The Aurora Public Library District was recently awarded a $1,000.00 Advancing Racial Equity Collection Development Grant by Indiana Humanities with funds from Lilly Endowment Inc. This grant has allowed the Aurora Public Library District to add a variety of materials to the Library District’s collection in regards to diversity, systemic racism, inequitable policing, and protest. The materials purchased through this grant were selected from a list of over 100 titles that had been curated by librarians, with input from humanities scholars.
It is the hope of the Aurora Public Library District that these materials will help our communities learn about racial equity. In selecting titles to purchase, it was the goal of the Library District to offer materials that are appropriate for all ages and in a variety of formats. There are picture books to share with young children, books to encourage frank family discussions, and items to challenge us all to better understand the events that have taken place in our country over the past months and years. Reading a book or watching a DVD on racial justice can serve as an entry point, but we also hope that these resources will lead to deeper reflection and to conversations throughout our community. Lists of the purchased items have been provided to local educators for use in their classrooms, and we also welcome their use by other community organizations.
The purchased materials will be on display at the Aurora Public Library and the Dillsboro Public Library throughout the month of November. A full list of the new items is available on request.