Diversity Statement from the Naperville Public Library

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The Naperville Public Library Board affirms that the Naperville Public Library (“Library” or “we”) serves everyone in our community. We pride ourselves on fostering an atmosphere of diversity and inclusion, and support those working toward ending systemic racism and inequity. We reaffirm our commitment to fostering a culture of empathy and kindness through unfettered information and education. We believe that Black lives matter and denounce anti-Asian sentiment regarding COVID-19. The Library continues to explore opportunities that demonstrate our renewed commitment to increase awareness and promote conversations regarding race by providing a variety of resources and advancing community involvement. If the Library and our community respectfully listen to and learn from each other, our persistent efforts will serve as a catalyst for positive change.

Some examples of the Library’s current activities in the community to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion include:

  • Maintaining a comprehensive collection of multi-format materials for children, teens, and adults featuring a wide array of characters, subjects, languages, authors, and illustrators with differing perspectives;
  • Offering reading recommendations about diversity, racial justice, equity, privilege, and race;
  • Providing varied programs, including story times in multiple languages, and cultural and historical events for adults;
  • Working with community partners including the City of Naperville, the Naperville Police Department, Naperville Park District, Naperville Community School District 203, Indian Prairie School District 204, Indian Prairie School District 204’s Parent Diversity Advisory Council, Literacy DuPage, and others;
  • Welcoming the volunteers who decorated the plywood covering the windows at the Library and several downtown Naperville businesses with artwork, hearts, and positive messages, and;
  • Supporting the Library’s Executive Director service on the Naperville Chamber of Commerce’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.

“Twenty-first century libraries are pillars of safety, inclusion, diversity and democracy for the communities we serve. Libraries provide equitable access to information and digital resources for all people, regardless of race. They provide safe, respectful and welcoming spaces for civic discourse and the expression of diverse voices. Through carefully curated collections, community partnerships and targeted outreach, libraries intentionally engage and serve the needs of all populations." Urban Library Council

More information on the American Library Association’s commitment to diversity can be found here.