Diverse Books Teach Tolerance

Zane Kohn & Asher Kohn

Zane Kohn & Asher Kohn  Showing Book Selections


We are proud to collaborate with Local teens Asher and Zane Kohn to launch Diverse Books Teach Tolerance, a community service project to promote tolerance by highlighting books written by or about people from diverse backgrounds. 

"We hope that by bringing diverse books to Scarsdale through the library kiosks, we will encourage people to read these books, start conversations, and bring about positive changes" - Zane Kohn


Funded by a $1000 Stevens Initiative grant, books will be purchased and stocked in the SPL’s Free Library kiosks, and be identifiable by their specialty stickers and bookmarks.  Selections will highlight a different theme each month. 

“I wanted to apply for the grant because we believe this project can really benefit our community.  With everything that happened in our country over the last year, we learned that it is important to understand people who are different from ourselves.” - Asher Kohn


To learn more about the initiative, please visit: https://diversebookstt.com/



May Celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month was established in 1978 to celebrate the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans in the United States.  Please see below the selections for a wide range of reading levels.  These books will be available in our free library Kiosks and marked with special stickers! 

Highlighted Books

  • Eyes that Kiss in the Corner by Joanna Ho
  • The Most Beautiful Thing by Kao Kalia Yang
  • Lucy and Linh by Alice Pung
  • Revolution is Not a Dinner Party by Ying Chang Compestine
  • Butterfly Yellow by Thanhha Lai
  • Frankly in Love by David Yoon
  • This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura
  • The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende
  • The Leavers by Lisa Ko
  • The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
  • Mona in the Promised Land by Gish Jen
  • Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hong
  • The Great Passage by Shion Miura
  • Xunzi The Complete Text by Eric Hutton