San Rafael Public Library

Join us for a series of events centered around The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett, themes discussed in the book, and race and equity topics in general.

Virtual Conversation with Author Ibram X. Kendi – Wednesday, April 21, 5:30-6:30pm

7Q34BbNQ.jpegRegistration required. In collaboration with CSU Chico’s Book in Common program, OC Public Libraries, and additional community partners, we are thrilled to present a virtual conversation with author Ibram X. Kendi. Participating libraries and community members will be invited to join others across the state for this special event. Ibram X. Kendi is the author of How to Be An Antiracist and is one of the world’s foremost historians and leading antiracist scholars.

Virtual Book Discussion – Saturday May 1, 3:00-4:00pm

Registration required. Second of two book discussions of The Vanishing Half.

21-Day Study and Action Challenge – Wednesday March 31 – Tuesday April 20

Educate yourself about race and equity. Challenge yourself to read, watch, or listen to one thing about race and equity topics every day for 21 days. For three weeks we will post daily suggested articles, podcasts, videos, and actions you can take to educate yourself and be antiracist. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to participate. No registration required. Tracking log and resources are available.


Related Events for Youth:

Grab and Go Poetry Activity – Langston Hughes – Thursday April 1 – Friday April 30

Our Grab and Go activity kits are designed for all ages and available for curbside pick-up.

Our Partners

We are offering Book to Action thanks to support from California Center for the Book  and the California Library Association, and in partnership with SURJ Marin.


Book to Action is a program of the California Library Association, supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

De Libro a Acción es un programa de la Asociación de Bibliotecas de California, apoyada enteramente o en parte por el Instituto de Servicios Bibliotecarios y de Museo de Estados Unidos conforme a lo dispuesto por la Ley de Servicios Bibliotecarios y Tecnología, administrada en California por la Bibliotecaria del Estado.


Past Events:

Film Screening and Panel Discussion Co-Hosted with SURJ Marin – Saturday April 10, 3:00pm

Registration required. Join us for a screening of the documentary film Little White Lie, followed by a thoughtful panel discussion by community leaders, artists, and thinkers who are impacted by colorism. Little White Lie addresses many of the same themes in The Vanishing Half, and will enhance engagement with the book. Organized in collaboration with SURJ Marin and SPAHR Center, and featuring the following amazing panelists:

  • Victoria Canby, Interim Executive Director, Museum of the American Indian
  • Luz Diaz, youth leader and alumni of San Rafael High
  • Laura Gonzalez, Marin County Office of Education
  • Dana Hawke, Board Member, Museum of the American Indian
  • Anita Gail Jones, visual artist, storyteller, and author
  • Jordan Decker, consultant and founder of Trans HeartLine
  • Indigo Eatmon, Tamalpais High School student, member of Tam Black Student Union and Marin Organized for Racial Equity (MORE)

Little White Lie is available to watch for free on Kanopy with your library card!

Books Beyond Borders Tween Book Club – Thursday April 8, 4:00pm

Registration Required. Books Beyond Borders (for youth in grades 5-7) will read Lesa Cline-Ransome’s Finding Langston. This middle-grade novel tells the story of a young boy who, while longing for his native Alabama after his family moves to Chicago during The Great Migration, discovers the public library and finds solace in the poetry of Langston Hughes. Participants will write poems based on those of Langston Hughes.

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