We Stand Against Racism

This has been a tremendously difficult week for our country and for our community. I am heartbroken by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis as well as other senseless deaths around our nation, and for the pain that racism has caused and continues to cause in our society.

As a Library, we stand in solidarity with the members of our black community. You matter and we are here for you. All are welcome at Stark Library. That is not just a statement – it is intrinsic to our mission: we invite everyone into a welcoming place, inform them with resources that will help them grow, and then send them back out to change and transform the world.

Our world is in desperate need of transformation. Equality is a basic human right, as is the right to equitable access to information. I am proud that, as a public library, we strive to remove barriers, and we value access, respect, and serving others.

How we wish we could invite you into our buildings. It is painful to watch this unfold and not physically stand beside you. We will do so soon.

Your Library will continue standing with our communities against injustice and racism. Now, more than ever, we invite everyone to access our resources to build empathy and understanding by being informed citizens.

Our librarians have created a list of reading resources to explore the topic of racial equity to help us all come to a better understanding of how to heal our nation together. Hoopla also has many relevant books on the topic of prejudice.

We hope you’ll go on this journey of understanding with us.

In solidarity,

Mary Ellen Icaza
CEO, Executive Director