A Statement on the Anniversary of George Floyd's Death

On May 25, 2020, George Floyd was murdered by Derek Chauvin, an officer with the Minnesota Police Department. His death emphasized the systemic racism faced by Black Americans and sparked protests for the Black Lives Matter movement across the country and the world, including here in Northbrook.

We do not tolerate racism in the library. We stand in solidarity with all who seek an end to the systemic racism in our community, country, and world. One year ago, we outlined how we would support our Black community members, examine the systematic racism within our institution, and continue to engage the community on topics of racism. Here’s what we’ve been up to:

  • Created an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee
  • Began providing quarterly EDI training to staff
  • Audited and updated our recruiting and hiring practices
  • Added an EDI marker to our newsletter to highlight EDI programming
  • Began to plan a new series of discussion-based EDI programs for patrons

We mark this date with a renewed effort to eliminate racism from the library, support our minority community members, and make the library a welcoming environment that embraces equity, diversity, and inclusion. We are committed to continuing this work.

A Statement from the Library Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees and staff of the Northbrook Public Library are focused on how the library can best serve the community by being an equitable, diverse, and inclusive organization. One of the core values of the Northbrook Public Library is inclusion. We recognize that libraries are central to the promotion and practice of intellectual freedom and that public libraries must continue the work to foster inclusivity. In recent years, the Library has taken steps to ensure that we are creating an inclusive environment for all members of our community.

The Northbrook Public Library values every community member and works to be welcoming and respectful of people's different identities including race, ethnicity, gender identity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, religion, ability, language, age, size, and more. As an institution of lifelong learning, we have a duty to not only reflect the community we serve, but also to educate the community about the diversity of our region, state, nation, and world. We will continue to pursue these goals both internally, by educating staff and examining our practices and procedures, and externally, by providing programs and educational opportunities to the community. We recognize that we cannot do this work alone and will continue working with our community partners to solicit feedback, listen, and embrace equity, diversity, and inclusion in a community-wide effort.

The Board of Trustees stands firm in their commitment to foster an inclusive environment and is committed to continuing the work we have already begun. 

A Message from the Executive Director

Our statement against systemic racism and the ongoing injustices experienced by Black Americans. Read it here.

Our statement against the acts of violence and discrimination against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders that have increased in the past year. Read it here: English한국어 | 中文

Community Partnerships

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Library Programs

These programs focus on themes of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

How to Have Conversations About Race
Tuesday, June 15, 7:00-8:30pm (Virtual)

33 1/3: Essential Albums Aretha Franklin’s "Amazing Grace"
Wednesday, June 23, 7:00pm-8:00pm (Virtual)

Library Resources

Anti-Racism Virtual Display

Digital Resources: Conversations about Racism. Titles in our collection recommended by our librarians for all ages.

Titles from Asian American and Pacific Islander authors

Titles from Asian American and Pacific Islander authors and creators. Titles in our collection recommended by our librarians for all ages.

Black Freedom Struggle Website

Black Freedom Struggle in the United States. This website provides a selection of primary source documents, including historical newspaper articles, pamphlets, diaries, correspondence, and more from specific time periods in U.S. history marked by the opposition African Americans have faced on the road to freedom from 1790 through the current time. 

Feedback

If you have questions or would like to share your thoughts with us, please contact us at 847-272-6224 or email at feedback@northbrook.info