PVLD is committed to creating a racially equitable and inclusive environment for the Peninsula and PVLD staff. We invite you to be a part of our work by exploring our read, watch, and listen lists and invite you to join us in taking action in our community. Want more? Attend an event, take our 21-day racial equity challenge, or visit our "Celebrate Our Stories" page for more recommendations on how to celebrate cultural heritage months.


Cultivating Racial Equity and Inclusion in Libraries (CREI)

The Palos Verdes Library District is proud to be a part of the Cultivating Racial Equity and Inclusion in Libraries (CREI) 2019-2020 Cohort, a grant funded initiative from the California State Library. The public library cohort participated in an immersive process, designed specifically for government organizations. CREI provided coordinated training to advance the work of PVLD and it's community through a race and equity lens.  For each jurisdiction, the work focused on skills building, support, collegial mentorship, and the development of a tailored Vision Statement and a Racial Equity Action Plan with strategies for implementation.  In addition, the grant also provided for the establishment of a statewide network to continue and advance the work so that all California libraries may benefit from resources developed focused on race, equity and inclusion, in a library context. The results from CREI at PVLD are ongoing by the BUILD Team.




PVLD's BUILD team fosters the District's shared values of service, public stewardship, and education to create an inclusive environment for staff and the community.  We do this through support, assessment, and facilitation to continue to ensure equity is built into all parts of PVLD. The team will begin with a focus on race and will expand to include other areas of equity and diversity such as but not limited to gender, sexual orientation, ability, and religion. BUILD stands for: Building, Understanding, Informing, Leading, and Developing, concepts and skills built into the team's work to support PVLD and its mission.

BUILD presented an overview and action plan at the August 20, 2020 PVLD Board of Library Trustees meeting and is planning programming, community conversations, and policy reviews through 2021. Subsequent board updates have been provided over the months.


Upcoming Programs

Living History Museum

Feburary 28 @ 2:00pm | 12th Annual Living History Museum of African American Heroes

Every February join us for the Living History Museum of African American heroes! Participants gain excellent presentation and research skills, learn the importance of history, become civically engaged, work with community mentors, and of course, have fun while being creative and learning about African American heroes who helped change the world.

Students of all backgrounds in grades K-8 from all school districts may participate.

For more information on how to participate, visit our Black History Month Page


Conversation Starters: Between the World and me by Ta-nehisi Coates

March 27 @ 11:00am | Conversation Starters: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Via Zoom. Registration is required. Register Now!

Join us as we discuss the book Between the World and Me by Ta-nehisi Coates for a view into how America's past informs our lives in the present. Discussion questions from the American Library Association's Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Great Stories Book Club will be used to guide the conversation and are available for download below. In both documents, focus on the moments and questions related to Between the World and Me by Ta-nehisi Coates.

Discussion questions #1

Discussion questions #2

Past Programs

Conversation Starters: Let's Talk About Race. Saturday, December 12, 2020. Online via Zoom. Registration Required.

December 12, 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Conversation Starters: Let's Talk About Race

Join Professor Carlos Royal for an interactive, introductory 2-hour workshop on understanding race, its history, and what role it plays in today's society. Participants will have the option to join breakout rooms for small discussions and may opt out if they wish. Pre-readings will be sent to participants for background and discussion.

Carlos Royal, Associate Professor of Sociology, has been teaching at Marymount California University for almost 14 years. His current courses include Race, Class, and Gender, Research Methods, Statistics, Introduction to Sociology, and Global City: Los Angeles. As the last class implies, he loves L.A. The City of Los Angeles is the focus of his research interest (with special emphasis in race and gender). He uses Los Angeles as the foundation in many of his courses and leads a tour of L.A. for students every semester. Most recently, he took a group of students to Bruce’s Beach, a beach in Manhattan Beach that was Black owned and operated. Carlos is a devoted traveler and has traveled with students to London and Cuba. He has been voted Faculty Member of the Year four times by the student body and Educator of the Year by his faculty colleagues.

The below lists for Adults, Teens, and Kids have been curated by PVLD librarians as a starting point for exploring racial equity, race, and antiracist work. There are many methods and ways to approach racial equity and we will continue to update our lists as new materials are released.



