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Imagine Your Story!

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Summer Reading Club 2020. 

Imagine Your Story.

Starting June 22nd, sign up for Summer Reading Club ONLINE!

Earn virtual badges as you track your reading progress.  Earn additional badges for participating in fun activities!

Can the Children’s Room together read more than 250,000 minutes this summer?

Teens – we have a fun summer for you too!

Adults – join the fun for your Summer Reading Challenge too!



Racial Justice Resources

While our building is not open, the Library is still available through digital resources to facilitate learning and discussion during this time of turmoil and hurt. Library staff have put together a book list of material for all ages to learn more about racial justice and civil rights in our country.
If you are looking for resources we invite you to check out the book list below.  These titles are available in digital format with your Melrose Public Library card.


All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold and Suzanne Kaufman

Black Is A Rainbow Color by Angela Joy and Ekua Holmes

Let The Children March by Monica Clark- Robinson

New Kid by Jerry Craft

Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

Separate Is Never Equal by Duncan Tonatiuh

Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper

Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

Mixed A Colorful Story by Arree Chung

Something Happened In Our Town by Marianne Celano

We Rise We Resist We Raise Our Own Voices edited by Wade Hudson

Please also take a look at our Children’s room Diversity book list 


All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Double Victory by Cheryl Mullenbach

A Few Red Drops by Claire Hartfield

The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater

It’s Trevor Noah: Born A Crime by Trevor Noah

Harlem Hellfighters by Walter Dean Myers

March by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin

Loving vs Virginia by Patricia Hruby Powell

Stamped by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

Riot by Walter Dean Myers

Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles

Please also take a look at our Diverse Stories Teen Voices booklist


An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Between The World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein

Essential Gwendolyn Brooks by Gwendolyn Brooks

Hitting A Straight Lick With A Crooked Stick by Zora Neale Hurston

Home by Toni Morrison

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

How to be Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

Lakewood by Megan Giddings

Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad

Mudbound by Hillary Jordan

Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Stony The Road by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Stamped From the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi

When They Call You A Terrorist by Patrica Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele

How to Fight White Supremacy by Akiba Solomon

I Can’t Breathe: A Killing on Bay Street by Matt Taibbi

On Account of Race by Lawrence Goldstone

Stay Woke by Tehama Lopez Bunyasi and Candis Watts Smith


Tasty Books for Hungry Readers – VIRTUAL MEETING

Join friends old and new for a lively VIRTUAL book discussion of the July title, Food Heroes: 16 Culinary Artisans Preserving Tradition by Georgia Pellegrini!

The meeting will be held through the remote conferencing platform, Zoom on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 7:30 PM. If you would like to join in, please register online by Monday, July 27 so the Library can send you the invitation link.

Hope to “see” you all there!


If you don’t have a physical copy, it is available as an e-book to Melrose residents with a library card through our online digital resource Hoopla.  If you are not a Melrose resident, check with your local library to see if Hoopla is available or if you are a Massachusetts resident apply for a virtual e-card through the Boston Public Library!