Libraries Working Towards Social Justice

Image stating Libraries Are For EveryoneFormed 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.

Housing Resources

The Chelmsford Library has created a resource guide helping to point those experiencing homelessness in our community to assistance.

Resource Guides

Civics: Environment & Climate Change

This guide to resources related to helping the environment and combating climate change can help you get more informed and involved. Learn how you can influence climate change and our natural environment in a positive way.


Civics: Immigration & Citizenship

This guide to immigration and citizenship related resources can help you get more informed and involved in this important topic. Find recommended reading, local and national organizations, health resources, and English language learning.


Civics: LGBTQ+ Equality

This guide to LGBTQ+ related resources can help you get informed and involved in fighting for equality. Find out more using our recommended readings, then consider joining a local organization or meetup or volunteering.


Civics: Poverty & Food Insecurity

This guide to food banks and related resources can help you get more informed and involved in helping feed others. Use this guide to help find food, or to get involved with helping others suffering from food insecurity.


Civics: Racial Justice

This guide to racial justice related resources can help you get more informed and involved in this important topic. Find recommended reading and local and national organizations that support racial and social justice topics. Get involved today!


Civics: Voter Engagement

Learn about candidates running for office, where to go to become a poll worker, and how to contact your representatives. This guide to voting related resources will help you become a more informed and engaged voter!


REACT Grant

REACT Grant logo: Read, Engage, and Come Together

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.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services logoThe Civic Engagement REACT Program was brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Other Libraries

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.