Date(s) - 06/28/2022
10:30 am EDT - 11:30 am EDT
We all know that there are outdated and racist classics on our shelves. These books reflect a homogenous past, yet they still thrive in an ostensibly multicultural present. How do we hold fast to intellectual freedom while solidifying our commitment to diversity and inclusiveness? Nashville Public Library spent a year asking that question and the resulting work can be replicated by other libraries seeking to apply an anti-racist lens to their collections.
As a result of this program:
• Participants will analyze selected examples of classic children’s literature to identify the stereotypes and racist ideas that are depicted and perpetuated therein
• Participants will learn to apply collection development and customer service techniques to promote anti-racism through diverse books
• Participants will identify areas where culturally conscious conversations can foster anti-racist working environments and develop strategies for facilitating these conversations
Presenter: Klem-Marí Cajigas has been with Nashville Public Library since 2012, after more than a decade of academic training in Religious Studies and Ministry. As the Family Literacy Coordinator for Bringing Books to Life!, Nashville Public Library’s award-winning early literacy outreach program, she delivers family literacy workshops to a diverse range of local communities. In recognition of her work, she was named a 2021 Library Journal “Mover and Shaker.” Born in Puerto Rico, Klem-Marí is bilingual, bicultural, and proudly Boricua.
Presenter: Lindsey Patrick-Wright formerly worked at Nashville Public Library since 2012, first managing the Children’s Department and is currently managing the Southeast Region. Lindsey has also worked in Children’s services for Tennessee State Library and Archive, and in public libraries in St. Louis, Memphis, and Sacramento in addition to teaching Children’s Literature for University of Tennessee.
Register here for this live webinar. The recording and handouts will be available on Niche Academy after the live event as well as our library of over 700 recorded sessions. To access Niche, go to: https://my.nicheacademy.com/floridalibrarywebinars