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LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: brown girl dreaming

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brown girl dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Winner of National Book Award, Coretta Scott King Award, Newbery Honor, Sibert Honor

"Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child's soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson’s eloquent poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become."

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Library Annex Open in E111

The Library Media Resources Center is pleased to announce today's opening of E-111 as the Library Annex.

The Library Annex provides LaGuardia students, faculty and staff with research and information services, extra seating, and access to a small bank of computers. Students are also able to use their wireless devices.

The Library Annex hours are: Monday-Thursday, 9AM-7PM and Fridays, 9AM-5PM. Stop in and say hello!

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LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Black Against Empire

cover of ''Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party''

Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party Joshua Bloom and Waldo Martin

"In Oakland, California, in 1966, community college students Bobby Seale and Huey Newton armed themselves, began patrolling the police, and promised to prevent police brutality. Unlike the Civil Rights Movement that called for full citizenship rights for blacks within the U.S., the Black Panther Party rejected the legitimacy of the U.S. government and positioned itself as part of a global struggle against American imperialism. In the face of intense repression, the Party flourished, becoming the center of a revolutionary movement with offices in 68 U.S. cities and powerful allies around the world.

Black against Empire is the first comprehensive overview and analysis of the history and politics of the Black Panther Party. The authors analyze key political questions, such as why so many young black people across the country risked their lives for the revolution, why the Party grew most rapidly during the height of repression, and why allies abandoned the Party at its peak of influence. Bold, engrossing, and richly detailed, this book cuts through the mythology and obfuscation, revealing the political dynamics that drove the explosive growth of this revolutionary movement, and its disastrous unraveling. Informed by twelve years of meticulous archival research, as well as familiarity with most of the former Party leadership and many rank-and-file members, this book is the definitive history of one of the greatest challenges ever posed to American state power."

from the publisher’s website

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