Like everyone else, we at the Clark County Public Library have been saddened by recent events. In normal times, we would strive to be a place where individuals could gather to hold meetings to help in better understanding race and societal issues. However, as we remain closed due to the pandemic, this not something that we can currently offer. This should not imply that we are not able to help. In the days ahead we will be posting resources, such as the one below, that are available to provide insight into the issues that we are facing today. These resources include books, articles, videos and the like that will be available either digitally or via the web. With curbside pickup, we can also offer materials that we currently possess to those that are interested.
For the past 25 years, alongside being a library director, I was an Adjunct Faculty Professor at Kent State University. I taught, at minimum, two history courses per semester during that time. This background has provided me with a unique perspective on some of the issues that we are dealing with today. For example, catch phrases such as “Taxation without representation is tyranny” echoes in the current sentiments of “No justice, no peace”. Although separated by hundreds of years, the sentiment is the same … without equality, dignity and a place at the table, there is no true freedom. History is key to understanding both the past and the future. This is another reason why the library is so vitally important today. We provide resources, free of charge, for those who wish to better understand how we got where we are today. Further, the library serves all regardless of race, religion or creed. We truly are the “People’s University”. As always, we are proud to be your Clark County Public Library.
–Bill Martino, Director
An Antiracist Reading List – https://nyti.ms/2WdkrPQ
Library Director, Bill Martino, shares some updates to service for our patrons in the coming weeks.