  • The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin (Book)

  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Book, eBook, eAudiobook)

  • Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper (Book, Hoopla Audio Book)

  • White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo (Book, eBook, eAudiobook)

  • An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (Book)

  • How We Fight For Our Lives by Saeed Jones (Book)

  • How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi (Book, eBook, eAudiobook)

  • Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas In America by Ibram X. Kendi (Book)

  • So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo (Book)

  • Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad (Book)

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For more Kanopy titles on social and systemic injustice, click here



  • Stamped: Racism, Anti-Racism, and You by Jason Reynolds (Book, eBook, eAudiobookstream on Spotify)

  • Colorblind: A Story of Racism by Jonathan Harris (Book)

  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (Book, eBook, eAudiobook)

  • We Are Not Yet Equal: Understanding Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson (Book)

  • How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon (Book)

  • Dear Martin by Nic Stone (Book, eBook, eAudiobook)

  • March: Book One by John Lewis (Book, eBook)

  • I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina (Book)

  • Monster by Walter Dean Myers (Book, eAudiobook)

  • All American Boys by Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely (Book)

  • Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles (Book)

  • Black Boy/White School by Brian F. Walker (Book)

  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (Book, eBook, eAudiobook)

  • X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz (Book)

  • Warriors Don't Cry by Melba Beals (Book)



  • Let's Talk About Race by Julius Lester (Book)

  • The Day you Begin by Jacqueline Woodson (Book)

  • Sit-in : How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down by Andrea Davis Pinkney (Book)

  • Let it shine : Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters by Andrea Davis Pinkney (Book)

  • Malcolm Little : The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X by Ilyasah Shabazz (Book)

  • Not My Idea : A Book About Whiteness by Anastasia Higginbotham (Book, Hoopla eBook)

  • Gordon Parks : how the photographer captured black and white America by Carole Boston Weatherford (BookHoopla eBook)

  • Voice of freedom : Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement by Carole Boston Weatherford (BookHoopla Movie with Read AlongHoopla eAudiobook)

  • The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander (Book)

  • A good kind of trouble by Lisa Moore Ramée  (BookHoopla eAudiobook)

  • Blended by Sharon M. Draper (BookeBook)

  • The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson (BookeBook, eAudiobook, Hoopla eAudiobook)

  • Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes (Book)

  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (BookCD Audiobook, eBook, eAudiobook)

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The below podcasts, TedTalks, and websites have been curated by PVLD librarians as a starting point for exploring racial equity, race, and antiracist work with adults. There are many methods and ways to approach racial equity and we will continue to update our lists as new materials are released and community interest and questions inspire.



1619, an audio series on how slavery has transformed America, connecting past and present through the oldest form of storytelling from the New York Times.

Code Sw!tch, an audio series from a multi-racial, multi-generational team of NPR journalists who cover race and identity. 

Floodlines, from The Atlantic, an audio documentary about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Floodlines is told from the perspective of four New Orleanians still living with the consequences of governmental neglect.

Intersectionality Matters!, hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw, a leading critical race theorist who coined the term "intersectionality," this podcast brings the academic term to life. 

Life Kit: How White Parents Can Talk To Their Kids About Race (Episode of Life Kit podcast), NPR's Michel Martin talks with Jennifer Harvey, author of Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America, about how to talk with white kids about racially charged events — and how to keep the conversation going.


Ted Talks 

Implicit Bias -- How it Affects Us and How We Push Through by Melanie Funchess (16:12)

How to Overcome Our Biases? Walk Boldly to Them by Vernā Myers (17:49)

How to Recognize Your White Privilege - and Use it to Fight Ineqality by Peggy McIntosh (18:26)

The Path to Ending Systemic Racism in the U.S. - a panel with Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff, Rashad Robinson, Dr. Bernice King and Anthony D. Romero (1:06:23)

We Need to Talk About an Injustice by Bryan Stevenson (23:26)

Compilation of Ted Talks about race



Black Lives Matter

"#BlackLivesMatter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes."

Racial Equity Tools

"Racial Equity Tools is designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity. This site offers tools, research, tips, curricula and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level – in systems, organizations, communities and the culture at large." A common starting point for people exploring race, privilege, and power for the first time include Peggy McIntosh's article, "White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack"

Talking About Race: Being Antiracist

The National Museum of African American History & Culture provides definitions, resources, and ways to talk about race and be antiracist.

United Nations: Let’s Fight Racism!

Tools, resources, and tips to help people fight racism across the globe. 

