Little library

Books on race in a little library near you

The Bloomington Human Rights Commission and Bloomington Volunteers, a local group of about 10 people organizing and volunteering in the community, worked together to bring books about race and diversity to little libraries around the city. 

Volunteers Casey Speaker and Stephanie Tanner wanted to provide a way for families to have conversations about race and diversity following the killing of George Floyd.  They contacted the City’s Community Outreach and Engagement Division to share their idea and find other partners interested in this project, and the Human Rights Commission agreed to cosponsor it.

With selections ranging from How to Be an Antiracist to the children’s book Overground Railroad, the Human Rights Commission purchased 33 books for Bloomington Volunteers to distribute. Each book has an added message inside that reads: “This book was donated by the Bloomington Human Rights Commission. We’d love to hear from those who read these books! Tag us on social media with #BloomReads.” To donate books or funds email

You can find these books in the little libraries around Bloomington. Find local little libraries at