CDPL recognizes Disability Book Week


The Crawfordsville District Public Library would like to mark Disability Book Week April 23-29 by encouraging our patrons to view materials that support and recognize the disability community (#OwnVoices). This important week was born out of a mother’s unconditional love and desire to give her children more than was available. Empower yourself and others by celebrating with us and exploring the resources CDPL has to offer.

By definition, a disabled person is a person who is physically or mentally handicapped, injured or incapable at birth or thereafter, temporarily or permanently. Some people live independently while others need long-term care. For many, they could not pursue their dreams without the dedication and encouragement of family, friends and colleagues. If you want to learn more about Disability Book Week, visit At CDPL, we can always provide resources to bring you up to speed.

Here are some non-fiction highlights. In “Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist” (921 Heumann, J.), Judith Heumann, former assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services, tells us her exciting journey in life and within the disability rights movement. You can also read her story in “Disability Rights Movement” (j 323.37 Hay), an informative short read by Amy Hayes. “Disability Visibility: First-person Stories from the Twenty-first Century” (305.9 Dis) invites readers to relate to a variety of real-life experiences through a collection of short stories edited by Alice Wong.

Fiction lovers will be delighted by Stephen Spotswood’s novel “Fortune smiles on the dead” (FIC Spo). This is the first book in a series about the adventures of a New York private detective dealing with multiple sclerosis in the 1940s. “Degrees of Difficulty” (FIC Jus) by Julie E. Justicz follows a family dedicated through the multiple stages of adjusting to and caring for a loved one born with a rare chromosomal abnormality. Christina Morales’ Spanish-language novel, “Lectura Fácil” (FIC Mor SPA) is a progressive and powerful story about four women pushing the boundaries of oppression to challenge stereotypes within the city’s housing administration. Barcelona.

Looking for an easy read? Discover the chapter book “Welcome Back, Maple Mehta-Cohen” (j FIC McG) by Kate McGovern. It’s a lighthearted story about an imaginative college girl who can no longer hide her struggle with dyslexia. Also, the book “What happened to YOU?” (j E Cat) by James Catchpole and Karen George is an educational read for children and adults. It’s a sweet story about an adventurous child and includes a brief statement on proper ways to approach someone with a physical disability.

Stop by the reference desk on the second floor for help finding these books and more. A dynamic collection of reading material awaits. If you would like to view our catalog in advance, register for an upcoming program, or reserve a meeting room, visit our website at The CDPL is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. from Monday to Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Friday to Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Toni Ridgway-Woodall is a Library Assistant in the Reference and Local History Department at the Crawfordsville District Public Library.


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