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May 2022

Are you looking for your next read? We can help! You can make a selection from one of the book lists below created by our staff of avid readers whose reading experiences and tastes cover about any interest you can think of! You can follow featured lists here or check our staff's most recently published lists on the library catalog home page. Don't miss our If You Like... suggestions that cover all the favorite genres like science fiction, graphic novels, romance, and more. Also don't miss What We're Reading for Kids & Teens and If You Like for Kids.


Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month
We’ve gathered recommendations for each day of May (and a few extra for good measure) from a group of librarians at Central Library. Check one out to celebrate the unique and varied voices of Asian American authors. We tried to include a wide variety of genres as well as provide representation for the different countries and cultures that make up the Asian American experience.


Start Your Engines

Start Your Engines
Are you ready for the cars to hit the track again? Here is list of resources to help you experience the Indianapolis 500 and relive its long history as the 'Greatest Spectacle in Racing'.


Great Baseball Novels

Great Baseball Novels
Major League Baseball is in full swing! For folks who love baseball and fiction, we have a selection of great baseball novels for you to choose from.


Stream with Sherry, May 2022

Stream with Sherry, May 2022
May is here, and that means racing on both sides of the Ohio River! Whether you prefer car or horse racing, our streaming services Kanopy and Hoopla have you covered.


National Small Business Week

National Small Business Week
Celebrate the tenacity of entrepreneurs and small business owners during National Small Business Week - May 1-7. And spark your own small business dream with some of these titles. When you're ready to start your business, come see the business librarians at Central Library for a personalized guide to business resources!


Listen with Liz - May 2022

Listen with Liz - May 2022
A totally random list of nonfiction eAudiobooks I listened to in May.


Zombie Awareness Month

Zombie Awareness Month
May is Zombie Awareness Month! Established by the Zombie Research Society, the goal is to spread information and awareness about zombies and the possibility of a zombie apocalypse in the future. This list includes materials on everything zombie!


Flower Gardening in Indiana

Flower Gardening in Indiana
Spring is my favorite time of year! Time to plan and shop for my favorite flowers. Check out these resources when planning your Indiana flower garden.


Get Ready for Mermay

Get Ready for Mermay
Mermay is like inktober. Where inktober is a list of prompts to illustrate, on paper in ink, for the month of October. Mermay is a list of prompts to illustrate , during the month of May, that have to relate with mermaids.


Korean Cooking: Beyond Kimchi and Fried Rice

Korean Cooking: Beyond Kimchi and Fried Rice
I have some dear friends who are Korean - a second family of sorts. Over the years, they have introduced me to the wonders of Korean food. Whether you're new to Korean cuisine or a seasoned expert, I hope you will enjoy this curated list of cookbooks and guides.


New Running Books

New Running Books
I am always on the lookout for the latest books about running to keep me inspired and lacing up my shoes. If you're a runner, or even a wannabe runner, check out these new titles we have added to the collection about the sport of running.


Remembering the Tulsa Massacre

Remembering the Tulsa Massacre
May 31-June 1 marks the anniversary of the Tulsa Massacre, also referred to as the Tulsa Race Riots. This two-day period was one of the worst incidents of racial violence in America's history as Tulsa's "Black Wall Street" was looted and burned to the ground, resulting in 300 deaths.


Zodiac Reads: Taurus Season

Zodiac Reads: Taurus Season
It's finally Taurus season! Take this time to indulge in your sensual, lush, and grounded side in honor of this stubborn earth sign by using these books to help plan a lavish picnic or a wandering hike. (Note: I'm definitely not an astrologist, just someone who loves recommending books and has read way too many articles about the Zodiac signs!)


Me Made May

Me Made May
Have you heard of Me Made May? It’s a movement to get back to making your own clothes, and wear at least one handmade item each day during the month of May. Though it may sound daunting, it’s easier to do than you think! Here are some books to jump start your Me Made May.


Never Too Late

Never Too Late
"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream." – C.S. Lewis Get inspired by these books and videos of older athletes chasing their dreams.


The Spring 2022 Anime Season Guide

The Spring 2022 Anime Season Guide
From highly-anticipated new series (Spy x Family and Skeleton Knight) to much-desired sequels (Shield Hero, Bookworm, and Komi) and even a few surprise sequels and spin-offs (Ikki Tousen, Date A Live, and The Dawn of the Witch) there's a lot to look forward to this season!


Epistolary Fiction

Epistolary Fiction
One of my favorite kind of novels is the one told through letters or emails written by the main character. If you too enjoy epistolary fiction, check out this list for some newer titles you might enjoy.


