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Black Lives Matter


Black lives matter. Anyone who tries to tell you they don't is wrong, period. Anyone who argues that all lives matter is missing the point, or pretending not to understand. Nobody is saying that the lives of other people don't matter. The issue is that Black lives are in danger, and we can all do something to help.

If you're not sure what you can do in the fight against racism, start by reading more books by Black authors. Read books with diverse characters. Share these stories with your family and friends. Recommend them to your classmates and teachers. Learn about the history of civil rights. Talk to adults you trust and ask them questions. Here are some library resources to get you started:

Dancing in the Light: The Janet Collins Story
eVideo: Dancing in the Light - The Janet Collins Story 

Janet loves to dance and wants to try out for a famous ballet company. But it's 1934 and people don't think Black girls can be ballerinas. However, Janet's about to make history!


Hidden Figures (Young Readers' Edition) by Margot Lee Shetterly
Hidden Figures (Young Readers' Edition) by Margot Lee Shetterly

Do your math homework, because it could take you to space one day! Find out what mathematicians do at NASA in this true story of the four Black women whose work helped launch rockets and astronauts.


New Kid by Jerry Craft 
New Kid by Jerry Craft

In this Newbery Medal-winning graphic novel, Jordan is nervous about fitting in at his new school, where he's one of the few Black students. 

Schomburg: The Man Who Built A Library by Carole Boston Weatherford
Schomburg: The Man Who Built A Library by Carole Boston Weatherford and Eric Velasquez

Arturo Schomburg loved to collect books, letters, music, and art that celebrated Black culture. What happened when his collection became so big that there was no room in his house? Video with read-along available.


What Colour is My World? The Lost History of African-American Inventors by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
What Colour is My World? The Lost History of African-American Inventors by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Raymond Obstfeld, Ben Boos and A.G. Ford

Did you know that Black inventors gave us the microphone in a cell phone and the ice cream scoop? Discover the stories of some lesser-known innovators in this book written by a basketball legend!


For lots more inspiring novels and biographies, check out this booklist! And don't miss our recommended reads for Black History Month 2021.

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