A Statement from Euclid Public Library: #LibrariesRespond

Since its adoption more than eighty years ago, Euclid Public Library has proudly defended the American Library Association’s (ALA) Library Bill of Rights. These Rights include a pledge to govern the library by basic principles, including, “A person’s right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views.”

It goes without prejudice to say Euclid Public Library is saddened by the current events that have taken place in our nation and also acknowledges to remain silent only perpetuates injustice and racism.

During these uncertain times, we know it is crucial to be a part of the solution by educating our users and facilitating difficult conversations. Euclid Public Library will continue to be an ally in our community, and support library members and users in taking “proactive and preventative measures in the fight against racism” (ALA, 2020).

Together, staff members have curated resources to start conversations in your homes to combat social injustices and create change. Euclid Public Library will continue to spread awareness through our virtual programming and shared information that supports collective efforts to heal.

Though these measures are seemingly minor, we believe access to information is the catalyst for change in our community and our nation.

Join the conversation. Please visit www.euclidlibrary.org for a list of books and more information about #LibrariesRespond. For more information about the American Library Association’s #LibrariesRespond campaign, please visit the American Library Association website at www.ala.org.

Ashley Gowens

I proudly serve the Euclid community as the Marketing & Communications Manager for the Euclid Public Library.

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