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2411 East Main Street
Bexley, OH 43209

Reference & Accounts(614) 231-2793
Kids & Teens(614) 231-2878
UPCOMING EVENTS
Mon, Aug 15, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Bexley Public Library - Bexley Library Auditorium
Join artist Dana Grubbe to learn about acrylic pour painting. You'll walk away with your own masterpiece, plus the creative energy to try more!
Registration is now closed

Tue, Aug 16, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Drexel Theatre
Flex your trivia muscles. Bring your friends and family for a night full of fun competition, laughter and prizes at the historic Drexel. Topics range from history, to sports, and special themes.

Wed, Aug 17, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Bexley Public Library - Bexley Library Auditorium
Every home has a history... discover yours!

Thu, Aug 18, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Bexley Public Library - Board Room
Bexley Public Library's Board of Trustees typically meets the third Thursday of each month at 5:00 pm. Public participation is welcomed.

Thu, Aug 18, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Bexley Public Library - Bexley Library Auditorium
Marty Ross-Dolen leads this reading and writing workshop where you will learn to use the tools of creative nonfiction to transform your personal stories into meaningful pieces of memoir.
This event is full

Sat, Aug 20, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Bexley Public Library - Creation Station
Learn how to convert old family photos and videos into digital files and explore your creative side through audio, photo, and video production tools, and the Cricut Maker. Sessions led by BPL staff.

Sun, Aug 21, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Bexley Public Library - Board Room
Do you enjoy the fantasy genre, or are you looking to expand your reading world? Join us for a monthly discussion focused on fantasy literature. Check BPL's website for the monthly featured titles.

Black Lives Matter


At Bexley Public Library, we believe our community is strongest when we are engaged, informed, and connected. For years, we’ve served as a place to examine and discuss difficult issues that face our society. And in light of the recent tragedies and resulting protests in Columbus and around the world, we feel it’s more important than ever to educate ourselves, explore other experiences, and hold these conversations. Racism in all of its forms should hold no place in our hearts or communities. Bexley Public Library has and will continue to serve and welcome all people. We remain committed to fostering understanding and acceptance, and to helping us all do the important work of growing as individuals and as a community.

New Books by Black Authors
Social Justice Reads
Black Joy
Black History
BLM Video Playlist


Online Resources
Antiracism Resources
Antiracism Resource Guide
Created by Tasha K, an antiracism worker in Ohio, this anti-racist resource guide was crafted amidst the anger of the latest black body-turned-hashtag, #AhmaudArbery. It is regularly being updated to address the current climate of our country and the various aspects of personal growth necessary to sustain this life-long journey. Please note that this document was—and will continue to be—a group effort.
Black Lives Matter
Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.
NAACP
The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons
Equal Justice Initiative
The Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.
Race Forward
Race Forward brings systemic analysis and an innovative approach to complex race issues to help people take effective action toward racial equity.
African-American Mental Health
A comprehensive catalog of resources and information for African Americans from the National Alliance on Mental Illness .
sources  (including the Bexley
edition of This Week), covering a wide array of topics and issues.
The Summit Wellness Group
61 mental health and substance use resources for the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) community
100 Black Men of America
Through the network of 100 Black Men of America, Inc. more companies and programs have been formed to assist in delivering the education and empowerment needed to change the course of the lives of Black children in America.
National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. | Central Ohio Chapter
To advocate on behalf of Black women and girls to promote leadership development and gender equity in the areas of health, education and economic empowerment.
African American Heritage
African American Heritage is a digital resource exclusively devoted to African American family history research. This collection was created in partnership with leading African American genealogists and recognized leaders in genealogical information to develop a comprehensive mix of resources, records, and tools specifically pertaining to African Americans. It provides users a dedicated, user-friendly resource that not only brings together records critical to African American family research, but also connects them to a community of research experts, whose mentoring and assistance can frequently be the difference between research success and futility.
Bexley Anti-Racism Project
Organized by people of color and their white allies who are current students or graduates of Bexley High School the Bexley Anti-Racism Project (BARP) strives to "actively combat racial inequality through education, mobilization, and amplification in order to support people of color in the Bexley community and nationwide." Their website provides resources for education, ways to participate in and support making change, and a forum for amplifying black voices in Bexley.
Antiracism Resources for Kids
Teach for America's | Resource List
Teach For America recruits outstanding and diverse leaders to become TFA “corps members.” Corps members commit to teaching for two years in a low-income community, where they’re employed by local schools and confront both the challenges and joys of expanding opportunities for kids.
PBS Lesson Plans
PBS has written up some lesson plans and other resources for talking through current events with school-aged children.
Teaching Tolerance
Teaching Tolerance provides free resources to educators—teachers, administrators, counselors and other practitioners—who work with children from kindergarten through high school. Educators use our materials to supplement the curriculum, to inform their practices, and to create civil and inclusive school communities where children are respected, valued and welcome participants.
Coretta Scott King Book Awards
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. The award commemorates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and honors his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood.
Common Sense Media | Books with Characters of Color
While people of color are still underrepresented in books for kids and teens, we've found lots of great reads with diverse main or supporting characters in all sorts of genres, including mystery, fantasy, romance, adventure, sci-fi, graphic novels, historical fiction, novels in verse -- you name it! In fact, we've gathered well over 100 books to recommend for readers of all ages. These fantastic books promote tolerance and diversity and teach readers about different cultures. And on top of that, they offer tons of positive roles models, especially for kids of color.
Common Sense Media | Books about Racism & Social Justice
When your kids see demonstrations in the street or on the news as a response to racially charged incidents, you can help them understand what's going on by giving them some historical context. Sometimes such actions reflect a healthy democracy. Sometimes they lead to changing laws. Some movements are peaceful, others turn violent. These books tell stories of people's experiences of racism and of those who put their bodies on the line for the cause of equality under the law and social justice.
RESOURCES FOR TALKING ABOUT RACE, RACISM AND RACIALIZED VIOLENCE WITH KIDS
The Center for Racial Justice in Education’s mission is to train and empower educators to dismantle patterns of racism and injustice in our schools and communities. At the Center for Racial Justice in Education, we envision a world where all young people learn and thrive in racially equitable, liberating, and empowering educational spaces.