10 Things You Can Do To Be an Ally by the YWCA: PDF Tip Sheet with 10 concrete actions you can take to be an ally.

Take Action


There are many actions you can take to help dismantle racist structures and behaviors in your everyday life. Below are just a few examples curated by PVLD's BUILD Team. We encourage you to share the ways you’re working against racism by tagging PVLD's social media handles, commenting on our posts, or by filling out our "Contact Us" form on the PVLD homepage. PVLD's BUILD Team is part of the California Racial Equity and Inclusion in Libraries 2019-2020 Cohort. For more information on BUILD, visit the first tab on the left, Racial Equity Work @ PVLD.



For our Black, Indigenous, and Person of Color folks, being here and being in the space is an act in itself. Thank you for being here and thank you for working toward change in whatever capacity you have.


Read, Watch, Listen, & Learn

Anti-racist work begins with you and a willingness to share your knowledge with others. We’ve put together a few lists of resources to help you get started in this work, but know that there’s a lot more out there. These lists focus on race and social justice, which are just two components of anti-racist work. Just click the tabs on the left to get started.


Amplify Voices

Do you know of great work being done by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) colleagues, friends, or people you follow online? Share and promote their work far and wide, making sure you give credit where it’s due.


Learn About Our Community’s History

Systemic racism informed many of the ways our society nationwide and locally has developed. We'll have a timeline available soon on this page showing a few examples of how our community was shaped by institutionalized racism. We also invite you to think of ways you can help make change. Want more? Our Local History Center can help.


Share your story with YSPS

Our community is an increasingly diverse one, and we invite you to share your story with our Local History Center. Find out more on how to participate with this letter from our archivist and local history librarian, Monique Sugimoto.


Volunteer your time

Below are just a few local groups that may welcome an extra hand in their fight for social justice and racial equity. There’s a lot more out there, including Facebook and Meetup groups. This is just to get you started.

Black Heritage Association of Palos Verdes

City of Lights Gateway Foundation

Palos Verdes Chapter of the Links, Inc.

Rolling Hills/Palos Verdes Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

South Los Angeles Chapter of Jack and Jill American, Inc.

L.A. Works: This list from the non-profit volunteer action center includes Black-led nonprofits and businesses in the greater Los Angeles area.


Speak Out and Speak Up

Conversations about racist things you see in society are difficult to have but are necessary for change. We have to be able to speak out and name the inequities to dismantle them. To get you started, check out the “Questioning Frame of Mind” below from the National Museum of African American Culture and History. You may also want to check out the Racial Equity Tools website for more tips and definitions of terms used when discussing race.

A Questioning Frame of Mind

A commitment to being antiracist manifests in our choices. When we encounter interpersonal racism, whether obvious or covert, there are ways to respond and interrupt it. Asking questions is a powerful tool to seek clarity or offer a new perspective. Below are some suggestions to use in conversations when racist behavior occurs:

  • Seek clarity: “Tell me more about __________.”

  • Offer an alternative perspective: “Have you ever considered __________.”

  • Speak your truth: “I don’t see it the way you do. I see it as __________.”

  • Find common ground: “We don’t agree on __________ but we can agree on __________.”

  • Give yourself the time and space you need: “Could we revisit the conversation about __________ tomorrow.”

  • Set boundaries. “Please do not say __________ again to me or around me.



Systemic racism can only change by changing the systems upholding it. Make sure if you’re 18 or older you are registered to vote and vote for those who will commit to and be accountable for making the change you want to see. Teens ages 16 and up can pre-register to vote. Register today: https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voter-registration/


Don’t Stop!

Taking action is work that many BIPOC and white allies have been doing for generations. For those just joining and learning about ways to stop racism and be antiracist, this work is the first step on a long journey towards joining those generations. No matter which end of the spectrum you're on, we're happy to have you here. This work won’t end anytime soon. Reading, thinking, and discussing can help point you in the right direction on the road to changing our world.


21 Day Racial Equity Challenge in dark blue against yellow background

Studies show that habits take twenty-one days to form and we’re here to help you develop equity based habits by incorporating different activities into your everyday life. While this challenge is intended to take place over twenty-one days, take it at your own pace. There are many other challenges like this out there with different resources and different approaches that you may want to explore next!


