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High Demand For Anti-Racism Books In Bruce County

Bruce County | by Claire McCormack  

Hundreds of local people are on library waitlists for books about anti-racism.

Bruce County Library is seeing a big spike in interest in anti-racism books following the death of George Floyd in the United States.  

Floyd was a black man who was killed in May when an Minneapolis Police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes during an arrest.

Since then, there has been a call for more awareness about racism in communities around the world.  

Bruce County Library, like many local libraries currently has a featured list of books about racism. There are about 1,870 people waiting to borrow ebooks and audiobooks on that list.

"There have been large increases," says Bruce County Library Director Brooke McLean, noting while she didn't do a before-and-after of numbers of people waiting on the books, the difference is obvious.

A look at the library's online catalougue shows normally, bestsellers can see long wait lists but the average book doesn't usually have hundreds of people waiting for it.

"Certainly we're seeing a lot more interest in anti-racism titles," says McLean, noting the library has purchased some additional copies of some ebook titles to address the demand.

"There is a lot of interest in the Black Lives Matter movement, in social justice and learning about racism and our own biases and trying to be more inclusive," explains McLean who notes the library has also worked with publishers to acquire four ebook titles which have unlimited copies and never have to be waited for.  

She says actual physical books on the library's anti-racism reading list are in high demand as well, "Almost every title on there is checked out with holds as well."

Some of the most in-demand titles on Bruce County Library's online app called 'Libby' and the online download centre are:

574 people are waiting for the 17 ebook copies that are in use of "White Fragility; Why It's So Hard For White People to Talk About Racism" by Robin Diangelo.

'The Skin We're In' by Desmond Cole has 201 people waiting for or reading the ebook.  

Ibram X. Kendi's 'Stamped From the Beginning; The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America' has 108 people either listening to, or waiting for the audiobook.

208 people are reading or waiting for Kendi's audiobook "How to Be an Anti-Racist" and 177 waiting for the ebook.

128 people are waiting on Trevor Noah's 'Born A Crime.'

86 people are reading or waiting to read Ijeoma Oluo's 'So You Want to Talk About Race.' (The audiobook, however is unlimted and there is no wait time)

Unlimited titles with no wait time are:
'The Hate U Give' by Angie Thomas
'The New Jim Crowe' by Michelle Alexander (audio)
'Me and White Supremacy' by Layla F Saad
'So You Want to Talk About Race.' by Ijeoma Oluo (audio)

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