Monday, May 31, 2021

Haverford's Plant and Seed Swap!


100 yr. Anniversary of The Tragedy , Massacre, Destruction & the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 !

It was once known as "Black Wall Street”. Some of America's most prominent lived in Tulsa, just north of downtown. There were black owned grocery store, clothing stores, theaters and restaurants, but with a few minutes, it was all destroyed.

The growth of the oil industry made Tulsa, Oklahoma a rich town by 1921. Its predominantly black section, Greenwood, achieved a level of wealth that earned its name as the "Negro Wall Street of America."  African Americans comprised about 12 % of the overall population. Whites’ responded violently to the accomplishment of African Americans began organizing mobs of white citizens that arbitrarily assaulted blacks on a daily basis.

Tulsa Riot of 1921,that devastated some 40 city blocks in the mostly-black Greenwood district of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

There had also been several lynching in the vicinity of Tulsa, a major Ku Klux Klan hub, and blacks armed themselves for protection. The riot of 1921 was the culmination of these racial tensions.

In 1921, a 19 year old black man named Dick Rowland took a break from his downtown job as a shoe shiner to use the restroom at the top of a nearby building. Sarah Page, a 17 year old white girl who was operating the elevator there, claimed that Rowland assaulted her. Rowland was arrested the following day and incarcerated at the local courthouse.

Before the incident had been investigated, the May 31 Tulsa Tribune reported that Rowland, who was identified only by his color, "attacked Page, scratching her hands and face, and tearing her clothes off." That evening, a crowd of whites began to gather outside the courthouse in response to the paper's assertion that Rowland was going to be lynched.

The sheriff tried unsuccessfully to disperse the crowd, which by 10:30 PM had grown to nearly 2000. A group of 50 to 75 armed black men, who previously had been turned away, returned to the courthouse to help the sheriff defend Rowland. 

One of the white men tried to disarm one of the blacks, a shot was fired, and the two groups opened fire. Vastly outnumbered, the blacks retreated to Greenwood.  

Records kept by the Red Cross estimate that "1115 houses and businesses
belonging to black people had been burned down, and that another 314 had been looted".

Sarah Page refused to prosecute Dick Rowland: follow-up investigation found that Rowland had stumbled into the girl as he was getting off the elevator, and all charges were dropped.

What’s so unbelievable with the Tulsa Riot of 1921 is that all these people lost their life and all those business and homes that were destroyed based on a LIE. This story must be told!! Mr.Philly Librarian


  • Scott Ellsworth, Death in a Promised Land: The Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1982).
  • John Hope Franklin and Scott Ellsworth, eds., The Tulsa Race Riot: A Scientific, Historical and Legal Analysis (Oklahoma City: Tulsa Race Riot Commission, 2000).
  • Eddie Faye Gates, They Came Searching: How Blacks Sought the Promised Land in Tulsa (Austin, Tex.: Eakin Press, 1997).
  • Loren L. Gill, "The Tulsa Race Riot" (M.A. thesis, University of Tulsa, 1946).
  • Robert N. Hower, "Angels of Mercy": The American Red Cross and the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot (Tulsa, Okla.: Homestead Press, 1993).
  • Mary E. Jones Parrish, Events of the Tulsa Disaster (Tulsa, Okla.: Out on a Limb Publishing, 1998).

Friday, May 7, 2021

New Teen Fiction Books @ Haverford


  Let’s get Ready for Summer Reading! Come Check out some of our New Teen Fiction Books.  Click on the links under the descriptions and put the books on hold for pickup at Haverford Library.

 The Life I'm In Hardcover by Sharon G. Flake (Author)

 The powerful and long-anticipated companion to The Skin I'm In, Sharon Flake's bestselling modern classic, presents the unflinching story of Char, a young woman trapped in the underworld of human trafficking.

The Beautiful Struggle by Ta-Nehisi Coates  (Author)
As a child, Ta-Nehisi Coates was seen by his father, Paul, as too sensitive and lacking focus. Paul Coates was a Vietnam vet who'd been part of the Black Panthers and was dedicated to reading and publishing the history of African civilization. When it came to his sons, he was committed to raising proud Black men equipped to deal with a racist society, during a turbulent period in the collapsing city of Baltimore where they lived.

Coates details with candor the challenges of dealing with his tough-love father, the influence of his mother, and the dynamics of his extended family, including his brother "Big Bill," who was on a very different path than Ta-Nehisi. Coates also tells of his family struggles at school and with girls, making this a timely story to which many readers will relate.

