Reading for Understanding

The death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police has caused a national outcry. Not only is our nation forced to confront racial disparities in policing, but also generations of systemic racism against people of color.

Reading can provide different perspectives and promote understanding, which are crucial as America searches for new approaches and solutions. AAPLD is proud to partner with our patrons as they explore the issues of racial inequality, criminal justice, education, as well as the lives and works of Black authors and historical figures.

We’ve compiled a list of ebooks and audiobooks that are available through our virtual library collections. Click the links to learn more about each title, and download them to your device. (Not sure how? Find instructions on our Virtual Library page.) Selections with an asterisk are also part of our print collection, AAPLD cardholders can place them on hold for curbside pickup.

Our Youth Services department has also compiled a list of anti-racism reads for children. Access that list here.

Try these historical accounts, memoirs, poetry and social commentaries, available in digital and/or audiobook:

Available instantly on Hoopla:


Available digitally through Overdrive:

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