Toledo Lucas County Public Library: Social Justice Reading Franco Vitella The COVID-19 pandemic seems to have only exasperated disparities in society: wealth distribution, available opportunities, and the general privilege that some have over others. Many individuals and organizations are working toward creating a more equitable society through social justice initiatives. If you want to learn about what you can do, or just want to gain more knowledge about these movements, the Toledo Lucas County Public Library has some books worth reading. Rights movement, is perhaps the seminal graphic novel on social justice. Visceral, important and accessible, this graphic novel is fi nding its way on many schools’ required reading lists just a few years after its publication. Adults looking for an excellent book on the subject would be keen to read as well. The Time is Now: A Call to Uncommon Courage by Joan Chittister Sister Joan Chittister is a nun and theologian and with The Time is Now, provides a guide for those who are disillusioned with systemic inequities upheld by institutions. Coming from a unique perspective of personal faith and spirituality, Youth to Power: Your Voice and How to Use It Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice edited by Ron Riekki and Andrea Scarpino This collection of poems is specifi c to the Great Lakes region, organized on themes related to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Ten Ways to Fight Hate” – act, join forces, support victims, speak up, educate yourself, create alternatives, pressure leaders, stay engaged, teach acceptance and dig deeper. The book calls on readers to act and undo injustice. March written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin; art by Nate Powell The March trilogy, documenting the late congressman John Lewis’ life and involvement in the Civil by Jamie Margolin In Youth to Power climate change activist Jamie Margolin offers a guide on how to create change aimed at the young people who are ready to lead social justice efforts. With practical advice on how to write and pitch op-eds and organize events and peaceful protests, Margolin turns to young activists to share their own guidance. Chittister offers ways to confront oppression. WELCOME TO GRAB & GO PICK UP Here’s what you need to know: You can use the catalog, app (App Store | Google Play), or call your preferred location during open hours to request materials you wish to pick up using contactless Grab & Go from tables in the lobby. Once the materials arrive at your preferred location, you will receive notifi cation by your preferred method (text, email, or phone) to schedule a pick up time. Follow the prompts to schedule your preferred time and location for Grab & Go pick up. If you need help or have any questions, just call your location or 419.259.5200. Don’t Label Me by Irshad Manji Ugandan-born Canadian educator Irshad Manji proposes ideas on how to bridge political, racial and cultural divides in Don’t Label Me, based on her work for the Moral Courage Project. Advocating against shaming and cancelling each other, Manji’s approach seeks sustainable remedies for racism by generating buy-in, embracing different viewpoints, and avoiding labels. Page 7

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