The Westfield Washington Public Library is pleased to announce we have been selected to receive a $1,000 Advancing Racial Equity Collection Development Grant. In response to the death of George Floyd and ensuing protests, Indiana Humanities offered a one-time grant opportunity to allow libraries, school and community organizations to add books and materials that advance racial equity to their circulating collections.
The list of materials and books includes fiction and non-fiction titles for children, teens and adults in multiple formats. To develop this list, librarians, humanities scholars and Indiana Humanities staff consulted Central Indiana Community Foundation’s “Tools for Accountability,” and resource lists provided by Booklist (a publication of the American Library Association). The list was also reviewed by the Indianapolis Public Library’s Diversity & Inclusion Center for Black Literature & Culture staff.
The goal of this project is to help Hoosiers think, read and talk about racial injustice and systemic racism, and to support libraries as key public humanities organizations in this work.
This project was made possible by a grant from Lilly Endowment.