Whose Streets?

Whose Streets?

Summary

This documentary about Fergusson has a 99% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the reviews include phrases such as "a gripping, important story" and "a documentary in the truest sense of the word", but a 3.9 out of 10 rating on imdb, where 55% of raters have given it 1 star, but not a single one has left a review. I'll leave you to draw your own conclusions.

The Fall: Season 3

The Fall: Season 3

Summary

Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan are back with more of their usual shenanegans in the third season of The Fall. Catch up on previous seasons here.

Saint Paul Public Library joins 124 urban libraries in a nationwide commitment to racial and social equity

Date:

One year after it received the Top Innovator Award for Racial and Social Equity from the Urban Library Council (ULC), Saint Paul Public Library (SPPL) joins 124 other urban libraries in signing ULC’s statement on racial and social equity.

The statement serves as a baseline upon which libraries can build policies and actions that make their communities more inclusive and just. It reads:

As leaders of North America’s public libraries, we are committed to achieving racial and social equity by contributing to a more just society in which all community members can realize their full potential. Our libraries can achieve true and sustained equity through an international, systemic, and transformative library-community partnership. Our library systems are working to achieve equity in the communities we serve by:

  • Eliminating racial and social equity barriers in library programs, services, policies, and practices
  • Creating and maintaining an environment of diversity, inclusion, and respect both in our library systems and in all aspects of our community role
  • Ensuring that we are reaching and engaging disenfranchised people in the community and helping them express their voice
  • Serving as a convener and facilitator of conversations and partnerships to address community challenges
  • Being forthright on tough issues that are important to our communities

Libraries are trusted, venerable, and enduring institutions, central to their communities and an essential participant in the movement for racial and social equity. 
 
Key elements of SPPL’s racial and social equity work include:

  • Improved recruitment efforts that resulted in 40 percent of library staff being individuals of color, reflecting the City’s population as a whole.
  • Expanded storytimes to 8 other languages, including Amharic, Hmong, Karen, Oromo, and Somali, establishing greater parity with English language storytimes.
  • Instituted annual racial equity plans for all branches, departments, and teams, elevating racial and social equity as a fundamental strategic priority.
  • Eliminated library card requirement for computer use because of disproportionate impact on patrons of color.

To date, the following libraries have signed on to ULC’s statement:

