Mental Health Day

By Lauren Read, Business, Science, & Technology Librarian

October is Health Literacy Month, and this post serves to highlight mental health, which often is given shorter shrift.  October 10th’s commemoration as World Mental Health Day has sparked further interest in exploring and sharing the topic.

The 2019 theme of World Mental Health Day is “Working Together to Prevent Suicide.”  Suicide is an astounding public health issue. No demographic is immune to depression and its effects, and the statistics are most harrowing for young adults.  About 50% of suicide attempts involve major depressive disorder; 90% involve some diagnosable (and treatable) psychiatric disorder.

If this information has gotten you concerned, the good news is that there is plenty to do about it.  Recognizing and treating (with or without pharmacology) depression and poor mental health is key. Building and maintaining personal connection and relationships can make the difference between feeling supported and seeming utterly alone.  So whether you are in need or know someone who may be, regular communication makes all the difference. Be a life-line and potentially save a life!

One local group that has community education for talking with individuals in need as well as crucial support groups for survivors of suicide attempts and survivors of suicide loss is the Maryland chapter of the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention.  The World Health Organization, which supports World Mental Health Day, has a wealth of information as well.  And an easy-to-remember suicide crisis hotline is simply dialing 2-1-1.  

The Pratt has a substantial research guide for Senior Mental Health Awareness in particular.  Of course, we have numerous books and other materials that cover mental health and suicide prevention.  Pennsylvania Avenue Branch has an upcoming program for men and for women with expert-facilitated conversations on living with mental illness.  And – not to be understated – increasing one’s social capital through the human connections fostered in “third places” such as the library is always a good thing.  Be well.

Hot Titles for Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month continues! Here’s a look at some of the latest books to hit our shelves from Hispanic and Latinx authors. Hope you enjoy these picks.

¡Los títulos más populares continúan llegando en el Mes de la Herencia Hispana! Aquí un vistazo a algunos de los libros más recientes de autores latinoamericanos que hemos recibido en nuestros estantes. Esperamos que disfrute de esta selección.


Empty Words
By Mario Levrero
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Gods of Jade and Shadow
By Sylvia Moreno-Garcia
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La Vampira Venecia
By Lorenzo Fernandez Bueno
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Optic Nerve
By Maria Gainza
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Definitely Hispanic
By LeJuan James
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No One is Illegal
By Justin Akers Chacón
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The Carrying
By Ada Limón
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The Mexican Keto Cookbook
By Torrie Borrelli
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A New Home
By Tania De Regil
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Dreams from Many Rivers
By Margarita Engle
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Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers
By Celia Pérez
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The Moon Within
By Aida Salazar
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Young Adult:

All of Us with Wings
By Michelle Ruiz-Keil
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Blanca & Roja
By Anna-Marie McLemore
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The Grief Keeper
By Alexandra Villasante
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We Set the Dark on Fire
By Tehlor Kay Meija
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Yay! New YA books come to the Pratt

October brings a group of graphic novels and young adult books that readers are sure to love. Don’t forget YA isn’t just for teens, many of those young at heart enjoy them too! Take a look at what’s new at the Pratt.

Boy Crazy Stacey
By Gale Galligan

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Dear Haiti, Love Alaine
By Maika Moulite & Maritza Moulite

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Making Friends Back to the Drawing Board
By Kristen Gudsnuk

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By Suzanne Walker

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By Akwaeke Emezi

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By Brittany Morris

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By Jen Wang

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The Crossover
By Kwame Alexander

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The Rise of Kyoshi
By FC Yee

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The Secret Commonwealth
By Philip Pullman

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The Tyrant’s Tomb
By Rick Riordan

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Wayward Son
By Rainbow Rowell

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New Book Sequels this Fall

As Fall returns, so does some of our favorite authors with new books. Celebrate the new season with books from best-selling authors. Check them out!

If you read The Handmaid’s Tale, try…

The Testaments
By Margaret Atwood

More than fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale, the theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on power, but there are signs it is beginning to rot from within. At this crucial moment, the lives of three radically different women converge, with potentially explosive results.

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If you enjoyed The Wedding Date, The Proposal, and The Wedding Party, check out…

Royal Holiday
By Jasmine Guillory

Vivian Forest can’t refuse tagging along on her daughter Maddie’s work trip to England to style a royal family member. She’s excited to spend the holidays taking in the magnificent British sights, but doesn’t expect to become instantly attracted to private secretary, Malcolm Hudson. When their flirtatious banter turns into a kiss under the mistletoe, things snowball into an unforgettable romance.

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If you read Class Mom, might want to give this a chance…

You’ve Been Volunteered
By Laurie Gelman

If you’ve ever been a room parent or school volunteer, Jen Dixon is your hero. She’s been roped into room-parenting yet again, for her son Max’s third grade class, but as her husband buries himself in work, her older daughters navigate adulthood, and Jen’s own aging parents start to need some parenting themselves, Jen gets pulled in more directions than any one mom, or superhero, can handle.

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Also new in fiction:

Home for Erring and Outcast Girls
By Julie Kibler

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Old Bones
By Douglass Preston & Lee Child

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By Salman Rushdie

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Right Beside You
By Mary Monroe

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The Gifted School
By Brue Holsinger

The Giver of Stars
By Jojo Moyes

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Things You Save in a Fire
By Katherine Center

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Happy Hispanic Heritage Month

¡Feliz Mes de la Herencia Hispana! Hispanic Heritage Month is observed each year from September 15 to October 15. Want to know why does Hispanic Heritage Month start on September 15? It’s the anniversary of independence for the Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.

Here’s a list of suggestions of books, music and tv/programs to help with celebrating the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the country’s history, heritage and culture.

¡Feliz Mes de la Herencia Hispana! El Mes de la Herencia Hispana o Mes de la Hispanidad en Estados Unidos, se celebra cada año del 15 de septiembre al 15 de octubre. 

Es una celebración sumamente importante, ya que se evocan los logros, aportes y contribuciones de la presencia hispana en nuestro país. ¿Desea conocer por qué se celebra el Mes de la Herencia Hispana o Mes de la Hispanidad iniciando el día 15 de septiembre? Porque celebran su independencia los países de México, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala,  y Nicaragua. 

Les presentamos la siguiente lista de sugerencias en libros, música y programas de televisión para que nos acompañen también ustedes a rendir honores a los grandes hechos culturales y las tradiciones de los países de habla hispana de México, Centro y Sudamérica.  

Children’s Books

Miguel Y La Gran Armonía
By Matt de la Peña

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Round is a Tortilla
By Roseanne Greenfield Thong
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Sal and Gabi Break the Universe
By Carlos Hernandez

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The Piñata That The Farm Maiden Hung
By Samantha R. Vamos

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Young Adult Books

Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas Pt.1)
By Zoraida Cordova

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Secrets of the Casa Rosada
By Alex Temblador

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The Truth Is
By NoNieqa Ramos

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With the Fire on High
By Elizabeth Acevedo

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By Rudolfo Anaya

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Blue Label
By Eduardo Sánchez Rugeles

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The House on The Lagoon
By Rosario Ferré

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The Sisters of Alameda Street
By Lorena Hughes

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Nonfiction & Memoirs

Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina
By Raquel Cepeda

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Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen
By Jose Antonio Vargas

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In the Country We Love: My Family Divided
By Diane Guerrero

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Perfectly You
By Mariana Atencio

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Los Ángeles
By Rosalía

By J. Balvin

The Last Concert
By Selena
By Luis Fonsi



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