Romantic Suspense

Romantic Suspense
Finding your true love while also solving a mystery combines two of my favorite reading genres, ROMANCE and MYSTERY. Here are a few titles you might enjoy.


Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson
In 1947 Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier by becoming the first black player in Major League Baseball. That year the Brooklyn Dodgers won the National League Championship with Robinson starting at 2nd base, and Robinson won the inaugural MLB Rookie of the Year award.


The Best Literary Moms

The Best Literary Moms
Literature is filled with mothers and mother-figures. Here is just a small selection of some well-known moms and other mother-types from the literary world.


Mental Health Awareness

Mental Health Awareness
May is Mental Health Awareness Month! Here are a list of books and DVD's that will help start a discussion about mental health.


Get More Help Finding Your Next Read

You can also use your IndyPL library card to explore reading recommendations online. NovelList and NovelList K-8 are online services that offer reading recommendations covering both fiction and nonfiction, read-alike suggestions, series information, reviews, and lists of recommended and award-winning books for adults, teens and kids. Learn how to get started on this video tutorial. You can also try Book Connections which includes a “find the right book for you” feature.

Join us on Sunday nights at 8:30pm on Facebook for Currently Reading, an hour during which book enthusiasts share favorite books and offer suggestion about what to read next. Currently Reading is a great place to find out about the books that have everyone talking. If you love talking about books, you can also join one of our online book discussions or book clubs.

Would you prefer one-on-one help? Call or ask a Library staff member at any of our locations or call, text, or email ask-a- librarian.

What We've Been Reading All Year!

June
Juneteenth

Juneteenth
Juneteenth (short for "June Nineteenth") marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865 to take control of the State and ensure that all enslaved people be freed. The troops' arrival came a full two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth honors the end to slavery in the United States and is considered the longest-running African American holiday. Please check out the following items to gain a more historical perspective about Juneteenth and African-American history and culture.


Slave Narratives: the Stories that Abolished Slavery

Slave Narratives: The Stories that Abolished Slavery
Today slave narratives are seen as first person stories about one of the darkest times in United States history, but when slave narratives were being published in the 1800s they were a powerful tool used in the fight for their own freedom. Through their stories they were able to contradict the slaveholders’ favorable claims concerning slavery. The narratives helped show the humanity of the most dehumanized people in the county.


Lakeside Reads

Lakeside Reads
We're landlocked here in the Midwest, but you can always enjoy sitting next to a lake in the summer. Plus fresh water=no sharks! Entertain yourself while relaxing by the water.


Black Music Month

Black Music Month
June is Black Music Month! Here are a few resources about the history of Black Music and its influences throughout all genres of music.


Graphic Novels with Trans, Non-Binary, and Gender Nonconforming Characters

Graphic Novels with Trans, Non-Binary, and Gender Nonconforming Characters Here is a short list of some graphic novels and manga featuring trans, non-binary, and gender nonconforming characters. The list features titles for both kids and teens.


#OwnVoices: Transgender Fiction

Transgender Fiction
Celebrate and recognize the transgender community with these reads.


Queer History

Queer History
Just a smattering of texts about the queer experience and contributions across the past few years/decades/centuries.


Classically Queer

Classically Queer
History was never as straight as you think. This collection of classic writing represents LGBT writers from the past, some who have had their queer identities ignored or, in some cases, covered up.


Queercore - Music for Your Pride Month

Queercore - Music for Your Pride Month
Pride Month is a time to for remembrance of Queer history, reverence for the struggles of those community members who have gone before us, and revolutions still ongoing. And it is absolutely a time for rocking the proverbial house. So turn up the dial on these Queer artists and let your personal Pride flag fly!


Queer Cinema

Queer Cinema
Celebrating queer characters and their stories, these films include hidden treasures as well as more well-known movies in the history of queer cinema. So many goodies to enjoy!


Listen with Liz

Listen with Liz - June 2021
A totally random list of nonfiction eAudiobooks I listened to recently.


Black Librarianship

Black Librarianship
This list highlights the life, education, and history of Black librarianship, and the many challenges Black librarians have faced both past and present.

July
July is Culinary Arts Month

July Is Culinary Arts Month
National Culinary Arts Month is a month set aside to honor and promote awareness of chefs, professional cooks, and their contributions to the world of fine dining. There are many ways to celebrate this month. Check out the booklist for ideas.


Summertime Eating

Summertime Eating
Summer makes me think of grilling out, fresh vegetables and ice cream (or gelato) treats. This list just samples a few of cookbooks for making all those summertime treats.


