Oak Park: Why anti-racism work is library work

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Oak Park Public Library Executive Director David J. Seleb recently authored an opinion piece for local newspaper Wednesday Journal, on why anti-racism work is library work.

He describes why the library is on an anti-racism journey, which includes working with a local consultant and implementing a new anti-racism strategic plan.

Seleb writes:

"Why are we doing this? Because as your public library, we value all people. We value providing a welcoming space for everyone.

"We know you value this too. Because as we continue to ask 'What kind of community do you want to live in?' you continue to tell us: A community that's kind. Accepting. Inclusive. One where anti-racism practices are making a difference in people's lives."

He also quotes the director of Downers Grove Library, which is working with a consultant on anti-racism practices as well.

Director Julie Milavec says that doing so is helping their library "to learn to use a different lens, a different way of seeing, to help us find where we are falling short."

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