Resources on Race

In light of recent events and the current political environment, Saint Paul Public Library invites our community to have courageous conversations about race, police violence, and power in institutions.

Books and literature can be powerful tools to spark conversation, build empathy, and promote healing, transformation, and change. Libraries and library resources are here for you.


Virtual Storytime

Be sure to watch our latest from-the-heart storytime video that honored George Floyd and acknowledged the very real and difficult events and feelings permeating our community right now.


Fiction, Nonfiction, TV, and Movies

Check out these titles that explore many aspects of race from various points of view. Some titles are newer, some are classics.


Talking about race with young children

This book list features picture books for young readers that depict and describe racist interactions and race in developmentally appropriate ways.


Talking about race with school-age children

This school-age booklist features nonfiction guides describing power and anti-racist work, as well as fictional stories about institutional violence faced by children past and present. 


Teen Books on Racism

Books are powerful tools to spark conversation, build empathy, and promote healing, transformation, and change. Here are some recommended titles for teens to promote those conversations and actions.


Books on tough topics

During challenging times children experience strong feelings and emotions, just like adults. Library staff has pulled together book lists for kids about fear, hope, anger, and community.



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