How Libraries are Addressing Anti-Racism
Please read our Director’s Statement on Anti-Racism and Current Events.
The American Library Association has written a #LibrariesRespond post with a Call to Action, which can be found here.
Dr. Nicole Cooke, a Rutgers graduate who now serves as the Augusta Baker Chair at the University of South Carolina, has begun a project of compiling Anti-Racism Resources for All Ages. She continues to add to this list as more materials become available.
Middlesex residents with a Middlesex Public Library card can access elibrarynj and Hoopla Digital media for free (How to Access), both of which have a variety of resource lists available to learn more about anti-racism.
Sampling of Anti-Racist Books in Our Collection
This is not meant to be a comprehensive list, as we are adding to our collection all the time. If you would like additional titles, please speak to one of the reference librarians, they would be happy to assist you.
The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson
The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammed
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña
All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold
Books for Young Readers
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson
Books for Young Adults
Stamped: Racism, Anti-Racism and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Dear Martin by Nic Stone
Books for Adults
How to Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin Diangelo
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo