River Forest Public Library condemns the increasing acts of violence against members of our Asian American and Pacific Islander communities across the country. We support our Asian and Pacific Islander patrons and community members and stand against acts of violence, discrimination, and racism.
River Forest Public Library is committed to building an equitable, diverse, and inclusive environment that recognizes and respects the human dignity of people of all backgrounds and experiences.
In our most recent strategic plan, we specifically addressed the priority of achieving equity and diversity within our organization through collections, programs, and policies. It is our intention that all library staff members embrace an environment of inclusion that moves beyond simple tolerance and actively embraces change. Our work continues.
One of the ways a library can support change is by sharing and providing access to materials and resources that educate us on the documented history and continued impact of institutionalized racism in this country. With that in mind, we have compiled the following resources:
Notable Books About Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
Teen Titles About Asian Americans in the Past and Present
Titles About Asian Americans for Middle Schoolers
Children’s Books Celebrating Asian Experiences
Anti-Asian Racism Resources for K-12