Fanwood Memorial Library: Working Towards Justice

June 2020
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As we grieve the racial wounds that have plagued our nation for far too long, we stand in solidarity with the Black community, Fanwood citizens, and those committed to a just and peaceful society. However, we find encouragement in those speaking out against racism, and believe that as a public institution we have a vital role to play in the fight against injustice. The public library has always represented the highest democratic ideals, providing all people access to resources and services designed to educate, inform, and inspire.

As ardent supporters of the First Amendment, we will continue to champion the rights of individuals to hear all sides of every issue and to make their own judgments. Now, more than ever, we believe in the importance of freedom of speech. We encourage all citizens to engage in the pursuit of lifelong learning and critical thinking.

In our struggle to find meaning and a path forward, the Fanwood Memorial Library has recommitted to ensuring that our collection and programming represent the diverse thoughts, experiences, and perspectives of our town and community. In addition, we remain steadfast in supporting our youth as they lead our country to a brighter future. In partnership with the Borough and local organizations like Social Justice Matters and The Joint Committee for Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation, we pledge to help foster meaningful conversation at the local level, paramount in effecting lasting change.

Finally, the Fanwood Memorial Library unequivocally condemns the reprehensible actions that led to the death of Mr. George Floyd. This library champions and embraces equity, diversity, inclusivity, and access. We wholeheartedly endorse the tenet that all people are created equal. Every action, covert or overt, intended to diminish or marginalize people of any race should be denounced, condemned, and disavowed. Libraries represent a place of refuge for all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, color, economic status, physical or mental capacities. We have always championed equality of access and advocated free speech and will continue to do so.

It is our collective hope that the death of George Floyd will serve as a catalyst for meaningful conversations and actions that will lead to racial healing in our country.

With utmost compassion,
Ann Minski, President
Jane Frost-Guzzo, Vice President
Board of Trustees
Fanwood Memorial Library