Books in Brief, episode 5: Black Lives Matter

Need some book recommendations? Your librarians are here to help! Don’t miss this episode of Books in Brief, a video series featuring four great digital title recommendations in about two minutes.

Collection Management Librarian Kathy recommends four titles to help educate yourself.

Black Lives Matter digital titles

Watch the episode above and then find all of the titles in your digital library, available through Hoopla, with no holds and no waiting, and Media on Demand & Libby.

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Description: The story of two half-sisters, separated by forces beyond their control: one sold into slavery, the other married to a British slaver. The book traces the generations of family who follow, as their destinies lead them through two continents and three hundred years of history, each life indelibly drawn, as the legacy of slavery is fully revealed in light of the present day.

Stream & download with: Media on Demand & Libby (ebook and digital audiobook)

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Description: An unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice.

Stream & download with: Media on Demand & Libby (ebook and digital audiobook)

Bonus article: ‘The Case for Reparations’ by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Description: This long form essay plays out the historic, continued covert and overt racist policies that have affected the Black community.

Read with: Article Search or The Atlantic‘s website

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

Description: Anti-racist educator Robin DiAngelo explores the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.

Stream & download with: Media on Demand & Libby (ebook and digital audiobook)

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

Description: Ibram X. Kendi weaves an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science with his own personal story of awakening to antiracism. This is an essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond the awareness of racism to the next step: contributing to the formation of a just and equitable society.

Stream & download with: Media on Demand & Libby (ebook and digital audiobook)

Librarian Kathy

About Kathy

Kathy is a Collection Management Librarian who loves reading, sharing, and talking about books. Her missions in life are to: create communities of readers, convince folks that her official title should be “Book Pusher,” and refute that “disco” is a dirty word.