Black History Month: the Seattle Black Panther Party display at the Douglass-Truth Library

-posted by Kelli K.

Black Panther display at Douglass-Truth LibraryThe Douglass-Truth Library is hosting an outstanding exhibit in honor of African American History Month: the history of Seattle’s Black Panther Party. Full of photographs, copies of the Black Panther Newspaper, books, and even a black leather jacket and black beret, it visually illustrates the views and impact of the Black Panthers in Seattle’s civil rights struggles of the 1960s and 1970s.

Making the exhibit possible are: the Black Heritage Society of Washington, the Northwest African American Museum, Gordon Jackins for his recent donation of Black Panther Newspaper issues to the Black Heritage Society, E. Toliver Jr. for his donation of the black leather jacket and beret to the exhibit, and Stephanie Johnson, who spent two days setting up the display with a family of three who volunteered to help her.

In conjunction with this exhibit is the film, Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, which is showing at the Central Library, Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 6:30 – 9 pm.

For more information, here’s a selection of the items Seattle Public Library has about the Black Panther Party:

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Up Against the Wall: Violence in the Making and Unmaking of the Black Panther Party

 

 

 
Framing the Black Panthers cover imageFraming the Black Panthers: the Spectacular Rise of a Black Power Icon

We Want Freedom: A Life in the Black Panther Party

 

Shadow of the Panther cover imageShadow of the Panther: Huey Newton and the Price of Black Power in America

Nine Lives of a Black Panther: A Story of Survival

 

Panther Baby cover imagePanther Baby: A Life of Rebellion and Reinvention

Will You Die With Me? My Life and the Black Panther Party
A great online source, available through Seattle Public Library’s Local History link, is The Pacific Northwest Labor & Civil Rights Project. There you can find the Seattle Civil Rights Project, which has a special section on the Seattle Black Panther Party.

Black Panther display at Douglass-Truth Library

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City Council Reads – Tim Burgess, Citywide Position

The Seattle City Council was sworn in last month, and we here at ShelfTalk thought asking them about books would be a great way to learn more about our councilmembers. We asked them to tell us about books they’ve read (or almost read), books they want to read, books that inspired them, books they feel guilty about not finishing, or books that they think people should read. We’ll feature their responses as we receive them. Next up is Councilmember Tim Burgess

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The last book you read

While the City Slept by Eli Sanders. A gripping account of the 2009 South Park attacks and how we fail to meet the needs of mentally ill people.

A book that you often recommend to other people

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson. This is a powerful account from a lawyer who represents prisoners on death row in the American south. If you wonder about the relationship between the police and African Americans, read this book!

A book that you’re looking forward to reading next

Too High & Too Steep by David Williams. The story of how the early founders of Seattle dramatically changed the city’s landscape.

 

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Date Yourself with a Comic Book (or Three)

~posted by Micah K.

One of my favorite ways to treat myself is to curl up in bed with my dog, a nice cup of tea, some chocolate, and a graphic novel. Or if I’m itching to get out of the house, I’ll take one of these quick reads to one of my neighborhood’s pubs to enjoy some light reading over a beverage and basket of fries. With all of February’s dreariness, I thought I would share some of the graphic novels I have enjoyed most this winter, so you can treat yourself with one of these reads.

Alex and AdaAlex + Ada, Volume 1 by Sarah Vaughn and Jonathan Luna

What would you do if your grandma gifted you a realistic robot? Keep it, return it, fall in love with it? In this adult comic, Alex grapples with those questions and his own feelings about artificial intelligence. And if you can’t get enough, SPL owns Volume 2 and Volume 3. Continue reading

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City Council Reads – Mike O’Brien, District 6

The Seattle City Council was sworn in last month, and we here at ShelfTalk thought asking them about books would be a great way to learn more about our councilmembers. We asked them to tell us about books they’ve read (or almost read), books they want to read, books that inspired them, books they feel guilty about not finishing, or books that they think people should read. We’ll feature their responses as we receive them. Next up is Councilmember Mike O’Brien for District 6.

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IntheCountry2The last book you read

I am currently reading Mia Alvar’s In The Country: Stories.  The short stories have been amazing so far, each very different, but all touching on different aspects of the vast Filipino diaspora.  I am in awe of how the author can describe in such vivid detail so many different life experiences.  Each story I feel must be autobiographic, but there is no way a single person could have these vastly different experiences.

A book that you often recommend to other people

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What to Eat with your Beer for the Super Bowl

~posted by Frank

It’s Super Bowl weekend. If you’re a football fan, it’s time to grab a beer and settle in for the game. If you’re a Seahawks fan, you may want to drown your sorrows in a beer. If you’re not a football fan, what better way to pass the time than with a beer? Here are six books that elevate beer as a sophisticated drink to pair with food. Continue reading

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City Council Reads – Rob Johnson, District 4

The Seattle City Council was sworn in last month, and we here at ShelfTalk thought asking them about books would be a great way to learn more about our councilmembers. We asked them to tell us about books they’ve read (or almost read), books they want to read, books that inspired them, books they feel guilty about not finishing, or books that they think people should read. We’ll feature their responses as we receive them. First up is Councilmember Rob Johnson from District 4. 

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The last book(s) you read

Our Man in HavanaThe GoldfinchAll the Light We Cannot see Continue reading

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Read Globally in 2016

-posted by Diane C.

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For the Global Reading Challenge–the acclaimed reading program done in partnership with many Seattle Public Schools’ fourth & fifth graders–the selection of ten titles each year is the most sacred of undertakings. There is a fine balance that needs to be considered for kids’ interest, readability, and multicultural subject matter. Every year, when the titles are revealed with much fanfare in the schools, the enthusiasm is the same: “Great books!” the teachers and librarians and kids exclaim. Continue reading

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