UPDATE

Pioneer Memorial Library will reopen on Monday, June 1st.

 

Temporary hours will be Monday through Friday 9:00-4:00.

Only 10 patrons will be allowed in the building at a time. The east door (handicapped door facing the courthouse) will be the only entrance.  Each patron will be asked to limit their visit to 30 minutes using a ‘grab and go’ system. Internet computers and card catalogs are not available at this time. The photocopier is also not available. At this time, there will be no newspapers or current magazines available.

WIFI is available outside the building. Select ‘library public’.  No password needed.

If only returning items (except DVDs), please use the book drop at the south door. If you are planning on also checking/renewing items, please bring items into the library and return in the circulation desk book drop. The book drop will be open 9:00-4:00 Monday through Friday. It will not be open overnight or on weekends.

Donations are not accepted until further notice.

The summer reading program has been cancelled due to Covid-19.

To renew your library card or obtaining a new card, please bring a photo ID and proof of correct mailing address.

The staff asks that if you have a fever or are not feeling well, please stay home. If you have someone picking up items for you, please remember to give them your library card. CDC recommends 6 feet of social distance.

Be courteous of patrons and staff as we adjust to the ‘new normal’. Please bear with us during this time. Call 997-6513 if you have any questions.


How To Be An Antiracist
by Ibram X Kendi
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Publishers Weekly Kendi follows his National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning with a boldly articulated, historically informed explanation of what exactly racist ideas and thinking are, and what their antiracist antithesis looks like both systemically and at the level of individual action. He weaves together cultural criticism, theory (starting each chapter with epigraph-like definitions of terms), stories from his own life and philosophical development (he describes his younger self as a "racist, sexist homophobe"), and episodes from history (including the 17th-century European debate about "polygenesis," the idea that different races of people were actually separate species with distinct origins). He delves into typical racist ideas (e.g. that biology and behavior differ between racial groups) and problems (such as colorism), as well as the intersections between race and gender, race and class, and race and sexuality. Kendi puts forth some distinctive arguments: he posits that "internalized racism is the true Black-on-Black crime," critiquing powerful black people who disparage other black people and racializing behaviors they disapprove of, and argues that black people can be racist in their views of white people (when they make negative generalizations about white people as a group, thereby espousing the racist idea that ethnicity determines behavior). His prose is thoughtful, sincere, and polished. This powerful book will spark many conversations. Agent: Ayesha Pande, Pande Literary. (A...More