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Fridays       2pm-6pm

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Notable books on systemic racism, racial justice, and anti-racism

To encourage learning and research in systemic racism, racial justice, and anti-racism, Bowdoinham Public Library staff share the following list of books available at the library.We are grateful to patrons who made suggestions of titles to acquire, and to those who made donations to support the expantion of this important collection.Dave Asmussen of Blue Bell Farm and Reeve Wood and Hannah Burroughs of Counterpoint Bread both gave a portion of their sales in the days and weeks following George Floyd’s murder to support these book purchases. Come in to the library (Curently open Tuesdays and Fridays) or call to arrange curbside loan.



Racism Collection (1)


Alexander, Michelle The New Jim Crow  Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness          2010
Anderson, Carol White Rage The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide 2016
Baker, Calvin A More Perfect Reunion Race, Integration and the Future of America 2020
Baldwin, James The Fire Next Time 1963
Ben Crump Open Season Legalized Genocide of Colored People 2019
Coates, Ta Nahisi The Water Dancer 2019
Coates, Ta-Nehisi Between the World and Me 2015
DiAngelo, Robin White Fragility Why it’s so hard for White People to Talk about Racism 2018
Diouf, Sylviane A. Dreams of Africa in Alabama The Slave Ship Clotilda and the Story of the Last Africans Brought to America 2007
Dyson, Michael E. Tears we Cannot Stop A sermon to White America 2017
Forman, James Jr. Locking Up Our Own Crime and Punishment in Black America 2017
Gates, Jr, Henry Louis Stony the Road Reconstruction, white supremacy, and the rise of Jim Crow 2019
Griffin, John Howard Black Like Me 1960
Irving, Debby Waking Up White And Finding Myself in the Story of Race 2014
Kendi, Ibram X. Stamped from the Beginning the definitive history of racist ideas in America 2017
Kendi, Ibram X. How to be an AntiRacist 2019
Layla F. Saad Me and White Supremacy Combat Racism, Change the World, Become a Good Ancestor 2020
Oluo, Ijeoma So you Want to Talk About Race 2018
Phillips, Patrick Blood at the Root A Racial Cleansing in America 2016
Rankine, Claudia Citizen An American Lyric 2014
Reynolds, Jason Stamped Racism, antiracism, and you 2020
Rothstein, Richard The Color of Law A forgotten history of how our government segregated America 2017
Ta-Nehisi Coates Between the World and Me 2015
Tatum , Beverly Daniel Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race 1997
Ward, Jesmyn The Fire This Time A new generation Speaks about race 2016
William H. Chafe Remembering Jim Crow African Americans Tell About Life in the Segregated South 2001


Interlibrary Loan Resumes Today!

We are now able to request items as we used to, through the Maine State Library’s  interlibrary loan system. We still must defray the cost of mailing the item back by charging patrons $3 per title. Please contact the library to put in your requests. Having trouble accessing the state wide catalog? call Kate and she will walk you through. Look for the “MaineCat” button on the homepage or try this link here.

Curbside Book Borrowing…Bowdoinham Style!

Library card holders have several options to borrow their books. One option is to come in during open hours on Tuesdays (10-2) and Fridays (2-6).  Another is borrowing via the library’s online catalog and picking the books up 24 hours later inside the “Little Germfree Library” box outside the Coombs Building. This service is being… Continue Reading

Summer Reading Program Launched

We have recently launched a summer reading program which is expanded from our traditional program for just kids.  This year, thanks to software from the State Library, we are able to offer an online reading challenge for both children and adults. We are calling it “Read Around the Bay”.  In addition to reading, we are… Continue Reading

We are ReOpenning June 2!

As Part of Phase Two of the Governor’s Rural Reopening Plan, the library will open it’s doors on Tuesday June 2 at 10am. If all goes well, we will have open hours Tuesdays 10-2, and Fridays 2-6. Occupancy will be limited to three adults in the adult room and one family in the children’s room. … Continue Reading

A Plant Sale Like no Other

  Thank You, Bowdoinham for supporting the library’s 47th Annual Plant Sale! It was bit different this year but we did it! We did it with the help of a great partner nursery: Sunset Farms . Thank you Sam and family for growing beautiful plants and being organized and fun to work with.  You customers… Continue Reading

Library Closed Due to COVID-19 / Coronavirus Precautions

The Bowdoinham Public Library is closed until further notice due to COVID-19 precautions. Resources and Information from trusted sources about the virus can be found HERE     While our physical library location is closed to the public, there are opportunities for electronic downloads of materials using your Bowdoinham Public Library card so please be… Continue Reading

Understanding Racism- Two More Gatherings

The Bowdoinham Public Library invites residents to take part in a community read of “White Fragility:Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism” by Robin DiAngelo. Following last winter’s presentation by Howard Solomon, there was interest in continuing discussions of oppression and racial justice issues. DiAngelo’s book, White Fragility, does this by… Continue Reading

Check out our Maine State Park pass

Pleased and proud to announce that the library now has a Maine State Park pass to loan to patrons! Covers day use for all passengers in a vehicle heading to Maine’s parks, historic sites and public lands all over the state. Loan periods are Tuesday to Friday and Friday to Tuesday. Grab the pass, get… Continue Reading