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4613 N Oketo Ave, Harwood Heights, IL 60706 | 708-867-7828
Mon – Thur: 11:30 am to 7:00 pm
Fri – Sat: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
4613 N Oketo Ave
Harwood Heights, IL 60706
708-867-7828

4613 N Oketo Ave, Harwood Heights, IL 60706 708-867-7828

Mon – Thur: 11:30 am to 7:00 pm | Fri – Sat: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm

Our Defining Moments

We like to think of the institution of the public library as being a great equalizer, one that celebrates and promotes the free and open access of information and ideas to all. We lean on and promote the guiding ethic that public libraries not only welcome, but embrace everyone.

The fact is that, like many institutions in the United States, public libraries have a history of discrimination and segregation. It is not a history that is examined often. It is always painful to look directly at the ways in which we have been so wrong. It is nothing compared to the disappointment and humiliation people must have felt when they were told that they were not allowed to borrow books because of the color of their skin. These moments are defining ones. They allow us to grow, change, learn, and to try to do better.

Right now, libraries all over the world are recognizing this time as one of those defining moments for not only examination, but also for empathy, to determine what we are and what we can become.

We invite you to join us in this moment and explore our recommended book lists (adults, teens, kids, documentaries,) as well as the list of resources below.

Stacy Wittmann, Library Director

Eyes on the Stars
Story Corps animated short, narrated by the brother of astronaut Ronald E. McNair

Desegregating Libraries in the American South
American Libraries June 1, 2017

The Hidden History of Libraries and Civil Rights
Santa Clara University Library

The sit-in that integrated the Greenville (S.C.) Library
American Libraries June 1, 2017

A History of US Public Libraries: Segregated Libraries
Digital Public Library of America

The American Library Association’s statement on racism

The Black Caucus of the American Library Association’s statement on racism

The Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association statement on xenophobia and racism

Categories: Adults, Kids, and Teens.

Our Defining Moments

We like to think of the institution of the public library as being a great equalizer, one that celebrates and promotes the free and open access of information and ideas to all. We lean on and promote the guiding ethic that public libraries not only welcome, but embrace everyone.

The fact is that, like many institutions in the United States, public libraries have a history of discrimination and segregation. It is not a history that is examined often. It is always painful to look directly at the ways in which we have been so wrong. It is nothing compared to the disappointment and humiliation people must have felt when they were told that they were not allowed to borrow books because of the color of their skin. These moments are defining ones. They allow us to grow, change, learn, and to try to do better.

Right now, libraries all over the world are recognizing this time as one of those defining moments for not only examination, but also for empathy, to determine what we are and what we can become.

We invite you to join us in this moment and explore our recommended book lists (adults, teens, kids, documentaries,) as well as the list of resources below.

Stacy Wittmann, Library Director

Eyes on the Stars
Story Corps animated short, narrated by the brother of astronaut Ronald E. McNair

Desegregating Libraries in the American South
American Libraries June 1, 2017

The Hidden History of Libraries and Civil Rights
Santa Clara University Library

The sit-in that integrated the Greenville (S.C.) Library
American Libraries June 1, 2017

A History of US Public Libraries: Segregated Libraries
Digital Public Library of America

The American Library Association’s statement on racism

The Black Caucus of the American Library Association’s statement on racism

The Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association statement on xenophobia and racism

Categories: Adults, Kids, and Teens.