This Is My America   by Kim Johnson  (Author)

Every week, seventeen-year-old Tracy Beaumont writes letters to Innocence X, asking the organization to help her father, an innocent Black man on death row. After seven years, Tracy is running out of time--her dad has only 267 days left. Then the unthinkable happens. The police arrive in the night, and Tracy's older brother, Jamal, goes from being a bright, promising track star to a "thug" on the run, accused of killing a white girl. Determined to save her brother, Tracy investigates what really happened between Jamal and Angela down at the Pike. But will Tracy and her family survive the uncovering of the skeletons of their Texas town's racist history that still haunt the present?

The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert  (Author)

Marva Sheridan was born ready for this day. She’s always been driven to make a difference in the world, and what better way than to vote in her first election?

Duke Crenshaw is so done with this election. He just wants to get voting over with so he can prepare for his band’s first paying gig tonight.

Only problem? Duke can’t vote.

When Marva sees Duke turned away from their polling place, she takes it upon herself to make sure his vote is counted. She hasn’t spent month’s doorbelling and registering voters just to see someone denied their right.

And that’s how their whirlwind day begins, rushing from precinct to precinct, cutting school, waiting in endless lines, turned away time and again, trying to do one simple thing: vote. They may have started out as strangers, but as Duke and Marva team up to beat a rigged system (and find Marva’s missing cat), it’s clear that there’s more to their connection than a shared mission for democracy.


Thursday, April 22, 2021

Philly New Authors: Jerome Allen & Kareem Rosser


Hi Haverford Avenue Branch Family we are back Open and we Miss you! Come Check out some of our New Adult Non – Fiction Books. This week Mr.PhillyLibrarian showcasing books by first time Philly Authors.
Click on the links under the descriptions and put the books on hold for pickup at Haverford Library.

When the Alphabet Comes: A Life Changed by Exposure By Jerome Allen
- WHEN THE ALPHABET COMES: A Life Changed by Exposure is in many ways, a confession. Jerome Allen confesses his shortcomings, his sins and regrets, his wavering faith. He also confesses his deep love of family, of North Philadelphia, basketball and hip-hop.
As he recounts the timeline of being charged, convicted, and sentenced in a case that provided federal entre to the Varsity Blues college admissions scandal, he interprets his both his failings and his loves through his faith.

Crossing the Line: A Fearless Team of Brothers and the Sport That Changed Their Lives Forever
by Kareem Rosser
Born and raised in West Philadelphia, Kareem thought he and his siblings would always be stuck in “The Bottom”, a community and neighborhood devastated by poverty and violence. Riding their bicycles through Philly’s Fairmount Park, Kareem’s brothers discover a barn full of horses. Noticing the brothers’ fascination with her misfit animals, Lezlie Hiner, founder of The Work to Ride stables, offers them their escape: an after school job in exchange for riding lessons.
What starts as an accidental discovery turns into a love for horseback riding that leads the Rossers to discovering their passion for polo. Pursuing the sport with determination and discipline, Kareem earns his place among the typically exclusive players in college, becoming part of the first all-Black national interscholastic polo championship team—all while struggling to keep his family together.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

The In the Margins Book Awards (ITM) Committee Top Ten List for 2021

 February 8, 2021

2021 ITM Press Release

Contact:  Sabrina Carnesi, In the Margins Book Awards Committee Chair

NEWPORT NEWS, VA. – The In the Margins Book Awards (ITM) committee is pleased to announce their selection for overall top titles and Top Ten List for 2021.  In the Margins Book Award selections are inclusive of stories written for youth between the ages of 9 and 21, in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, and advocacy. Many books considered for this award are self-published and from smaller independent publishers.  The committee’s charge is inclusive of youth living a marginalized existence, with specific focus on narratives and informational text that address the disproportionality of injustices experienced by BIPOC youth from the historical impact of cultural irrelevance and structural exclusion which often finds them living in poverty, in the streets, in custody, or a cycle of all three.

In addition to reading and discussing a multitude of book titles published over the previous 18 months of the award year, a unique selection experience of the committee is the input received from young adults who have also read and directly shared their opinions on the same book titles.   Incorporating the enthusiastic response from youth who live the experiences of our charge is a vital component to generating this annual reading list which was originally intended as a selection tool for librarians who service youth in juvenile detention facilities throughout the North American continent, and has since spread to community outreach programs and schools throughout North America.