Work in Culinary Arts

Work in Culinary Arts
July is Culinary Arts Month. Find out if you've got what it takes to embark on a career in Culinary Arts. Gain skills and resources for finding opportunities in the field.


Insects - Books About Earth's Most Numerous Animals

Insects - Books About Earth's Most Numerous Animals
These books explore the worlds of insects from a variety of perspectives: miniature terrors, musicians, marvels, invaders, adaptive geniuses, beautiful creatures, philosophical dilemmas, and even food.


Lakeside Reads

Lakeside Reads
We're landlocked here in the Midwest, but you can always enjoy sitting next to a lake in the summer. Plus fresh water=no sharks! Entertain yourself while relaxing by the water.


August
Voices from Afghanistan

Voices from Afghanistan
One of the best ways to understand, empathize, and grieve with people from a culture different from our own is to read the books written by them. The following titles are all written by authors who are either from Afghanistan or whose parents are.


Meet the Suicide Squad

Meet the Suicide Squad
Amanda Waller's Suicide Squad has gone through a lot of changes (and members) through the years. Get to know the team that inspired the hit Warner Brothers movie as well as key members like Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, and Rick Flag.


Coding with Scratch is Fun

Coding with Scratch is Fun!
Are the kids in your life eager to make their own video games and animations? Scratch, a free, web-based, drag-n-drop coding environment, makes it easy for kids to code. The books in this list can help spark imagination and build coding skills.


Plant Based Atheltes

Plant Based Athletes
You might be surprised to find out that some of the strongest, most successful athletes are vegan or vegetarian. Check out the following resources to find out more about plant based diets and how they can help you achieve your fitness goals.


Are You an Anglophile Who Likes Mysteries

Are You an Anglophile Who Likes Mysteries?
You might enjoy these mysteries set in England. They feature a variety of sleuths from police inspectors to lords of the realm to cleaning ladies to children, even Americans who live in England permanently, and more.


I Am Not a Runner

I Am Not a Runner
Thanks to the Fit Lit Book Discussion, I did something I swore I'd never do. I started running. At first it was just for a few minutes at a time. Gradually my runs got longer. I read books, got inspired, ran my first 5k, and then the Indy Mini last spring. Hopefully you can find your inspiration in these titles and get out there.


For the Love of Elephants

For the Love of Elephants
World Elephant Day is August 12. Learn more about these gentle giants and people devoted to caring for them.


Sandwich Month

Sandwich Month
August is national sandwich month. Sandwiches can be enjoyed breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert!

September
Labor Day Nonfiction Reads

Labor Day: Nonfiction Reads About Labor, Organizing, and Workers' Rights
Labor Day is a good time to think about exploring these nonfiction reads about the often underappreciated workers that keep America moving, and the strikes and protests that have helped secure workers' rights.


Hispanic Heritage Month 2021 - New Releases

Hispanic Heritage Month 2021 - New Releases
Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15) calls for a shoutout to some of this year's new releases by Latine/x/a/o authors for adult and teen readers.


September 11th - Twenty Years Ago

September 11th - Twenty Years Ago
Books, DVDs, and streaming videos in recognition of the 20th Anniversary of September 11th.


Banned Books Week 2021

Banned Books Week 2021
Books have a long history of attracting challenges to their presence on library shelves. The theme of Banned Books Week 2021 is "Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us."


Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month
Celebrate and appreciate the vivid history, traditions, and diversity of the Hispanic/Latinx community! These selection represent just a small portion of the many important literary contributions that writers from this varied culture have made over the years.


Mexican Cooking

Mexican Cooking / Cocina Mexicana
Hispanic Heritage Month is a wonderful excuse to celebrate the culinary accomplishments of our southern neighbors - from classics to innovative new staples.


Teen and Adult National Hispanic Heritage Month Picks

Teen & Adult National Hispanic Heritage Month Picks
I hope you enjoy these picks and get to know more about these authors and their incredible work!


Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie: September 15, 1890 - January 12, 1976
The Guinness Book of World Records lists Christie as the best-selling fiction writer of all time, her novels having sold more than two billion copies, but how much do you know about Agatha Christie herself?


Stars of September

Stars of September
Biographies and memoirs of famous folks born in September.


Emancipation Proclamation

Emancipation Proclamation
On September 22nd, 1962, President Abraham Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.

October
Cats: Scary or Not So Scary?

