First Parish Racial Justice Library

Racial Justice Library News

The Racial Justice Library welcomes you any time, but especially at coffee hour. The complete library exists by the stairs going to the Tobey Lounge. We also have a library cart that comes out to mingle every Sunday at coffee hour. We have almost 200 books, which are available for checkout for one month.


So far, our children have been the best patrons at coffee hour. It’s just great to see them gravitate to the book cart. The kids/YA selection is small right now, but the RE Committee will soon be helping it grow.


Controversy is in the air this October as some states and municipalities now celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day rather than Columbus Day. Our titles on Native American themes include Clambake and The Children of the Morning Light, where kids can learn about the rich traditions of the Wampanoags in our own state.


For adults we have a narrative that was previously available only in the Lakota oral tradition: The Day the World Ended at Little Bighorn by award-winning historian Joseph M. Marshall.


Then there is There There by Tommy Orange, a book that NPR called “pithy and pointed. … it places Native American voices front and center before readers’ eyes.” This novel, set in present-day Oakland, gives us native peoples who know “the sound of the freeway better than [they] do rivers.”  You can see Tommy Orange in person at Lexington High School on Monday, October 28. Register here.


Here are some other highlights in the RJ Library:

“a thrillingly assured and altogether delightful first collection … about young people—mostly (but not exclusively) about women, mostly (but not exclusively) about young black women.”

  • And finally, Rich Benjamin went Searching for Whitopia and tells us about it in his 2009 book, subtitled An Improbable Journey to the Heart of White America.



How to check out a book

To check out a book, look for the box with index cards, find your book filed alphabetically, fill it out, and place it in the back of the box. Check-outs are for one month. It’s fall; time to turn the page(s) of a good book dealing with themes of great importance to all of us. Questions? Email
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