Black History is Living History

The Desmond-Fish Public Library is proud to celebrate Black history, during Black History Month and every month; its achievements, vitality, endurance, and vision enrich us all. As librarians, Americans, and human beings, we at the Desmond-Fish Public Library are indebted to Black culture and Black history, and affirm that Black lives matter, that Black history is American history, and that Black joy is vital.

Events for Kids

Events for Adults

Great Reads For Black History Month & Throughout the Year

DFPL Recommended Reads for Black History Month and Every Month

Talking to Kids about Racism and Justice: A List for Parents & Caregivers

17 Books by Black Authors That Everyone Should Read

20 African American Books You Must Read During Black History Month 2022

Selected Black Authors from the Mid-Hudson Library System

NYPL Schomburg Center Black Liberation Reading List

Boston Public Library Race, Social Justice, and Civil Rights Guide

Poughkeepsie Library Antiracist Starter Kit

Top Ten Books for Black Radicalism & Liberation


Racial Equity and Social Justice at the DFPL

In this time of national and international protest against injustice, inequality, and violence against Black people, Indigenous people, and People of Color, the Desmond-Fish Public Library is committed to providing services, resources, and programs that uphold all libraries’ core values of democracy, diversity, and social responsibility. In keeping with these values, the staff and Board of Trustees of the Desmond-Fish Public Library support the statement of the American Library Association condemning systemic racism and social injustice.

The Library’s Racial Equity and Social Justice Committee continues to evaluate positive steps that can be taken to provide a countervailing force to hate and racism, and welcomes community input.  To assist the Racial Equity and Social Justice Committee with its work, or for further information, please contact the Racial Equity and Social Justice Committee liason, Ryan Biracree.