I am a Learner. That’s why I became a teacher (and also because I loved spending my days in the hopeful and inspiring world of young people). So in trying to deal with the horrific events of the last few weeks, I realized that I have so much to learn. So I am beginning an important undertaking: I am now focusing on educating myself on how to become Anti-Racist.
“In a racist society it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist.”
“The opposite of racist isn’t ‘not racist.’ It is ‘anti-racist.’ What’s the difference? One endorses either the idea of a racial hierarchy as a racist, or racial equality as an anti-racist. One either believes problems are rooted in groups of people, as a racist, or locates the roots of problems in power and policies, as an anti-racist. One either allows racial inequities to persevere, as a racist, or confronts racial inequities, as an anti-racist. There is no in-between safe space of ‘not racist.”
― How to Be an Antiracist
And one of the most hopeful things I’ve discovered in making this commitment to become anti-racist is that so many other people are doing the same thing! I took the photo above just this morning when I got on the library website to look for some e-books to add to my growing list of books to read on this subject. Every. single. book. has a waiting list of weeks and weeks! My heart soared with HOPE to see that there are so many other Learners out there!
On this page, I will keep a list with links to my reviews of books and other resources that I’ve found and appreciated, so please come back here occasionally to see this self-education journey.
BOOKS READ AND REVIEWED:
- Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston
- Dream Big Dreams: Photographs from Barack Obama’s Inspiring and Historical Presidency, by Pete Souza
- They Call Us Enemy, by George Takei
- Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race, by Reni Eddo-Lodge
- We Should All Be Feminists, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- Dear Ijeawele: or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- Becoming, by Michelle Obama
- Across That Bridge: A Vision for Change and the Future of America, by John Lewis
READ BUT NOT REVIEWED (yet):
- Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah
- The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
- Barracoon, by Zora Neale Hurston
- Beloved, Toni Morrison
- Kindred, by Octavia Butler
CHILDREN’S BOOKS ABOUT THE BLACK EXPERIENCE AND DIVERSITY:
- Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, by Mildred D. Taylor
- The House of Dies Drear, by Virginia Hamilton
- The Cay, by Theodore Taylor
- Black Children’s Book Illustrators to Follow and Support (link)
- I Am Loved, by Nikki Giovanni
- Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation, by Duncan Tonatiuh
- A Kid’s Book About Racism, by Jelani Memory
- Ruth and the Green Book, by Calvin Alexander Ramsey and Gwen Strauss
- Almost to Freedom, by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and Colin Bootman
- Harriet Tubman: Conductor Of the Underground Railroad, by Ann Petry
It’s so exciting when a new library is built close to one’s neighborhood! Cornelius is a town right next to Forest Grove, Oregon, and they have a brand new beautiful library, part of the Washington County Cooperative Library Services. So I visited the library for the first time the other day and took photos to share. Welcome, new Cornelius Public Library! I’m so happy that you are here!
Waiting for the Biblioburro, by Monica Brown, is based on a true story from Colombia about the children who live in remote areas and don’t have access to libraries or even school books.
In this picture book story, a young girl, Ana, longs to have books to read but she lives too far away from a library. But one day she hears the clip-clop of a burro approaching. She looks to see who is coming and sees a man leading a burro, and the burro is loaded down with bags of books!
This is a wonderful little book that can start many important conversations in a classroom, and is a sweet read for any of us who simply love books and libraries!
To learn more about Luis Soriano Bohórquez, the man who started the biblioburro, a real-life mobile library, click here.
I chose this book to read for my personal challenge, “Wanderlust,” an effort to read books that are from or take place in each country of the world. This was a book that takes place in Colombia.
The Hubby and I visited one of our nearby libraries today. The Hillsboro Library is a very nice library with beautiful grounds which include paved walking trails, a creek, and ponds that host many water birds. It was a fun way to spend Valentine’s Day morning, both inside and on our walk outside the library.
Inside the library, I appreciated the “Blind Date” display and checked out one of the books that turned out to be a vegan cookbook. Perfect! I loved the clues on the front of each of the wrapped books and hope that many others checked out one of those parcels as a blind date!
“When in doubt, go to the library.”
~ J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
One of the important criteria when searching for a home in Oregon to buy for our retirement years was that it be located within walking distance of a library. We were very fortunate and found a lovely home and a sweet library! So we spend a lot of time at our local library. Our daughter now works there. It’s an important place for the entire family!
On this sunny morning, I again walked to the library, took some books back, picked up a book on hold, and checked out the Friends of the Library book sale. I also took a bunch of photos to share my library love with you. I hope you enjoy the slideshow!
Wise words in these turbulent times from Chris Riddell via the Shelf Awareness Facebook page…
Do you ever feel as if your reading life is fractured? I always have at least three books going at the same time…an audiobook to listen to while driving or knitting, a Kindle book, and a library book. Perhaps because of the bitter cold, dreary, and confining weather we are having, plus the dismal state of the union at the moment, I find that my reading life is definitely fractured! I am reading 7 different, very diverse, books at the same time ! And I’m enjoying them all!
- Kindle Books: I am in the middle of The Two Towers, by J.R.R. Tolkien, my re-read of his Lord of the Rings trilogy. I am also reading Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott, for Roof Beam Reader’s Classics Book-a-Month Club. I started Wild Seed, by Octavia Butler, last month then set it aside to start Little Women…but I keep going back to it. And then I pre-ordered the book The Meaning of Michelle, by Veronica Chambers, and it came in last week, so I started it, too!
Definitely fractured reading, and It’s a little like a reading frenzy, too. Does this ever happen to you, or am I completely losing it in the middle of the very January January??
This looks like a great library shelf to frequent this summer!
My library loot this week! You can tell I’m immersed in gardens and gardening right now.
Okay…I’ve been posting about all the “Little Free Libraries” that have just recently started popping up in our town, excited that I live in a town full of readers. This morning on our walk we ran into another new one in the neighborhood! As always, I photographed it and checked out the books inside, and much to my surprise, I found a book that I had just donated to our local library last Friday! I know it was mine because I pulled it our and looked inside and found this bookmark that I’d forgotten to remove before I donated it. I’m wondering if this “Little Free Library” was built by one of our librarians or library volunteers? And I’m very pleased that my donations are finding new life in the town’s libraries both big and small!