I have said many times that the beauty of public libraries is that we are open to all. No matter your views, how you look, how much is in your bank account or what your zip code is, we welcome you into the library.
As the East Lansing City Council commits to civil liberties for all people, the East Lansing Public Library, Michigan State University and the Greater Lansing Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. have collaborated to offer a monthly Social Justice Reading Group for Children. The first Social Justice Reading Group welcomed 209 children, parents and caregivers to listen to and discuss stories on immigration and migrant workers and make a craft. I found the program to be incredibly rewarding. Listening to children ages four to 11 years old share how they view people and the world was a positive and uplifting experience, especially while our country seems to becoming more and more divided.
The second Social Justice Reading Group for Children is on February 25 from 10:30am to noon at the East Lansing Public Library. The February event will explore the topic of racial justice through children’s literature. MSU faculty with expertise in this social justice area will read children’s books related to racial justice. After the readings, MSU teacher candidates will facilitate small group discussions on the topic and volunteers will assist with discussions and craft activities. The February program filled to capacity in less than 24 hours, but I hope you will join us for future Social Justice Reading Group sessions, planned for March, April and May.