Formed in 2020, Libraries Working Towards Social Justice seeks to expand programming efforts beyond our individual communities to achieve a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive society.
Library and Town Programs and Resources
SoJust: Social Justice Book Group
SoJust: The Social Justice Book Group addresses civic engagement and reads an array of titles about identity, equality, justice, the environment, and much more. Our current vision is to read books that get us thinking and talking about how we as a community can move towards a more socially just future.
In addition to book discussions, the group hosts virtual monthly speaker programs and presentations themed around the selected book titles. This informal book group meets at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month for lively conversation and includes a mix of fiction and non-fiction titles.
The SoJust Book Group has read…
Town of Chelmsford Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee
The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee (DEIC) supports Chelmsford’s efforts to become a welcoming town that recognizes diversity, pursues racial equity, and fosters inclusion.
The Chelmsford Library has created a resource guide helping to point those experiencing homelessness in our community to assistance.
In 2018 & 2019, the Chelmsford Library embarked on a year-long project to promote civic participation and education with our REACT Grant: Read, Engage, And Come Together.
During the grant the library explored six key issues that impact our community and society as a whole through engaging programming, in depth moderated discussions, films, readings, and quality resources.
Besides us in Chelmsford, other libraries participating in the “Libraries Working Towards Social Justice” effort include Andover/Memorial Hall Library, Burlington, Groton, Haverhill, Lawrence, Lowell/Pollard Memorial Library, Methuen/Nevins Memorial Library, Newton, North Andover/Stevens Memorial Library, North Reading/Flint Memorial Library, Tewksbury, Westford/Fletcher Memorial Library, and Wilmington.