Woodlands Anti Racist Community Library Launch
Saturday, 1 May, 2021 – 11 a.m. until 1.30 p.m.
Woodlands Community new Anti-Racist Community Library will officially open Satuday 1 May, 2021 in the Millennium Park. After this launch, the library will be located there fortnightly on Saturdays between 11am-1pm. Please come along for the in person launch and come check out a free book for yourself or a member of your family.
HOW THE LIBRARY CAME ABOUT
Since the summer of 2020 Woodlands Community has been hosting a fortnightly Anti-Racism community reflection event on zoom. These online events arose out of the local community’s desire to respond to the international outcry for racial justice and the Black Lives Matter movement. In these regular meetings resources and experiences of racism have been shared plus questions regarding how to be actively Anti-Racist.
The group read a number of books and engaged with Anti-Racist material, online lectures, films, documentaries, podcasts and soon the idea of a library came to be voiced. The group collectively decided a library would help people learn about racist issues and give greater visibility to people of colour. An online launch was held in March and now the group is ready to launch the Anti-Racist Community Library will be open, in person from Saturday.
HOW YOU CAN BORROW BOOKS
The books in the library will be available to borrow for free, fortnightly on Saturdays between 11am-1pm from stall in Millenium Park,69 Ashley St, Glasgow G3 6HW
Come along on May 1st, 15th or 29th to find out more and borrow your first book. More dates and opportunities to borrow books will be available over the summer. Once you have read the book, you just return it to the special book return box in the Community Garden on West Princes Street. 117 W Prince’s St, Glasgow G4 9BY
WHAT TYPE OF BOOKS WILL THE LIBRARY STOCK
The library has books for people of all ages – children, young people, adults. There are fiction and non-fiction books, serious and light-hearted but all centre the lived experience of people of colour.
COVID SECURE ARRANGEMENTS
Various measures will be in place to keep the library safe, including social distancing, queuing systems and quarantining books between loans. Please follow guidance from staff at the event and be patient if there is a need to queue.
Please see full details Covid Safety Requirements (DOWNLOAD PDF)
HUGE THANKS GOES TO….
The library has been lovingly curated by local resident Sapna Agarwal, in collaboration with Aye Aye Books.
“We are grateful for all the work Sapna has put into the project and for the generous suggestions and donations from other people in our network. Poster design is courtesy of Rachel Aggs. Funding for the development of the Library has come from Bank of Scotland Foundation. ” Woodlands Community
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