APL Stands Against Racism

The Appleton Public Library joins the City of Appleton and libraries across the country in condemning the horrifying and senseless killing of George Floyd. We stand with the Black Lives Matter Movement and communities of color across our city.

One of the cornerstones of public libraries is the concept of equity. Here at APL, we strive to be a pillar of equity and inclusion and must continuously reflect on how to serve our community better. At this moment of national grieving, we are reminded that this reflection is more important than ever. We also recognize that reflection alone isn’t enough, and we as a library have a lot of work to do.

Racism and hate have no place in our library and community. We are committed to using racial equity and social justice tools to assess new policies, procedures and projects. In addition, we continue to partner with the Mayor’s Office as an active member of GARE – Government Alliance on Race Equity to advance far-reaching reforms of systemic racism.

Our staff has gathered resources that include materials that explore racial equity. We also have additional online resources available by visiting our eLibrary page.

We all need to engage in the work of dismantling systemic racism so everyone in our community is treated with dignity and respect.