PDF icon21 Day Racial Equity Challenge Calendar.pdf

PDF icon21 Day Racial Equity Challenge Weekly Flyers.pdf


21 Day Racial Equity Challenge

Day 1: Reflect on the question: What does racial equity mean to you? Check out our Racial Equity page to familiarize yourself with our mission statement, community timeline, and more!

Day 2: Learn more about who has and is doing equity work in our community. Not sure where to start? Visit the “Take Action” tab of the PVLD racial equity page and explore the groups under “Volunteer Your Time”. 

Day 3: Listen to another perspective by checking out a Podcast on our Racial Equity page under the “Listen and Learn” tab. 

Day 4: Watch a documentary or film on our Racial Equity page under the “Read and Watch” tab to see life from another perspective.

Day 5:  Reflect on the question: How would you advocate for racial equity? Start your day by taking ten minutes to think about how you would make your community more equitable.

Day 6:  Learn how to have conversations about race. What’s vocabulary can you use? Want tips on having hard conversations? Visit the “Take Action” tab on our Racial Equity page under and explore tips on having difficult conversations under “Speak Out and Speak Up”.  

Day 7: Reflect on Week 1

Day 8: Amplify Voices. Do you know of great work being done by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) colleagues, friends, or people you follow online? Share and promote their work far and wide. Not sure of any? Explore social media and see who you can discover.

Day 9:  Practice the conversation tips you learned last week on a close family member or friend.

Day 10: Read from another perspective. We’ve got books and articles available on the “Read and Watch” tab of our Racial Equity page. 

Day 11: Watch an equity centered Ted Talk. We’ve got recommendations for you on the “Listen and Learn” tab of our Racial Equity page. 

Day 12: Reflect by comparing & contrasting. What causes do you support and who benefits from them?

Day 13: Learn about implicit bias.  What is it, how to recognize it, and how can you decentralize it? Never heard the term before? Start with this Ted Talk: “Implicit Bias – how it effects us and how we push through it” by Melanie Funchess

Day 14: Reflect on Week 2.

Day 15: Reflect on the question: In what ways could supporting representation combat institutionalized racism?

Day 16: Learn about the history of redlining. How has it affected the development of your own community? Not familiar with redlining? Check out this episode of NPR’s Fresh Air: “A ‘Forgotten History’ of How the U.S. Government Segregated America”

Day 17: Talk with those close to you to explore how your childhood may have shaped your present views on race, politics, and more.

Day 18:  Explore what PVLD is doing in support of racial equity on our Racial Equity page.

Day 19: Continue expanding your vocabulary. Visit www.racialequitytools.org for a great list of words and definitions.

Day 20: Reflect on the question: What actions can you take next to learn more about or improve racial equity?

Day 21: You’ve reached Day 21! Share the challenge, share your thoughts, share the discussion!


A message from Library Director, Jennifer Addington


The Palos Verdes libraries support our Black community and acknowledge the conflict, pain and injustice suffered by Black people across our nation. Our libraries strive to create a welcoming space for all, where differing points of view are encouraged and respected, and where learning and discussion can take place promoting a world free of racism. We recognize that institutions such as ours must constantly work towards dismantling racist structures to create a truly inclusive community. This includes a thorough review of our own policies and practices. The PV libraries remain strongly supportive of and committed to serving the needs of our entire diverse community, regardless of race, ethnicity, religious or political beliefs, gender, sexual orientation, or age.


We share a profound sense of pain and loss from the recent as well as historic violence inflicted on Black lives. We also acknowledge and are disturbed by the xenophobia and racism those in our Asian American community are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are deeply committed to being there for the Palos Verdes Peninsula as a community space, physical and virtual, where all can come together and learn from each other.


We fully endorse and bring attention to recent statements by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), REFORMA, and the American Library Association. I have signed APALA’s pledge to make a commitment against xenophobia and racism against Asians and Asian/Pacific Americans due to COVID-19. We extend that pledge to all of our communities of color, especially our Black community. When we see instances of racism in our families, community, state, or nation, we vow to take a bold stance to condemn any language, attitudes, and behaviors that take us further from our goal of being an inclusive and equitable society.


It is with this commitment that we encourage our community members to join us in taking action and educating ourselves on racism by considering the links on the left curated by our librarians containing inspiring books, websites and podcasts. We recognize that this work to eliminate discrimination of all kinds is ongoing and that there are many more resources out there to be shared. Want more recommendations? Ask one of our librarians. We’re here for you all.

June 3, 2020