We're committed to providing services and creating a welcoming environment for everyone.
The library is working on incorporating equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in its next strategic plan. RGW Consulting is leading staff and board training sessions, and assisting in curating a framework for the future of library services by using a lens focused on EDI.
DGPL hopes to help other organizations through its leadership. Below are some resources, created and shared, by DGPL staff.
The library is committed to being a safe and welcoming place for everyone. We strive to exhibit this through our commitment to anti-racist and anti-hate work.
2/21/2023: A message to the Downers Grove community about continued violence, coping, and mental health
11/30/2022: A message to the Downers Grove community: An Updated Message in Solidarity of the LGBTQ+ Community
5/18/2022: From the Board of Library Trustees and Director: An Updated Message in Support of African American and Black Lives
12/20/2021: From the Board of Library Trustees and Director: A Statement in Solidarity of the LGBTQ+ Community
6/10/2021: From the Board of Library Trustees and Director: A Message Against Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia
4/16/2021: From the Director: An Updated Message in Support of Black and Brown Lives
3/24/2021: From the Board of Library Trustees: A Message on Anti-Asian Racism
6/2/2020: From the Director: A Message on Anti-Racism and Free Speech
DOING THE WORK
STREAM PAST EVENTS
- Episode 37: Film Discussion: The Friendliest Town
Celebrate Black History Month with Lauren, Cindy, and Ed as they unpack their viewing of The Friendliest Town, a documentary about a small-town's first Black police chief's abrupt firing.
- Episode 34: Behind the Scenes: DGPL's Land Acknowledgment
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the library's Land Acknowledgment in a Q&A session with ATS Librarian Van McGary: hear about what prompted the library to make a land acknowledgment, how it was written, and why it's important. Organization of the Month: Hope's Front Door.
- Episode 27: Book Discussion:How to Be an Anti-Racist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
Pronouns Matter: Beyond He and She
Learn about different pronouns, when and how to use them, and how to be an ally.
The Color of Law: & Reversing Segregation with Richard Rothstein
Author & researcher Richard Rothstein presents on the policies that led to racial segregation in American communities, and what can be done to reverse these practices and work towards racial equity. Co-sponsored by multiple Illinois libraries and held in partnership with Racial Awareness in the North Shore (RAIN), Together is Better Alliance (TiBA). Additional Video: Segregated By Design (17 mins)
An evening with Author Cathy Park Hong, "Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning"
Ms. Hong discusses her NYTs book “Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning,” a collection of honest, emotionally charged, and utterly original essays that explore Asian American consciousness.
Richard Wright's Grandson Talks about Wright's Lost Book - The Man Who Lived Underground
Malcolm Wright in conversation with leading scholar Farah Jasmine Griffin. A discussion of Wright's powerful novel about police brutality that is as relevant today as when it was originally written.
Listening Session: Policing in Downers Grove
Active listeners, Downers Grove Village Manager Dave Fieldman, Chief of Police Shanon Gillette, and District 99 Superintendent Dr. Hank Thiele, responded and listened to community members. Comments were able to be submitted before the event, and remained anonymous.
There's No Place That's Home: A Panel Discussion on Homelessness in Downers Grove
Panelists: Mayor Bob Barnett, Downers Grove; Janell Robinson, Hope's Front Door; Amy LaFauce, DuPage Catholic Charities; Dr. Hank Thiele, Dist. 99 Superintendent; Dr. Kevin Russel, Dist. 58 Superintendent.