Read Black

Kindred Presents: Read Black

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The Kindred Team invites you to Read Black! Join us for a monthly book club designed to further the conversation on Black literature, history, and culture. Most months, we'll have a facilitated discussion about a selected book about the Black experience, fictional or real.

We'll also have a round-robin conversation on a theme in June and December. Bring a book to share with others and discover new books to enjoy. Kindred staff will collect titles for a list to be shared on the library website.

Read Black Events

More staff lists

Books Worth Your Time! - January 2023

New titles that are written by Black authors /or feature Black characters, hot off the presses, selected by the members of Kindred!

Kindred's Picks of 2022

Between us, we read a lot of books every year! Here are the ones by Black authors or about Black topics that we've enjoyed in 2022.

Read Black - December Book Share

In December, Read Black members share books released in the calendar year by Black authors that they've enjoyed.

Read Black - 2023

We're keeping Read Black going in 2023! Here are the titles we'll be reading throughout the year.

Books Worth Your Time! - December 2022

New titles that are written by Black authors /or feature Black characters, hot off the presses, selected by the members of Kindred!

Read Black: Beyond How the Word is Passed

This list is for anyone interested in Clint Smith's How The Word Is Passed: A Reckoning With The History of Slavery Across America.

More Than Just An Athlete

Every man in the books on this list has lived a wider life, and has a broader story to tell than that of wins, statistics, and contracts.

Banned Books authored by Black Women

For Banned Books Week, consider reading one of these powerful titles written by Black women.

Newer Black Romances to read on Libby

Black Romance is here to stay! Enjoy these romances by Black authors and featuring Black couples available in the Libby app.

Classic Black Romances to read on Libby

Black romance has been a thing for decades. Check out these books available in ebook and downloadable audiobook format.

Read Black: The Water Dancer And Beyond

Here's a list about Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of The Water Dancer, from speaking engagements by the author to other books worth checking out.

Read Black Pride 2022: The Master List

The #ReadBlack Book Club met for the annual Read Black Pride book share, in which we discussed books by LGBTQ+ authors and history.

Books Worth Your Time - June 2022

New & upcoming titles written by Black authors or featuring Black characters, hot off the presses, selected by the members of Kindred!

Celebrating Juneteenth!

June 19th, or Juneteenth, is a new Federal Holiday! It's also known as Freedom Day or Jubilee Day w/in the Black/African American community.

Black, Queer, and Proud

June is LGBT Pride Month & the 3rd annual Read Black Pride book discussion! Here are some newer recommendations to talk about on June 25!

Let's Celebrate Loving Day!

The Supreme Court declared it unconstitutional to ban miscegenation, or marriage and other relationships between people of different races.
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