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Boston Public Library celebrates Black History Month with 'Black Is' booklist

February 1, 2017

Boston Public Library

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The booklist is available online, and copies will be in all library locations this week.

Boston Public Library honors Black History Month with its annual “Black Is” booklist, a list of recent books concerning the African American experience compiled by staff librarians for all to enjoy. Categories of books include graphic, historical, international, mystery, and urban fiction, and biography/memoir, expressions, and history and contemporary issues in nonfiction. Copies of the booklist will be available at all library locations this week.

“Boston Public Library is proud to celebrate Black History Month by providing readers with a guide to the wealth of new literature that explores important topics related to the African American experience, and I am thankful to our booklist committee for their insightful recommendations and invite everyone to pick up these works ,” said Boston Public Library President David Leonard.

The list includes authors like Congressmen Cory Booker and John Lewis, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Marcus Samuelsson, Pat Cleveland, Phoebe Robinson, Rita Dove, and more.

Previous “Black Is” booklists can be found online. Boston Public Library staff also celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with an annual “Latino Life” Booklist, and for the first time this year, will publish a “Pride Is” booklist in June.


Boston Public Library has a Central Library, twenty-four branches, map center, business library, and a website filled with digital content and services. Established in 1848, the Boston Public Library has pioneered public library service in America. It was the first large free municipal library in the United States, the first public library to lend books, the first to have a branch library, and the first to have a children’s room. Each year, the Boston Public Library hosts thousands of programs and serves millions of people. All of its programs and exhibitions are free and open to the public. At the Boston Public Library, books are just the beginning. To learn more, visit the Boston Public Library website.

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