Richland Library Leading: Let's Talk Race Community Initiative



Engage in Author Events, Book Clubs & Discussions over Next Year Columbia, SC- Embark on a journey to end systemic racism during this time of unrest in our country and join Richland Library as we introduce the Let's Talk Race community initiative.


Over the next year, we plan to host virtual author events, book groups and discussions that encourage honest dialogue on injustices, anti-racism and diversity. Please visit richlandlibrary.com and click on the "Events" tab for more details.


In addition, the library intends to bolster its collection, assemble book club sets and distribute titles purposely throughout the community that promote race equity, and inclusion.


The goal is to keep local residents talking, listening and learning more about themselves and others. They can also share their experiences on the library's new Padlet.


Leading the community initiative is the library's Let's Talk Race team, which has received national recognition for its efforts to create civic engagement, build community connections and engage in courageous conversations. Established in 2016, the team consists of diverse staff members who have received training to lead discussions on race, bias, inclusivity and equality.


The community initiative is also made possible, thanks to funding from SC Humanities and the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation.

In-person appointments with the library's Social Work Department are available at our Main location. Customers can choose from walk-in appointments on a first-come, first-served basis or pre-scheduled appointments by calling 803-509-8371 and leaving a message. All appointments take place in the Atrium and are accessible from our Hampton Street entrance.


For the welfare of customers and staff, the library has safety protocols in place.

For questions, please contact Emily Stoll at 803-587-3637 or email estoll@richlandlibrary.com.

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