Public libraries are places of inclusion and empowerment, dedicated to breaking down barriers to access and resisting inequality. Below are some resources that illuminate systems of race, privilege and power as well as how to enact change in ourselves and our institutions. We hope these resources help you recognize and challenge biases, navigate difficult conversations and create an inclusive, respectful space for learning, engagement and improvement.
Have fun with reading using Beanstack! Join our reading challenges like 500 by FIVE, #calvertREADS summer reading challenge and many others! Receive weekly book recommendations for readers of all ages, follow learning tips for children to make the most out of your reading experience, learn about library programs, and keep track of progress and achievements. Beanstack is also a great place to just keep track of all the books you’ve read! Download the app on Google Play or Apple App Store.
Books and Authors offers new ways to explore the endless possibilities and combinations of books, authors, genres, and topics. Watch a video tutorial about using Gale Books and Authors.
Powered by InfoTrac, the Communications & Mass Media Collection brings together information found in more than 400 journals. Nearly 3 million articles on all aspects of the communications field, including advertising, public relations, linguistics, and literature, meet the needs of researchers. Exclusive features, including Topic Finder, InterLink, and a mobile-optimized interface, support and enhance the search experience.
The Maryland Deaf Culture Digital Library, the result of a bill that was passed into law, is the "first stop" information center that will provide Maryland residents, local public library staff, college and university librarians and other libraries in the state of Maryland with access to: online resources on Deaf culture, a comprehensive electronic collection of Deaf resources, Deaf cultural programs, and training programs for library staff.
Children's fiction recommendation resource with read-alikes, discussion guides, reading lists, and more! Search for books by keyword and reading level (Lexile). Get book recommendations created by book experts. You can even search by the style and mood of the books you want to read!