Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement

The Chippewa River District Library system is fully committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and inclusive community in which all patrons, employees and volunteers feel welcomed.  We are committed to providing equitable access to all library experiences and creating a culture of empathy and kindness through information and education. 

At all library locations and at all library-related events and activities, there shall be no barriers on the basis of gender, gender identity, ethnicity, race, native or indigenous origin, age, generation, sexual orientation, culture, religion, belief system, marital status, parental status, socioeconomic status, language, accent, ability status, mental health, educational level or background, geography, nationality, work style, work experience, job role or function, thinking style, personality type, physical appearance, political perspective or affiliation and/or any other characteristic that can be identified as recognizing or illustrating diversity. 

The library will continue to explore opportunities that demonstrate commitment to increase awareness and promote conversations regarding diversity, equity and inclusion of all people.  Some examples of the library’s current activities in the community to advance diversity, equity and inclusion include:

  • Maintaining a comprehensive collection of multi-format materials for children, teens, and adults featuring a wide array of characters, subjects, languages, authors and illustrators with different perspectives,
  • Offering reading recommendations about diversity, racial justice, equity, privilege and race, and
  • Providing varied programs, including story times in multiple languages and cultural and historical events for adults.