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Earth Day All April at CPLD

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Summer Reading Challenge 2021

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read with a dog virtual storytime


Teen Talk is a weekly program for ages 13-18. Participants discuss current events, everyday life, resources, and more.

This special panel discussion will explore how to engage in difficult conversations about race in your community, provide available resources, and share ideas to move the community forward. Teens will be able to ask questions during the second half of the session. 


CLICK HERE to register. 

Meeting Room Capacity: 100 participants

21 Anti-Racism Videos To Share With Kids

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Recommended Materials

Picture Books

All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold

Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal

Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson

Mixed by Arree Chung

A Ride to Remember by Sharon Langley

Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library by Carole Boston Weatherford

Separate is Never Equal by Duncan Tonatiuh

Something Happened in Our Town by Marianne Celano and Donald Moses

The Youngest Marcher by Cynthia Levinson and Vanessa Bradley Newton

Chapter Books

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramée

Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli

The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 by Christopher Curtis

We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices edited by Wade Hudson & Cheryl Willis Hudson

Viola Desmond Won’t Be Budged by Jody Nyasha Warner 

Books for Young Adults

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely

Black Enough: Stories of Being Young and Black in American edited by Ibi Zoboi

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Dig by A.S. King

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

I’m Not Dying with You Tonight by Gilly Segal

March, Books 1-3 by John R. Lewis, Andrew Aydin & Nate Powell

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

Stamped: Racism, Anti Racism, and You by Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi

X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz & Kekla Magoon

Additional Book Lists and other Resources

100 Race-Conscious Things You Can Say to Your Child to Advance Racial Justice

Talking Race with Young Children- Podcast

Anti-Racism For Kids 101: Starting To Talk About Race

ADL’s Children’s Book List

Diverse Children’s Book List

Here's How W. Kamau Bell Talks About Race With His Kids

31 Children's books to support conversations on race, racism and resistance

Illustrator Christian Robinson uses art to talk about anger

Fifteen titles to address inequity, equality, and organizing for young readers

School Library Journal’s Antiracist Resources and Reads: Lists for All Ages

We Need Diverse Books- Imagine a world in which all children can see themselves in the pages of a book! This nonprofit advocates essential changes in the publishing industry and promotes literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.

Raising Race Conscious Children- A resource to support adults who are trying to talk about race with young children.

embracerace- Tools, resources, discussion spaces, and networks to raise kids who think critically about racial inequity

The Brown Bookshelf-  designed to push awareness of the myriad Black voices writing for young readers. Their flagship initiative is 28 Days Later, a month-long showcase of the best in Picture Books, Middle Grade, and Young Adult novels written and illustrated by Black creators.



Black History and Culture: Explore the history, arts and culture of Black experience in the United States

Learning from the past to inspire the future - Historical Figures, Photography, Artifacts, Art, and more.

by Google Arts & Culture

Illinois' African-American History and Heritage
Discover sites that reflect the legacy of African-Americans on the history and culture of Illinois, from museums to music.

by Enjoy Illinois

African Americans in Illinois

by the Illinois Historic Preservation Division


List compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker, Alyssa Klein in May 2020.

CLICK HERE to view the original document.


Articles to read:


Videos to watch:


Podcasts to subscribe to:


Books to read:


Films and TV series to watch:

  • 13th (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix

  • American Son (Kenny Leon) — Netflix

  • Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 — Available to rent

  • Blindspotting (Carlos López Estrada) — Hulu with Cinemax or available to rent

  • Clemency (Chinonye Chukwu) — Available to rent

  • Dear White People (Justin Simien) — Netflix

  • Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler) — Available to rent

  • I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin doc) — Available to rent or on Kanopy

  • If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins) — Hulu

  • Just Mercy (Destin Daniel Cretton) — Available to rent for free in June in the U.S.

  • King In The Wilderness  — HBO

  • See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol) — Netflix

  • Selma (Ava DuVernay) — Available to rent

  • The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution — Available to rent

  • The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.) — Hulu with Cinemax

  • When They See Us (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix


Organizations to follow on social media:


More anti-racism resources to check out:

Resources for white parents to raise anti-racist children:

List compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker, Alyssa Klein in May 2020.

Bigger than A building

Libraries are "Bigger Than A Building"

Even though the building has been closed to the public, the Caseyville Public Library has provided the following services and resources during the global pandemic:

- Provided free WiFi service accessible from the parking lot.

- Coordinated with local organizations to co-host Pop-Up Pantries and Food Distributions

- Created a virtual Summer Reading Program

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