Race in America

At times it is important to formally communicate the library’s mission and values–a recent communication from one of our patrons confirmed this need.  As a member of the American Library Association (ALA), our principles and ethos align with those identified by this national group of professionals.  In 1998, ALA adopted 5 key action areas. These include diversity, equity of access, education and continuous learning, intellectual freedom, and 21st century literacy.

This past weekend, peaceful protesters in our community exercised their First Amendments rights to speak out against racial injustices happening nationwide. We affirm the values outlined by American Library Association and by the Illinois Library Association (ILA) and confirm that we stand against racism in all forms. Furthermore, the Library is committed to creating a library environment where all are welcome and treated with dignity and respect.

We would encourage everyone to take action to have your voices heard.

  • Be sure to complete the census
  • Register to vote
  • Participate in elections locally and nationwide
  • Call or email your elected officials.

We have provided resources for members of our community of all ages to learn about the realities of racism and injustice. The list below has titles available in our collection as a physical book and also online as an eResource. Click on the links following each book title on the list to check it out or place it on hold.

Physical library materials are available to patrons in a contact-free Library Locker pickup service Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. All materials must be put on hold prior to pickup. Patrons can place holds via the library catalog, by calling the library at (630) 834-1164 during our Library Locker Pickup hours, by using the chat feature on our website, or by emailing our staff at ask@vppl.info. Visit the Library Locker Pickup Services page for more information.

Adult Resources

Youth Resources