Many Voices

Nevada County Community Library offers a variety of programs and resources that explore equity, diversity, and culture.

Diverse Perspective Book Club
Diverse People of Color

Diverse Perspectives Book Club gives us the opportunity to learn about various cultures, ideas, and new perspectives. The book club meets at 4:00 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month to discuss the book and participate in an activity.

Come ready to discuss this month's book...

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Look Me in the Eye by John Elder Robison

Registration is open for all ages.

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Nevada County Read & Writes 2021

Art Walk & Welcoming

February 8th – 13th 2021

Walk around town and enjoy art inspired by themes from The Round House by Louise Erdrich, including original art submitted by local high school students for the Teen Art Contest in the Fall 2020 semester, poetry, and short film! On Saturday February 13th at 1pm, join Shelly Covert from the California Heritage Indigenous Research Project (CHIRP) live online in her welcoming address as she inspires our county to look towards our own local history and talk about the work of CHIRP and the Nisenan tribe.

Finale – Native Voice

March 27th 2021 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Shelly Covert, Spokesperson for the Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan Tribe, Tribal Council member, and Executive Director for the California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project, or CHIRP, will facilitate this finale event featuring speaker Suzan Shown Harjo, President of The Morning Star Institute.  Poet, writer, lecturer and policy advocate, who has helped Native Peoples protect sacred places and recover more than one million acres of land.

Join our Book Discussions on The Round House:

February 10—Bear River Bookworms 
February 11—Wine & Read Book Club Online
February 16—Just Books Book Club Online
February 25—Penn Valley Page Turners Online
March 2– Diverse Perspectives Book Club Online
March 19—Forever Young Book Club Online

Special Teen Book Club: Join this February 17 guided workshop and discussion about #NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women, edited by Charleyboy and Leatherdale, with special guest Joy Molaro, licensed professional clinical counselor with training in expressive arts therapy. We'll share our sketchbooks and any other creative works inspired by the book. Leave with more inspiration for your art book as well as more insight into diverse voices, stories, and experiences. 

Story Walks

Three picture books with Native stories will be featured in the different towns in the county.

ANI’TO’O’PEK BETEYIM PAIYOM: Voice of the Nisenan
Grass Valley: February  1—21
Nevada City: February 22—March 14
Truckee: March 15—April 2

Home to Medicine Mountain
Nevada City: February 1—20
Truckee: February 22—March 14
Grass Valley: March 15—April 2

Bo’yebe tej

Truckee: February 1—20
Grass Valley: February 22—March 14
Nevada City: March 15—April 2

Writing Workshop Series

Three local writers will guide participants through a series of small virtual group activities on creative writing around themes from The Round House on February 22, March 8, and March 22.

Using Art to support Mental Health and Foster Resiliency:

Grab a bag of art supplies from your local branch and join us in a virtual series on the role of art in mental health on February 19, February 26 and March 5.

Nisenan Tours
Three virtual tours will be held about different locations around Nevada County that are significant to the Nisenan with talks from representatives of the Nisenan and local Historical Societies on February 16, February 23, and March 2.

Nisenan Cultural Programs
With support from local Nisenan groups, these three virtual programs will focus on the history and culture of one of our local tribes on March 9, March 16, and March 23rd.

Red Scarves Project
Local knitters and newbies alike from Nevada County and surrounding communities are invited to pick up a grab bag kit and knit red scarves to raise awareness for area women's shelters and advocacy groups.

February 18—Grass Valley
February 24—Bear River
March 4—Doris Foley
March 4—Penn Valley
March 18—Truckee
March 25—Madelyn Helling

Community Conversations
Three virtual programs with help from representatives from Color Me Human will be held to give the community a safe space to discuss difficult topics.

February 15—Racism
March 1—Power
March 15—Equity

Film Series
Six screenings of movies that relate to the themes in The Round House will be held virtually

February 18—Smoke Signals
February 25—Young Lakota
March 4—Barking Water
March 11—Language Healers & Ishi's Return
March 18—Rhymes for Young Ghouls
March 25—Nevada City Film Festival Nisenan Project

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ProQuest's Black Freedom Struggle website provides a rich array of source material on African American efforts to secure civil and human rights - from slavery to the present - allowing students to pursue exciting avenues of inquiry and enabling teachers to teach African American history accurately and effectively.