Central Bedfordshire libraries celebrate Black History Month

October is Black History Month, so here are some highlights from the great selection of books by black writers in Central Bedfordshire libraries:

  • The Sellout by Paul Beatty won the Man Booker Prize in 2016, and is a biting satire about a young man’s isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court
  • Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi is a retelling of Snow White and a deeply moving novel about an unbreakable bond
  • Swing Time by Zadie Smith is a story about music and identity, race and class, and Zadie Smith’s most ambitious novel yet
  • Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a contemporary classic and a powerful story of love, race and identity
  • A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James, set against the backdrop of 1970s reggae culture and the attempted assassination of Bob Marley, won the Man Booker Prize in 2015
  • Born a Crime by Trevor Noah is a compelling, inspiring, (often comic) coming-of-age autobiography, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed

Your family history

Ancestry Library Edition is a version of the family history web site ‘Ancestry’ that you can use for free our libraries, giving you access to a huge range of resources for researching your family story.

The resources include ‘UK Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960’, an index to the Board of Trade’s passenger lists of ships arriving in the United Kingdom from foreign ports outside of Europe and the Mediterranean, which is an great source for information about the Windrush generation.

You’ll also find records for Jamaica and the Caribbean, including Parish Registers, birth, marriage and death records, and more.

If you want to find out more about the history of your family, Ancestry in the library is a great place to start.