As the Black Lives Matter movement has gained momentum over the past few weeks, I am doing the same thing that many of you are: I am reading a lot of books in an effort to understand others' perspectives. I found an interesting story in Part of Our Lives: A People's History of the American Public Library.
Young Martin Luther King Jr. liked to play a game with Miss Annie Watters at his local Atlanta Public Library Branch. He would quote 1 line of a poem, and then she would finish the verse. They connected with their appreciation of literature and the power of ideas.
Miss Watters was instrumental in helping Martin learn about the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. He was a 15-year-old college freshman who couldn't check out adult non-fiction due to library policy at the time. Miss Watters created a library card for his father and then let Martin use it. He checked out every book by Gandhi in the library. Those books profoundly changed Martin’s philosophy, which laid the groundwork for non-violent protests throughout the Civil Rights movement.
As a community, you have been requesting books on anti-racism, and we have responded by ordering dozens of titles. Following the example of librarians like Miss Watters, we are working to promote understanding by providing access to anti-racism materials for everyone who wants to read them.
Keep reading and making the world a better place!
Casandria Crane, Library Director
EVENTS THIS MONTH
Fractured Fairy Tales in the Park Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 10 am Join Miss Erin, Miss Lori, & Miss Kelsey for a fun (and socially distant) storytime in the park! Tuesdays June 30-July 28 at Robinson Park Wednesday July 8 at Evergreen Park Wednesday July 15 at Rotary Park Wednesday July 22 at Quail Cove
Aware AF (Virtual): Healthy Relationships and Conflict Resolution Thursday, July 16 at 6:00 pm Therapist Kenneth Jeppeson will discuss Healthy Relationships and Conflict Resolution. Once registered, you will receive an emailed link to the Zoom meeting. For Teens & Adults
Hopeful AF (Virtual): Living with Mental Illness and Hope Thursday, July 30 at 6:00 pm Best-selling author Jared Garrett will talk with us about finding hope, despite the effects of trauma or mental illness in your life. Once registered, you will receive an emailed link to the Zoom meeting. For Teens & Adults
The Learning Center is offering free virtual reading & math tutoring!
The next session is July 16 - August 6. Children attend virtually twice a week for 30 minutes. Please call the Learning Center at 801-492-3593 for information and to register your child.
We are pleased to continue our fine forgiveness program in July with
Food for Fines!
Due to current circumstances and their request for no food drives, we are asking that you take your cans of food directly to Tabitha's Way. Their no-touch donation station is available at
A best-selling author, National Book Award-winner and professor combines ethics, history, law and science with a personal narrative to describe how to move beyond the awareness of racism and contribute to making society just and equitable.
July's Reading Challenge Prompts
*Read a book written by a person of color
*Read a book involving a mythical creature
Read one of the monthly reading prompts and enter our quarterly drawing for an Amazon gift card! Entries accepted by commenting on our social media posts about the challenge.
In anticipation of Harry Potter's upcoming birthday, watch for your Hogwarts letter coming after Steel Days!
GET TO KNOW US
Plans and hosts events for teens and helps staff the upstairs Reference Desk
Has worked at the American Fork Library for almost 2 years
Favorite sweet treat is Ferrero Rocher
Is lately reading a lot of Fantasy, with a shout-out to local author, Brandon Sanderson
"Since I was a little girl, my happy place has always been between the covers of a book (preferably on a beach). I love to learn and understand the world through experiences I haven't had personally. Reading (and by extension, the library) changes lives. It helps us develop empathy for all kinds of people. It builds intellectual and emotional intelligence. It teaches us about character and resilience and creativity. And it gives us a soft place to fall when the real world just gets to be too much (is it just me, or does that seem like ALL THE TIME lately?). Libraries make the world a better place by making us better people."