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Others who have read Unstoppable Octobia May have fallen in love with her. I’m already getting letters from readers who cheer Octobia for her vigor, independence and spunk. But to some, she’s an anomaly—a 1950’s African American protagonist who isn’t defined by the times but instead redefines what it means to be such a girl at such a time. I am finding that she is giving people pause, as she steps out of the box that publishing has historically kept such girls in.

So how can we, as a publishing community, move past the tamping down of bold African American girl characters? In what ways can we transcend the double-standard that says we want more diversity, but only of a certain kind?

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~ An excellent question and smart proposals for moving forward from author Sharon G. Flake.

21 September 2014 ·

hannapirita:

Today I have been drawing like crazy!Here’s my character Kiva Mies (Nice Guy).He’s really nice. Real fedora’d gentleman.

Reblogging because we’re fans of using print in unexpected ways.

hannapirita:

Today I have been drawing like crazy!
Here’s my character Kiva Mies (Nice Guy).
He’s really nice. Real fedora’d gentleman.

Reblogging because we’re fans of using print in unexpected ways.

(via alakotila)

21 September 2014 ·

Celebrate the power of words with Emily Dickinson and a thought-provoking piece of writing.
Celebra

Celebrate the power of words with Emily Dickinson and a thought-provoking piece of writing.

Celebra

21 September 2014 ·

lego-stories:

In the library

lego-stories:

In the library

(via andersoncountylibrary)

20 September 2014 ·

#LegoCreationsExhibit party and two of the prize winners. #librariesofinstagram  (at Arlington County Library Central)

#LegoCreationsExhibit party and two of the prize winners. #librariesofinstagram (at Arlington County Library Central)

20 September 2014 ·

#LegoCreationsExhibit party! This is the building corner. #WHPthemakingof #librariesofinstagram

20 September 2014 ·

One of these Rainbows is guaranteed to be at Central Library on Monday night.

One of these Rainbows is guaranteed to be at Central Library on Monday night.

20 September 2014 ·

nicoeatsbooks:

Little My is my fashion icon.

Also currently my hair inspiration.

Are you a Moomintrolls fan?

(Source: historymaker)

20 September 2014 ·

"You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive."

~ James Baldwin (via victoriousvocabulary)

19 September 2014 ·

vintagelibraries:

The Saint Paul Public Library, Waiting for the Bookmobile, year unknown.

vintagelibraries:

The Saint Paul Public Library, Waiting for the Bookmobile, year unknown.

19 September 2014 ·

wearetatal:

youarethefirstdreamofmysoul:

The Raven Cycle Characters: [Part 1 of 3]

October is coming!

19 September 2014 ·

fantagraphics:

Drew Weing's graphic novel debut Set to Sea, which follows the adventures of a poet who ends up seabound aboard a pirate ship, is a mere month away from its upcoming paperback release. We’ve got a 12-page, 1.1 MB excerpt you can download and read while you wait. Want to pre-order your copy now? Step right this way!


LOVE this book.

fantagraphics:

Drew Weing's graphic novel debut Set to Sea, which follows the adventures of a poet who ends up seabound aboard a pirate ship, is a mere month away from its upcoming paperback release. We’ve got a 12-page, 1.1 MB excerpt you can download and read while you wait. Want to pre-order your copy now? Step right this way!

LOVE this book.

18 September 2014 ·

Who Are We?

We're the Arlington VA Public Library.