Black Voices and Anti-Racism Resources
The Library is a great resource for finding books that celebrate Black voices as well as materials about fighting racism. From empowering fiction by authors of color to nonfiction about all aspects of racial justice, there are enlightening materials available for everyone: kids, teens, and adults. Explore some of these resources to discover new Black authors and to learn and grow in your knowledge of and commitment to anti-racism.
The Black Lives Matter article from Library's Books and Authors blog features memoirs by Black authors who explore the impacts of racism and injustice as well as anti-racist nonfiction and fiction for teen readers.
The anti-racism bookshelf on the Library's Goodreads page consists of dozens of nonfiction titles about a variety of aspects of racism and methods for fighting it.
The Library's Social Justice Book Group, hosted on Goodreads, will read and discuss books that help us understand social issues and learn what we can do to take action. For the first discussion, which will begin in July, the group will read "Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America" by Ibram X. Kendi (available from the Library in print as well as a Hoopla Digital audiobook).
While it's important to shine a light on the struggle of the Black community, it's also important to highlight books of all genres and subjects featuring Black characters and authors. If you'd like to escape into a happily-ever-after, check out our Black Joy Matters blog article for some optimistic Black stories to sink into. For sci-fi and fantasy fans, our Afrocentric Science Fiction and Fantasy article offers some great suggestions.
Book Lists for Children and Teens
See Our World (ages 0-2)
Celebrate Our Differences (ages 3-5)
Talking to Kids About Race (ages 6-8)
Stand Up, Speak Out (ages 9-12)
Black Voices, Black Lives (teen)
Black Voices, Black Lives: Nonfiction (teen)
Digital Content for All Ages
Due to increased demand, there are long hold lists on many of the anti-racism titles in the Library's collection, and the Library has purchased additional copies of many of those titles to reduce waiting time. In the meantime, you can take advantage of digital content on Hoopla Digital with no waiting. Check out these collections of Hoopla e-books, digital audiobooks, and movies addressing racism.
Conversations About Race for Adults
Conversations on Race: YA Reads
Talking to Kids About Race
Also, OverDrive has announced that for a limited time they are offering free, simultaneous access (no holds) to several titles related to racial justice. You can learn more about the titles on Overdrive's Black Lives Matter: Community Read page.
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