We are halfway through April already, and there has been so much going on this month! First off, have you gotten your COVID19 vaccine? If you’re interested, the library has a sign up station just beyond the entryway if you’d like to sign up when you stop in or use this link here to get started. You may have to wait a little bit to be contacted to schedule your appointment, but they will contact you. Many of the pharmacies in Grand Traverse County also have the vaccine, so sign up wherever you like. Just make sure to let the other list(s) know when you don’t need a spot anymore. The CDC reminds us, “We’re still learning how vaccines will affect the spread of COVID-19. After you’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you should keep taking precautions—like wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces—in public places until we know more.”
Now onto the fun stuff!
This month, readers, you get a short, easy read with easy links to place your holds, but I also have a challenge for you. After you’ve gotten your book and read it, talk to someone you know about what you read. A coworker, friend, or family member (or librarian!). Tell them what you read and which readers would really love the book (is it you? Is it your friend?). Then, ask them what they’ve been reading.
Award winning and otherwise great reads to celebrate Arab American Heritage Month:
- When We Were Arabs by Massoud Hayoun
- A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum* (Please see the asterisk note below.)
- The Other Americans by Laila Lalami (for Books & Brewskis Book Club)
- Sissy by Jacob Tobia (for Queer Tales Book Club)
- Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmad Saadawi
- I Was Their American Dream by Malaka Gharib
- Theory of Birds by Zaina Alsous
For poetry fans and poets, you have a couple ways to celebrate National Poetry Month too! The Arab American Museum (which is where the cool looking graphic at the top came from) will also be hosting an Open Mic Night on their Facebook page. Locally, we have Poets’ Night Out, and they made such great accommodations for poets around the pandemic. We hope you join us on April 28th for Poets’ Year In with guest host and local poet, Teresa Scollon(!!!!!).
The Main Branch currently has a robust display of books by and about Arab Americans next to the second floor Reference Desk. When you’re in picking up your holds, take a look to make sure you don’t miss out on your next favorite book.
*This title gave me pause because of all the attacks on trans people recently (and historically), but based on the summary, this book isn’t about trans people at all. Instead, the author is specifically talking about her experience as a cis woman of color experiencing racist and misogynistic restrictions in her life. Here is a guide for more info on transphobia, and even if this is the first you’re hearing of it, please scroll down to their section about being a supportive ally.