AMY Regional Library, like many institutions and agencies in our communities, are trying to process recent events, to be reflective of who in our communities have been hurt directly by systemic racism, and to respond with a statement to our community that expresses our desire to learn and grow.

Our library system is heartbroken by the senseless, unjust killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and many other Black lives.

Our libraries stand in solidarity with all librarians, all library users, and members of communities who are vulnerable to acts of prejudice, threats of violence, and even death based on their race or ethnicity. We welcome a dialogue with local institutions, our boards, and community leaders, so we can reevaluate our policies on diversity, equity, and inclusion, and further, we will continue to critically audit our library collections to be representative of all of our community. Let’s shape a new experience and hold each other accountable.

Our mission statement speaks to a library that is a safe space for all people to connect with others.

If you want to tell us ways we can do more, we want to hear from you:

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Your library supports you in ending systemic racism.