As businesses, restaurants, and entertainment venues slowly begin to reopen I’d like to take this opportunity to let you know how happy we are to be back to work and able to offer curbside pickup to all of our patrons at this time. We hope to be able to see you in the library at some point soon but until then, please keep reserving those books and stopping by to pick them up and say hello! Our Reference Department is on call to help with any questions, concerns or program inquiries. And as museums are starting to reopen, we are ramping up our Museum Pass program again.
In the meantime, I was excited to read about a nationwide digital reading program that can keep us all engaged. Starting on September 14th through September 28th, libraries across the country who subscribe to OverDrive, as we do, will have unlimited digital copies of the book pick, Book of the Little Axe available for you to read online and discuss, either on social media (at the hashtag above or Facebook), or, if we have enough interest, right here at the North Castle Public Library.
A little bit about the book…
Ambitious and masterfully wrought, Lauren Francis-Sharma’s Book of the Little Axe is an incredible journey, spanning decades and oceans from Trinidad to the American West during the tumultuous days of warring colonial powers and westward expansion.
In 1796 Trinidad, young Rosa Rendón quietly but purposefully rebels against the life others expect her to lead. Bright, competitive, and opinionated, Rosa sees no reason she should learn to cook and keep house, for it is obvious her talents lie in running the farm she, alone, views as her birthright. But when her homeland changes from Spanish to British rule, it becomes increasingly unclear whether its free black property owners—Rosa’s family among them—will be allowed to keep their assets, their land, and ultimately, their freedom.
By 1830, Rosa is living among the Crow Nation in Bighorn, Montana with her children and her husband, Edward Rose, a Crow chief. Her son Victor is of the age where he must seek his vision and become a man. But his path forward is blocked by secrets Rosa has kept from him. So Rosa must take him to where his story began and, in turn, retrace her own roots, acknowledging along the way, the painful events that forced her from the middle of an ocean to the rugged terrain of a far-away land.
I hope you will consider joining this national reading endeavor and I also hope you will enjoy the book. Feel free to leave comments or questions below and, as I said, if we have enough interest we can organize a digital book chat to discuss the book.
The Libraries Transform Book Pick is a collaboration between:
Booklist, the book-review magazine of the American Library Association
Libraries Transform, the American Library Association’s public awareness initiative
and OverDrive, lead sponsor of the ALA Library Champions program, whose generous support of Libraries Transform makes the Book Pick possible.