ALASKA

Anchorage Public Library             

ALBERTA

Calgary Public Library 

Edmonton Public Library                              

ARIZONA

Pima County Public Library

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Surrey Libraries

CALIFORNIA

Alameda County Library

Berkeley Public Library 

Carlsbad City Library 

Contra Costa County Library 

County of Los Angeles Public Library 

Fresno County Public Library 

Los Angeles Public Library 

Marin County Free Library

Oakland Public Library

Palo Alto City Library

Pasadena Public Library 

San Diego Public Library                               

San Francisco Public Library                        

San José Public Library                  

San Mateo County Library                           

Santa Clara County Library

Santa Monica Public Library

Sunnyvale Public Library

COLORADO

Anythink

Aurora Public Library

Denver Public Library

Jefferson County Public Library

Poudre River Public Library District

CONNECTICUT

Hartford Public Library 

New Haven Free Public Library 

Russell Library

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

District of Columbia Public Library 

FLORIDA

Broward County Library  

Jacksonville Public Library

Miami-Dade Public Library System          

Palm Beach County Library System 

Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library

GEORGIA

Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System 

Chattahoochee Valley Libraries

Gwinnett County Public Library                

ILLINOIS

Chicago Public Library 

Oak Park Public Library

Skokie Public Library

INDIANA

Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library

Indianapolis Public Library 

Johnson County Public Library

IOWA

Cedar Rapids Public Library

Des Moines Public Library 

KANSAS

Johnson County Library  

Wichita Public Library 

KENTUCKY

Lexington Public Library

Louisville Free Public Library

LOUISIANA

East Baton Rouge Parish Library

New Orleans Public Library         

Shreve Memorial Library

MAINE

Portland Public Library

MARYLAND

Enoch Pratt Free Library 

Prince George’s County Memorial Library System

MASSACHUSETTS

Boston Public Library     

Cambridge Public Library

Springfield City Library  

MICHIGAN

Detroit Public Library

Grand Rapids Public Library   

Kalamazoo Public Library 

Kent District Library

West Bloomfield Township Public Library 

MINNESOTA

Hennepin County Library 

St. Paul Public Library

MISSOURI

Kansas City Public Library

Mid-Continent Public Library

St. Louis County Library  

St. Louis Public Library 

NEBRASKA

Do Space

Lincoln City Libraries

Omaha Public Library 

NEVADA

Las Vegas-Clark County Library District

NEW JERSEY

Newark Public Library

NEW MEXICO

Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Library System

NEW YORK

Brooklyn Public Library                 

New York Public Library                

Rochester Public Library

NORTH CAROLINA

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

Durham County Library                

Greensboro Public Library 

OHIO

Cleveland Public Library 

Columbus Metropolitan Library 

Cuyahoga County Public Library                
Dayton Metro Library    

East Cleveland Public Library

Stark County District Library                       

The Public Library of Youngstown &

Mahoning County

Toledo-Lucas County Public Library 

OKLAHOMA

Pioneer Library System

Tulsa City-County Library

ONTARIO

Hamilton Public Library 

Kitchener Public Library

Ottawa Public Library 

Toronto Public Library

OREGON

Multnomah County Library         

PENNSYLVANIA

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh   

Free Library of Philadelphia

RHODE ISLAND

Providence Public Library 

SOUTH CAROLINA

Richland Library

TENNESSEE

Chattanooga Public Library

Memphis Public Library and Information

Center

Nashville Public Library

TEXAS

Dallas Public Library

El Paso Public Library 

Fort Worth Library 

Frisco Public Library

Harris County Library

Houston Public Library 

San Antonio Public Library 

UTAH

Salt Lake County Library Services

VIRGINIA

Alexandria Library 

Chesterfield County Public Library

Roanoke County Public Library

Virginia Beach Public Library

WASHINGTON

Fort Vancouver Regional Library District

King County Library System 

Pierce County Library System

Sno-Isle Libraries

WISCONSIN

Madison Public Library

Milwaukee Public Library

Star-Tribune Digital Microfilm

Access from outside of the library (library card required).

Access at the library (no library card required).

Digital images of the Star-Tribune.

Saint Paul Pioneer-Press Digital Microfilm

Access from outside of the library (library card required).

Access at the library (no library card required).

Digital images of the Pioneer Press (2009 - current).

Pioneer-Press Digital Microfilm

Access from outside of the library (library card required).

Access at the library (no library card required).

Digital images of the Pioneer Press (2009 - current).

Dare Not Linger: The Presidential Years

Author or Artist

Nelson Mandela
Dare Not Linger

Summary

The long-awaited second volume of Nelson Mandela's memoirs, left unfinished at his death and never before available, are here completed and expanded with notes and speeches written by Mandela during his historic presidency, making for a moving sequel to his worldwide bestseller Long Walk to Freedom.

"I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can rest only for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended."

In 1994, Nelson Mandela became the first president of a democratic South Africa. From the outset, he was committed to serving only a single five-year term. During his presidency, he and his government ensured that all of South Africa's citizens became equal before the law, and he laid the foundation for turning a country riven by centuries of colonialism and apartheid into a fully functioning democracy. Dare Not Linger is the story of Mandela's presidential years, drawing heavily on the memoir he began to write as he prepared to leave office, but was unable to finish. Now the acclaimed South African writer Mandla Langa has completed the task, using Mandela's unfinished draft, detailed notes that Mandela made as events were unfolding, and a wealth of unseen archival material. The result is a vivid and often inspirational account of Mandela's presidency and the creation of a new democracy. It tells the story of a country in transition and the challenges Mandela faced as he strove to make his vision for a liberated South Africa a reality.