Accessing books for 2021 consideration during the past year’s quarantine was the committee’s greatest challenge.  With our charge requiring direct feedback from youth who are members of underrepresented groups, we faced numerous roadblocks.  The greatest being the closure of youth facilities and the stoppage of distribution from the  warehouses.  Once businesses throughout the nation began to move out of quarantine, we used friends, family, neighbors, and community youth we found access to for feedback.  In one particular situation, a local barber shop proved to be a saving grace, providing feedback from black males ages 6 to 70 or older.  Of particular interest to this group was one book on our Social Justice Advocacy List that documents the black American barber shop as a space that promotes voice and agency for black American males whose voices have been historically silenced. Another saving grace was the outreach we received from independent and major publishing houses in both the United States and Canada, as well as the self-published authors and small presses that went the distance with us when we hit the brick wall. Their efforts made it possible for our lists to truly reflect not only the worlds of the youth who are members of the underrepresented in our North American Diaspora, these efforts have made it possible for our lists to provide a mirrored documentation of the past year’s struggled demands for long-overdue changes to the social injustices that have historical been denied, avoided, overlooked, and silenced.  With that as background,  our top title selections in each category for 2021 are deeply rooted in the issues and demands that were voiced in the streets of this nation.  Those titles are:

Illegal,  written by Francisco X. Stork, published by Scholastic Press (2020), won Top Title for Fiction (YA).

In this follow-up to Disappeared, this second installment makes use of the parallel storylines of siblings Sara and Emiliano Zapato who escape to the United States in a desparate attempt to avoid the crime and horror from the local Mexican cartel’s human trafficking activity.  When the siblings are separated after crossing over, one is in a detention facility and the other is trying to evade American immigration authorities and members of the cartel that have followed in an attempt to stop the siblings from reporting their activity. The siblings soon discover what they thought was truth is no longer a reality due to the United States’ newly policy and practice applied to the horrific mistreatment of the undocumented in this land of the free. Members of the committee strongly believe this title “speaks loud and strongly against the hundreds of thousands of missing and murdered indigenous women (MMIW) who face murder rates over ten times this country’s national average.”  This legacy of invasion against the lives women Indigenous to this land can be traced back to the initial acts of colonization and is rampant in our border towns.  Sabrina Carnesi, committee chair, shares the committee’s position that “not enough on this issue can be written.”

Badass Black Girl:  Quotes, Questions, and Affirmations for Teens written by M. J. Fievre, published by Mango Publishing (2020) won Top Title for Nonfiction (Young Adult).

Written in the style of journal entries, black girls and femme-identifying youth are provided with daily affirmations to help them tackle issues of friendship, identity, school, career, bullying, and stereotypes so they can push past the barriers that prevent them from turning their dreams into a future reality.   Many of the passages are from well known black female leaders, writers, and celebrities, as well as historical figures.  Part celebration, part spiritual wish, part memoir, Fievre incorporates her Haitian roots into the book’s text by ending each chapter with Kempe, a Creole word of encouragement that can be interpreted to mean hold firm or be strong.   After reading the book, the committee came to a consensus that “while the book is written for black girls, girls of all diverse backgrounds will be able to gain insight from the advice, as well.”

When the Alphabet Comes: A Life Changed by Exposure written by Jerome Allen, published by Nobel and Arch (2019), won Top Title for Advocacy and Social Justice.

An in-depth look at how the legendary basketball great Jerome Allen shares the timeline that counts down from his federal charges and conviction due to the Varsity Blue college admissions scandal as head coach of the Men’s Basketball team at the University of Pennsylvania in 2018.  Before involving himself in a bribery deal to secure the admissions into his university by-way-of the men’s basketball team, Allen’s integrity could not be matched. After the scandal broke, however, Allen’s action:  put the basketball program on a two-year probationary ban; cost him his position as head coach at UPenn; and banned him from actively participating in any NCAA affiliated basketball program until the year 2035.  Allen uses this autobiographical narrative as an opportunity to provide guide posts to those who need to find a pathway out of the shame and despair into the triumph. The committee strongly believes this memoir serves as a strong tool of advocacy against the ways in which “entitlement, privilege and status obsession is used by the wealthy to manipulate the odds” for getting their children into some of this nation’s most elite colleges.  Carnesi adds that readers can’t help but “wonder how such pre-pandemic behavior would be received had the exposure occurred during the pandemic, and whether our nation’s post-pandemic mindset will abide with such blatant acts.”

This year’s Top Ten List highlights the 25 titles that comprise the fiction, nonfiction, and advocacy lists which are posted on the book awards list website.  In the Margins Official 2021 Top Ten titles are as follows:

Bleschke, Mark. INTO THE STREETS: A Young Person’s Visual History of Protest in the United States (Illustrated Edition). July 2020. Zest Books. $19.99. Paperback. 176 pages. 9781541579040. Young Adult. A pictorial account of protest for human rights in this nation, ranging chronologically from the early 1492 Pueblo Revolts of Indigenous Nations against Spanish colonization through the 2020 Post George Floyd/ Breonna Taylor BLM Protests, during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. Guidelines on how youth can organize for peaceful and safe protests of their own is also available at the end of the book.

