I am so happy to be participating in this blog tour hosted by Sammie @ The Bookwyrm’s Den in support of her local public library’s Diverse Book Drive. The CCPL—a small, rural library in an area with a high poverty rate and a very homogeneous population, where people rarely have the means to travel or experience new perspectives. However, the library doesn’t believe that should stop people from learning more about the world around them, so they’re running a Diverse Book Drive through the month of September in an attempt to bring the rest of the world to the county instead. With a focus on MG and YA books, the CCPL aims to expose especially its young patrons to new and diverse perspectives and cultures.
To learn more about the drive, please head over to Sammie’s blog to get more details.
Top 5 Reasons to Love Zora
Zora cares deeply about her community. She starts a program for young kids who live in a walk-in school zone. This program, Walk Me Home, pairs up kids with older kids who help them walk to and from school when a parent or guardian is not able to walk with them. She also starts an aftercare program for the kids.
Zora loves her family. Her mom is a treat. She raises Zora to know her place in the world and does it well. Zora takes no guff from anyone and holds her chin high because she knows that she is worthy of respect and honor. Zora’s brother is a screw up turned outstanding citizen. Zora loves him deeply, and even with their problems, she knows he always has her back.
Zora cares about her black culture. She finds an old photo in the archives at her college prep program and cries because the individuals in the picture were trailblazers in black history. She admired them so much that she worked with her neighborhood kids to recreate it so that they could be the future trailblazers in African history.
Zora is a great friend. Skye is Zora’s best friend, and the conversations these two get into are hilarious, yet serious at times. Zora wants nothing but the best for her friend, even if it means Skye dating her brother. Zora works to get past her brother’s ne’er-do-well ways to see the great man he has become so that she can be happy for the new couple.
Zora is true to herself in the face of dissent. After Zora meets Owen, she meets many different faces of discrimination. From Owen’s security detail to being pulled from class and escorted to the campus police station, to the way Owen’s family treats her, Zora keeps her head up and takes it all on. This truth is an admiral trait because she doesn’t let anyone tell her who she is.
Library Wish List Links
If you order a wish list book from Bookshop, please send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org so the book can be removed to avoid duplicate purchases, as I do not believe the site automatically removes the book from the list.
Other ways to donate
- Amazon book idea wish list
- Monetary donations: PayPal to email@example.com
- Gently used or other new book donations mailed to:
Casey County Public Library
238 Middleburg St.
Liberty, KY 42539
Book donations are used at the discretion of the library.
September 2: Lauren @ Always Me – The Epic Crush of Genie Lo
September 3: Toya @ The Reading Chemist – Felix Ever After
September 4: Michelle @ Carry A Big Book – Sharks in the Time of Saviors
September 5: Shenwei @ READING (AS)(I)AN (AM)ERICA – The Astonishing Color of After
September 6: Maria @ A Daughter of Parchment and Paper – Patron Saints of Nothing
September 7: Bri @ Bri’s Book Nook – True Friends (Carmen Browne)
September 9: Sienna @ Daydreaming Book Lover – Loveless
September 10: Kerri @ Kerri McBookNerd – Raybearer
September 11: Noly @ The Artsy Reader – The Name Jar
September 12: Jacob @ The Writer’s Alley – Forest of Souls
September 13: Keri @ Are You My Book – The Tea Dragon Society
September 14: Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight – The Space Between Worlds
September 15: Melissa @ Ramblings of a Jedi Librarian – Girl in Translation
September 16: Livy @ Shelves of Starlight – Clap When You Land
September 17: Crystal @ Lost in Storyland – American Born Chinese
September 18: Lili @ Lili’s Blissful Pages – A Wish in the Dark
September 19: Leslie @ Books Are The New Black – The Poppy War
September 20: Noura @ The Perks of Being Noura – Love From A to Z
September 21: Crini @ Crini’s – A Pale Light in the Black
September 22: Rachelle @ Rae’s Reads and Reviews – Dear Haiti, Love Alaine
September 23: Dini @ DiniPandaReads – Wicked As You Wish
September 24: Madeline @ Mad’s Books – Spin the Dawn
September 25: Tessa @ Narratess – Brace Yourself
September 26: Kimberly @ My Bookish Bliss – Truly Madly Royally
September 27: Rena @ Bookflirting 101 – Anna K: A Love Story
September 28: Susan @ Novel Lives – Burn the Dark
September 29: Arina @ The Bookwyrm’s Guide to the Galaxy – A Song of Wraiths and Ruin
September 30: Maya – Jackpot