On Wednesday, April 21, at 4 pm, we will dedicate the second Justice Library in our region at Waterfall Park, 101 Third Street, in Bay City. Like the Justice Library in Saginaw, it will be filled with racial justice titles for children and adults, for community residents to borrow and return.
Come to the event if you can! We’ll have Rae Chesny, a local author, who will lead the audience in interactive story-telling, along with Leopard Print Books, who will have select titles on sale at the event.
Based on the success of the Justice Read in Saginaw, the Justice Library (in conjunction with the SVSU Community Writing Center) received funding from GLBR Women in Leadership to create a Justice Library in downtown Bay City AND to do a community-wide read on a fiction book focused on racial justice this spring in Bay County.
In this age of COVID-19 what the community read looks like is still a work in progress, but we are moving toward book selection and this is where you can help. We want your help selecting the book we will be reading. Use the link below to cast your vote and look for more information soon!
The Justice Library is now active! It’s been a wonderful week for this project.
Ken and Michele generously donated the library. A marking stamp arrived, and there are books ready to be ‘checked out’!
This project would have fallen flat without the many people who got behind the idea. THANK YOU to everyone who contributed ideas, books, encouragement, and wise council. I am hopeful to steward this space well and so it can serve as a place for growing our community. Looking forward to what’s ahead!
For the record. I have exactly zero experience in library science and I am likely going about this all wrong. What I do have is an idea and belief that the best way to combat inaction is to take action. In the past week or so since America started to come to grips with racism collectively lists of books about racism and the black experience started popping up into my news feed. “Top Ten Books On Race” or “30 Books that will help your kids learn about blacks” (I’m making these up but you get the idea). Along with a cry for people to educate themselves about racism and anti-racism. These are well and good, but what if I don’t have any money to buy books? Well in that case I go to the library
But what if we are in the middle of a pandemic and the library is closed?
Well I’m going start my own library
The more I can do to remove excuses for ignorance (my own included) the better.