The Planning Team, in cooperation with the HOP Mobile Safe-Space Program, is excited to announce the creation of a new Diverse Lending Library for the Spring 2017 semester at Co-op. The Diverse Lending Library is a new resource for all HOP members that attend Co-op. The Library will be housed in our Common Room during Co-op, and anyone that wishes to borrow a book may come in and sign a book out. Books may be read during the day at HOP, or may be borrowed and taken home for one week.
We had several goals in mind when we created the concept for the Diverse Lending Library, including:
- Helping families to talk about and expose themselves to diversity through the ease of reading books together.
- Affirming the diverse identities of our families by making available books that are reflective of those identities.
- Making it easier for parents to talk about unfamiliar topics with children by providing books that may serve as starting points for discussion.
We welcome all families to come into the Common Room to browse and enjoy our new Diverse Lending Library at any time during co-op. Additionally, if your family has a book that you would like to donate, and that you think fits into our diverse theme, please see a member of the Planning Team or contact the HOP Mobile Safe Space Coordinator, Trish Laszlo.
For more information about the value of diverse literature and why children need to read diverse literature, here are a few articles to think about:
“A child who has never had any exposure to someone who looks, or talks, or prays differently than their family does can not be expected to immediately accept that person. Adults may tell them “To love everyone.” but those are just words and what many children see is that these groups of people are excluded from their lived experience which is a much more effective lesson than being told, “Love everyone.” Inclusion matters, because it adds another layer onto the “Love everyone.” lesson. Whether the children we raise and teach are part of a marginalized group or not diverse books are a must. Understanding is a key component for developing empathy, raising more empathetic open minded kids is the goal and books are one of the tools we can use to reach it.”
“Diverse books empower, vindicate, normalize, and make visible readers who might otherwise feel forgotten, invisible, or like they’re imposters whose stories don’t deserve to be told. Everyone deserves to see themselves in books.”