Melrose Public Library announces 74 new DEI-centric books

The following was submitted but the Town of Melrose:

Melrose, MA –– The Melrose Public Library has announced that there are 74 new books on its shelves that are either written by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) authors or highlight themes and promote Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) messages. The library was able to purchase the books through DEI funding provided by Melrose Mayor Paul Brodeur last year in honor of Juneteenth.

“Last year, we made a commitment to help Melrose become one community, open to everyone. It is this vision that comes to life,” said Mayor Brodeur. “I am grateful and proud of our incredible team at Melrose Public Library who have curated a wide variety of materials covering key diversity, equity and inclusion topics. I encourage anyone with questions – on age-appropriate books or the selection itself, to turn to our expert librarians and library staff – their ingenuity knows no bounds.”

The Melrose Public Library and the Town of Melrose encourage everyone to check out any of these 74 titles in honor of Black History Month. There are books and graphic novels for all age groups and reading levels, and Melrose Public Library librarians and staff are ready to help visitors who want to discover one.

“Of these 74 new books, there’s a title for everyone, for every age,” said Melrose Public Library Director Linda Gardener. “These books help raise awareness of LGBTQ+ topics, diversity, equity and inclusion, and many of them are written by BIPOC authors. Our librarians and staff join educators of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which I believe books are one of the effective ways to introduce diversity and help create an environment where it is safe to discuss our human differences, such as race, gender, etc.”

A list of new titles can be found below:

  • Unsung: Unsung Accounts of American Slavery and Abolition
  • Blackout
  • Kindred (the graphic novel)
  • Parable of the Sower (the graphic novel)
  • black boy joy
  • Baseball’s Leading Lady: Effa Manley and the Rise and Fall of the Black Leagues
  • Something to say
  • Shirley Chisholm dared
  • Pushout: the criminalization of black girls in school
  • An Indian Among Los Indigenas: An Indigenous Travel Memoir
  • How to talk so kids can learn about anti-racism and social justice
  • Meeting with Mimi
  • Teach your dragon diversity
  • Bamboo by Jesus: How God Brought Me to the Life of My Dreams
  • What we don’t talk about
  • Chase Me to My Grave: Memoirs of a Jim Crow South Artist
  • Particular case
  • Weather in LA
  • In every mirror she’s black
  • Ramadan Ramsey
  • Silent winds, dry seas
  • Build your house around my body
  • Songs for the Flames
  • William Still: The Underground Railroad and the Philadelphia Angel
  • Greenwood Angel
  • It doesn’t take a genius
  • The stars and the darkness between them
  • Wake: The Hidden History of Female-Led Slave Revolts
  • We are still here: pandemic, policing, protest and possibility
  • Bouncing Back with Big Bird: A Book of Resilience
  • Caring with Bert & Ernie: A book about empathy
  • Everyone Has Value With Zoe: A Book About Respect
  • Keep Trying with Abby: A Book of Perseverance
  • Looking on the Bright Side with Elmo: A Book About Positivity
  • Me Love to share with Cookie Minster: a book on generosity
  • Future Black
  • The joy of living all in black
  • why we fly
  • America on Fire: the untold story of police brutality and black rebellion since the 1960s
  • black american history for dummies
  • Conversations in black
  • Dear Black Girl: Letters From Your Sisters About Taking Power
  • Footnotes: The Black Artists Who Rewrote the Rules of the Great White Way
  • Invisible Men: Pioneering Black Comic Artists
  • Twisted: The Tangled History of Black Hair Culture
  • Whimsical Lives, Beautiful Experiences
  • No one knows the trouble I saw
  • Overnight Code: The life of Raye Montague, the woman who revolutionized naval engineering
  • Rain Mouths: An Anthology of Black Lesbian Thought
  • Your turn: how to become an adult
  • Demystify disability
  • A Smart Girl’s Guide: Race and Inclusion
  • black birds in the sky
  • Textures: The History and Art of Black Hair
  • The mirror and the palette: rebellion, revolution and resilience: five hundred years of feminine identity
  • Portraits
  • Child of the Flower Song People
  • race in the sun
  • When we say black lives matter
  • Read this to get smarter about race, class, gender, disability and more
  • Being seen
  • Black Food: stories, art and recipes from across the African Diaspora [A Cookbook]
  • We are not like them
  • ridge line
  • Civilizations
  • The other talk
  • It’s our rainbow
  • your legacy
  • Until I’m free
  • My Monticello
  • The Essentials: The Diverse Sailors Who Shaped the Country, Trained the Navy, and Rowed Washington Through Delaware
  • Your next level life
  • Black art: a cultural history
  • African Artists: 1882 to Today
  • Opal Lee and what it means to be free

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