We Stand With Our Charles County and Library Communities Against Racism

Charles County Public Library plays a crucial role in supporting and enriching our diverse community through library materials, services, programs, and employment. The Library aspires to reflect the traditions and values of Charles County through our relationship with our community by creating an environment that is inclusive to all.

Every action we take is purposeful and mindful of our commitment to diversity. This is achieved through training, activities, services, and the recruitment and retention of qualified library staff. We ensure a welcoming environment, regardless of age, class, gender, ethnicity, mental/physical ability, race, religion, socio-economic status, national origin or sexual orientation.

The Library promotes true inclusion which calls for the full representation, participation, value and empowerment of all staff, volunteers, patrons and community members. We affirm our support of ALA’s Library Bill of Rights and guard against all forms of discrimination that impeded the access to information.

Charles County Public Library strives to fulfill every customer need as the trusted source for connecting everyone to endless possibilities. The Library creates opportunities for the community to engage, discover and learn by removing barriers to our facilities, collections, programs and services. By upholding our commitment to diversity we enable our community to expand their horizons in an atmosphere that welcomes the contributions of all.

The Library is committed to enabling that learning. We will offer every tool, book, and collection we can, welcome and serve all, and encourage all to respect each other, learn together and from one another.

The American Library Association (ALA)

The American Library Association unequivocally condemns racism and endorses recent statements by the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association and the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (PDF).

ALA provides resources for libraries and communities to advance social equity in their communities. CCPL stands with ALA in condemning all racism and hatred.

An Anti-Racist Reading List