Black Lives Matter. Black stories matter. If you're wondering where to start or how to continue your own anti-racism work, check out the ebook titles in the booklist below. A #BlackLivesMatter booklist with downloadable audiobooks can be found here. If a book you're interested in is checked out, try one of these two titles while you wait - they are always available for digital download:
Are you curious about SCCLD's commitment to a more equitable society? The Santa Clara County Library District, along with public libraries across America, signed the following Statement on Race and Social Equity from the Urban Libraries Council:
As leaders of North America’s public libraries, we are committed to achieving racial and social equity by contributing to a more just society in which all community members can realize their full potential. Our libraries can help achieve true and sustained equity through an intentional, systemic and transformative library-community partnership. Our library systems are working to achieve equity in the communities we serve by:
- Eliminating racial and social equity barriers in library programs, services, policies and practices
- Creating and maintaining an environment of diversity, inclusion and respect both in our library systems and in all aspects of our community role
- Ensuring that we are reaching and engaging disenfranchised people in the community and helping them express their voice
- Serving as a convener and facilitator of conversations and partnerships to address community challenges
- Being forthright on tough issues that are important to our communities
Libraries are trusted, venerable and enduring institutions, central to their communities and an essential participant in the movement for racial and social equity.
You can view the full list of libraries who have signed this statement at the Urban Libraries Council's website.
Read these books to learn more about race and how to further your own anti-racist work. All books are listed in downloadable format.