Child Care Network receives grant to add racial equity materials


Seventy-seven libraries, schools, colleges, universities and nonprofit organizations across Indiana, including one located in Jackson County, have been awarded Advancing Racial Equity Collection Development grants from Indiana Humanities.

The grants include one for $304 to be given to Child Care Network Inc. in Seymour to add to circulating collections of digital or physical resources addressing topics such as race, systemic racism and the Black experience in Indiana and beyond, according to a news release from Indiana Humanities.

The grants, first offered in response to the 2020 murder of George Floyd and ensuing protests, address the increased demand on libraries for materials on the subject of racial equity. This special grant and associated programs are made possible by Lilly Endowment Inc.

The grants offer up to $1,000 to add digital or physical resources — including books, films or other materials — to a library’s collection. Materials must be selected from among the more than 400 titles on a preapproved list, which has been curated by librarians, historians and humanities scholars.

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