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Storytime for Social Justice

s4sjThis year, Storytime Underground is issuing a new blog challenge: Storytime for Social Justice. We are asking youth services librarians to use their storytime power for social justice, to take a long hard look at their programs, displays, and services, to make sure we are fighting every day for empathy, inclusiveness, and social justice, and be a #StorytimeJusticeWarrior.

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Here is what I promise to do as a Storytime Justice Warrior:

  • screen-shot-2017-01-22-at-1-25-44-pmUse at least one book featuring and/or written by people of color (or other marginalized, underrepresented characters) in every single program. I’ve actually been trying to do this for a few months, and it isn’t always easy. Sometimes I don’t make it, but then I push even harder to make sure my next program uses only books with/by POC. Also, representation is way more important than some cutesy theme, so get over that excuse. But also, check out Everyday Diversity which includes themes with book suggestions.
  • Book talk and recommend more diverse books with POC and #ownvoices books. This means reading more diverse books too. If you aren’t reading diversely, then go read this post.
  • Make my storytimes and other programs more inclusive by using language to offer alternate activities (“If you are able, lift your baby in the air. This can also be a snuggle song!” and “If you want to, let’s jump for this verse.”), asking parents to correct me if I mispronounce their child’s name, being intentional about the songs and activities I choose (we no longer clap our crazies out in my library!), and always listening to people telling me new ways to be inclusive. screen-shot-2017-01-22-at-1-23-55-pm
  • Seek out new favorite standby songs and flannel boards that include diversity. Got a suggestion? Please share!
  • Continue to feature displays highlighting diverse books. 
  • Follow more blogs about diverse books and by librarians and authors of color, and follow more librarians and authors of color on Twitter.

This is just a start! As I continue to learn and challenge myself, I will continue to add to this list.

 

 

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