Cats, Scary or Not So Scary?
Ailurophobia is the fear of cats, and it’s pretty easy for me to see why people would be afraid of them with their quick sudden movements, staring into emptiness as though they spot the dead, and those tiny Freddy Krueger claws. However, some people really love cats – hoard them in fact. Examine some books and movies on a case-by-case basis to determine if cats are scary or not so scary!


Mad Scientists of History

Mad Scientists of History
It doesn't take a scientist to realize these people were unusual. Some of them got respect, some got ousted, some were seen as good and others seen as evil. Many of them didn't seem to get the credit they deserved. Some got away with their crimes. Take a look and see the people who decided to go the road less taken and blazed their own path.


Tales That Bite: Screen Horror Anthologies

Tales That Bite: Screen Horror Anthologies
Do you like a little bit more variety in your horror narrative? Like your scares more compact? Your terrors more convoluted? Your beasties more varied? Here are some "bite-sized" nightmares woven together for maximum chills.


Spooky Graphic Novels

Spooky Graphic Novels
These spooky stories will get you ready for Halloween.


Get Organized!

Get Organized!
The first week of October is Get Organized Week. Here are some materials that might assist you in getting more organized.


Dachtoberfest

Dachtoberfest
Celebrate Oktoberfest by learning more about these low-riding dogs developed in Germany to root badgers out of their burrows.


Listen with Liz - October 2021

Listen with Liz - October 2021
A totally random list of nonfiction eAudiobooks I listened to recently.


Spooky Indiana

Spooky Indiana
You don't have to travel far from home to find haunted sites and spooky legends. Check out this selection of books about local and Indiana haunted spots.


Brush Up Your Cosplay Skills

Brush Up Your Cosplay Skills
Whether you're prepping for your next convention or looking for something a bit more unique this Halloween, cosplay is a great way to express your creative side. Here you can find a range of cosplay books that talk about sewing techniques, hair styling, prop making, and even how to add casual cosplay to your everyday wardrobe.


Crime Solving Spooks

Crime Solving Spooks
Sometimes, having been murdered is the best preparation for solving crimes. It's a weirdly popular trope among cozy mysteries.


Kathi Daley Halloween Mysteries

Kathi Daley Halloween Mysteries
Kathi Daley is a prolific author of mysteries. She has about 16 different mystery series. Many of these series have titles that center around holidays. Here are some of her Halloween titles.


Halloween Mysteries

Halloween Mysteries
Enjoy these cozy mysteries that take place around Halloween.


Zombie Comedy Films

Zombie Comedy Films
Some of these movies are classic. Others are classically bad. Either way, zombies can make us laugh even as they terrify us.


Halloween - It's Not Just For Kids

Halloween - It's Not Just for Kids
"There is a child in every one of us who is still a trick-or-treater looking for a brightly-lit front porch." Robert Brault


Indianapolis Prize 2021 Reading List of Winners

Indianapolis Prize 2021 Winners Reading List
The Indianapolis Prize, "the Nobel Prize in animal conservation" is awarded in recognition of their significant contributions to animal conservation.


Witchy Mysteries

Witchy Mysteries
Love mysteries and want to get in the mood for the spooky season? Enjoy these mysteries with witch protagonists and magical twists.


Sweet and Spooky Romances

Sweet and Spooky Romances
Celebrate the start of fall (and the start of spooky season) by reading these sweet and spooky paranormal romances. Read about werewolves, witches, ghosts, and vampires as they carve pumpkins and fall in love.


Brujeria

Brujeria
These latinx teens wield powerful magic, or more often are steamrolled by it.


Horror and Sci-Fi by Black Authors

Horror and Sci-Fi by Black Authors
Looking for horror or science fiction books by black authors? These are the recommendations from the Indianapolis Public Library's Readers Advisory team.


Great Women Horror Writers

Great Women Horror Writers
Horror writing is traditionally associated with men, but women have been exploding the genre, writing frightening novels and stories that run the gamut from high-brow, award-winning literary horror to bloody and insane genre masterpieces.


Hispanic Heritage Month 2021 - New Releases

Hispanic Heritage Month 2021 - New Releases
Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15) calls for a shoutout to some of this year's new releases by Latine/x/a/o authors for adult and teen readers.


Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month
Celebrate and appreciate the vivid history, traditions, and diversity of the Hispanic/Latinx community! These selection represent just a small portion of the many important literary contributions that writers from this varied culture have made over the years.


Teen and Adult National Hispanic Heritage Month Picks

Teen & Adult National Hispanic Heritage Month Picks
I hope you enjoy these picks and get to know more about these authors and their incredible work!

