Current events have sparked local and global Black Lives Matter protests. While state violence and trauma (and organized resistance to it) are not new, some community members are just beginning to understand and work against racist violence and oppression in the United States of America.
Many of our patrons are looking for resources to assist with anti-racist education and action. To support community members in accessing these materials, my colleagues and I have used our online catalog to create lists of recommendations. The items on these lists encourage critical thinking and inspire conversations about the issues of anti-Blackness, state violence, and racial justice in the United States of America:
Recommendations for Youth:
- List for Early Childhood (Birth-2nd graders)
- List for Middle Grade (3rd-5th graders)
- List for Young Adults (6th-12th graders)
If you are seeking specific recommendations, please reach out to me or one of my colleagues directly through the staff recommendations page. We are always happy to connect with you and offer personalized recommendations and resources that fit your interests and needs.
We invite community members to share your perspectives, reflections, and stories during this moment in history. Insights will become part of the Library’s local history archive as we continue to reflect on the Fight to Integrate Deerfield and document resources relating to racism and anti-racism, past and present.