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Antiracism & Social Justice Sources

Libraries Working Towards Social Justice

Libraries Working Towards Social Justice formed in 2020 to expand our programming efforts beyond our individual communities to achieve a more equitable, diverse and inclusive society. The libraries include Andover, Burlington, Chelmsford, Dracut, Groton, Haverhill, Lawrence, Lowell, Methuen, Newton, North Andover, North Reading, Peabody, Pepperell, Reading, Tewksbury, Topsfield, Wayland, Westford and Wilmington. The Town of Andover created Andover DIVERSE to focus on advancing community-driven initiatives aimed at building a more diverse and inclusive Andover. A Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion was appointed in March 2021 by the Select Board. In 2022, the Town of Andover hired a Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Albert Pless, Jr.

In addition to its partnership with Courageous Conversations, which began in 2016, the Library is collaborating with other public libraries in the Merrimack Valley and beyond to bring virtual social justice programming to a wider audience. For a list of LWTSJ events visit this page

Unless otherwise noted, these resources were not created by Memorial Hall Library staff nor are they hosted on MHL's website, but they are sources that we consider to be of good quality. This list is by no means exhaustive. We attempt to prioritize local resources as well as resources created by Black and brown voices. We invite you to join us on this journey and to send your book and resource recommendations to We'll update these lists over time.

Memorial Hall Library staff members have formed an Inclusivity Committee. Read more about it here.

Indigenous Peoples - An Evolving List of Resources


Book Lists Curated by MHL

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Merrimack Valley Organizations & Initiatives

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