Revisit your Bookshelf Besties with Wake Libraries during Women’s History Month

Step into the world of timeless classics featuring strong female characters who inspired, and continue to inspire, generations with Wake County Public Libraries this Women’s History Month. “Bookshelf Besties,” a series of virtual programs, kicks off March 19.

“This is a great opportunity to rediscover literary treasures, celebrate female authors and reacquaint ourselves with enduring heroines,” said Commissioner Vickie Adamson. “Our librarians have put together engaging programs featuring books that have entertained and empowered generations.”

Bookshelf Besties features five virtual programs that celebrate the spirit of resilience, humor, intelligence, compassion and love. They’re free to attend, but registration is required to receive a link to join.

Feminist Fairy Tales, Folklore and the Fantastic
Tuesday, March 19 | 7 p.m.
The politics of gender in fairy tales are much more complicated than you might think. Join folklorists Dr. Sara Cleto and Dr. Brittany Warman of The Carterhaugh School of Folklore and the Fantastic for a program that may change your opinion on some of our world’s most famous stories.

“Anne of Green Gables” for Adults: Rereading a “Children’s” Classic
Tuesday, March 26 | 7 p.m.
“Anne of Green Gables” has been a literary phenomenon for over 100 years. Join Lucy Maud Montgomery expert Carolyn Collins, author of “The Anne of Green Gables Treasury,” to rediscover the enchanting world of Avonlea through an adult lens. Explore Anne’s coming-of-age in 19th century Prince Edward Island, Canada, and learn how “Carrots” herself has captivated prime ministers, prominent authors, even princes and princesses!

The Mystery of Nancy Drew
Wednesday, April 3 | 7 p.m.
Ninety years ago, a plucky detective stepped out of her blue roadster and into the hearts of readers. The brainchild of publisher Edward Stratemeyer, Nancy Drew proved that a strong heroine with style and bravery could win huge popularity. Join historian Leslie Goddard, Ph.D, to explore the history of America’s favorite girl detective. Who was Carolyn Keene, author of the series? Why did this girls’ book series, more than any other, captivate generations of readers?

Bobby Sox and Jukeboxes: Mid-Century Books of the “Malt Shop” Era
Tuesday, April 9 | 7 p.m.
Have you ever wanted to read an out-of-print childhood classic that now sells for $100 on e-Bay? Presenter Dr. Joy Canfield solved the problem facing those seeking nostalgic reads by reprinting timeless classic girls “Malt Shop” era series fiction from the 1930s to the 1960s. Learn about the republishing process, and explore many of the titles and series that are now back in print. Why is nostalgia for these books so keen?

Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House: The Home of “Little Women”
Thursday, April 18 | 7 p.m.
Visit Orchard House (c. 1650) where Louisa May Alcott crafted the timeless classic "Little Women.” The backdrop for the literary masterpiece as well as the real-life home of the eclectic Alcott family, the house-now-museum is so authentic that visitors often comment that "a visit to Orchard House is like a walk through Little Women!" Join Orchard House executive director Jan Turnquist to discover the real-life Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy March via the spaces that inspired the March sisters' adventures, and gain historical context into the novel’s setting and beloved characters.

The Bookshelf Besties series is intended for adults, and each program will last between 60 and 90 minutes. Learn more at

A complete list of all Women’s History Month events at Wake County Public Libraries locations can be found here.

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