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To join the emerging national conversation about race, civil rights, and equality. Here are some titles by age groups we recommend from our collection.

Parkland Community Library is committed to diversity and opposes racism. We strongly believe in our mission to provide resources, services, and programs that are inclusive to all members of our community. We stand in solidarity with our Black community members.

Towards that effort, we have established several initiatives, including a Diversity and Inclusion Committee, a diversity audit of our collection and programs, and an anti-racist reading list for all ages. However, we also recognize the need for growth and continued learning so that we may create a safe space for all people. 

We are listening, we are learning, and we are here for you. Please contact us if you have any questions or suggestions.

 Adult Fiction

An American Marriage by Jesmyn Ward Hoopla Audio Hoopla Ebook Libby Audio Libby Ebook PCL/LCLC

Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo" by Zora Neale Hurson Hoopla Audio Hoopla Ebook Libby Audio PCL/LCLC

Beloved by Toni Morrison Libby Audio Libby Ebook PCL/LCLC

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd Libby Ebook PCL/LCLC 

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead Libby Audio Libby Ebook PCL/LCLC

The Paragon Hotel by Lyndsay Faye Libby Ebook PCL/LCLC

Red at the Bone by Jacqueline WoodsonLibby Audio Libby Ebook PCL/LCLC

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward Libby Audio PCL/LCLC

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurson Hoopla Audio  Hoopla Ebook Libby Ebook PCL/LCLC

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates Libby Audio PCL/LCLC

Adult Nonfiction

The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X PCL/LCLC

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates Libby Audio Libby Ebook PCL/LCLC

Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See by Jennifer L. Eberhardt Libby Audio Libby Ebook PCL/LCLC

The Color of Law: a Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein Libby Ebook PCL/LCLC

Death of Innocence: the Story of the Hate Crime That Changed America by Mamie Till-Mobley PCL/LCLC

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin PCL/LCLC

The Fire This Time: a New Generation Speaks About Race by Jesmyn Ward PCL/LCLC

The Good Immigrant: 26 Writers Reflect on America by Nikesh Shula PCL/LCLC

Good Talk: a Memoir in Conversations by Mira Jacob Libby Audio PCL/LCLC

How to Be Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendo Libby Audio Libby Ebook PCL/LCLC

Just Mercy: a Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson Libby Audio Libby Ebook PCL/LCLC

Let the People See: the Story of Emmett Till by Elliot Gorn PCL/LCLC

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla Saad Hoopla Ebook PCL/LCLC

Motherhood So White: Memoir of Race, Gender, and Parenting in America by Nefertiti Austin Hoopla Audio Hoopla Ebook PCL/LCLC

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander Hoopla Ebook PCL/LCLC

One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy by Carol Anderson PCL/LCLC

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo Hoopla Audio PCL/LCLC

Stamped From the Beginning: the Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi Hoopla Audio PCL/LCLC

Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow by Henry Louis Gates Jr. PCL/LCLC

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo PCL/LCLC

White Rage: the Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson PCL/LCLC

Young Adult

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds Libby Audio PCL/LCLC

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson PCL/LCLC Libby Audio

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas Libby Audio Libby Ebook PCL/LCLC

How I Resist: Activism and Hope for a New Generation edited by Maureen Johnson PCL/LCLC Hoopla Audio

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor PCL/LCLC Libby Ebook Libby Audio

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds PCL/LCLC

Steal This Country: A Handbook for Resistance, Persistence, and Fixing Almost Everything by Alexandra Styron PCL/LCLC Hoopla Audio

A Young People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn and Rebecca Stefoff Libby Ebook Hoopla Ebook

Children’s - Fiction / Poetry

All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold PCL/LCLC

Be Who You Are by Todd Parr PCL/LCLC

Black is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy PCL/LCLC

The Breaking News by Sarah Lynne Reul PCL/LCLC

The Colors of Us by Karen Katz PCL/LCLC

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson PCL/LCLC

Hair Love by Matthew Cherry PCL/LCLC Hoopla Audio

I am Enough by Grace Byers PCL/LCLC Hoopla Audio

I Like Myself! by Karen Beaumont PCL/LCLC

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena PCL/LCLC Libby Ebook Hoopla Ebook

Most People by Michael Leannah PCL/LCLC

One Crazy Summer (series) by Rita Williams-Garcia PCL/LCLC Hoopla Ebook

The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson PCL/LCLC Hoopla Audio

The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld PCL/LCLC

Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall PCL/LCLC Hoopla Ebook Hoopla Audio

Skin Again by bell hooks PCL/LCLC

Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev PCL/LCLC

The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander PCL/LCLC Libby Ebook


Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine PCL/LCLC Hoopla Audio Hoopla Movie

Let’s Talk About Race by Julius Lester PCL/LCLC

Martin’s Big Words by Julius Lester PCL/LCLC

Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendex and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh PCL/LCLC Libby Ebook Hoopla Ebook Hoopla Movie

This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell PCL/LCLC

We March! by Shane Evans PCL/LCLC

Who We Are! All About Being the Same and Being Different, by Robie H. Harris PCL/LCLC

The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist by Cynthia Levinson PCL/LCLC

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