An annual event, Harlem Week celebrates the best of this historic and influential New York neighborhood—art, culture, music, entertainment, and more. Taking place this year between August 12–21, there is a wealth of programs and performances to attend in person or virtually. In honor of the festivities, we wanted to spotlight NYPL's Harlem Community Collection—a curated selection of some of the most significant works written about, for, by, and in Harlem and its diverse communities.
Authors in the collection include Maya Angelou, Faith Ringgold, James Baldwin, Zora Neale Hurston, Nikki Grimes, Walter Dean Myers, Toni Morrison, Chester Himes, and many, many more. The collection is located at the Countee Cullen and Harlem libraries (and will expand to the 125th Street Library when it reopens) to ensure easy access for the community. Copies of these titles are also part of the Library's main collection and can be requested and sent to any branch for pickup and many are available as e-books or e-audiobooks. Below is just a small sample of of what you can find in the Harlem Community Collection for kids, teens, and adults.
Summaries provided via NYPL’s catalog, which draws from multiple sources. Click through to each book’s title for more.