Current D.E.I. Library Activities

  • African American Public History in Granville” – A Roundtable discussion  and workshop where we learned about recently discovered African American historic sites in Granville County, NC. 
  • “FINE FREE” Initiative – The GCLS has joined the ranks of libraries across the nation; therefore removing the associated stigma with owing money. This helps to erase barriers to library use that disproportionately affect low-income households. When patrons accumulate fines and fees, they become less inclined to revisit the library. Fines, therefore, create an obstacle to library access that can be harder for those patrons to overcome compared to other borrowers.  Penalties drive away the people who stand to benefit the most from free library resources.
  • MAUDE LASSITER Reveal – Showcasing the first African American Librarian in Granville County, NC.; a position she held for 23 years from 1942 – 1975. “This painting was a collaborative effort by our staff to honor Maude Lassiter, a trailblazing woman who excelled in a field that had low black representation, in a state that was extremely segregated. We hope that this commission will also contribute to the representation of significant black citizens in our local history today, where they are often forgotten.”  – Andrew Maloney (Branch Mgr. Thornton Library)

https://www.granvillecounty.org/2020/11/17/painting-honors-countys-first-african-american-librarian/

  • LIBRARY INSTRUCTION & ARTWORK – offered in multiple languages
    • Patron self-checkout stations w/ signage in English, Spanish, French and Mandarin.
    • Library Circulation Policy & Services trifold handout in English & Spanish.
    • Multicultural posters and displays that help create a welcoming environment for all.
  • COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT –
    • FOREIGN LANGUAGE – Increased Spanish language material through targeted collection development efforts.
    • ADULT NON-FICTION BISAC subject headings – Book Industry Standards and Communication was developed to standardize subject information. It is a classification system which involves organizing books and other materials by topic, with words instead of numbers on the labels.  BISAC headings consist of 52 major/ broad headings with additional subheadings relating uniquely to a particular subject.  It gives the library collection a “Bookstore” like feel.
    • ADULT FICTION GENREFICATION is a term used to describe the separation of fiction titles by genres instead of Author last names. We will have intuitive shelving that is dynamic and able to change as quickly as the needs of our patrons.  It provides for easier browsing, empowers users, increases circulation & improves reading skills, increases familiarity of the collection, and enhances the user experience – (Suzanne Sannwald, http://genrefication.weebly.com/
  • LIBRARY BOOK CLUBS
    • General Adult (South Branch & Berea Branch)
    • Getting To Know You book discussion group for learning & building community. (Thornton Branch)
    • LGBTQ+ (Thornton Branch)
  • OUTREACH –
    • HAROLD SHERMAN ADULT DAY CARE
      • Video tours of cities, space, and the ocean (selection of books available to walk-ins.)
    • CULTURFEST
      • Library tabling and providing information to public; new card registrations.
    • CREEDMOOR SENIOR CENTER:
      • Book Club
    • BUTNER INSIGHT JUVENILE CRISIS CENTER
      • Delivered oral presentations on the History of Fairy Tales (June) and Mythology (July). This facility provides short-term placement for teens with behavioral and/ or family issues. The library has donated six boxes of Juvenile and Young Adult material to the center to be distributed amongst themselves and their partner organizations.