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LGBT Teen Reads Adults Will Love

The following selection of books features LGBT characters from differing cultural backgrounds dealing with everyday life and battling insurmountable odds. Featuring stories of magic, special abilities, financial hardship, love, and relationships with family and friends, these books are enjoyable to teens and adults of all ages. 


Working-Class Voices

Dive into working-class voices and thought-provoking narratives about what it means to be an American worker.


Black History is American History

In the words of activist Rachel Cargle, "Black history is American history." Open your eyes and ears to the stories of our country's history told by Black Americans.


Classics by Black Authors

Although the established canon of classic literature has historically excluded marginalized voices, Black authors have continued to write artful, influential works. Check out these classics by Black authors that you might not have read in school. 


Graphic Novels

Check out these Own Voices fiction and non-fiction graphic novels.


Black Money Matters

Stretch that dollar further with help from these personal finance experts.


Anti-Racism Resources

The Library is a great resource for finding materials about fighting racism, with enlightening items available for everyone: kids, teens, and adults. Explore some of these resources to learn and grow in your knowledge of and commitment to anti-racism.


Indigenous Stories

Indigenous Peoples' Day celebrates and honors Native American peoples and commemorates their histories and cultures. It is celebrated across the United States on the second Monday in October as a reclamation of Columbus Day. November is Native American Heritage Month. Discover stories by Indigenous authors with one of these titles.


Why Black Lives Matter: Links and Resources

View a list of resources which were recommended by a panel of artists, educators and historians during the Why Black Lives Matter webinar, which took place on Tuesday, October 20 and was facilitated by Jonathan Herbert, theater program head at Ozarks Technical Community College. A link to a recording of the webinar is included in the article.



A mix of fiction and nonfiction, the authors in this list explore issues of romance, sexuality, self-discovery, empowerment, and discrimination from a Black LGBT perspective. 



Explore a cozy mystery or hard-boiled adventure alongside a Black sleuth in one of these novels.


Poetry and Essays

These poems and essays by contemporary Black authors that explore racial identity, community, and injustice. At turns joyous and contemplative, these titles examine the history and future of Black experience. 


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