These are indeed troubling times. Not only are we dealing with a pandemic, the death of George Floyd has outraged the country and prompted people to demand anti-racist reform throughout our nation. I am a firm believer that knowledge is power, so one way to better understand what is happening is to read about racism, its history and its impact. A more informed citizenry is a step in the right direction as we face difficult issues, and the library is here to help. An anti-racist reading list has been posted to OverDrive, our vendor for eBook and eAudiobook access. I am providing a brief list here, but please check out the OverDrive link available through our website, www.fvrl.org, for a more comprehensive list.
• “Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America” by Jill Leovy (available in eBook and eAudiobook formats).
• “How I Shed My Skin: Unlearning the Racist Lessons of a Southern Childhood” by Jim Grimsley (available in eBook format).
• “On Account of Race: The Supreme Court, White Supremacy, and the Ravaging of African American Voting Rights” by Lawrence Goldstone (available in eBook format).
• “The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution” by Eric Foner (available in eBook format).