November
NoNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo
November is National Novel Writing Month. If you've ever dreamed of seeing your name on the cover of a book, this might be just the kick start you need. Visit the website for encouragement, support, and daily writing challenges, and check out some of these books to guide you on your way.


Celebrate National Candy Day

Celebrate National Candy Day
National Candy Day is celebrated on November 4th each year. Here are some items that might help you indulge in your love of candy.


Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month
November is Native American Heritage Month. Here are some great books by Native American authors.


Native American Voices

Native American Voices
This list focuses on Native American Voices.


Books by Indigenous Authors

Books by Indigenous Authors Recommended by the Eiteljorg Museum
Here are links to recommended indigenous authors made by the Eiteljorg Museum that range from history to science fiction, to memoir, horror, and poetry.


National Bison Day - November 2

National Bison Day - November 2
One of the most majestic beasts to roam the land and the official National Mammal of the United States, the iconic North American Bison has played a cultural, economic, and environmental role in the history of the country.


Women's Entrepreneurship Day

Women's Entrepreneurship Day
November 19th is Women's Entrepreneurship Day. Celebrate with this list of books all by women.


Listen with Liz - November 2021

Listen with Liz - November 2021
A totally random list of nonfiction eAudiobooks I listened to recently.


Stranger Things Day

Stranger Things Day
November 6, 1983: Library materials in recognition of Stranger Things Day.


Trees

Trees
Autumn is a great time to get out and see the variety of trees in your neighborhood and throughout the city. This list can get you started with identifying the trees that surround us.


Indigenous Thought and the Environment

Indigenous Thought & the Environment
Explore the different ways the fight for climate justice and environmental preservation is uniquely and deeply tied to tribal sovereignty. From the removal of Indigenous people in order to create 'untouched' national parks to the more recent resistance against the Dakota Access Pipeline, each of the books on this list explores a different facet of a complex relationship.


Get More Help Finding Your Next Read

You can also use your IndyPL library card to explore reading recommendations online. NovelList and NovelList K-8 are online services that offer reading recommendations covering both fiction and nonfiction, read-alike suggestions, series information, reviews, and lists of recommended and award-winning books for adults, teens and kids. Learn how to get started on this video tutorial. You can also try Book Connections which includes a “find the right book for you” feature.

Join us on Sunday nights at 8:30pm on Facebook for Currently Reading, an hour during which book enthusiasts share favorite books and offer suggestion about what to read next. Currently Reading is a great place to find out about the books that have everyone talking. If you love talking about books, you can also join one of our online book discussions or book clubs.

Would you prefer one-on-one help? Call or ask a Library staff member at any of our locations or call, text, or email ask-a- librarian.

December
Gifting with Books

Gifting with Books
With just a bit of careful thought you can match a reader with a book that they are likely to love and if you need help choosing, talk to a librarian! We'll ask some questions about your gift recipient's interests and reading tastes and help you evaluate how well your list matches up.


Celebrate Hanukkah

Celebrate Hanukkah
We've gathered some of our favorite resources for adults and teens to celebrate the festival or learn about the history of Hanukkah.


Finding Cozy

Finding Cozy
I don't know about you, but when the weather starts getting cold I want to curl up in front of the fire and settle in. Check out these titles that will help you find your cozy this winter.


Christmas Horror Films

Christmas Horror Films
If you're in the mood to spice up your holiday eggnog with a real kick, we have some Christmas horror movies that are to die for...


Baking Bread

Baking Bread
“Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods; and good bread with fresh butter, the greatest of feasts.” ― James Beard


Holiday Rom Com Reads

Holiday Rom Com Reads
Celebrate a holiday by reading a rom-com.


Holiday and Party Cooking for Vegans and Vegetarians

Holiday and Party Cooking for Vegans and Vegetarians
Whether you're a vegan or vegetarian looking for menu ideas or a holiday host who's never cooked without meat but have a friend or family member who needs a special dish prepared...never fear, there are lots of entertaining holiday cookbooks for you!


Help! I've Been Invited to a Cookie Swap!

Help! I've Been Invited to a Cookie Swap!
Does a cookie swap invitation send you into a panic? Never fear - we have a book for that! Find great recipes for holiday cookies as well as tips for big batch recipes and creative packaging.


Christmas Decorations

Christmas Decorations If you haven't finished trimming the tree, decking the halls, Jingle Bells, ho ho ho, and all that jazz, here are some helpful guides to keep the yule-logs burning.


Hats!

HATS!
As the temperatures get cooler it is time to get the hats out or make a few new ones!


