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A Community Action Toolkit

Are you a librarian working to bring your community together?  Are you a parent/ caregiver who wants to make sure your child's curiosity, intellectual freedom, and reading life is as rich, and as powerful as possible? Are you tired of efforts by small and loud voices who want to take over your parental voice and your child's rights? Then we are here to help! Welcome!

The Get Ready, Stay Ready: Community Action Toolkit is an effort by a group of parents and librarians who believe that the power is in community, in togetherness, in a collective outcry and a collective pushback against those who want to erase our stories , our history, our existence. Here you will find curated resources including scripts for public speaking and writing, fantastic video presentations, training materials equipping you to learn more about (and fight back) censorship's impact on education and society, tools for civic engagement, and a network of organizations across the country that are determined to preserve your child's right to a high-quality education through intellectual freedom. 

Why is Your Voice, Your Actions, Your Involvement Needed? Read "Playing Catch-Up to the Censors, the Fight for the Freedom to Read Needs a Grassroots Revolution" by Kara Yorio, for a clear explanation on why your effort is needed more than ever!

Each tile below will link you to a collection of resources we reviewed and selected to help you become a powerful advocate for your child. Click on each one to access these resources. Get Ready, Stay Ready is an on-going effort and we invite you to recommend resources for inclusion and sharing. Please check back often, and share widely. We are the majority.

Resources Developed by Library Organizations
Resources for Civic Engagement
Trainings and Shortcourses
Free Webinars and Presentations
Stuff You Should Read
Resources LGBTQIA+ Material Support
Windows, Mirrors, Sliding Glass Doors and Prisms
Letters, Templates and Guides
Media for Sharing and Advocacy
Resources for Youth Advocacy

GRSR Developed By: 

Valerie Byrd Fort

Stacy Collins

Dr. April Dawkins

Dr. Lucy Santos Green

Alli Harper

Cynthia Richardson Johnson

Sherry Neal

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