K-12 Education Newsletter: Book recommendations and Black History Month

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Hennepin County Library K-12 Education Newsletter

February 2024

Books library staff loved, Black History Month, and book awards

Check out staff reading recommendations, celebrate Black History Month with library resources, and find award-winning youth titles available for checkout. 

Youth books we loved in 2023

We asked Hennepin County Library staff for what picture books, chapter books, graphic novels, and young adult fiction books they read and loved in 2023. Check out the staff's favorite children's and teen titles they read in 2023!

3 book covers with a heart labeled youth titles

Find additional staff reviews of books for teens and children on our website. 

You can also ask staff for personalized reading recommendations for yourself, your students, or your classroom. 

Celebrating Black History Month

Black History Month, or African American History Month, is celebrated nationally each year during February. It is a time to highlight the contributions and achievements of African American individuals and communities, as well as their struggles for freedom and equality in the United States.

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Library staff have created two new book lists:

Find more book lists and other resources for Black History Month on our website.

Youth Media Awards announced

youth media awards logo

In January, the American Library Association announced the winners and honor selections of the 2023 Youth Media Awards. Find these winners in the Hennepin County Library's catalog:

Find more literary awards on our website

Get a library card

It’s free to get a Hennepin County Library card, and anyone who needs to replace a lost or stolen library card can do so without paying a fee. You can get a new or replacement card in-person at any open library location, or apply online for a library e-card to access the library's online resources, including eBooks and other downloads. Apply online for a library e-card.


Questions? Ask Us

You can Ask Us your questions via phone, email, text, or live chat with staff. Chat is available Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday noon-5 p.m. 

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