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.


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


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:
National Museum of African American History & Culture

Business resources for entrepreneurial success!

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If you’re a business owner or thinking about starting a business, we have resources for you, available online and in our libraries.

Check out Entrepreneur and Fast Company magazines on Flipster, free with your library card.

Entrepreneur magazine is the trusted source for growing your business and offers surefire strategies for success.

Fast Company magazine is dedicated to reporting about how the “fast companies”; entrepreneurs, and cutting-edge are doing what they do.

Visit https://chescolibraries.org/downloads and scroll to Flipster to sign in with your card.

For more business books, visit our print catalog here.

These eBooks and eAudiobooks are available now. Visit our OverDrive catalog here.

And check out our online, self-paced course on Entrepreneurship from Cisco Networking Academy to help you explore potential career pathways, develop technical mastery, and build critical thinking and problem-solving skills needed to succeed. This course is free and can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection. Get started here.

World Mental Health Day – October 10 – valuable resources for you

Today is World Mental Health Day, observed with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health.

You can learn more from the World Health Organization here and about past World Mental Health Days here.

In addition, the World Health Organization will host, for the first time ever, a global online advocacy event on mental health. World leaders, mental health experts and celebrity guests will join WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, to tell the world what we can all do to improve our mental health and how we can help make sure that quality mental health care is available to everyone who needs it. Learn more about this event here.

Our library system also has many print and digital library resources for you.

In addition, you can access Yoga and Mindfulness magazines on Flipster, free. Visit https://chescolibraries.org/downloads and scroll to Flipster to sign in with your library card.

Celebrate Global Sleep Under the Stars Night with these digital downloads

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Tonight is Global Sleep Under the Stars Night and whether you pitch a tent in your backyard or study the skies from your deck or patio, here are a few astronomical digital titles to help you celebrate:

First on the Moon – The Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Experience by Rod Pyle

Packing for Mars – The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach

The Sun, Stars, and Galaxies – The Solar System by Britannica Educational Publishing


Series Starters – eBooks and eAudiobooks ready to download

If you like book series, we have a whole digital collection of Series Starters in a variety of genres ready for download to your device. Take a look at these selections of fiction, mystery, thriller, romance fantasy and historical fiction and get ready to dig into something new! Here is just a sampling of what we have:

Visit our Series Starters collection here and you’ll be on your way to a great reading weekend!

Biographies – fascinating life histories – available for download today!

Like biographies? These selected life stories are currently available for download as eBooks.

Ansel Adams by Mary Street Alinder

Elizabeth the Queen by Sally Bedell Smith

The First Tycoon by T.J. Stiles

The Good Neighbor by Maxwell King

Mandela by Anthony Sampson

Napoleon by Andrew Roberts

Sonia Sotomayor by Sylvia Mendoza

Steve McQueen by Marc Eliot

Vincent Van Gogh by Jan Greenberg

The Watcher by Jeanette Winter

Looking for something else? Click here to view all currently available biographies.

Sharing recipes on National Chili Dog Day!

Happy National Chili Dog Day! This month’s issue of Taste of Home magazine has two tasty chili dog recipes for you. Why not try out a Detroit Dog or a Chili Coney Dog?

It’s easy to access these recipes in Taste of Home magazine with your library card: Visit https://chescolibraries.org/downloads and scroll to Flipster.

For all you cooks and grillers, check out these other magazines to help you plan your next meal:

And be sure to visit our Backyard Time digital collection – offering these and many more titles for your outdoor dinners!

Sink into a book in celebration of National Hammock Day!

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Today is National Hammock Day and what better time to sink into an eBook or eAudiobook from our digital collection!

Take a look at our current downloadable collections:

Librarian Likes

Library Reads

Just Added

Black Voices

Summer Vibes

Backyard Time

No Holds Audiobooks

No Holds Classic eBooks

Forgotten Favorites

Spanish Language Collection

What’s going to be your next read?

The Address by Fiona Davis – eBook and eAudiobook available for download

Borrow the eBook and eAudiobook

From the author of The Dollhouse and The Masterpiece comes the compelling national bestselling novel about the thin lines between love and loss, success and ruin, passion and madness, all hidden behind the walls of The Dakota—New York City’s most famous residence.

What’s it about?

When a chance encounter with Theodore Camden, one of the architects of the grand New York apartment house the Dakota, leads to a job offer for Sara Smythe, her world is suddenly awash in possibility—no mean feat for a servant in 1884. The opportunity to move to America. The opportunity to be the female manager of the Dakota. And the opportunity to see more of Theo, who understands Sara like no one else…and is living in the Dakota with his wife and three young children.

One hundred years later, Bailey Camden is desperate for new opportunities: Fresh out of rehab, the former interior designer is homeless, jobless, and penniless. Bailey’s grandfather was the ward of famed architect Theodore Camden, yet Bailey won’t see a dime of the Camden family’s substantial estate; instead, her “cousin” Melinda—Camden’s biological great-granddaughter—will inherit almost everything. So when Melinda offers to let Bailey oversee the renovation of her lavish Dakota apartment, Bailey jumps at the chance, despite her dislike of Melinda’s vision. The renovation will take away all the character of the apartment Theodore Camden himself lived in…and died in, after suffering multiple stab wounds by a former Dakota employee who had previously spent seven months in an insane asylum—a madwoman named Sara Smythe.

A century apart, Sara and Bailey are both tempted by and struggle against the golden excess of their respective ages—for Sara, the opulence of a world ruled by the Astors and Vanderbilts; for Bailey, the nightlife’s free-flowing drinks and cocaine—and take refuge in the Upper West Side’s gilded fortress. But a building with a history as rich, and often as tragic, as the Dakota’s can’t hold its secrets forever, and what Bailey discovers inside could turn everything she thought she knew about Theodore Camden—and the woman who killed him—on its head.

Copies of the eBook and eAudiobook are available for download now!