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Melrose Public Library Has 74 New Books Centered on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Schools and Libraries

February 9, 2022

From: Melrose Public Library

The Melrose Public Library has announced there are 74 new books on its shelves that are either written by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) authors or highlight themes and promote messages of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). The library was able to purchase the books through DEI funding provided by Melrose Mayor Paul Brodeur last year in honor of Juneteenth.

“Last year, we made a commitment to help Melrose move closer to becoming one community, open to all. This is that vision coming to life,” said Mayor Brodeur. “I’m grateful and proud of our amazing team at the Melrose Public library who curated a wide variety of materials that cover key diversity, equity, and inclusion topics. I encourage anyone with questions – about age appropriate books, or the selection itself, to turn to our expert librarians and library staff  – their resourcefulness knows no bounds.”

The Melrose Public Library and the City of Melrose encourages everyone to check out one of these 74 titles in honor of Black History Month. There are books and graphic novels for every age group and reading level, and the Melrose Public Library librarians and staff are ready to help visitors looking to check one out.

“Out of these 74 new books, there is a title for everyone, for every age,” said Melrose Public Library Director Linda Gardener. “These books help to bring an awareness to LGBTQ+, diversity, equity, and inclusion topics, and a large portion of them are written by BIPOC authors. Our librarians and staff join the Educators at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, who believe books are one of the effective ways to introduce diversity and help create an environment where it’s safe to discuss our human differences, such as race, gender, and more.”

The Melrose Public Library Business Hours
Monday – Thursday: 10:00a.m. – 9:00p.m. (The Children's Room closes earlier, at 8pm)
Friday & Saturday:    10:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.
Sunday's Hours:        2:00p.m. – 5:00p.m.