June 3, 2020

The New Haven Free Public Library stands in solidarity with our community in condemning violence, racism, injustice and the dehumanization of people of color. We are committed to supporting all people who struggle for basic human rights and dignity. The recent, senseless deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Talyor, and Ahmaud Arbery have once again brought to the forefront the shameful lack of progress we have made in this aspect of life as a diverse community of peoples. We at the Library reaffirm our mission to serve as a nonviolent space to build community for all people to have access to resources, experiences, and opportunities, and to work with the people of New Haven to facilitate communication, to foster the growth of our collective knowledge, and to nurture social activism that will truly facilitate change. Building knowledge allows us to learn from our mistakes, improve our present, and imagine a better future. We will continue to do our part in creating a strong and resilient community. We will listen, reflect, and hold ourselves accountable to intentionally achieve a transformative library-community partnership.