We serve everyone. We find strength in celebrating our differences.
That's from our Vision, Mission, & Values. In the aftermath of the tragic violence in Charlottesville, VA, many people in our community are seeking and sharing information about politically charged topics, and many libraries around the country are grappling with how to address this.
Sometimes, it's easiest to start with images, like this great post our social media librarian shared last week:
Libraries are for everyone! This has been a public service announcement from your library.Credit: Rebecca at Hafuboti https://hafuboti.com/2017/02/02/libraries-are-for-everyone/ Thank you, Rebecca!
Posted by Pima County Public Library on Wednesday, August 16, 2017
We're trying to keep doing what we always do: provide a wide variety of information and resources so that people with many viewpoints, experiences, and opinions can engage with these topics both quietly and privately (libraries are a great way to find trustworthy information from your armchair or laptop!), and in public conversation with fellow citizens at free events. A few good places to start:
- Participate in a Frank Talk
- Learn to evaluate information's accuracy with this list
- Research current events and their historical context in our E-Library
- And here's a fascinating non-library local history longform article, about Arizona's Confederate monuments
And try these searches to find relevant topics in our collection (use the filters on the left side if you want to, say, only see kids books, nonfiction, audiobooks, etc.):
Finally, here are a few book lists which feel especially pertinent to the national conversation, including a bonus one from another library system who shares our catalog.
These books straddle the direct line that connects slavery, lynching, segregation, mass incarceration, police brutality, and the unequal application of the death penalty in America.
This book argues that the War on Drugs and policies that deny convicted felons equal access to employment, housing, education and public benefits create a permanent under-caste based largely on race.
Written as a letter to his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates describes what it means to be black in America today.
Based on his work with the organization he co-founded, the Equal Justice Initiative, Bryan Stevenson describes the over 100 death row inmates his group has exonerated.
A combination of fiction and nonfiction about the state of black America, both current and past. Perspective spans the gamut of black identity and looks hopefully toward the future.
The KKK is back in the news and in American streets. Here are some titles that look at the history of organized racism in the U.S. and its impact on our communities.
American Book Award winning history of the racist violence, terrorism, and white supremacy that made one county in Georgia the "whitest" place in the United States
A history of far-right militias and paramilitary groups in America
How racist laws from the U.S. provided a blueprint for Nazi Germany
(Image Credit: Rebecca at Hafuboti https://hafuboti.com/2017/02/02/libraries-are-for-everyone/ Thank you, Rebecca!)