The Watertown Free Public Library stands in solidarity with our neighbors speaking out against racism. We believe that Black lives matter. We acknowledge that public libraries, like many American institutions, have problematic histories of racism that can’t be ignored. We are committed to building a library that is anti-racist. We are asking the Watertown community, and specifically White people in the Watertown community, to take action. Real, meaningful action. If you don’t know where to start, we can help with the first steps. We’ve compiled these anti-racist resources to help guide your self-education. We ask you to learn and then act. We are committed to that, too.
We hope you’ll use these booklists and resources to better understand the history and present reality of racism in this country, start conversations, and take action.