The Gail Borden Public Library District stands with our communities of color for equal justice in all structures and systems of community, respecting the rights, dignity and feelings of all people. 

Diversity and inclusion are core values of our organization and important parts of who we are. We condemn racism, xenophobia, violence and prejudice. We celebrate the cultural contributions and history of our communities of color in programs, exhibits, and events. We stand together in times of tragedy, providing everyone in our community a safe place to share their experience and educate the whole community.

We provide the highest level of service to ALL library users through equitable service policies, equitable access and accurate, unbiased and courteous responses to all requests.

Our mission is to ensure that everyone sees themselves represented and included in their community library. We are committed to keep listening, learning and doing the work needed to move forward together.


Booklists to Support Racial Justice and Understanding

Check out our staff created lists.

Preschool and Family

This list consists mostly of picture books and web resources for families and parents to explore together. Ages 0-7


Anti Racist Reads for Teens


Adult Spanish - Para Adultos En Español


Asian American Book Lists


Celebrating Asian American Voices (Picture Books)

For today and every day, here is a list of recommended picture books to share with children remembering, honoring, celebrating, and uplifting Asian and Asian American voices, cultures and experiences.


Celebrating Asian American Voices: Grade School


The Asian-American Experience: Books for Teens


Asian-American Books for High School Teens


Asian-American Books for Adults 


Not Quiet and Not Submissive: Asian-American Women Speak Out

Local Asian American women speak on the recent tragic event in Atlanta and how they are dealing with racism and misogyny in America. Co-sponsored by ECC MAGIC and ECC Student Life. Speakers include: Thonglouane Keorajavongsay--Lao community leader, Ling Low--Elgin resident, Chad Ouankeo-Ratsamy, Rep. Janet Yang Rohr D-41, Illinois General Assembly, Pat Vilaychack