Fievre, M. J.  Badass Black Girl:  Quotes, Questions, and Affirmations for Teens.  January 2020.  Mango Publishing. $16.95.  Paperback.  208 pages.  9781642501728.  Young Adult and Older Teens.  Written in journal style, this book provides the reader with daily affirmations to help tackle issues of friendship, identity, school, career, bullying, and stereotypes.

Gale, Heather and Mika Song. HO’ONANI: Hula Warrior. October 2019. Tundra Books. Hardback. $17.99. 40 pages. 978-0735264496. Picture Book for Older Readers. Based on the true story of an 11 year-old Hawaiian girl who wished to play the male role in a traditional school presentation and her teacher, a transgender, whose identity is embraced and held in high esteem by Hawaiian people and the Aloha culture of acceptance for gender identity. A variety of documentaries are available online as resources for this picture book for all ages.

Khan-Cullors, Patrisse and Asha Bendele. When They Call You a Terrorist: A Story of Black Lives Matter and the Power to Change the World. September 2020. Wednesday Books. $18.99. Hardback. 272 pages. 9781250194985. Young Adults. A young adult version of the original text by one of the creators of the Black Lives Matter movement. Chronicling the author’s beginnings of being racially profiled by police while growing up in Van Nuys, California through current times. The reader is privvy to the author’s lifetime experience with stress due to the racially aggression climate in this country. Resources for helping youth cope with a variety of mental health needs is provided.

Passage Academy Students at Belmont. Everything I Been Through. August 2020. Divinity Publishing. $15.00. Paperback. 273 pages. 9788676358005. Older Teens and Adults. A unique glimpse into the life of youth who were enrolled in a New York JD facility, as told in their own words. The series of poems and short stories show their resiliency and will to move forward, despict what they have had to face in their young lives.

Piccolo, Normandy D. Why is Kristyn a Kutter? June 2019. Normandy’s Bright Idea. $15.00. Paperback.  273 pages. 9788676358005. Older Teens. Instead of talking about her problems, Kristyn’s rebellious spirit and self-hate has lead to episodes of depression and self-mutilation when things go wrong.  It didn’t help that her best friend committed suicide, having her wonder if she will end up the same way.  Resources for crisis  intervention through national centers and online support is available.

Price, James. THE COMEBACK: I Raised These Streets. August 2020. Divinity Publishing. $15.00. Paperback.  273 pages. 9788676358005. Older Teens and Adults. Choosing the streets over a full academic ride to an Ivy League college, Ricky Thomas, Jr. follows in the path of his drug dealing father. Clashing with Steven Brown over who will rule the streets and gain the affection of the girl, without losing their life in the process.

Robertson, David A., Scott B. Henderson, and Donavan Yaciuk. THE RECKONER RISES:  Breakdown (Volume 1). August 2020. Highwater.  Paperback.  $21.95. 64 pages. 9781553798903. Young Adults. Cole and Eva in a serious state of transition after events occurring on their reservation almost completely wiped out their entire nation of  people.  Now in this graphic sequel to The Reckoner trilogy, Cole is beginning to receive terrifying visions and Eva’s new abilities is pulling them both towards the inevitable, as the reader follows their morph into the super heroes of Indigenous ancestry.

Spock, Francisco X.  Illegal:  A Disappeared Novel.  August 2020.  Scholastic Press.  $18.99.  Hardcover. 304 pages.  9781338310550.  Young Adult and Older Teens.  In a follow-up to Disappeared, this second installment makes use of parallel storylines, a brother and sister as they flee to the US for a safer life away from the violence of drug cartels.  Upon arrival, however, new challenges emerge centered around the horrors of the American immigration nightmare, which treats new immigrants as something less than human.

Waters, Michael W. and Keisha Morris. For Beautiful Black Boys Who Believe in a Better World.  September 2020. Flyaway Books. $18.00. Hardback.  40 pages. 9781947888081. Children. A picture book for old readers that seeks to dispel the pretense behind the constant shooting of unarmed black men and boys by people of authority. The deaths of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Edwards are included in this narrative of hope.

The 2021 committee is composed of juried and nonjuried members librarians and library academics currently work with youth who experience the challenging circumstances of marginalized issues represented in the selected titles. Members of the 2021 juried committee are:

Sabrina Carnesi, University of Washington, Seattle, WA;

Marvin DeBose, Philadelphia Free Libraries, Philadelphia, PA;

Raemona Little-Taylor, Marin County Free Libraries, San Anselmo, CA.; and

Dr. Rae Anne Montague, Chicago State University, Chicago, Illinois