I am excited to share with you that Haelee and I are proud members of LiteracyNation, a proud affiliate of the esteemed American Library Association (ALA). Our mission at LiteracyNation is deeply rooted in promoting justice, equity, and diversity in literacy by providing vital services to underserved communities of Color and offering unwavering support to diverse self-published authors and independent booksellers. Together, we strive to raise awareness and amplify the distribution of books that promote inclusion and positive representation of diverse populations.
Our attention has been drawn to a concerning development within the Houston Independent School District (HISD). The district has made a decision to eliminate librarian positions at 28 schools in the upcoming year. To our dismay, many of these cherished libraries will be converted into detention centers as part of the new superintendent, Mike Miles' reform program. For more detailed information on this decision, you can find it here.
We firmly believe that libraries hold a sacred place as havens of knowledge, nurturing a love for reading, learning, and personal growth among students. Repurposing these spaces as disciplinary facilities sends a disheartening message, associating education and reading with punishment. Instead. Libraries play an essential role in promoting literacy and critical thinking, providing a sanctuary where students can explore new ideas, broaden their horizons, and develop into well-rounded individuals.
The transformation of these invaluable spaces into detention centers not only diminishes their educational significance but also perpetuates negative stereotypes about learning, hindering the positive impact libraries can have on students' lives. Our resolve to stand against this decision is unwavering, and we are taking action to make our voices heard. We have created a petition to reflect our opposition, and we wholeheartedly invite you to join us in expressing your disapproval as well. You can find the petition here.
Together, united as advocates for literacy, diversity, and equitable education, we can work towards fostering positive change. By standing up for the preservation of libraries and the empowerment they offer to our future generations, we aim to create a more inclusive and enlightened society.
Thank you for your unwavering support, and let us continue our efforts to promote justice and literacy for all.