Learn how public libraries can engage in meaningful social justice and racial equity work

For Immediate Release
Mon, 05/23/2016

Contact:

Kara O'Keefe

Manager, Membership Marketing

Public Library Association (PLA)

kokeefe@ala.org

CHICAGO – Join the Public Library Association (PLA) to learn how your library can engage in meaningful social justice and racial equity work by leveraging existing strengths, supporting transformational relationships, and developing new tools to support social change. “Engaged and Inclusive: Libraries Embracing Racial Equity and Social Justice” will take place on June 8 at 1:00 p.m. Central.

Instructors Sarah Lawton, Madison (Wis.) Public Library, Amita Lonial, Skokie (Ill.) Public Library, and Amy Sonnie, Oakland (Calif.) Public Library, will share their experiences working to center social justice and racial equity in their day-to-day work as well as provide concrete resources and ideas that will help you feel empowered to step into these conversations and deepen community engagement.

The cost to attend “Engaged and Inclusive: Libraries Embracing Racial Equity and Social Justice” is $28 (PLA Members), $31.50 (ALA Members) and $35 (Nonmembers). Groups of any size can register for $129. The registration deadline is 11:59 p.m. Central on Monday, June 6.

The Public Library Association (PLA) is the largest association dedicated to supporting the unique and evolving needs of public library professionals. Founded in 1944, PLA serves nearly 9,000 members in public libraries large and small in communities across the United States and Canada, with a growing presence around the world. PLA strives to help its members shape the essential institution of public libraries by serving as an indispensable ally for public library leaders.

For more information about PLA, contact the PLA office at 1 (800) 545-2433, ext.5PLA, or pla@ala.org.