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Book picks: Lively biography of a bold, brave Black woman

For adults, a look at how social media has changed us all.

Book picks for kids (and adults):

Looking for some reading inspiration? Here’s a peek at what KCLS staff and the young readers in their lives are digging into this month!

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For adults:


“Extremely Online,” by Taylor Lorenz
In this social history, author Taylor Lorenz takes readers on a journey through the invention and rise of social media and then zooms in to inspect how these platforms have radically changed everything from relationships and shopping, to the consumption of news and information. Lorenz builds a smooth narrative, which is no mean feat considering the abrupt beginnings and ends of these platforms. The most fascinating insight she offers is how deeply online activity has changed us and what it may portend for our future. Highly recommended even for those whose online presence is only marginal.

For kids:

“Holding Her Own,” written by Traci N. Todd, illustrated by Shannon Wright

Journalist, cartoonist, fashionista, activist, philanthropist and doll maker, Jackie Ormes made history. As the first nationally syndicated Black cartoonist, Ormes used her characters to comment on Black life and racism during the 1930s and 40s. Her fantastic parties and fashion shows raised money to support civil rights, drawing attention from J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI. Shannon Wright’s graphic novelist style incorporates Ormes’ original work in zippy, propulsive illustrations while Traci N. Todd’s spare words capture the ups and downs of mid-20th century America. Just in time for Women’s History Month, this is no ho-hum picture book biography, but an engaging informational work worthy of its 2024 Sibert Honor Medal.




Jenna Zarzycki is an adult services librarian at KCLS who works in south King County. She adores talking about books to anyone who will listen and regularly contributes to KCLS’ BookMatch and booklist services. Jenna likes fantasy, romance and narrative nonfiction best, although any book has the possibility to become a new favorite. KCLS Children’s Librarian Robin Howe serves her Kent Library community with tuneful Story Times and creative programs. She enjoys connecting young patrons to KCLS’ rich resources, and when she’s not reading aloud or jumping up and down to Sleeping Bunnies, she’s probably knitting, traveling or making soup


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Jenna Zarzycki and Robin Howe