A Note from Our Director:
Public libraries serve as a community anchor for democracy, access to information, intellectual freedom, and equality. Itasca Community Library prides itself on providing opportunities in education, lifelong learning, and recreation in a welcoming and friendly environment that is accessible to any individual. The library stands united with those who support diversity, equality, and inclusion. The library will play a role in continuing the conversation on equality and diversity by maintaining a diverse and inclusive collection, providing resources, and offering programming that addresses these important topics. Itasca Community Library will always be an anchor that builds an inclusive community through information, lifelong learning, and shared partnerships.
General Anti-Racism Resources
Here are some websites to get you started on the conversation of race and anti-racism:
- Talking About Race, from the National Museum of African American History & Culture, and the Smithsonian.
- The Conscious Kid — resources for parents and children.
- EmbraceRace — resources for parents.
A curated list of book for all ages, as well as movies, podcasts, and organizations about historic and systemic racism against Black people.
Indigenous Peoples throughout the world have faced the systematic erasure of their race and cultures. This resource list compiles books, podcasts, movies, and online resources to help you learn about Indigenous culture and history.
Sexual Orientation and Gender Spectrum
Children’s and Middle Grade fiction and nonfiction, Teen and Adult nonfiction, movies and organizations dedicated to sexual orientation and gender identity.
Immigrants and Refugees
Modern Immigrants and Refugees
Books for children, teens, and adults about the modern immigrant and refugee experiences, as well as a list of organizations dedicated to advocacy for immigrants and refugees.