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Columbus Day and Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Today is Columbus Day, a federal holiday that was created in 1937. To learn more about Columbus Day and its history, read this article from the Library of Congress.

For books on Columbus and more, check out these titles! To find them in our collection, click on the book covers below.

In many places, Columbus Day has either been replaced or joined by Indigenous Peoples’ Day as a way to recognize and honor the culture and history of native people. To learn more about Indigenous Peoples’ Day, read this Smithsonian Magazine article!

There are several ways to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day through educational programs, books, and more! For example, watch the inagural reading from Poet Laureate Joy Harjo. Harjo is the first Native American to serve as U.S. Poet Laureate. For more ideas on how to celebrate, click here!

You can also find a bibliography of books from indigenous authors in our collection, click the image below for the full PDF which links directly to our catalog.

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