA Forward Civic and Social Literacy.

Virtual Program: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary: Raptors by Day, Raptors by Night

Join us for Hawk Mountain Sanctuary: Raptors by Day, Raptors by Night, Wednesday, March 24, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

A Hawk Mountain Sanctuary educator will discuss HMS history, raptor identification and migration information.  Compare the characteristics of daytime and nighttime raptors; discover the specific adaptations that make them successful. Meet a live education raptor up-close.

Please register for the program: Wednesday, March 24, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Registration is required. Registration will close 2 hours prior to the scheduled start time of the event. A Zoom link will be emailed to registrants 2 hours before the program starts.  Make sure to check the email address you registered with to receive the link.  You do not need a Zoom account to attend the virtual program.

This program supports the PA Forward Civic and Social Literacy Initiative.

Hankin Whodunits to meet via Zoom Wednesday, March 17

The Hankin Whodunits Mystery Book Club will meet via Zoom on Wednesday, March 17 at 1 pm to discuss The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

This classic Sherlock Holmes mystery is the third of four crime novels written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and first appeared in 1901 as a serial in The Strand Magazine.

In this story, wealthy landowner Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead in the parkland surrounding his manor. It seems he died of a heart attack, but the footprints of a huge dog are found near his body, and Holmes must unravel the mystery and ensure the safety of Baskerville’s heir amid rumors of an other-worldly creature haunting the moor – an enormous hound with glowing eyes and jaw.

Registration is required. Copies are on reserve at the Henrietta Hankin Branch. Or visit our catalog here to place a hold in print, large type, CD and DVD formats. Click here to reserve eBook and eAudiobook formats.

This program supports PA Forward Civic and Social Literacy.

Virtual Program: March Adult Book Groups

We are holding our existing adult book groups as virtual programs. Please see our March titles and dates below. These groups are all being held online via Zoom.  We are requiring registration for these online book groups in order to send out the Zoom meeting information. Click on the date below to register. Information on our adult book groups can also be found on our website: http://bit.ly/chescolibs-bookgroups

Evening Book Group
Monday, March 1, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Educated by Tara Westover

Page Turners Book Group
Thursday, March 11, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The Innocent Man by John Grisham

Comics Unbound Group
Monday, March 15, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Dancing at the Pity Party by Tyler Feder

Whodunits Book Group
Wednesday, March 17, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle

Afternoon Book Group
Wednesday, March 17, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
The Library Book by Susan Orlean

Registration is required for all book groups. Registration will close at least 2 hours prior to the scheduled start time of the book group. A Zoom link will be emailed to registrants 2 hours before the book group starts.  Make sure to check the email address you registered with to receive the link.  You do not need a Zoom account to attend the virtual book group.

These programs support the PA Forward Civic and Social Literacy Initiative.