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A periodically rotating display of books in the BC Libraries collection, by theme.

Outsmart the Misinfo Trap

"Outsmart the Misinfo Trap" title superimposed on dramatic image of protesters attacking the US Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021

As the web and social media have come to dominate a world of information that used to be mediated--by book and periodical publisher and television and radio broadcasters--we're all faced with a world of information full of voices that were once muted by gatekeepers. On the one hand, it's more democratic; on the other, it's overwhelming, chaotic, and replete with people taking advantage of our trust. It's the Wild West. Adapting to this overwhelming torrent of information, misinformation, and disinformation is hard. Our old strategies for sorting the good from the bad--adapted for a world in which a lot of our information was pre-filtered--no longer work. How can we ensure that we discard disinformation and misinformation? How do we ensure the information we're finding is based on solid evidence and reason? Here are some titles that might help.

The Right to Vote: A Fight for All Americans

As the United States votes this year in a time of crisis, we also honor the centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment’s ratification. How far have we come in the last 100 years and since the Voting Rights Act of 1965? How must we fight today to ensure all Americans can exercise their right to vote and be counted? What lessons will we learn from the 2020 election? The books showcased here illustrate our progress and failures since the 19th Amendment and propose ways we can fix our voting system.

Halloween Picks!

Halloween, also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows' Eve, or All Saints' Eve, is a celebration observed on October 31st. It begins the observance of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed. One theory holds that Halloween traditions may have been influenced by Celtic harvest festivals, particularly the Gaelic festival Samhain, which may have had pagan roots; some scholars hold that Samhain may have been Christianized as All Hallow's Day, along with its eve, by the early Church. Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, attending Halloween costume parties, carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, playing pranks, visiting haunted attractions, telling scary stories, as well as watching horror films. In that spirit, the BC Libraries have put together a list of Halloween-inspired stories from around the world.

Boom & Post-Boom: Latin American Literature Since the 1960s

The Latin American Boom was a literary movement in the 1960s and 70s. It originated when the works of predominantly male Latin American authors like Julio Cortázar, Mario Vargas Llosa, José Donoso, Carlos Fuentes, and Gabriel García Márquez became wildly circulated throughout Europe, particularly in Paris and Barcelona. Influenced by Mondernism and the Vanguadia movement, the works of the Boom authors were highly experimental: time was often treated as a nonlinear object; perspectives were juxtaposed by accounts of multiple, and frequently contradicting, voices. reality was oftentimes distorted by the presence of surreal, fantastical elements. Additionally, the works of the Boom authors were deeply influenced by the tempestuous Latin American political landscape of the 1960's, particularly by the Cuban Revolution and the proliferation of military regimes in South America.

The Post-Boom started in the 1980's. It was different from the Boom in many aspects, most notably in that the Post-Boom had a strong presence of female authors. post-Boom authors such as Isabel Allende, Roberto Bolaño, Cristina Peri Rossi, Elena Poniatowska, Severo Sarduy, Manuel Ping, Luisa Valenzuela, and Giannina Braschi, rejected the Boom's experimental approach. Instead, they embraced a simpler, more approachable narrative.

Votes for Women!

This year the United States marks the 19th Amendment's centennial anniversary as the nation prepares to vote in a time of grave crisis. How far have we come in the last 100 years and since the Voting Rights Act of 1965? How should we fight today to ensure all Americans can exercise their right to vote? The books showcased in this exhibit illustrate our progress and failures since the 19th Amendment and propose ways we can fix our voting system.

Pride Month

LGBTQ+ Pride Month is celebrated each year in June to recognize the impact of the Stonewall Riots of 1969. A tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States, they are commemorated each year to recognize the important contributions LGBTQ+ people have had on the world. BC Libraries has put together this virtual e-book display, all of which are available to the BC community. 

The Criminalization of the Black Body and Incarceration

The history of the United States is a history of struggle for civil rights. To the country’s great shame, the early declaration that “all men are created equal” was immediately qualified to exclude more than half of the country’s small population. Even as access to citizenship and the vote expanded, the systems of protection and punishment/rehabilitation implemented have been unevenly enforced. This reading list highlights some of the studies examining that gross inequality of justice along predominately racial lines focusing on the criminalization of blackness across the United States after the Second World War. The list combines a selection of recent studies examining the contemporary system of institutional inequality and its historical development alongside a few of the seminal theoretical works that shaped our current discourse.

Earth Day 50th Anniversary

In observance of the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, BC Libraries has assembled this virtual book display of e-books available through BC Libraries. Browse and enjoy! Find out more about Earth Day 2020.