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