This month we recognize the significance of Juneteenth, the day in 1865 when emancipated slaves living in Galveston, Texas, learned they were free. First celebrated by African Americans in 1866, the holiday was originally known as Freedom Day. Juneteenth officially became a federal holiday on June 17, 2021. Join the Eatonville Branch in commemorating the day through programs and events highlighting Black history, love and joy.
Staff Picks for Juneteenth
Don’t Touch My Hair!
On the Come Up
Let’s talk about love / Claire Kann.
Kann, Claire, author.
The hate u give / Angie Thomas.
Thomas, Angie, author.
The personal history of Rachel DuPree / Ann Weisgarber.
The forgotten girl / India Hill Brown.
Brown, India Hill, 1991- author.
American spy : a novel / Lauren Wilkinson.
Wilkinson, Lauren, 1984- author.
Yes, chef [CDB UNABRIDGED] / Marcus Samuelsson.
One crazy summer / by Rita Williams-Garcia.
Just as I am : a memoir / Cicely Tyson with Michelle Burford foreword by Viola Davis.
Tyson, Cicely, author.
Fire!! : the Zora Neale Hurston story / Peter Bagge.
Bagge, Peter, author, illustrator.
Legendborn / Tracy Deonn.
Deonn, Tracy, author.
An extraordinary union / Alyssa Cole.
Cole, Alyssa, author.
Hair love/ Matthew A. Cherry illustrated by Vashti Harrison.
Cherry, Matthew A, author.
Your name is a song / Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow illustrated by Luisa Uribe.
Thompkins-Bigelow, Jamilah, author.
Zora and me : the cursed ground / T. R. Simon.
Simon, T. R. (Tanya R.), author.
How we fight for our lives : a memoir / Saeed Jones.
Jones, Saeed, author.
Black joy : stories of resistance, resilience, and restoration / Tracey Michae’l Lewis-Giggetts.
Lewis-Giggetts, Tracey M., author.
Juneteenth : our day of freedom / by Sharon Dennis Wyeth illustrated by Kim Holt.
Wyeth, Sharon Dennis, author.
Dear Martin / Nic Stone.
Stone, Nic, author.
Slay / by Brittney Morris.
Morris, Brittney, author.
This is my America / Kim Johnson.
Johnson, Kim, 1979- author.
Under a painted sky / Stacey Lee.
Lee, Stacey, author.
Reach for the Skai : how to inspire, empower, and clapback / Skai Jackson.
Jackson, Skai, author.
Keep your head up / words by Aliya King Neil pictures by Charly Palmer.
King Neil, Aliya, 1973- author.
When we say Black lives matter / written and illustrated by Maxine Beneba Clarke.
Clarke, Maxine Beneba, author, illustrator.
The me I choose to be / written by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley art by Regis and Kahran Bethencourt.
Tarpley, Natasha, author.
An American marriage : a novel / by Tayari Jones.
Jones, Tayari, author.
The revisioners : a novel / Margaret Wilkerson Sexton.
Sexton, Margaret Wilkerson, author.
The Parker inheritance / Varian Johnson.
Johnson, Varian, author.
Guidebook to relative strangers : journeys into race, motherhood, and history / Camille T. Dungy.
Dungy, Camille T., 1972- author.
The unsung hero of Birdsong, USA / Brenda Woods.
Woods, Brenda (Brenda A.), author.
The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks / Rebecca Skloot.
Skloot, Rebecca, 1972-
Fly / Brittany J. Thurman illustrated by Anna Cunha.
Thurman, Brittany, author.
Finding Langston / by Lesa Cline-Ransome.
Cline-Ransome, Lesa, author.
Bring on that beat / [written and illustrated by] Rachel Isadora.