Handmake a Book

Handmake a Book
The books in this series can help you create a wide range of books with confidence and have fun along the way no matter your level of experience.

January
Got a Minute?

Got a Minute?
New Year’s Resolution support is at your fingertips - you can build good habits into your life. Learn something new in just a few minutes each day!


Let's Get Organized

National Get Organized Month
Let’s Get Organized!
Winter days inside is the perfect time to clear the clutter! And if it’s too cold to go out at all – these books are available to download from our digital collection!


Crochet Amigurumi

National Hobby Month
Crochet Amigurumi!
Level up your crochet skills by trying amigurumi – a Japanese art style of crocheting or knitting small figures from animals to dolls to little pieces of food – amazing!


Sherlock Holmes Reimagined

January 6 Sherlock Holmes’ Birthday
Sherlock Holmes Reimagined
Sherlock Holmes still remains a popular character after 130 years. So popular, in fact, that reimaginings and retellings have appeared in books, television, and movies for almost every age group with numerous creative twists continue today!


National Day of Racial Healing

January 18 National Day of Racial Healing
National Day of Racial Healing
Books for all ages to spark conversation about racial healing, to bridge divides, and transform our communities.


#PrivacyAware Manage Your Privacy and Safeguard Your Data

Data Privacy Day - January 28
#PrivacyAware: Manage your privacy and safeguard your data
Learn to better manage your data and safeguard your privacy this Data Privacy Day – January 28. Explore fiction and non-fiction titles that can help you tackle important privacy and online safety topics for yourself and your family.


Transgender Fiction

January 31 International Transgender Day of Visibility
Trangender Fiction
Celebrate and recognize the Trans community with these reads.


#Privacy#Aware

#PrivacyAware: Manage Your Privacy and Safeguard Your Data Learn to better manage your data and safeguard your privacy this Data Privacy Day – January 28. Explore fiction and non-fiction titles that can help you tackle important privacy and online safety topics for yourself and your family.


February
Bakers of Color

Bakers of Color
Try out these delightful selections from bakers of color - sweet and savory, traditional and modern, western and international.


Women in Horror Month

Women in Horror Month
February is Women in Horror Month! Enjoy these new horror books written by women.


Horror Books by Black Authors

Horror Books by Black Authors
Check out these Horror books written by Black Authors.


Celebrating Black Nonfiction Authors 2021

Celebrating Black Non-Fiction Authors, Audiobooks
This list includes only nonfiction e-audiobooks that I have listened to and were published in 2021 and it is by no means exhaustive. There are many other great reads/listens available at the library.


Football Food

Football Food
Get your game day grub on with this list.


Celebrating Black Authors

Celebrating Black Authors
This list includes only nonfiction e-audiobooks that I have listened to and were published in 2020 and it is by no means exhaustive. There are many other great reads/listens available at the library. All the titles have been reviewed on previous Listen With Liz lists. Most of the titles are also available in physical book and e-book formats. See our online Guide to Finding Books by Black Authors.


Overthinking Love

Overthinking Love
Love. It may confound us. It may confuse us. It has been described as temporary madness by poets or a flood of chemicals that cause feelings of euphoria by scientists. Philosophers pontificate about it. Psychologists try to understand it. Mathematicians try to solve it. Check out these books celebrating love in all of its complexity.


Black Mystery Writers

Black Mystery Writers
Looking for mysteries by Black writers? This list includes recent releases by current authors as well as classics from historically influential names.


Celebrate Black Love With These Romance Novels

Celebrate Black Love With These Romance Novels
Each of these 16 books is written by a Black author and features two Black main characters. Watch Black bakers, musicians, athletes, and cowboys find love and joy with one another.


Are You Ready For Some Football?

Are You Ready For Some Football?
As football fans gear up for the Super Bowl here are some titles that are about the NFL, players, coaches or owners; past and present.


Black Chefs and Cooking Classics

Black Chefs and Cooking Classics
James Beard award-winning Toni Tipton-Martin's Jubilee is a sensational history of American food focusing on Black chefs and cooks. This list takes a look at some of the classic Black cookbooks that inspired Tipton-Martin and a few more titles and resources that celebrate and explore Black cooking and food history.


Real Life Love Stories

Real Life Love Stories
We at the Library love romance novels, but did you know our non-fiction book shelves are also brimming with stories of TRUE romances? Here is a small sample of books that feature real life couples and their love stories (you may want to have tissues at the ready).


