"Collective Change: Books to Shape Racial Consciousness" is a Book Buzz partnership that lends book sets to book clubs, book groups, libraries, organizations, schools, and community centers.



Through the Book Buzz program, the Utah State Library Division and Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs have partnered together to bring a series of twelve books to unpack race, facilitate conversation, and shape greater consciousness. These literary works have been selected to celebrate Black literature and narratives and to honor the immense diversity of their experiences. We invite our community to engage in this opportunity to inspire brave dialogue that can lead to collective action towards inclusive and healing spaces.

Book Buzz lends books to book clubs, book groups, libraries, organizations, schools, and community centers. Each set contains fifteen books that checkout for eight weeks.

Questions? Contact Hannah Jones, Utah State Library Division (hannahjones@utah.gov) or Jenny Hor, Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs (jhor@utah.gov).

Reserve books

  1. Choose a Title
  2. Check Availability
  3. Request a Title

Visit the Utah State Library Division website to learn more about Book Buzz policies and how to request a book set. Please note: you may be responsible for shipping costs if your library does not cover it or if you are reserving books as a private group.

Covid-19 Safety

In regards to the safety of patrons, the Utah State Library Division quarantines returned books for three days or more and encourages local libraries to do the same. While the coronavirus is unlikely to spread through mailed packages, patrons should wash their hands or use hand sanitizer after receiving their book sets from the mailbox or library and can quarantine the items for an additional three days before distributing them to book group members.

Book Titles:

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis.

Ghost by Jason Reynolds
Ghost wants to be the fastest sprinter on his elite middle school track team, but his past is slowing him down in this first electrifying novel of the acclaimed Track series from Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award-winning author Jason Reynolds.

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
Ibram X. Kendi's concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America—but even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other.

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
An unforgettable true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to end mass incarceration in America — from one of the most inspiring lawyers of our time.

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla F. Saad
Based on the original workbook, Me and White Supremacy leads readers through a journey of understanding their white privilege and participation in white supremacy, so that they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on Black, Indigenous and People of Color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too.

Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler
When global climate change and economic crises lead to social chaos in the early 2020s, California becomes full of dangers, from pervasive water shortage to masses of vagabonds who will do anything to live to see another day.

Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson
An unexpected teenage pregnancy pulls together two families from different social classes, and exposes the private hopes, disappointments, and longings that can bind or divide us from each other, from the New York Times-bestselling and National Book Award-winning author of Another Brooklyn and Brown Girl Dreaming.

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
In So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from intersectionality and affirmative action to “model minorities” in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race and racism, and how they infect almost every aspect of American life.

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Pecola Breedlove, a young black girl, prays every day for beauty. Mocked by other children for the dark skin, curly hair, and brown eyes that set her apart, she yearns for normalcy, for the blond hair and blue eyes that she believes will allow her to finally fit in.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer.

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
When Elwood Curtis, a black boy growing up in 1960s Tallahassee, is unfairly sentenced to a juvenile reformatory called the Nickel Academy, he finds himself trapped in a grotesque chamber of horrors.

The Vanishing Half  by Brit Bennett
The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical. But after growing up together in a small, southern Black community and running away at age sixteen, it's not just the shape of their daily lives that is different as adults, it's everything: their families, their communities, their racial identities.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What does the author celebrate or criticize (e.g., family traditions, economic and political structures, the arts, food, or religion)?
  2. Does the author wish to keep or change a culture? By changing or maintaining the status quo, what is gained or at risk? 
  3. How does the story’s culture differ from yours? What surprised you the most? What was hard to understand?
  4. Does the book offer a main idea or theme? What are the problems or issues raised? Are they personal, spiritual, societal, global, political, economic, medical, scientific? 
  5. Do the issues affect your life? Does it affect you now or will it in the future?
  6. Does the author—or can you—offer solutions to the issues raised in the book? Who would start those solutions? How likely is it to succeed?
  7. How did the story broaden your idea about a personal or social issue?

(Source: ilovelibraries)

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