8 June 2020 by Mary Aylmer, director
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.