ULC Race and Social Equity Statement
In the wake of recent events in cities around the country, it’s important to acknowledge the role of public libraries in facilitating racial and social justice in their communities. The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library will continue to honor our commitment to ensure everyone is welcome, treated with respect, and has the opportunity to live their best lives through learning and literacy at their public library.
It’s also important to note this commitment is endorsed and led by the library’s leadership. In October 2019, the library’s Board of Trustees signed on to the following statement from the Urban Libraries Council (ULC). The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, along with many other nationally recognized libraries, is a member of the ULC.
— Gina Millsap, Chief Executive Officer
Recently we asked our community to help us build lists of books to broaden our perspectives on race and inclusion.
Many booklists are being posted online, but we wanted to know what our friends and neighbors would recommend for each other. On Facebook we asked readers to share both fiction and nonfiction, for all ages, that share the stories and voices of people of color. The response was tremendous, ranging from picture books, literary fiction, and stories of everyday life to hard hitting examinations of systemic injustice.
We’ve pulled the suggestions together into lists. We’re certain you’ll find a great book among the many listed here.
Is one of your favorites missing from the recommendations? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll add it to the list.