We have witnessed people all over the world march in solidarity with members of our BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) communities. Public Libraries, by defintion and mission, are committed to promoting racial equality. The library exists for those seeking knowledge and understanding, and Libraries have long been a place of refuge for those who feel they don't belong. Benzie Shores is no exception.
We are curating this collection of EQUITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION RESOURCES for our community to explore, and encourage every one of us to participate in this journey of personal responsibility, systemic change, and social transformation.
History Of Juneteenth
Juneteenth is a celebration that commemorates African American freedom and the official emancipation of enslaved peoples in the United States of America. For more information PBS has an excellent history and explaination of the Juneteenth Celebration. https://www.pbs.org/wnet/african-americans-many-rivers-to-cross/history/what-is-juneteenth/
Talking to Kids About Race
This collection or children's materials on race is free and available for download from Hoopla (Library District residents only) https://www.hoopladigital.com/collection/9786
Anti-Racism Materials from Overdrive/Libby
Browse, Reserve or Borrow and download these titles instantly from our digital service, Libby/Overdrive
Inclusive and Diverse Children's Booklist
A look at over 50 titles from across our library collections. This list looks at our entire juvenille collection from picture books to Middle Grade chapterbooks. You can Browse, Reserve, Borrow, or Download these titles today. Find the list at Children's reads Represent!
Inclusive and Diverse Young Adult Booklist
A look at 50 YA titles from across our library collections. Whether you prefer Libby/Overdrive, Hoopla, or having a book in your hands you can Browse, Reserve, Borrow, or Download these titles today. Find the list at YA reads Represent!
Unity and Justice Booklist
This book list was created by the Association of Library Service to Children to share the message of creating unity, acting with kindness towards others, and promoting peace. ALSC’s core purpose is creating a better future for children through libraries through the core values of collaboration, excellence, inclusiveness, innovation, integrity and respect, leadership, and responsiveness.
Black Experiences: Affirmation and Resilence Booklist
This booklist was created by the Cooperative Children's Book Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's School of Education. The Cooperative Children's Book Center chose this books from among tittles recommended for their annual best-of-the-year list emphasizing books by Black Creators.
Race and Racism: Selected Books for PreK-Grade12 Booklist
This list features both historical books (set in the past) and books set in the present day. Understanding history is critical to understanding racism; it is also critical to acknowledge and discuss the realities of racism and the ongoing legacy of systemic racism today.
The Importance of Diversity in Library Programs and Material Collections for Children from the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). This paper explores the critical role libraries play in helping children make cross-cultural connections and develop skills necessary to function in a culturally pluralistic society.
American Library Association Book awards for promoting diversity: