Focusing on Diversity

Upcoming Programs

What: Family Conversation Café: Families
When: Tue / Dec. 10 / 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: White River Branch

What: Family Conversation Café: LGBT+
When: Thu / Jan. 23 / 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Clark Pleasant Branch

What: Travel Club
When: Monthly Series
Where: Franklin Branch

What: Tasty Travels
When: Monthly Series
Where: Clark Pleasant Branch

Youth Awards and Booklists

American Indian Youth Literature Award (2006 – Present): Awarded every two years by the American Indian Library Association, AIYLA honored books present American Indians in the fullness of their humanity in past and present context. Picture book, middle grade, and young adult literature are all honored. 

Coretta Scott King Award (1970-Present): Sponsored by the ALA, the Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values. 

Pura Belpré Award (1996-Present): Sponsored by the ALA, the Pura Belpré Award, is presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.


Rainbow Book List – Sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table of the ALA, the Rainbow Book List presents an annual bibliography of quality books with significant and authentic LGBTQ content. Recommended for people from birth to eighteen. 

Schneider Family Book Award (2004-Present): The Schneider Family Book Awards honor an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences.


Stonewall Book Awards: Mike Morgan and Larry Roman’s Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award (2010-Present): Sponsored by the ALA, the Stonewall Book Award is the first and most enduring award for LGBTQ literature.


Tomás Rivera Book Award (1995-Present): This award honors authors and illustrators who create literature that depicts the Mexican American experience.


Videos About Diversity
How To Talk to Kids About Race -- For Adults
Same Difference: (A Children's Book Story by Calida Rawles) -- For school-age children and younger
Sometimes You're a Caterpillar -- For Teens
Teens Talk About Diversity -- For Middle Grades