The Library’s internal anti-racism book club aims to provide a space within Okanagan Library for all library workers to engage in discussion and conversation about our individual and collective responsibility to work towards anti-racist and anti-oppressive practice within the imperialistic, white supremacist space of the Library.
Anyone working in the Library can participate. Participation is made up of all employee groups within the Library including librarians, professional and administrative staff, and student employees. The Library purchases titles for all interested participants. Participation is optional. The book club meets once a week from late June to early August, depending on the book.
In summer 2021 we read Ijeoma Oluo’s book So You Want to Talk About Race.
In summer 2020 we read Dr. Ibram Kendi’s book How to be an Antriracist. This was a partnership with Dr. Karen Ragoonaden formerly of the Okanagan School of Education.