I was inspired by medievalpoc ‘s Fiction Week to create my own display of diversity in fiction in my library! I’m displaying both authors of color/LGBTQ/disability and characters of same (because it’s not practical, in the course of a workday, to ask my coworkers to look up biographical information on authors before they out anything out), and I’m limited to adult fiction that’s on the shelf at our branch, but I’m having fun looking for books!

Related: there are not nearly enough fiction books by/about people with disabilities.

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Halloween display inspiration master post!

  1. Books that go bump in the night by Rachel
  2. Give me something good to read at Weinlos Elementary school
  3. I read dead people by Devon Libraries
  4. Haunted House by Hackley Public Library
  5. Beneath the surface - a seasonal spin on ‘blind date with a book’ - by SJC Library
  6. Spooky old books by Teri Sutton
  7. Scare up a good book - love the adapted symbol! - by Mary Ann Munroe of Heritage Middle School
  8. Decorative book wreath by Shabby Sweet Cottage
  9. Witch legs by Doreen Spencer
Possible Reasons You Have Not Seen These Paintings

redflawedglass replied to your photo: “Stephen Slaughter Portrait of Two Society Women England (c. 1740s) …”:

Sometimes it means the painting is in private hands, or (heaven forbid) no longer exists. :(

That’s true. Sometimes it’s because it’s not on display due to photosensitivity, or a host of other reasons.

And sometimes it’s the result of the devaluation of paintings of Black models, and a masterpiece sits moldering in a basement for 200 years.

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And sometimes it’s the result of paintings of Black people not being “British enough”, and being sold out of collections to whoever will take them.

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And sometimes it’s because no one can find it because it’s mislabeled, in the wrong section, or because no one seems to know where to put it.

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Or because it’s organized toward only specific topics, and the photography of the work in question reflects the bias towards white skin tones.

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^ note that none of those tags would lead people toward it who weren’t already writing about or researching race and racism.

The Bridgeman Art Library took the new photo a while after criticism was posted about the image they had available.

Librarians, curators, researchers, bloggers, writers-we all have opportunities every day to create massive change in our respective universes. We’re all making a difference. And that is why I always take the opportunity to challenge rather than just assuming there’s a good reason for these lacks. Most of my benefits of the doubt have already been exhausted, and if you don’t challenge, nothing changes.

“April showers bring May flowers”. We all heard the adage at some point which is why we decided to brighten up our book display to remind us the beauty of Spring weather. Here’s to looking forward to reading books in the park, at the coffee shop or wherever your hearts may lie under beautiful skies and warmer weather.

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