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This Month: Pink Shirt Day | Freedom to Read | Local Heritage | Black History Month | Valentines?

Pink Shirt Day 2018

Pink Shirt Day is a national campaign that invites Canadians to take a zero-tolerance stand on bullying and to practice universal acceptance and kindness every day.

We invite everyone to join Burlington Public Library staff and celebrate acceptance by wearing a pink shirt on February 28, 2018.

Books for Teens

Bullied Kids Speak Out: We Survived—How You Can Too by Jodee Blanco

Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories edited by Carrie Jones and Megan Kelley Hall

The Survival Guide to Bullying: Written by a Teen /by Aija Mayrock

It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living edited by Dan Savage and Terry Miller

Tomboy by Liz Prince

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

All the Rage by Courtney Summers

Because You'll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas

Orchards by Holly Thompson

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

Books for Parents

Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy by Emily Bazelon

The Bully, The Bullied, and the Bystander by Barbara Coloroso

The Power of Validation: Arming Your Child Against Bullying, Peer Pressure, Addiction, Self-Harm & Out-of-Control Emotions by Karyn D. Hall, Melissa H. Coo

We Want You to Know: Kids Talk about Bullying by Deborah Ellis

Bully: An Action Plan for Teachers and Parents to Combat the Bullying Crisis edited by Lee Hirsch and Cynthia Lowen with Dina Santorelli

Talking Back to Facebook: The Common Sense Guide to Raising Kids in the Digital Age by James P. Steyer

Sexual Harassment and Bullying: A Guide to Keeping Kids Safe and Holding Schools Accountable by Susan L. Strauss

Dare to Be Kind: How Extraordinary Compassion Can Transform Our World by Lizzie Velasquez with Catherine Avril Morris

Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and Other Realities of Adolescence by Rosalind Wiseman

Compiled by Amanda W. @Alton

More Diversity Resources @BPL

Local Heritage

Compiled by our local history librarian, Benjamin, with help from Friends of Freeman Station to celebrate Burlington Heritage Month

Brass Tacks by Burlington Central High School

Rails to the Lakes by Charles Cooper

The Garden of Canada by Martha Craig

Memories of Burlington: A Nostalgic View of Another Era by Gary Evans

Some Jottings Along My Life’s Journey by Peter Fisher

We Were Just Doing Our Bit by Ed Keenleyside

Burlington: An Illustrated History by Helga Loverseed

Halton Sketches by John MacDonald

From Pathway to Skyway (1967) by Claire Emery Machan (Revisited edition, 1997)

Burlington Firsts, 1783–1833 by R.W. Mifflin

A Hard Day’s Work by Alan Norton

Smith’s Funeral Homes: Celebrating 75 Years in Burlington by Craig Ritchie

Burlington: The Growing Years by Dorothy Turcotte

Burlington: Memories of Pioneer Days by Dorothy Turcotte

Black History Month

A literary selection by and about notable Black Canadians and African Americans in honour of Black History Month.


Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin

The Motorcyclist by George Elliott Clarke

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

Swing Time by Zadie Smith

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead


“Go to School, You’re a Little Black Boy”: The Honorable Lincoln M. Alexander: A Memoir by Lincoln M. Alexander

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

James Baldwin: The Last Interview and Other Conversations by James Baldwin

And Still I Rise: Black America Since MLK by Henry Louis Gates Jr

Black Inventors: Crafting Over 200 Years of Success by Keith C. Holmes

Life Upon These Shores: Looking at African American History, 1513-2008 by Henry Louis Gates

Black Canadians: History, Experience, Social Conditions by Joseph Mensah

What Moves at the Margin by Toni Morrison

Alex Haley and the Books that Changed a Nation by Robert J. Norrell

Harriet Tubman: Freedom Seeker, Freedom Leader by Rosemary Sadlier

Compiled by Benjamin P. @Central

Not-Your-Typical-Valentine Picks

Love... let us count the many ways of it!

The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts by Gary Chapman

My Life in France by Julia Child

If Not for You by Bob Dylan

Love 2.0: How Our Supreme Emotion Affects Everything We Do, Feel, and Become by Barbara Fredrickson

The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan

Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

Omar (DVD)

Brokeback Mountain (Blu Ray) based on the book by Annie Proulx | stream on Hoopla

The Notebook (DVD) based on the book by Nicholas Sparks

Compilied by Shelley A. @Brant Hills

Freedom to Read

"Freedom to read can never be taken for granted. Even in Canada, a free country by world standards, books and magazines are banned at the border. Books are removed from the shelves in Canadian libraries, schools and bookstores every day. Free speech on the Internet is under attack. Few of these stories make headlines, but they affect the right of Canadians to decide for themselves what they choose to read." ~ freedomtoread.ca

Books that have been challenged

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood​​

The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

Looking for Alaska by John Green

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Harry Potter (series) by J.K. Rowling

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki

Compiled by Deepti M. @Central