eSpotlight - High Demand Antiracist Titles Available with No Waiting for a Limited Time

Submitted by Megan Hicks on Fri, 06/26/2020 - 4:30 PM
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Access In-Demand Titles about Racism, Inequity, and Black Lives Matter Without Holds for a Limited Time with Your Library Card

The San José Public Library is providing our cardholders with free, immediate access to some of the most popular eBooks and eAudiobooks about antiracism at this time. Thank you to those in our community who have shared your voice with us regarding broader access to these titles.

We want to ensure we provide the greatest possible access to these important titles to encourage reflection and conversation in our communities. Due to costs and publisher arrangements, simultaneous use is unfortunately limited to specific windows of time. The Library will still offer individual copies of these titles afterwards that you can checkout or place a hold on (if necessary), either electronically or through Express Pickup.

If you don't have a library card with us yet, you can get your free eLibrary Card in order to access these titles.

Please take a moment to read San José Public Library's statement on race, equity, and the Black Lives Matter movement and then delve into these important topics with the following eBooks and eAudiobooks.


Simultaneous Use eBooks and eAudiobooks through July 31

Between the World and Me, book cover

Between the World and Me Ta-Nehisi Coates

Coates takes readers along on his journey through America's history of race and its contemporary resonances through a series of awakenings -- moments when he discovered some new truth about our long, tangled history of race, whether through his myth-busting professors at Howard University, a trip to a Civil War battlefield with a rogue historian, a journey to Chicago's South Side to visit aging survivors of 20th century America's 'long war on black people,' or a visit with the mother of a beloved friend who was shot down by the police. In his trademark style...Coates provides readers a thrillingly illuminating new framework for understanding race: its history, our contemporary dilemma, and where we go from here." - Publisher's Description

The Fire Next Time, book cover

The Fire Next Time James Baldwin

"At once a powerful evocation of James Baldwin’s early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice, the book is an intensely personal and provocative document from the iconic author of If Beale Street Could Talk and Go Tell It on the Mountain. It consists of two “letters,” written on the occasion of the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, that exhort Americans, both black and white, to attack the terrible legacy of racism." - Publisher's Description

How to Be an Antiracist, book cover

How to Be an Antiracist Ibram X. Kendi

"Kendi weaves an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science with his own personal story of awakening to antiracism. This is an essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond the awareness of racism to the next step: contributing to the formation of a just and equitable society." - Publisher's Description

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, book cover

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

"Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence....In this in-depth exploration, DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively." - Publisher Description

Also available without wait in eAudiobook format

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