This document was compiled by Center for Racial Justice in Education. It is not meant to be exhaustive and will be continually updated as we are made aware of more resources.
Online Implicit Bias Training
Kirwan Institute Implicit Bias Module Series
The Kirwan Institute at The Ohio State University is committed to the creation of a just and inclusive society, where all people and communities have the opportunity to succeed. Their commitment to this mission is why they work so hard to understand and overcome barriers that prevent access to opportunity in our society, such as implicit bias and racial disparities in our education system.

This course will introduce you to insights about how our minds operate and help you understand the origins of implicit associations. You will also uncover some of your own biases and learn strategies for addressing them. Each module is divided into a short series of lessons, many taking less than 10 minutes to complete. That way, even if you’re pressed for time, you can complete the lessons and modules at your convenience.
BPL Programs
Discussing Race and Racism with Children | Dr. Hasan Jeffries
On Thursday, December 13, 2018, Dr. Hasan Kwame Jeffries, Associate Professor of History at The Ohio State University and Lead Historian for the National Civil Rights Museum, joined us to help parents and caregivers know how to discuss race and racism with their children. This program was offered in partnership with the Bexley Minority Parent Alliance.
The African American Experience, Past and Present | Dr. Hasan Jeffries
How did Black History Month begin and why is it important? Dr. Hasan Kwame Jeffries, Associate Professor of History at The Ohio State University, discusses Black History and the formation of Black History Month. Offered in partnership with the Bexley Minority Parent Alliance.
Beyond Hidden Figures | Dr. Treva Lindsey
Beyond Hidden Figures is a discussion and celebration of Black women in science, politics, literature, and the arts who made huge impacts but have gone unrecognized. The film and novel Hidden Figures introduced us to the three Black women behind NASA's first astronaut launch. In this presentation, Dr. Lindsey will go beyond this story and introduce important Black women whose work in various fields has gone - until now - largely unrecognized.
1619: American Enslavement 400 Years Later | Dr. Hasan Jeffries
Four hundred years ago, on August 20, 1619, a ship carrying about 20 enslaved Africans arrived in the British colony of Virginia. Though the United States did not even exist yet, their arrival marked its foundation, the beginning of the system of slavery on which the country was built. Dr. Jeffries examines the development of enslavement in the Americas and the many ways the legacy of slavery continues to shape and define life in the United States.
Green or Red: Thriving or Declining Neighborhoods | Dr. Jason Reece
What factors helped Bexley become a prosperous inner-ring suburb? How did Columbus's geography of opportunity change over time? Jason Reece, Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning at the Knowlton School of Architecture, discusses the history and impact of factors such as housing discrimination and credit access behind Bexley's development and the development of other Columbus neighborhoods.
Race, Class & Hurricane Katrina: there are no natural disasters | Dr. Hasan Jeffries
In conjunction with the 15th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina & our book club pick The Yellow House, Dr. Hasan Jeffries examines how race & class were tied up in the devastation of Katrina.