Anti-Racism Reading Lists, Programs, Resources, & Statement

June 12th, 2020

Anti-Racism Reading Lists, Programs, Resources, & Statement


As outlined in our Equity Statement, the Library is committed to providing equitable access to our resources and cultivating an equitable environment for both patrons and staff. The Library unequivocally condemns acts of racism, hatred, and violence, and stands in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and the Statement Condemning Increased Violence and Racism Towards Black Americans released by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.

Library staff has compiled reading lists for all ages regarding anti-racism, systemic oppression, implicit bias, social justice, and how to be a better ally to people of color. Due to the high demand for many of these titles, the Library is purchasing more copies to reduce wait times.

- Adults Fiction
- Adults Graphic Novels
- Adults Nonfiction
- Adults Poetry
- Adults Nonfiction from the African American Resource Collection

- Picture Books for Babies & Toddlers
- Picture Books for Preschool & Kindergarten
- Picture Books for School Age
- Books for Middle Grade
- Teen Fiction
- Teen Nonfiction

Social and Systemic Injustice Documentaries on Kanopy

Storytime Books by Black Authors - Highlighting four picture books written by Black authors. Each of the recommendations were featured on the Brown Bookshelf, a website curated by Black authors and illustrators to "push awareness of the myriad Black voices writing for young readers." For more recommendations, click here.
Monday, June 15 at 3pm
View video here.

Anti-Racist Ally Book Talk - Emily, one of our teen librarians, will discuss some fiction and nonfiction books for teens who want to learn about systemic racism, police brutality, and working to become an ally to BIPOC.
Monday, June 15 at 3pm
View video here.
An accompanying resource list can be found here.

Juneteeth Celebration and Book Talk - On June 19, 1865, the last remaining slaves in the United States were freed. Every year, Juneteenth marks a celebration of this event, but it is a holiday many Americans do not know about. Shukrani Gray, our African American Resource Collection Librarian, will teach us more about this important day.
Friday, June 19 at 3pm
View video here.



Additional resources and program information will be regularly added to this page.

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