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Black Lives Matter

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dear Plainfield Library Community and Friends,

The Plainfield Public Library board and staff are saddened and heartbroken by the events taking place locally and nationally. As a public library, we’re committed to building a better world and making our community and the individuals within our community feel welcome, seen, heard and appreciated. We strive to make sure every person we interact with is treated fairly and that our collection is diverse, so that everyone’s unique beliefs and backgrounds are represented. As a community, we stand with all of those who demand an end to systemic racism and oppression. Public libraries are founded on the belief of open exchange of ideas and freedom of speech.

The Library’s role is to encourage understanding of the current civil unrest by educating ourselves about the history of racist ideas and policies and how they influence today’s world. So we’re starting with what we do best, curating materials which support learning, exploration and conversations for positive change.


Lisa Pappas
Library Director




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