With funding from the Foundation, the Berkeley Public Library has launched Conscious Kits for Kids, a pilot collection of book discussion kits on racial equity, identity, and social justice geared towards preschoolers ages 3-5 and their parents and caretakers. Kits hit the shelves this month at all 5 library locations.
Each bag includes three different picture books with discussion guides and a list of resources. Themes include Identity and Belonging; Immigration/Journey Social Justice Disability Awareness. There are books in English, Spanish, and Braile.
Conscious Kits are one of several initiatives of the Berkeley Public Library’s Racial Justice Advisory Group (RJAG) staff team which was formed in 2021 after the Library applied for and was accepted into the California Racial Equity Initiative. RJAG members worked closely with the Library’s Collections team to develop these initial offerings of Conscious Kits for Kids.