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A Message to our Community

Wilmette Public Library stands in solidarity with all who are working to recognize and end racism and inequity. The fight for dignity, justice, and equality is a matter of basic human rights. We grieve with our nation as we collectively face the clear exposure of our deeply-rooted systems of racism and structural violence.

We stand in support of our colleagues at the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and their Statement Condemning Increased Violence and Racism Towards Black Americans and People of Color.

The Library is a place where all are welcomed and treated with dignity and respect. Our collections, services, and resources reflect the diversity of our community while also providing new opportunities to engage with neighbors and learn about cultures and viewpoints.

We encourage you to explore these lists of antiracist resources for adultsresources for teens, and resources for youth & parents from our collections, highlighting Black voices, to provide perspectives that can help effect change in yourself, your home, and your community.

We believe that words have the power to make change actionable. Now is the time to both listen and make our voices heard as we strongly denounce racism, hate, discrimination, and violence. Together we can build a more just, resilient, and inclusive community for all.

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”
― James Baldwin

 

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