Meeting 5 - Wednesday, March 17 - 5:00-7:00
Attendance: Heidi Maltby-Skodack, Ben Lantz, Alison Sullivan, Angela Camp, Diane Burden, , , Joe Esper, David Richardson, Marci Perthes, Shaina Biller, Amber Ochoa, Marshall Collins, AJ Gorenflo, Andrew Phillips, Abigail Jordan, Stephanie Luyt, Christine Guitar
5:00 Housekeeping - Any updates from the group? Any thoughts on any reading you’ve done?
● From Traverse Connect conference, "Diversity is what you see, inclusion is what you do."
● Good to show that TCAPS is interested in learning with the community
● WSH continues to use staff meeting time to discuss equity issues… asking staff to discuss what they do when they hear equity related slurs, etc. Also talking about
5:15 Connector - Definition debrief
5:30 Discussion - Justice Leaders Collaborative -
5:40 Current Events
Mancelona - White privilege
Need to have support - statement to stand by… support from admin and board Rise of Hate Crimes Targeting Asian Americans
● Where does it start and where does it end? There are lots and lots of classic pieces of literature (Little House on the Prairie for example)...
● Lots of ways to approach it. 6 titles in the question. 4 of them meet our policy to be “weeded” because of lack of use. 2 are not, but could be weeded.
● SL - some Disney movies have come out with content warnings (but again where do you start and where do you stop)
● Out of 11 schools, we have 24 total of the 6 titles.
● This is not a new discussion in the library community.
● Can use this as a teaching point… removing books because we know better now
● SB - no relevance for these books to be in the hands of elementary children. But we can use this as a teaching point with secondary student
● Idea of product recall… if we know better, we do better.
● Dr. Seuss is not here to fix it…
● What are we replacing those books with?
● Stephie talked about a donation by Melania Trump to a school that was refused… lots of Dr. Seuss books
● NEA has stop using Dr. Seuss as a focus for Reading Month
Recommendation: Remove 6 books in question from shelves. Give to secondary libraries for potential use for educational purposes for secondary students. Work to replace books removed with multicultural authors, appropriately depicted multicultural characters, and topics.
Make sure to include that these books are appropriate to be weeded (include criteria).
6:00 Discussion - Action Steps
○ Provide equity definition/statement to Executive Team and Board of Education
○ After Justice Leaders, identify tangible area of curriculum (Black History Month, Thanksgiving, MLK, etc.) that our team can address
○ Create Board Resolution - first review with our group, then to ET, then to Board
○ Diversifying TCAPS Libraries
6:05 Presentation - Inclusive Libraries - Stephie Luyt
● Stephie shared lots of great information. Review considerations for multicultural books, etc. These need to be used when selecting new books for libraries.
● When we have books in our libraries, are they being promoted?
● Doing a “rounds” experience looking for diversity in school libraries
● In elementary schools, we have school libraries, and we have classroom libraries - at what point do we teach classroom teachers to examine the content of their own libraries (sometimes, favorite books might not be good for students to have access to anymore)
● #OwnVoice authors = marginalized or underrepresented group writing about their own experiences - nothing about us without us
● Girls of the Crescent donating some books to TCAPS
1. Library Diversification
2. Board resolution
3. Not a subgroup, but