Ajax Public Library is committed to practices that support a diverse and inclusive community.
Library Anti-Black Racism Staff Committee
Appointed July 2020 in response to local, national, and international events, Ajax Public Library's Anti-Black Racism Committee has based its mandate on the June 2020 Library Board statement condemning Anti-Black Racism and its promise to listen and support the Ajax Black community in its efforts to address systemic racism.
The Committee will:
- work with Library Administration and identified work groups to move recommendations from feedback surveys and discussions into actionable work items;
- prepare, publish, and review feedback opportunities and communication items for members of the public regarding the Library's Anti-Black Racism commitments; and,
- publish and regularly review a Terms of Reference to provide scope and context for the Committee undertakings.
In March 2021, the Library Anti-Black Racism Committee released an executive summary of the findings from their October 2020 Community Survey.
Comprised of six (6) voting and one (1) non-voting staff members, this standing committee meets weekly. This committee is not currently open to members of the public, however we invite your input and feedback. Please contact the Coordinator of Community Engagement.
Positive Space Designation
We are proud to have been designated as a Positive Space in 2016 and all our locations be marked as such. To receive this designation, we have met the standards of the OCASI Positive Space Assessment Guidelines.
What is a Positive Space? Positive Spaces are welcoming environments where Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Pansexual, Genderqueer, etc. (LGBTQ+) newcomers are able to access culturally inclusive services with dignity and respect, and where service providers can work free from discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.
We are proud to partner with the Durham Children's Aid Society and other Durham Public Libraries to host Youth Pride events to create positive virtual and physical spaces at Ajax Public Library. For more information, please see "Why are Youth Pride and Drag Queen Storytime Important?" from Durham Children's Aid Society.