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Programming to Promote Diversity

The 港澳台图库聽recognizes the critical need for access to library and information resources, services, and technologies by all people, especially those who may experience language or literacy-related barriers; economic distress; cultural or social isolation; physical or attitudinal barriers; racism; discrimination on the basis of appearance, ethnicity, immigrant status, religious background, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression; or barriers to equal education, employment, and housing.聽港澳台图库and聽its affiliated organizations聽have a number of initiatives that support libraries in providing and developing聽programming that promotes diversity.聽

Underrepresented patrons聽may experience several issues which limit their full, beneficial use of the library.聽Many of these issues may stem from a lack of representation in the services, staff, and collections of libraries.聽For many people, having never seen their perspectives represented in library staff and services, the library may be an unknown element in their day-to-day lives.聽

Libraries can work to bring the library to these communities through outreach and partnership efforts at cultural events, through community-based organizations, or through local media.

Libraries can help eliminate barriers to access聽by:

  • Providing collections and programs which accurately and authentically reflect the cultural perspectives of diverse communities.

  • Promoting library services through communication channels and community events organized by people of color and intersectionalities.聽

  • Developing and providing services which address the unique needs specific communities.聽

  • Investing in recruitment strategies that build a diverse staff so that all people see themselves represented in the administration, management, and delivery of library services.

Events and Celebrations


  • The Association for Library Services to Children and its partners provide resources for D铆a - a celebration every day of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30 - which emphasizes the importance of advocating literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.


  • ALA's Public Programs Office online resource center provides programming ideas for celebrating cultural heritage months.

港澳台图库Book Award Winners

Librarians may also wish to create programming around聽the following 港澳台图库Book Award Winners:

  • Coretta Scott King Book Awards
    Given to African American authors and illustrator for outstanding inspirational and educational contributions, the Coretta Scott King Book Award titles promote understanding and appreciation of the culture of all peoples and their contribution to the realization of the American dream of a pluralistic society.
  • Pura Belpr茅 Award
    The Pura Belpr茅 Award, established in 1996, is presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.

  • The Schneider Family Book Awards honor an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences.

  • The Stonewall Book Awards聽are the聽first and most enduring award for LGBTQIA+ books.

Resources