Friday, February 25, 2011

Top 10 Black History Books

Booklist, published by the American Library Association, publishes book critiques. Every year it comes up with lists of the best, the best young adult fiction, the best science nonfiction, the best graphic novels for teens, etc. This year they have once again published some lists for Black History Month.

Top 10 Black History Nonfiction,

Top 10 Black History Books for Youth

Top 10 Black History Audio

Reviewers have pulled out some of the more interesting books to highlight this year. From the Story behind the Story on a poetic exploration of a more famous slave revolt, the Amistad mutiny (Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels, by Kevin Young) to the 400-year history of Harlem, biographies of Ethel Waters and Ice-T, and much more.

If you are looking for something new to read this month, we encourage you to check the booklists. Since Booklist is a subscription online journal, many of the reviews will not be available for free but the booklists are available.

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Tax Season

The government is encouraging filing electronically even stronger this year by not mailing out the print forms to anyone. If you want to mail your tax return instead of electronically filing it, your local public library may be nearest place to get the forms if you don’t have access to the internet and a printer. Many public libraries have ordered and kept the forms the last few years because the post offices have stopped carrying them. It is becoming a bigger burden to libraries as the government gives fewer services. Senior citizens especially have a harder time complying with the electronic filing when many of them do not use computers. Others have given up their internet access at home as they have lost jobs and scaled back on expenses. They come to the library to find the tax forms, print them from the internet, or file their taxes.

Tax Return Deadline: April 18, 2011
For more information:

To print copies of forms:

Free File through the IRS website:,,id=118986,00.html?portlet=6

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Celebrate Black History Month

"The vast tapestry of African and African-American history forms an intricate design, weaving together good and evil, freedom and slavery, justice and repression.  It is a history that has touched that of almost every major civilization since the begining of recorded time."

Thus begins the introduction to The Encyclopedia of African American Heritage.  This book is fun to just skim, reading about Lalibela, the Ethiopian King, York (1770-c.1832) who was a member of the Lewis & Clark expedition, or the inventor, Elijah McCoy.  Have you ever wondered about the phrase, "The real McCoy"?  It came from Elijah McCoy.

The best part of this book is that it is available online through NetLibrary. You can look it up through the UNT Dallas catalog or in NetLibrary through the electronic resources.  NetLibrary has a search field that will search the book for specific individuals or other key words.  Do you want to find an inventor or a scientist? or maybe who invented the gas mask?  Use a key word search to search the entire book.

Celebrate Black History Month by learning more about the men and women who made a difference.