Artemis

Author or Artist

Andy Weir
Artemis

Summary

The bestselling author of The Martian returns with an irresistible new near-future thriller--a heist story set on the moon.

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of her problems, as she learns that she's stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself--and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even riskier than the first.

Future Home of the Living God

Author or Artist

Louise Erdrich
Future Home of the Living God

Summary

Louise Erdrich, the New York Times bestselling, National Book Award-winning author of LaRose and The Round House, paints a startling portrait of a young woman fighting for her life and her unborn child against oppressive forces that manifest in the wake of a cataclysmic event.

The world as we know it is ending. Evolution has reversed itself, affecting every living creature on earth. Science cannot stop the world from running backwards, as woman after woman gives birth to infants that appear to be primitive species of humans. Thirty-two-year-old Cedar Hawk Songmaker, adopted daughter of a pair of big-hearted, open-minded Minneapolis liberals, is as disturbed and uncertain as the rest of America around her. But for Cedar, this change is profound and deeply personal. She is four months pregnant. Though she wants to tell the adoptive parents who raised her from infancy, Cedar first feels compelled to find her birth mother, Mary Potts, an Ojibwe living on the reservation, to understand both her and her baby's origins. As Cedar goes back to her own biological beginnings, society around her begins to disintegrate, fueled by a swelling panic about the end of humanity. There are rumors of martial law, of Congress confining pregnant women. Of a registry, and rewards for those who turn these wanted women in. Flickering through the chaos are signs of increasing repression: a shaken Cedar witnesses a family wrenched apart when police violently drag a mother from her husband and child in a parking lot. The streets of her neighborhood have been renamed with Bible verses. A stranger answers the phone when she calls her adoptive parents, who have vanished without a trace. It will take all Cedar has to avoid the prying eyes of potential informants and keep her baby safe. A chilling dystopian novel both provocative and prescient, Future Home of the Living God is a startlingly original work from one of our most acclaimed writers: a moving meditation on female agency, self-determination, biology, and natural rights that speaks to the troubling changes of our time.

Saint Paul Public Library now offers tools to create and share ebooks

Date: Oct 18th, 2017

SAINT PAUL, MN − In conjunction with other Minnesota libraries, Saint Paul Public Library now offers MN Writes MN Reads, a suite of resources to help local authors connect with readers.  MN Writes MN Reads provides tools for authors and readers to create, share, and read ebooks, freely available at www.sppl.org/MNwrites.

MN Writes MN Reads includes Pressbooks, an ebook creation service; SELF-e, a portal for sharing ebooks to the statewide collection; and Indie Minnesota, an easy-to-use collection where readers can find independently published ebooks in a wide variety of genres.

“Leading indie authors agree that building an audience of readers is the biggest challenge they face. This program marries a great ebook experience with the validation of the most respected library review resource in the world. The result is a program that enables writers to share their work with their local communities and with libraries around the country,” says Mitchell Davis, founder and Chief Business Officer of BiblioBoard, the vendor behind these three resources.

Funding comes in part from private academic libraries in Minnesota. Through the Metropolitan Library Services Agency (MELSA), residents in the seven-county metro now have access to SELF-e, and eventually, that access will be expanded to the full state.  As MELSA Executive Director Ken Behringer explains, “Writers in Minnesota will be able to create content in a variety of ebook formats, and the state’s readers will be able to find that content in a special online collection highlighting those self-published authors.”

Libraries are increasingly places of content creation. Saint Paul Public Library is excited to offer MN Writes MN Reads, which will enable the creation and sharing of a wide and diverse array of local stories. These resources will give local writers broader exposure and give readers access to locally-produced content.

To access MN Writes MN Reads, visit www.sppl.org/MNwrites.

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