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

Check back soon for more comprehensive read and watch lists from your librarians.


  • 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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  • 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 You 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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Check back soon for more comprehensive learning and listening lists from your librarians.



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)

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."

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.

The Palos Verdes Library District is a part of the Cultivating Racial Equity and Inclusion in Libraries (CREI) 2019-2020 Cohort. Our work is still developing but we hope to share more with our community very soon.

More on CREI:

PVLD is part of a public library cohort participating in an immersive process, designed specifically for government organizations. CREI provides coordinated training to advance the work of PVLD and it's community through a race and equity lens.  For each jurisdiction, the work will focus 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 will also provide 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.