Bloomington Public Library stands with our city and our community in the fight against systemic racism. The Library serves people of all races, religions, orientations, political philosophies, backgrounds, and countries of origin. We strive to listen to all voices, encourage genuine understanding, and support the exchange of ideas for the betterment of our community and society.
We at Bloomington Public Library also believe in the power of books. Everyone should be able to see themselves in books and have the opportunity to view the world from different perspectives through books. Books can foster personal growth and can help us become more empathetic.
On June 16 2020, the Bloomington Library Board shared the following statement: We recognize the impact of systemic racism in our community. Black Lives Matter. The Bloomington Public Library is committed to providing a safe, welcoming, and empowering environment for all, regardless of race, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin or status.
Hoopla, an online eBook and eAudiobook depository from which you can borrow for free using your Bloomington Library card, has curated its own list of eBooks and eAudiobooks about race relations. You will not have to put these items on hold. With Hoopla, every item offered is always available.
These lists are not comprehensive.