2020 is proving to be a turning point in our country’s history. Lots of questions have been raised about our relationships with public health, with the health of our neighbors, and the health of our society. We have all been asked to think about and change our behaviors in ways unprecedented for most of us, just for the sake of the public good.
Knowledge is Power
If you need help making sense of all of this, you are not alone. The internet is providing a lot of noise these days. Books can help provide you the information and perspective you need to make informed decisions.
To give you information, we invite you to browse our collection for books that can help you find out more about the history of infectious diseases, racism, violent protest, non-violent protest, or whatever other issue is most on your mind these days.
If we don’t have what you are looking for, please let us know. We will do our best to get you the information you need.
To give you a librarian’s perspective, we share the following statement from Crystal Gates, President of the Arkansas Library Association.
“The Arkansas Library Association stands with library workers, with library users, and with the communities we serve who encounter and are subjected to acts of prejudice, threats of violence, and discrimination based solely on their race or ethnicity. The pervasive racism present in our society stifles equitable access and serves as a barrier to everything that libraries stand for. In most instances, libraries are neutral and do not enter into the world of politics. However, this is not politics. There is no neutral ground. There is no debate. Safety, basic freedoms, and having a voice is a human right.”
As always, our goal is to provide our community with free access to the information, technology, and educational resources needed to create opportunity for us all.
Please let us know how the library can help you keep yourself, your family, and our community happy, healthy, and empowered!