You are likely seeing an explosion of conversation about Black Lives Matter and racism in America right now, whether it’s in the news or all over your social media feeds. Here at the Howell Carnegie District Library, we believe that education and growth are for everyone—children, teens, and adults alike. And so, we interrupt our regularly scheduled virtual programming to bring you some resources that we hope will help you on your journey to ensure freedom and equality for all.
If the Black Lives Matter movement is something new to you, and you would like to learn more, please visit their website BlackLivesMatter.com.
If talking about race and racism makes you uncomfortable, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, part of the Smithsonian Institution, just launched a new portal, Talking About Race, that will help.
If anti-racist is a new term for you, if you’re not really sure what the difference is between not being racist and being anti-racist, the National Museum of African American History and Cultures has information on that too.
If you would like to learn more about racism in general, we have books available! You can check out an e-book or audiobook on Overdrive/Libby or Hoopla right now, or browse our collection and put a physical copy on hold for curbside pick-up. For suggestions, see the We Recommend box on the right. For more reading recommendations and resources, check Ibram X. Kendi’s An Antiracist Reading List and these reading lists collected by School Library Journal and WeNeedDiverseBooks.org.
If you are all in and ready to “stand up” but aren’t sure where to begin, you can take action online at NAACP.org or blacklivesmatter.com and Forbes has put together a great list of additional resources & ideas.
We’re all in this together. Everyone is on their own path of learning and growth. Be kind and show respect. Even if our doors are closed, we are here for you. With resources, with empathy, and, as always, with reading recommendations.
Join us on our journey,
Your friendly HCDL Librarians