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An Antiracist Reading List

Ep. #450 – On today’s episode, Jill and Adam share a list of antiracism books written by black authors. These books are meant to inform and educate readers about the ongoing experience of Black Americans including racial profiling, police brutality, abuse, and more. *Note: The titles selected lean more in the adult and young adult […]
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Adam Sockel

Adam Sockel is one half of the Professional Book Nerds podcast. He’s been working at OverDrive since 2010 where he’s responsible for helping new users discover OverDrive around the world and manages the OverDrive library blog.

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Jill Grunewald

Jill Grunenwald is the creator and other half of the Professional Book Nerds Podcast and loves talking about books almost as much as she loves reading them. She joined OverDrive in 2015 as a Collection Development Analyst, helping libraries select and purchase content for their users.

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OverDrive stands in solidarity with the African American community in the United States and around the world. We believe that Black Lives Matter.

https://company.overdrive.com/2020/06/05/black-lives-matter-overdrive-stands-against-racism-and-inequality/

🖤New Episode🖤

We put together an antiracism reading list of a few essential books by black authors. Lending your voice and support is so important. So is education and learning about how we arrived at this point.

Hope you'll take a listen: https://professionalbooknerds.com/an-antiracist-reading-list/

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🖤New Episode🖤

We put together an antiracism reading list of a few essential books by black authors. Lending your voice and support is so important. So is education and learning about how we arrived at this point.

Hope you'll take a listen: https://professionalbooknerds.com/an-antiracist-reading-list/

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