Marblehead Racial Justice Team Will Be Hosting A New Conversations on Race Event This Monday, November 16th!

In the past, Abbot Public Library has teamed up with the Marblehead Racial Justice Team to bring our patrons a series of events, and we’re pleased to announce we’ve added a program, to take place Monday, November 17th, starting at 7:00 pm: Continuing Conversations on Race: What does it mean to “Do the Work?” 

You will be able to access the event on Zoom by clicking this link or by dialing +1 929 205 6099 from the New York Time Zone (for other time zones, click here to find the right number to dial) and enter the following Meeting ID: 463 613 7679. 

Find out more about the program in the description below!

Over the last few months there have been more and louder calls for us to “Do the Work.” But what is the work we can personally undertake? Our conversation will begin with a general discussion of the current state of racial justice in Marblehead and in Massachusetts and what work needs to be done. We will consider work to address systemic racism, both in our society and in ourselves.

Then, in smaller groups, we will discuss what our personal vision for racial justice is, and some actions we will take to advance that vision. To conclude, we will share our visions and actions, and perhaps we will hear some ideas that will prompt us to add a few more to our own lists.

Please join us for an invigorating conversation and some ideas to start “Doing the Work” for racial justice.

These ongoing conversations are a safe and welcoming place in which we explore our own privilege and biases, our questions, and continue to learn and grow by hearing each other’s stories so that we can best make a difference. It is a place for listening, conversation, and engagement.

Get Out and Listen: Racial Justice Audiobooks on hoopla and Overdrive

We recently posted a suggested racial justice reading list: did you know that you can access most of these books on the go with your earbuds and hoopla or Overdrive/Libby? Many of the peaceful protesters are asking everyone simply to listen. The library is offering you an opportunity to do just that with audiobook versions of suggested titles.

The following audiobooks are always available on hoopla:

Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving

When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Stamped from the Beginning: A Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi

The library has also acquired Overdrive Advantage copies of the titles below–Marblehead patrons get priority access to these!

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin DiAngelo

For more audiobooks on this topic, check out hoopla’s Conversations on Race and Overdrive’s Facing Racism collections.

Here’s your opportunity to examine fresh perspectives while getting some fresh air. Stay safe and listen up.

You’ll also be joining in the celebration of Audiobook Month with hoopla!

New to hoopla and/or Overdrive/Libby? Get access with your Marblehead library card! If you don’t currently have a card, begin here. And feel free to email the reference staff with any questions at mar@noblenet.org.

Racial Justice Reading List

In an often confusing and difficult time of upheaval, we at the Abbot Public Library are committed to providing resources to expand your knowledge and become better informed on current events and social issues.

If you are seeking books on the topic of racial justice, please use this list as a primer to put the headlines into context. All items can be accessed — free with your library card — through our digital collections:

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi (and for young adults, Stamped — Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi)

When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors & asha bandele