Anti-Racism and DEI Resources

Lake Oswego Public Library denounces all forms of hate, bigotry, prejudice and violence.  LOPL is committed to anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), and supports the Own Voices movement.  We are steadfast in our commitment to ensure that LOPL is welcoming, safe, and responsive to everyone.   

Here are some of the ways we are building and sharing resources to help further the discussion and understanding of these issues. We welcome your comments and suggestions. 

They City of Lake Oswego and Respond to Racism collaborated to commemorate the end of slavery with a community celebration honoring the historic day on Saturday, June 19 at at Millennium Plaza Park. The event program included remarks from Respond to Racism cofounder, Willie Poinsette, and a keynote from at-risk youth advocate and former director of Portland’s Office of Youth Violence Prevention, Antoinette Edwards. Festivities were led by Emcee/DJ Avelanche including performances from Conscious Ave, Randal Wyatt, Alex Addy and Julianne Johnson. Poetry was read by Lake Oswego School District Students. Watch interviews of black citizens reflecting on the event as captured by Bruce Poinsette.

In this three-book discussion series, we sought to deepen our connections to one another by better understanding the perspectives of African Americans through works of literature. We focused on African American writing from three different periods of time: a slave narrative, a work from the Harlem Renaissance, and a modern work. Learn More.

The City of Lake Oswego aspires to be an organization where every person feels safe, welcomed, supported, and included. Over the past few years, the City has taken a number of actions to break down barriers that, historically, have made it harder for some people in our community to succeed. Read more about our goals and initiatives, along with statements from City leaders.

Please explore our curated lists for kids and teens and adults on Pinterest to discover books and streaming videos that amplify marginalized voices and teach anti-racist principles. We are adding new lists all the time.

Examples of our book lists include:

  • Ability Diverse Fiction
  • Anti-Racism
  • Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI)
  • Black History
  • Diverse Families
  • Hispanic Heritage
  • Immigrants & Refugees
  • Indigenous Peoples
  • Juneteenth
  • LGBTQ+
  • Women's History

kanopy offers a huge selection of films that will inspire greater understanding, thoughtful discussion and reflection. 

kanopy black lives matter

Building Bridges Book Group

We invite you to join our online Building Bridges Book Group, which meets on the last Saturday of each month at 10am. Through the reading and discussion of acclaimed works of fact and fiction, we seek greater appreciation of the rich diversity of life, to build understanding, empathy, and connection in our world.  

Exploring intersectionality can and should take place in all areas of life. Two of our librarians are discussing diversity and inclusion in the romance genre both in their discussion group, and in their podcast. We invite you to listen to more than 30 podcast episodes pondering many sensitive topics through the lens of literature. More book lists and information on the monthly discussion can be found on the Bookish Affair page.


For our 2021 LO Reads program, we read Isabel Wilkerson's bestselling book, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents. You can find links to the recordings of many of our LO Reads events on this page.  

Multicultural books

We celebrate multicultural children's books daily at LOPL, but we also put together special resources annually each January to support awareness of multicultural books for children and teens. Check out amazing book lists, book talks, and read alouds with DEI inspiration.

Glossary of Terms
Anti-Racism:  The policy or practice of opposing racism and promoting racial equity.
Diversity: Socially, it refers to the wide range of identities. A broad definition includes race, ethnicity, gender, age, national origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, education, marital status, language, veteran status, physical appearance, etc. It also involves different ideas, perspectives, and values.
Equity: The fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all people, while at the same time striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of some groups. The principle of equity acknowledges that there are historically underserved and underrepresented populations and that fairness regarding these unbalanced conditions is needed to assist in the provision of adequate opportunities to all groups.
Inclusion: The act of creating environments in which any individual or group can be and feel welcomed, respected, supported and valued as a fully participating member. An inclusive and welcoming climate embraces differences and offers respect in words and actions for all people.
Own Voices:  A term, coined by the writer Corinne Duyvis, used to recommend books about diverse characters that have been written by authors from that same diverse group.