Black History Month is a time for education in race and racism, for celebration of Black and Brown people and for pride in culture and heritage- we can't wait to highlight some brilliant books and stories this month and to continue doing so throughout the year. Essex Library Services are proud to be learning more and trying harder to bring inclusivity into our services and books. We want everyone to feel represented by the books on our library shelves. A good book gives you potential to learn something new about yourself, the world you're in and the people around you.
Check out our Black History Month booklists, which can be found online and at the Black History Month display in your local library. They have a great selection of fiction and non-ficiton titles for children, young adults and adults. Your library will feature some other great books written by Black and Brown authors too - let us know what you're reading using #ProudToBeReading on social media.
You can also head online and immerse yourself in an e-book or e-audio. BorrowBox has brought together a fantastic array of stories for Essex Library Services which can be found on your BorrowBox app. Here you can also find our Book of the Month: Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge.
Make sure to follow our social media for events that are organised and hosted by the Essex County Council BAME Network.
These events include:
In Conversation with Historian David Olusoga, 1 October 1pm-2pm, book tickets on eventbrite.
In Conversation with EVEWRIGHT, 21 October, 12noon-1pm, book your ticket on eventbrite.
In Conversation with Storyteller Alim Kamara, 27 October 12noon-1pm, book tickets on eventbrite.
What were Black people doing in World War One?' by Black History Walks, 29 October 12noon-1pm. Book your tickets here.
And on top of all that, you can listen to a very special Black History Month edition of our podcast, The Only Way Is Reading. Freya is joined by members of the ECC BAME Network and they discuss 'the mistress of suspense' Louise Hare's This Lovely City. Listen to the episode now, and borrow the book here.
It's looking to be an educational, fun and packed month and we hope you are as excited to celebrate as we are.