Enemies-to-Lovers Historical Romance to Read in Honor of Bridgerton's Second Season

Enemies-to-Lovers Historical Romance to Read in Honor of Bridgerton's Second Season
Are you counting down the days until the season premiere in March? Instead of agonizing over the remaining days, fill your time with these 12 historical romance novels that have the same sparkling enemies-to-lovers dynamic that is highlighted in Bridgerton's next season. These books are filled with all the brilliant banter, witty characters, and unrepentant rakes your heart could desire.


President's Day

President's Day
Happy President's Day! Celebrate this snowy day with an eBook or eAudiobook about one of our American Presidents. Some written by prominent American historians such as David McCullough, Doris Kearns Goodwin, and H.W. Brands! All titles are also available in print edition!


Saint Skeletor's Day

Saint Skeletor's Day
February 15th is Saint Skeletors day. the day for grumpy people who did not get, or give any valentines. The following list of media on He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.


Listen with Liz - Presidential

Listen with Liz - Presidential
Here is a list in honor of President's Day. All these titles have a presidential connection. These are only titles I have listened to and reviewed on previous published lists. There are LOTS of other presidential books out there, this list is by no means exhaustive. Most of the titles are available as physical books and eBooks too.


Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras
Just because we can't travel to Mardi Gras this year doesn't mean we can't celebrate the sights, sounds, people, and tastes of New Orleans. Here we have music, shows, cookbooks, fiction, and art of the Big Easy and Mardi Gras gathered in one place for you to create your own celebration, or just read and imagine.



March
Prominent Female Historians

Prominent Female Historians
With March being National Women's History Month, here is a collection of United States History books written by prominent female authors!

Listen with Liz - March 2022

Listen with Liz - March 2022
A totally random list of nonfiction audiobooks I listened to in March.

Hoops & Books

Hoops & Books
As we get ready for March madness take a look through this list of books about basketball from high school to the NBA.

Trees and Shrubs

Trees and Shrubs
A collection of books on trees, shrubs and pruning. They will be on display with our seed library. Enjoy your trees, enjoy your shrubs and enjoy the spring!


Easter for Children

Easter for Children
As Spring flowers pop up and animals come out of hibernation. We can look forward to new life, renewal and the Easter holiday. Here are some great Easter books, movies and music to enjoy and share with your friends and family. This list almost as good as a chocolate bunny!


Spring Break in Indianapolis

Spring Break in Indianapolis
As we prepare for a 2nd pandemic spring break...there's a lot to do right here in our home city of Indianapolis. Plan to go out and explore a new spot...or an old favorite.


Easter

Easter
Check out some of these books, movies and music about the special holiday of Easter!


Women's History for Adults

Women's History for Adults
This is a great time for everyone to learn more about the fight for women's suffrage, a right that many of us take for granted. It's also the perfect opportunity to celebrate inspirational women and girls in a wide variety of fields. Find more online resources to explore on our blog at Celebrate Women's History.


Women's History for Teens

Women's History for Teens
Teens and adults can celebrate women's history month by learning about inspiring women and girls from yesterday and today!


Women's History for Kids

Women's History for Kids
Fun books to help kids learn about women's history and get inspired to make a difference! See Read Right Now! Trailblazing Women on our blog to listen to more than a dozen online story time readings of picture book biographies of notable women.


March Around the World Film Challenge

March Around the World Film Challenge
Each year film lovers watch 30 feature films from 30 different countries in the month of March, including 1 film from a specific country. New Zealand is the featured country this year. Give it a try. It's a lot of fun!


Irish Culture, History, Own Voices, St. Patrick's Day

Irish Culture, History, Own Voices, St. Patrick's Day
Slainte! Cheers to you and yours! Celebrate Irish history, culture, and Saint Paddy’s Day by reading or listening to these books and watching these DVDs.


Passover Cooking

Passover Cooking
The Jewish holiday Passover is celebrated by gathering for a ritual meal called a Seder, during which the story of the Exodus - the Jews flight from slavery in Egypt - is retold. Many foods included in the Seder meal are symbolic, and all are delicious. This list will help plan and prepare an awe-inspiring Seder!


Passover for Children

Passover for Children
The Jewish holiday Passover centers around the Seder, a ritual meal at which the family gathers to retell the biblical story of how, in ancient times, the Jewish people escaped slavery in Egypt. This list includes fiction and non-fiction books and online information for children to learn about the meaning of the holiday and the symbolic, but fun Seder meal.


Irish History & Culture for Kids

Irish History & Culture for Kids
Some items to help children learn more about the people of the Emerald Isle.


