New Nonfiction: Wednesday, May 26

The Macedon Public Library Board of Trustees has voted to open the library for in-person visits. There will be several computers available that may be used for one hour. The Discovery Room is still closed. We ask you to keep your visit short, as we will only be allowing in up to ten people at a time. We will continue to offer “Grab and Go” services for those who prefer to place their books on hold online and then pick them up in the cabinet outside the library.

Here are a few of the new books that have come in to the library recently. We invite you to check them out!

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Every Tenant’s Legal Guide

This guidebook contains legal and practical information for tenants, and contains dozens of sample letters and forms. Topics discussed include: getting landlords to make repairs by using rent withholding or repair-and-deduct; avoiding disputes with roommates over rent, deposits, guests, and noise; fighting illegal discrimination, retaliation, or sexual harassment; dealing with hazards like lead paint, mold, or bedbugs; breaking a lease with minimum liability; and getting a security deposit returned on time. This book includes the latest state-by-state laws including security deposit rules and termination notice requirements. This book also includes expanded sections on tenant rights regarding sublets (including through Airbnb-type services), using marijuana in the rental, and using social media to find rentals.

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Growing Plants and Flowers: All the Know-How You Need to Plant and Tend Outdoor Areas Using Eco-Friendly Methods

Sean and Allison McManus, the gardening pros behind the popular website and podcast Spoken Garden, answer all of your questions and more. With help from this easy-to-follow beginner gardening guide, you’ll learn: Tips for selecting the best plants and flowers for your growing conditions; The best planting techniques for different types of plants; How to mulch trees, shrubs, and garden beds correctly; Pruning dos and don’ts for common garden plants; Ways to keep weeds out of outdoor areas — without using synthetic herbicides; How to recognize and manage different pests and diseases naturally; Insider tips on everything from the difference between annuals and perennials to choosing the best organic fertilizer. Plus, you’ll find time-management advice and tips for effective, resource-conscious gardening. You will close the book not only knowing how to care for your home’s outdoor plantings using earth-friendly methods, but also knowing the satisfaction of a beautiful, all-natural landscape.

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On Juneteenth

“It is staggering that there is no date commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.” -Annette Gordon-Reed. The essential, sweeping story of Juneteenth’s integral importance to American history, as told by a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and Texas native. Interweaving American history, dramatic family chronicle, and searing episodes of memoir, Annette Gordon-Reed, the descendant of enslaved people brought to Texas in the 1850s, recounts the origins of Juneteenth and explores the legacies of the holiday that remain with us. From the earliest presence of black people in Texas — in the 1500s, well before enslaved Africans arrived in Jamestown — to the day in Galveston on June 19, 1865, when General Gordon Granger announced the end of slavery, Gordon-Reed’s insightful and inspiring essays present the saga of a “frontier” peopled by Native Americans, Anglos, Tejanos, and Blacks that became a slaveholder’s republic. Reworking the “Alamo” framework, Gordon-Reed shows that the slave-and race-based economy not only defined this fractious era of Texas independence, but precipitated the Mexican-American War and the resulting Civil War. A commemoration of Juneteenth and the fraught legacies of slavery that still persist, On Juneteenth is stark reminder that the fight for equality is ongoing.

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