Read before you vote! NYPL releases 200 book titles to get us election-ready

Posted On Tue, October 6, 2020 By

Posted On Tue, October 6, 2020 By In City Living

Photo credit: Jonathan Blanc/NYPL 

There’s exactly one month until the presidential election, but that’s still plenty of time to educate yourself about the issues at stake. To make things easier, the New York Public Library has released its 2020 Election Reading List, which features 200 titles for adults, teens, and children that “offer illuminating and engaging explorations of key voter issues, from climate change, foreign policy, and education to healthcare, political polarization, and movements toward greater justice and socioeconomic equality.”


Photo credit: Jonathan Blanc/NYPL (adult books)

The book titles, which were curated by staff across the library, are broken down by the following issues:

  • Climate Change
  • Economy
  • Education
  • Foreign Policy
  • Gun Control
  • Health
  • Immigration
  • LGBTQ+
  • Media
  • Polarization
  • Policing
  • Race
  • Voting
  • Women & Gender

Some of the amazing titles included in the collection are: The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming by David Wallace-Wells, Pandemic: Tracking Contagions, from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond by Sonia Shah, We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim, and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future by Deepa Iyer, Political Junkies: From Talk Radio to Twitter, How Alternative Media Hooked Us on Politics and Broke Our Democracy by Claire Bond Pitter, and Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America by Ari Berman.

To further share the message of voting and getting informed, as seen in the photo above, the library’s beloved lions Patience and Fortitude will be holding books encouraging New Yorkers to vote. Plus, the library is hosting several free virtual events focusing on election issues and voting.

“With the world turned upside down, there is heightened awareness around the upcoming election. With myriad long-standing issues facing our nation, we want to ensure that our patrons can make the best possible decision when filling out their ballot,” said Anthony Marx, President and CEO of The New York Public Library.

You can explore the full 2020 Election Reading List HERE >>

And don’t forget, the deadline to register to vote in New York is this Friday, October 9. Find out everything you need to know about registering, voting by mail, and more HERE >>

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