While there is no doubt that the internet has bee the source or opportunity for so many of us (and remains in jeopardy), it is still important to support the establishments that have encouraged learning and are often under-funded.
Here’s how to help: If you live in an area where the library does not accurately represent different cultures and ethinicities, it is easy to try and change this. All it takes is a simple conversation or letter that can call attention to this issue. Raising awareness on the lack of diversity in your local library, will bring books that can help shape little minds. If you have books you want to buy or get rid of, see if you can give them to a library at an under resourced school. Books are simple, and you will be surprised at how many schools can’t afford or do not receive enough books for their students.
(Illustration by Emily De Nicolais for LaTonya Yvette)
I work in a intercity library, I love that we represent different cultures and ethnicity in our system. I have been employed with the library in Ohio for over 25 years. The programs and resources that we offer to our patrons are always on point. It has been the best experience of my life, for teaching and life learned lessons.