Moving Towards Civility and Understanding

8 June 2020 by Mary Aylmer, director

Dear Reader,

The current civil unrest has again exposed the persistent inequalities that have pervaded our society for as long as history remembers, and we grieve with our nation over the lives lost as a result of injustice.

Public Libraries have long been committed to providing an open, safe space where citizens, regardless of gender, race, religion or status, could partake in civil discourse, and have access to materials that give insights to other opinions and perspectives. To that aim, we support the Urban Libraries Council’s Statement on Race and Social Equity and stand in solidarity with the ALA in support of the BCALA in condemning violence and racism against black people and all people of color. To help promote better understanding among us all, we’re sharing ALA’s Booklist Readers “Recommended Antiracism Titles for all Ages.”

Conversations about white supremacy, police brutality, and racial inequality are not easy, nor are they comfortable. They are however necessary, and we hope these titles can provide entry into self-reflection, positive discourse and deeper understanding of ourselves and each other.  

Below are links to books in our physical collection from the ALA list plus a few additions.

This stops today : Eric Garner
We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy
heavy: an american memoir
between the world and me
the lynching
the blood of emmett till
The Water Dancer
How Long
The impeachment of Abraham Lincoln
The nickel boys
Sing, unburied, sing
we cast a shadow
Light it Up
Black Enough
All the days past, all the days to come
Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists: A Graphic History of Women’s Fight for Their Rights
Just Mercy: Adapted for young adults
Tyler Johnson Was Here
Thank you, omu
the undefeated
what is given from the heart
a good kind of trouble

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