Here at the library, we had planned to post a lot of fun content this week for those participating in summer reading.
But with all that’s going on in our country, we would like to take a moment to pause and reflect on the demands of protesters around the country, calling for an end to racial inequality.
We commit to being an institution that is accountable to all of our community members– especially our black neighbors and all others impacted by structural oppression.
We commit to learning and growing– as individuals and as an organization– in dismantling the vestiges of white supremecy in all of its forms.
We commit to sharing the best resources we can find to encourage anti-racist work throughout our community.
We commit to staying open to change, because that’s the only way that anything can ever get better.
Our mission is to enrich the community of Taylor, and part of accomplishing that will require us to work on healing old wounds and amplifying new voices that can help us forge a more equitable future for everyone. Next week, we encourage you to join us for a community conversation with our director focusing on how to address unequal access to technology across Taylor. And for those who want to learn alongside others, you can look forward to a new book club–Books for a Better World–focusing on issues of social justice. Throughout the next few weeks, we will also be compiling and sharing recommended reading lists for all ages to publish on social media. Our community is full of rich diversity, and we will continue to strive for the protection and wellbeing of all.