Youth Services Library Assistant ALA, PLA Pittsboro, North Carolina
Social Justice is not a new topic for Chatham County Public Libraries staff to prioritize. In the past, this work has taken different forms, such as collection development and diversity programming. During the summer of 2020, in response to national and worldwide events, it became clear that the community was asking for more resources to think about these topics, and for ways to introduce them to their children.
While the library was closed to the public, staff had extra time to devote to professional development, in particular webinars and curricula devoted to the topic of Social Justice. Learning from these modules, engaging in staff conversations, and staying informed of current events culminated in the idea for the Kids Club for Social Justice.
This presentation will encompass Chatham County Public Libraries' commitment and approach to presenting Social Justice topics to children and their families, and the inception of Kids' Club for Social Justice as a way to engage with our community on difficult topics. Youth Services staff Katy Henderson and Kathleen Pierce will outline the development of the Kids’ Club, obstacles encountered, and eventual challenges and successes of presenting this program to our patrons in a virtual environment.
Upon completion, participants will be able to identify opportunities for youth and family based social justice programs.
Upon completion, participants will be able to effectively plan age-appropriate programming for children around social justice topics.
Upon completion, participants will be able to improve program replication through lessons learned by Chatham County Public Libraries.