St. Patrick's Day Children's Books

St. Patrick's Day Children's Books
Top o' the morning to you this St. Patrick's Day. Wear some green, and celebrate Ireland with your family by sharing these great books.

April
Passover Cooking

Passover Cooking The Jewish holiday Passover is celebrated by gathering for a ritual meal called a Seder, during which the story of the Exodus - the Jews flight from slavery in Egypt - is retold. Many foods included in the Seder meal are symbolic, and all are delicious. This list will help plan and prepare an awe-inspiring Seder!

Easter

Easter Check out some of these books, movies and music about the special holiday of Easter!

National Parks Week

National Parks Week To celebrate National Park Week (April 16 - April 24), check out our collection of library materials and tips from the National Park Service to recreate responsibly and more in National Parks.

Gardening in an Apartment (Or Other Small Space!)

Gardening in an Apartment (Or Other Small Space!) My apartment patio garden last year got a little out of control, because there are just so many great ideas out there! Even if you have a yard, many people find container gardening more manageable and approachable, especially if you're a beginner gardener.

National Grilled Cheese Day

National Grilled Cheese Day This is an unofficial holiday on April 12th celebrates one of the most popular comfort foods on the planet: the grilled cheese. People all over the U.S and the world make themselves their favorite version of a grilled cheese sandwich.

Zodiac Reads: Aries Season

Zodiac Reads: Aries Season From now until April 19th, it's Aries season! Stoke your inner fire (sign) by reading these books, which have been chosen to match the willful, magnetic, unfiltered, energetic, and impulsive energy of the Aries. (Note: I'm definitely not an astrologist, just someone who loves recommending books and has read way too many articles about the Zodiac signs!)

Emerging Poetry

Emerging Poetry It is National Poetry Month! Explore some of the exciting poetry that is emerging at this time. Here's a sampling of what we have in our collection. If you have not already, learn about the work of our current National Laureate, musician and writer Joy Harjo of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation in our blog post featuring Harjo and her work.

Celebrate Arbor Day 2022

Celebrate Arbor Day: Get Lost in the Trees Arbor Day is April 29th and what better way to celebrate than to get lost in the trees. Did you know that taking a simple walk in the woods can have positive effects on both your mental and physical health? A walk among the trees may be just what you need!

April is Black Women's History Month

April is Black Women's History Month
We celebrate Black History month every February. But, did you know that April is Black Women's History Month? Check out one or more of these titles to learn more about pioneers from our distant and recent histories.

Hoops & Books

Hoops & Books As we get ready for March madness take a look through this list of books about basketball from high school to the NBA.

Poetry: Novels in Verse

Poetry: Novels in Verse I'm not sure about you, but in high school, I was NOT a fan of poetry. All the structure--I didn't like rules. Then I discovered novels in verse--poetry to the extreme, often breaking rules of rhyme and rhythm. Iambic pentameter? Not really! Check out these titles for an ultra quick read, and for a new take on poetry.

May



We Came In Peace for All Mankind

We Came in Peace for All Mankind
This is a space booklist created to support two upcoming virtual programs celebrating the 60th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy setting the goal for a lunar landing.


Asian American Pacific Highlander Heritage Month

Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month
We’ve gathered recommendations for each day of May (and a few extra for good measure) from a group of librarians at Central Library. Check one out to celebrate the unique and varied voices of Asian American authors. We tried to include a wide variety of genres as well as provide representation for the different countries and cultures that make up the Asian American experience. This list is by no means exhaustive - please ask a librarian for additional recommendations.


Listen with Liz - May 2021

Listen with Liz - May 2021
A totally random list of nonfiction e-audiobooks I listened to recently.


Mental Health Awareness

Mental Health Awareness
May is Mental Health Awareness Month! Here are a list of books and DVD's that will help start a discussion about mental health.


Concert DVDs

Concert DVDs
A concert for you in your own home! Check out these concert DVDs!


Unusual Jobs

Unusual Jobs
This lists of non-fiction books represents jobs that are either not normally known to the vast majority of people or usually not available to certain groups of people either because of background, gender, or race.


Flower Gardening in Indiana

Flower Gardening in Indiana
Spring is my favorite time of year! Time to plan and shop for my favorite flowers. Check out these resources when planning your Indiana flower garden.


Books Made Famous on Tik Tok

Books Made Famous on Tik Tok
TikTok is becoming more and more popular and especially popular with the avid reader crowd. BookTok is home to thousands of book recommendation TikToks and while there are a ton of them out there, here are some of the most popular ones.