Black History Month at the Lodi Whittier Library February 2021

And we can help with the books part!

In our collection we have many books authored by African Americans, stories that are Black-centric, as well as informative and compelling non-fiction regarding history and race. We also have many new books in our children’s collection that celebrate diversity, black visibility and racial identity.

Here are just a few examples but we have a dedicated Black History Month curated rolling cart inside the library and as always we are happy to help you find whatever you are looking for.

“When all of their special Saturday plans go awry, Ava and her mother still find a way to appreciate one another and their time together.” (picture book)

“Iconic chef and world-renowned opera singer Alexander Smalls marries two of his greatest passions―food and music―in MealsMusicand Muses.

More than just a cookbook, Smalls takes readers on a delicious journey through the South to examine the food that has shaped the region. Each chapter is named for a type of music to help readers understand the spirit that animates these recipes.” (adult non-fiction)

“ When two brothers decide to prove how brave they are, everything backfires–literally” (Juv. Fiction Chapter Book)*&query=&page=0&searchid=5

“Maverick feels strongly about family ties, making choices he feels necessary to help support his mom while his father serves time.” (Young Adult Fiction)

“Newlyweds Celestial and Roy, the living embodiment of the New South, are settling into the routine of their life together when Roy is sent to prison for a crime he didn’t commit. An insightful look into the lives of people who are bound and separated by forces beyond their control” (Adult Fiction)

“In Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man, Acho takes on all the questions, large and small, insensitive and taboo, many white Americans are afraid to ask–yet which all Americans need the answers to, now more than ever.

With the same open-hearted generosity that has made his video series a phenomenon, Acho explains the vital core of such fraught concepts as white privilege, cultural appropriation, and “reverse racism.” In his own words, he provides a space of compassion and understanding in a discussion that can lack both. He asks only for the reader’s curiosity–but along the way, he will galvanize all of us to join the antiracist fight.” (Adult Non-Fiction)