Celebrating Black History Month with Milwaukee Public Library for February “Book of the Month” | WUWM 89.7 FM

At WUWM, we celebrate Black History Month throughout the month of February. Every month here on lake effectwe’re partnering with the Milwaukee Public Library for our Book of the Month series to bring you new reading recommendations.

For February, we’ll hear from Librarian Brittany Lee, Adult Services Librarian at the Washington Park branch, about her picks.

Lee’s first book recommendation is calledBlack girls must die exhausted” by Jayne Allen.

Milwaukee Public Library


Milwaukee Public Library

Black Girls Must Die Exhausted by Jayne Allen

The story follows a 33-year-old African American woman named Tabitha Walker, a journalist in Los Angeles, Lee summarizes. Lee says the book stood out for her because she felt like she was suffering from burnout and going through the same ordeals as protagonist Walker, who just receives heartbreaking news about her health when readers meet her. .

“I’m trying to branch out and read more African American authors. There’s a lot of new work coming out,” Lee says. “The storyline feels very close to how I’m living my life right now. It’s nice to read about someone who is kind of similar but still fictional at the same time.”

Lee also recommends a few additional readings to check out. She suggests “The Vanishing Half” by Brit Bennett, a book part of the Milwaukee Public Library’s Novel Ideas Book Club.

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Milwaukee Public Library


Milwaukee Public Library

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Another book is “Yellow House” by Sarah M. Broom. This book is part of the Climate Action Book Club of Milwaukee.

The Milwaukee Public Library is launching its Black History Reading Challenge for Black History Month, Lee adds. The challenge is for all ages and contestants must read three books about black culture or written by black authors.

“It can be graphic novels, non-fiction — pretty much anything around those two criteria. You can save anything you read. Once you’re done, you can turn in your report cards. vote at any of your public libraries in Milwaukee,” Lee says. .

Challenge winners have a chance to win a gift or gift card. It’s important to note that the Milwaukee Public Library is adding many more programs for children, teens, and adults throughout the month. For example, an East Branch librarian is hosting a Black Love Panel, and Lee adds that she has her own program for black Americans in Milwaukee on February 23.

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