Cambridge City

Policy Order
POR 2020 #141
Order Adopted
Jun 22, 2020 5:30 PM

Anti-Racist Free Little Libraries


Department:City Clerk's OfficeSponsors:Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui, Councillor E. Denise Simmons, Councillor Patricia Nolan, Vice Mayor Alanna Mallon
Category:Policy Order


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All around Cambridge, little free libraries are in neighborhoods to share books, create dialogue and build community; and




Most of these little free libraries are community led, and are made up of a diversity of literature, but not many books by authors of color or about combatting racism; and




To combat racism and urge our residents to become intentionally anti-racist, we must promote the education of systemic racism, one’s role in upholding these systems and the resources in which to overcome white supremacy; and




Creating additional little free libraries aimed at providing anti-racist texts, will elevate the understanding of how racism shapes our daily lives, will build community and understanding and foster dialogue in the community about race; and




These anti-racist little free libraries should be available in a variety of neighborhoods, including the Port (Harvard and Windsor), the Coast (Putnam and Magazine), Brattle Street and North Cambridge (Rindge and Massachusetts Ave.); now therefore be it




That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to confer with Director of Cambridge Public Libraries to determine providing the initial books and resources that will be in these little free libraries; and be it further




That the City Manager report back to the Council on the feasibility of placing the four little free libraries in the above locations in a timely manner.




Meeting History

Jun 22, 2020 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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YEAS:Dennis J. Carlone, Patricia Nolan, Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler, Alanna Mallon, Marc C. McGovern, Sumbul Siddiqui, E. Denise Simmons, Timothy J. Toomey, Quinton Zondervan