Black lives matter.
We acknowledge that many in our community experience pervasive, structural racism every day, and for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) community members living in Eugene, this fight is neither new nor fleeting. As we support the Eugene Public Library, our donors and philanthropy greatly impact our community. We are committed to listening and learning how we can actively promote anti-racist practices in our efforts to support the Library’s work as a conduit for learning and information, amplifying underrepresented voices and serving as a welcoming public institution for all.
We wanted to share some resources for those seeking additional information or recommendations for Black authors:
- Eugene Public Library staff has curated a list of materials for learning how to fight racism more effectively for adults, teens, and kids. Please note that there are wait lists for some of these titles. When a wait list grows, that signals EPL to order additional copies.
- The Detroit Public Library recently published their annual African American Book List featuring fiction, nonfiction, youth, and upcoming titles. Many of these are available through the Eugene Public Library’s online access and physical collection and may also be featured above.
- Well-Read Black Girl, a national book club and virtual community for Black girls, women, and non-binary readers and writers.
- If you or someone you know is experiencing racial discrimination or if you would like additional information on local work focused on political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and the elimination of race-based discrimination, you can contact the Eugene Springfield NAACP.