PPLD commits itself to join the efforts of all who share its mission of building a community free of racism, hatred, and intolerance. Our full statement is below:
Providing resources and opportunities that impact individual lives and build community – that is the mission of Pikes Peak Library District. Our community, like others across the nation, is hurting. Just as it is our mission to build community, it is our duty to speak against the forces that would tear us apart.
The killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery have reminded all of us once again that the battle against racism and intolerance is not over. For many individuals, those forces are a constant in their lives, and that battle is waged on a daily basis. For those of us who do not experience the burden of systemic racism, events such as these may briefly ignite an urgent desire to seek justice and true equality for Black members of our community. All too often, though, we allow that sense of urgency to gradually disappear until the next horrific act of violence occurs. This cycle must stop.
PPLD stands with those in El Paso County and throughout our country who are exercising their Constitutional rights to protest against systemic racism, inequity, and violence against the Black community. As a public library, we stand for the innate equality of all we serve. We pledge to do our part to help our community realize that diversity, inclusivity, and equity are pillars of a strong and thriving community and that if even one individual is harmed through injustice or racism, our entire community suffers. This is not the time to simply move on until the next act of violence jars us from our complacency. PPLD commits itself to join the efforts of all who share its mission of building a community free of racism, hatred, and intolerance.
- John Spears, Chief Librarian & CEO, and Debbie English, President of PPLD’s Board of Trustees (June 5, 2020)
Pikes Peak Library District stands with our Asian American and Pacific Islander community and remains committed to building a community free of racism, hatred, and intolerance. (March 19, 2021)
- Asian Mental Health Collective
- Stop AAPI Hate
- Asian Americans Advancing Justice
- Anti-Asian Violence Resources
- What you can do to fight violence and racism against Asian Americans
- Asian Americans in the People’s History of the United States
- Detox Local: An extensive list of mental health and substance use resources specifically for the AAPI community.
- Teen OverDrive Reading List
- How to Talk to Kids About Anti-Asian Racism
- Guide for Parents of Asian/Asian American Adolescents
- Smithsonian APA: Learn Together
- Challenging Anti-Asian Bias and Acting as an Ally
PPLD has curated a list of resources for our community.
Click here to find links to national and local news coverage, deeper background on the issues, books, and other items here.
Let's Talk about Racism: Digital Book List
Social and Systemic Injustice Movies on Kanopy
Catalog links from booklist below:
- For Younger Kids:
- Bedtime for Sweet Creatures, words by Nikki Grimes; pictures by Elizabeth Zunon.
- I Believe I Can by Grace Byers; pictures by Keturah A. Bobo?
- Hair Love, by Matthew A. Cherry; pictures by Vashti Harrison
- For Older Kids:
- Reach for the Skai, by Skai Jackson
- New Kid, by Jerry Craft
- Genesis Begins Again, by Alicia D. Williams
- Look Both Ways, by Jason Reynolds
- For Teens:
- National Museum of African American History & Culture: Talking About Race
- Children's Hospital Colorado: How to Talk About Racism and National Protests with Your Children
- Equal Justice Initiative
- New York Tech Library: Anti-Oppression LibGuide: Anti-racist resources
- Anti-Racism Project: Resources
- Racial Equity Tools: Book and Film Lists
- The Brown Bookshelf: United in Story
- EmbraceRace.org: 31 Children's books to support conversations on race, racism and resistance
- Washington Post: Children’s books can help start a conversation about race. Parents have to continue it
- Raising Race Conscious Children: Children’s books
- New York Times: These Books Can Help You Explain Racism and Protest to Your Kids
- Children’s Book Council: Anti-Racist books for All
- Padlet.com: Anti-Racism Resources for all ages
- Social Justice: Fifteen titles to address inequity, equality, and organizing for young readers
- Social Justice: Stay Woke from Home with these Books, Resources, and Articles