The Asian American Community is too, America

In light of news reports of increased anti-Asian American violence, our Big Read team can’t help but reflect back on our 2017 Big Read program with Julia Otsuka’s When the Emperor Was Divine and the powerful discussions we had about prejudice and discrimination both in our nation’s past and present. Along with Otsuka’s book and […]

Documentary Recommendations you Should Listen to During Black History Month

Previously this month we released a list of books and podcasts you should read during Black History Month, but maybe books and podcasts aren’t your thing. If they are not, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Check out these documentary recommendations provided by Hope College’s Black Student Union. 13th Filmmaker Ava DuVernay explores the history […]

Podcast Recommendations you Should Listen to During Black History Month

Since coming to college, I have driven back and forth from Chicago and Hope countless times. After hours of listening to music, the words eventually blend together and the music becomes as monotonous as the road ahead of me. Lately, when my music becomes background noise, I switch over to podcasts. Not only can you […]

More Books you should read during Black History Month

As we prepare for Kwame Alexander’s virtual visit to Hope College at the end of the month, I encourage you to continue to read our AARI recommended texts. Today, we’re thrilled to share even more book recommendations from our friends in the Black Student Union at Hope College.  The Vignes twin sisters will always be […]

Poetry all around us: Inauguration poem

Poetry is all around us. We see it in television shows, greeting cards, and every four years at the Presidential Inauguration. This year Amanda Gorman, youth poet laureate, read her poem at the Inauguration ceremony held earlier this month. Don’t forget Kwame Alexander’s event: “Light for the World to See” coming up on February 26 […]

Little Read Event: Angela Dominguez at Herrick District Library

November 14, 2020 1:00 PM  Angela Dominguez: Illustrating Galapagos Girl Herrick District Library Join us for a very special virtual presentation with Angela Dominguez, illustrator of The Little Read book “Galápagos Girl”, and author and illustrator of “Maria Had a Little Llama (María Tenía Una Llamita)”, “Sing, Don’t Cry”, “Stella Diaz Has Something to Say”, […]

Mark Your Calander! Ross Richardson is coming virtually to Herrick District Library

November 13, 2020 5:00 PM  Marine Biologist: Ben Kamphuis  Herrick District Library Journey to the waters of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Northern Lake Michigan and join author and shipwreck hunter Ross Richardson in exploring the histories and mysteries of the Manitou Passage, one of the deadliest areas on the great lakes. An […]

NEA Big Read Kick-Off Announcement

In this kickoff address, Dr. Fred Johnson III will explore the historical context of the sinking of the Essex in 1820. In doing so, he will reflect on those who have told our nation’s history, those who are telling our history, and those whose histories have been left out.