Standing Against Racism with our Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities
Berkeley Public Library condemns the ongoing racism and hate crimes that have long targeted our Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities.
We grieve with the families of those killed in Georgia last month and with the victims of racist anti-AAPI violence and discrimination here in the Bay Area and beyond. We stand with our AAPI staff and patrons during these exceptionally difficult times, knowing the racist rhetoric around the Covid-19 pandemic has led to a spike in racist incidents towards AAPI community members.
The Library is committed to supporting the culture change required to confront and help bring about the end of racism and xenophobia.
"We are excited to be partnering with the Berkeley Public Library! Providing essential perspectives on young peoples’ resilience and ingenuity in the face of transphobia, racism, and incarceration, these stories highlight the importance of interconnectivity and finding ways we can work together towards a more just society."
Berkeley Public Library chosen for 2021-2022 CREI Initiative
In February, the Library applied for and was awarded acceptance into the California Libraries Cultivating Race, Equity and Inclusion (CREI) Initiative, funded by a grant by the California State Library.
Last month, the Berkeley Public Library's CREI staff team - made up of staff from a variety of library locations, job descriptions and backgrounds - completed a three-day training to set the foundation for the work ahead.
Through participation in this cohort program, the Berkeley Public Library will benefit from being a part of a network of California libraries dedicated to equity-based services and collections and who are actively developing staff training, equity tools and resources to help better serve our diverse communities.
KTVU, Berkeleyside and the Washington Post have all helped to get the word out about the culinary collection. Staff have ordered additional kinds of kitchen tools for the collection based on comments we received from these articles!
Tip: You can use your library card to read the Washington Post (and the NY Times and other newspapers) for free on your personal device.
Updates on Library Services during Covid-19
The Library will continue to provide updates via this e-newsletter, on social media and in our FAQs on our website: