Indian Prairie Public Library stands firmly against systemic racism, discrimination, and inequality. The library serves as a true instrument of democracy through our commitment to serving as a safe (virtual at this time!) space where everyone has equal access to a broad mixture of books, resources, and programs. The death of George Floyd is terrible and the impact that, as well as other recent and historic tragedies, has had on the Black community is devastating.
As a public library, our purpose is to provide an environment where all backgrounds and experiences are welcome and everyone is treated with dignity and respect. We are a place to embrace and celebrate diversity, not silence it. We value and foster community, equality, diversity, and inclusion. In these trying times, we encourage everyone to listen, learn, READ, and treat one another with respect and kindness… while also treating the issue with strong conviction.
One of the ways a library can support change is by sharing and providing access to materials and resources that educate us on the documented history and the continued impact of institutionalized racism in this country. We are here to inspire understanding and community healing.
Here are lists of ebooks available from home on hoopla that might inspire you.
Book Lists for Children
- Antiracism for Mid Kids
- Black Authors for Mid Kids
- Celebrating Black Children
- Stand Against Racism (Kids)
Book Lists for Teens
Book Lists for Adults
Web Resources for Children
- Free PDF Download of a Picture Book about Whiteness
- Video about Addressing Police Violence with Kids
- Author-led Rally: (Note: There is content for kids and adults.)
- Sesame Street/ CNN Town Hall on Racism
Web Resources for Adults on How to Talk to Children about Race
- Age-Appropriate Guide to What You Should Talk About
- How to Talk to Kids about Race
- Resources for Race and Equity and Inclusion
- Your Kids Aren't Too Young to Talk about Race
- Resources for Teaching about Racism
Web Resources for Adults
- Be The Bridge Course on Understanding Whiteness, Listening, and Learning
- Black-Owned Bookstores & Reading Recommendations
- Daily Newsletter with Tips for Anti-Racism from Author Austin Channing Brown
- Donate to Black Organizations
- How to Address Racist Remarks
- TED Talk: How to Have Productive Conversations about Race
- Shows and Documentaries to Learn about Racial Justice and Police Brutality
- Support Black Lives Matter