Cuyahoga County Libraries Support Dialogue About Social Change

Cover of Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi CoatesAs communities across the nation grapple with the social implications of the shootings in Orlando, Baton Rouge, Minnesota, and Dallas in the past month, libraries are stepping up to offer resources and support. Locally, Westlake Porter Public Library is joining with the eight other Cuyahoga County library systems in supporting community dialogue and offering resources and support in the aftermath of these events.

Issues of race, prejudice, inequity, and violence are challenging topics, but they must be addressed in open, safe and productive conversations if we wish to move forward as a nation. The nine library systems that serve Cuyahoga County are seeking to support community dialogue around these critical issues and offer resources that can advance learning and understanding.

Like all public libraries, Westlake Porter Public Library offers a variety of print and online books that families, community organizations and those wanting to make a difference can use to address these critical civil rights, justice and race issues. For more information, please see the bibliographies below, search the online catalog or call 440-871-2600. 


  • Cover of Just Mercy by Bryan StevensonJust Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson (2014)
  • Native Son by Richard Wright (1940)
  • The Souls of Black Folks by WEB Dubois (1903)
  • The Measure of a Man by Sidney Poitier (2000)
  • Strength to Love by Martin Luther King, Jr. (1963)
  • The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore (2010)
  • United: Thoughts on Finding Common Ground and Advancing the Common Good by Cory Booker (2016)
  • The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin (1963)
  • Waking from the Dream: The Struggle for Civil Rights in the Shadow of Martin Luther King, Jr. by David Chappell (2014)
  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander (2010)
  • Sister: An African American Life in Search of Justice by Sylvia Bell White (2013)
  • Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin (1961)
  • Of Poetry and Protest: From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin by Philip Cushway and Michael Warr (2016)
  • The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (1952)
  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (2016)
  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2013)
  • Welcome to Braggsville by T. Geronimo Johnson (2015)
  • Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine (2014)
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (2015)


  • Cover of How It Went Down by Kekla MagoonHow It Went Down by Kekla Magoon (2014)
  • All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely (2015)
  • Monster by Walter Dean Myers (1999)
  • Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley (2014)
  • Revolution by Deborah Wiles (2014)
  • The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon (2009)
  • We Troubled the Waters: Poems by Ntozake Shange, illus. by Rod Brown (2009)


  • Cover of Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline WoodsonA Is for Activist by Nagara, Innosanto (2012)
  • We March by Shane Evans (2012)
  • Child of the Civil Rights Movement by Paula Young Shelton (2009)
  • Let's Talk About Race by Julius Lester (2005)
  • Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson (2012)
  • The Blacker the Berry: Poems by Joyce Carol Thomas (2008)
  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (2014)
  • One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia (2010)
  • A Sweet Smell of Roses by Angela Johnson (2005)
  • Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine (2007)
  • Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine (2012)