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Anu Taranath

Anu Taranath

Humanities Washington presents Tangled: Why Your Hair Matters to Society

As part of the Summer Reading Program, the North Olympic Library System (NOLS) will host the Humanities Washington lecture Tangled: Why Your Hair Matters to Society on Tuesday, July 14 at 6 p.m. on Zoom. Join professor Anu Taranath to untangle the meaning of hair, and better understand the stories we tell about beauty, bias, and belonging. Registration is required to receive Zoom meeting information; visit, or call your local branch to register.

Hair is simply a collection of protein filaments that sprout from our scalp, yet it carries great meaning for us and our society. From twists and tapers to braids and buns, what’s on top of our head and how it is received by others often reflects society’s standards of beauty and desirability. Using song, video, poetry, and imagery, this interactive presentation encourages us to examine our cultural conceptions of gender, class, and race. Why, for example, is one kind of hair or hairstyle understood as “better” than another? Who says so? What are the consequences of sporting an unruly doo, and how has that changed over the years? Join professor Anu Taranath of Humanities Washington to untangle the meaning of hair, and better understand the stories we tell about beauty, bias, and belonging.

Anu Taranath is a member of the Humanities Washington Speaker’s Bureau, and professor at the University of Washington specializing in global literature, identity, race, and equity. She has received University of Washington’s Distinguished Teaching Award, a “Best of Seattle” designation from Seattle Weekly, and multiple national Fulbright awards and fellowships. She is the author of the book, “Beyond Guilt Trips: Mindful Travel in an Unequal World,” as well as a consultant for schools, colleges, libraries, community organizations, and government agencies on social justice and global issues.

About Humanities Washington

Humanities Washington sparks conversation and critical thinking using story as a catalyst, nurturing thoughtful and engaged communities across the state. Speakers Bureau is one of Humanities Washington’s oldest and most popular programs. A roster of 34 cultural experts and scholars provides low-cost, high-quality public presentations across the state, encouraging audiences to think, learn and engage in conversation. For more about Speakers Bureau, visit

No Waiting for Two Black Lives Matter Titles

North Olympic Library System (NOLS) patrons can immediately borrow and read two eTitles, honoring Black Lives Matter, with no waiting. NOLS readers can access the eBook, “Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor” through July 13, and the eAudiobook, “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” through July 14. These titles are available with no waiting list during this time. NOLS readers can participate by visiting or downloading the Libby app. For assistance accessing eMaterial, fill out the form at to set up an appointment with NOLS staff.

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla F Saad is a New York Times bestseller published in January 2020. It is based on the viral #meandwhitesupremacy Instagram challenge and provides a framework for readers to dismantle the privilege within themselves.

Michelle Alexander’s New York Times bestseller “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” was named one of the Most Influential Books of the Last 20 Years by the Chronicle of Higher Education and winner of the NAACP Image Award for Nonfiction, Alexander’s critically acclaimed book examines racial disparities through the lens of mass incarceration.

“Propagation, New Plants from Cuttings” by Rosalie Preble to be held Thursday, July 23

Rosalie Preble, a 1997 alumna of the WSU Clallam County Master Gardener program, will present an overview of the basics of softwood cutting propagation via Zoom Meetings on Thursday, July 23, from noon to 1 p.m. She will provide gardeners with a greater understanding of the variables involved in and the process for rooting softwood cuttings and will instruct attendees on the care of newly rooted ones. Preble will recommend the best plants for rooting success, how to take cuttings from the parent plant, and when to take them.

Rosalie has gardened in the Sequim area for 24 years. She has propagated plants from cuttings and other methods for more than 20 years, both to support the annual Clallam County Master Gardeners’ plant sale and to share with family and friends. Preble was awarded the Golden Trowel for lifetime achievement for her contributions to the Washington State University Master Gardener program.

Join Preble’s lecture through the following link:

Please login early to make sure the connection is working properly, volume on the speakers is adequate, microphone is muted so that attendees cannot hear background noise from your location and video is off.

The “Green Thumbs Garden Tips” education series is sponsored by the WSU Clallam County Master Gardeners and held on the second and fourth Thursday each month through October. In November, December, and January, one program is offered. These lectures provide home gardeners with education on topics relevant to planting and maintaining sustainable gardens and landscapes in Clallam County. For questions, call 360-565-2679.