As Rudine Sim Bishop so beautifully stated, great books for children are “windows, mirrors and sliding doors” that create a sense of belonging as well as bridges of empathy and mutual understanding. Join Kirsten Nilsson, Summit County Library’s Children’s Librarian, as she discusses the “how” and “why” of building more inclusive children’s library collections. She’ll give suggestions for assessing our current collections to determine what we have, and what we may be missing, that could cause our readers to feel invisible or unimportant. She’ll also provide resources for how to dig deeper into this subject of inclusion and where to find the best books to broaden the reach of our collections so that every reader can find themselves on the shelves of our libraries.

Learning Objectives:
• Be able to evaluate your collection for diverse children’s books
• Have resources to broaden your collection
• Be able to discuss the value of a diverse collection with staff and management

Original broadcast June 2, 2020


Biography ~ Kirsten Nilsson
As the Children’s Librarian for the Summit County Libraries, in Utah, Kirsten Nilsson wants all children to know that they are an important part of a vibrant and diverse community—she works hard to see that all of their stories are reflected in her library’s children’s collections and programs. She spends the rest of her time working on story times, baby rhyme times, summer reading programs, mother/daughter book group discussions, book reviews and having lots of fun training her new Goldendoodle puppy “Pippi” to be her library’s resident READ dog.