Black Lives Matter: Community Reads


By targeting black men through the War on Drugs and decimating communities of color, the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control–relegating millions to a permanent second-class status–even as it formally adheres to the principle of colorblindness.

Based on the viral Instagram challenge that captivated participants worldwide, Me and White Supremacy takes readers on a 28-day journey of how to dismantle the privilege within themselves so that they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on people of color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too.

  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, is available as an ebook and eAudiobook through July 19, 2020.

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

A current, constructive, and actionable exploration of today’s racial landscape, offering straightforward clarity that readers of all races need to contribute to the dismantling of the racial divide.

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Epistolary novels to download and reserve

Looking for a different kind of novel? An epistolary novel is a story written as a series of documents, often in the form of letters, diary entries, and newspaper articles. More recent formats include emails and blog posts. All offer a realistic view into the narrator’s life and story.

Here are some classic epistolary eBooks and eAudiobooks, ready for download.

Dracula by Bram Stoker – eBook

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley – eBook

The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis – eAudiobook

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë – eBook

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins – eBook

Or reserve these popular epistolary eBooks and eAudiobooks:

The Color Purple by Alice Walker – eBook

Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn – eBook

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows – eBook & eAudiobook

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – eAudiobook

We Need to Talk about Kevin by Lionel Shriver – eBook

Want more?

Take a look at these lists of classic and popular epistolary novels:

Book Riot 100 Must-Read Epistolary Novels from the Past and Present

Goodreads Epistolary Novels Books

Wikipedia List of contemporary epistolary novels

No Wait, These Books Are Great!

RRN_FictionYAWe have new collections of kids and teen eBooks, eAudiobooks, and Read-Alongs that are available without holds! These books are from Rosen Publishing, Lerner Publishing Group, Britannica Digital Learning, Orca Book Publishers, Triangle Interactive, and other participating publishers.  More titles will be added in the future!

Looking for Read-Alongs?  Here are some of the ones in the kids collection:

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Are you missing sports?  Maybe these books from Britannica will help:


Check out the rest of the 100 + titles available with no holds!  Here is the kids collectionHere is the teen collection.

Black Voices digital collection

Take a look at our Black Voices digital collection on OverDrive.

These titles are currently available for you, with no holds.

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo – eBook

Solitary by Albert Woodfox – eBook

Thick by Tressie McMillan Cottom – eBook

The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom – eBook

Our Black Voices collection includes many other eBooks and eAudiobooks to download or reserve. You can view the entire collection here.

National Iced Tea Day – recipes and books for you!

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Nothing is better on a hot summer day than a tall glass of iced tea. To celebrate National Iced Tea Day, here are some recipes and a few books to enjoy while you sip!

Lemonade Tea

Sweet Tea

20,000 Secrets of Tea by Victoria Zak – eBook

The Book of Tea by Kakuzo Okakura – eBook

Sweet Tea and Sympathy by Molly Harper – eBook

Looking for more books about tea and tea-related mysteries? Visit this keyword search.

Golden Voice: Julia Whelan

educatedAudioFile Magazine’s Golden Voices list is like a Hall of Fame of Audiobook narrators.  One of this year’s Golden Voices is Julia Whelan.  Here are some of our favorite Audiobooks that she has narrated:

Educated by Tara Westover
This Audiobook won two 2019 Audie Awards (like the Oscars of the Audiobook industry) – Best Female Narrator and Memoir.

Far From the Tree by Robin Benway
Winner of AudioFile Magazine’s Earphones Award

Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgowwife between us
This Audiobook made AudioFile Magazine’s Best of 2016 Young Adult list

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker

Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane

Here are more titles that she has narrated.


June is Audiobook month

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Did you know that June is Audiobook Month? Audiobooks are a great way to hear a story while you’re driving, walking or doing things around the house. Besides those boring tasks at home, jigsaw puzzles, coloring, knitting and needlework can be terrific companions to an audiobook. And audiobook narrators are talented storytellers, bringing drama and subtle nuances to life.

To celebrate Audiobook Month, we have a collection of Great Narrators ready for you to download on your device.  You can view the collection here.

Need help downloading your audiobooks? Click here for OverDrive help.

Happy National Paper Airplane Day

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Learn more about the origin of paper airplanes and watch a how-to video here.

Got the flying bug? Here are some fiction and nonfiction stories about aviation, ready for take-off on your device:

The Aviators – Eddie Rickenbacker, Jimmy Doolittle, Charles Lindbergh, and the Epic Age of Flight by Winston Groom – eBook available now

The Aviator’s Wife – A Novel by Melanie Benjamin – eBook available now

A Higher Call – An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II by Adam Makos – audiobook available now

Hornet Flight by Ken Follett – eBook available now

Sully – My Search for What Really Matters by Captain Chesley B. Sullenberger, III – eBook available now

The Wright Brothers by David McCullough – Willing to hop on a short waitlist? This audiobook available soon!

Looking for more? Try these keyword searches:

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Listen to an audiobook while you color – free coloring pages for adults

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Listening and coloring – it’s a great combination and a relaxing way to unwind. So download an audiobook, grab your colored pencils, and try one of these free coloring pages!

Art Is Fun


Just Color

Need help picking a new audiobook? Check out these and many more always available No Holds Audiobooks and currently available Just Added titles:

Need help getting started on OverDrive, Libby or downloading your audiobook? Click these links for instructions:

Getting Started with OverDrive 

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