Dear members of the Haverford Township Free Library community:
The mission of the Haverford Township Free Library is to provide residents of the Township of Haverford, as well as the public at large, with exemplary access to the broadest possible range of resources, programs and services that enhance and enrich their lives. We are all saddened by the anti-black violence and profoundly impacted by the recent events taking place throughout our area and our country. We stand with the American Library Association and our fellow libraries against acts of intolerance and racism—as well as behaviors that promote divisiveness.
As we think about our own institutional responsibilities to our community, our staff, and our profession, HTFL staff have been compiling resources on anti-racist work, particularly those relevant to libraries. In keeping with our mission, we offer you and your family the following resources. We hope these resources will help to better understand all that is happening in the world currently. It is our responsibility as a community hub for life-long learning, to do our part to share information with the community in which we reside.
Talking about race and anti-racism with Children: A selection of titles to help parents and caregivers address current events.
CONTINUE YOUR EDUCATION. Keep going. Build your knowledge so that you can continue to engage in more meaningful discussion. Here are additional resources:
- Ibram X. Kendi’s “The Anti-Racist Reading List”
- UMKC University Libraries DEI Reading List
- Nicole Cooke’s Anti-Racism Resources for all ages
- DEI Committee’s bibliography
- Kansas City Public Library Anti-Racism Reading List: “This Week in the News: #BlackLivesMatter in Kansas City” – includes links to local and national news coverage, podcasts and other web resources, and books
- AnOther magazine: An Ongoing List of Ways to Join the Anti-Racist Fight
Director, Haverford Township Free Library