ALA Unit/Subunit: ALSC
Meeting Type: Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.
Young people are exposed to issues surrounding race, racism, bias, privilege and more in their daily lives, within their communities, and from the media. Parents, caregivers, and educators are often left explaining difficult topics to children and teens while still trying to understand these topics themselves. Adults need tools to help them reflect on their own backgrounds and experiences as well as how best to discuss these important, complex topics with young people in their lives.
Learn concrete ideas for presenting programs and activities that provide tools and support for parents, caregivers, and educators to talk with young people about race -- from a diverse panel of library and community practitioners who have presented such programs. Research indicates both that children notice racial differences from a young age (Winkler, 2009) and that if caregivers do not openly talk about race with children, children make up their own, often erroneous, meaning from what they see (Bigler, as cited in Dwyer, 2013). Conversations about race and justice are important in order to create a world where diversity, equity, and inclusion are understood, supported, and upheld. Supporting adults in talking about race and justice with young people can be achieved at the library in multiple ways, from modeling talking about race during storytimes to large-scale “Talking with Kids about Race” workshops. Attendees will learn about these programs, the importance of these programs, and tips for talking about race and creating community partnerships. Attendees will leave with tools to present their own programs in their communities.
Winkler, E. N. (2009). Children are not colorblind: How young children learn race. PACE, 3(3), 18. Retrieved from https://www.academia.edu/3094721/Children_Are_Not_Colorblind_How_Young_Children_Learn_Race
Dwyer, D. (2013). What you can learn about prejudice by putting kids in different colored shirts. State of Opportunity. Retrieved from http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/what-you-canlearn- about-prejudice-putting-kids-different-colored-shirts