Community Message from CLP’s Director, Mary Frances Cooper

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Protests in Pittsburgh and across the nation seeking justice for the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery have shown that our communities are hurting in unimaginable ways. We unequivocally support an end to systemic racism and inequity that exists in our society.

We all have the power to engage in frank conversations about race; the power to fight injustices against any member of our community; the power to stand alongside our neighbors. Real change begins in each and every one of us.

Our Library buildings, welcoming spaces where community members gather, learn, and support one another are closed. As we work to reopen, our mission to engage our community in literacy and learning carries on and Library staff members are available through chat, email, and by phone. We pledge to be a reliable source for information and resources to support those affected by these traumatic experiences and for those community members looking for ways to learn how systemic racism and inequity affects us all.

Today is Pennsylvania’s primary election day. Raise your voice. Be heard.

Mary Frances Cooper
President and Director, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh