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A Community Action Toolkit for Parents & Caregivers

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.

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
Resources for LGBTQIA+ Material Support
Training Resources
Free webinars
Stuff You Should Read
Mirrors, Windows, Sliding Glass Doors, and Prisms

Coming Soon!

Letters of Support

Coming Soon!

Media and video testimonials

Meet the team.

Dr. Lucy Santos Green, dark curly hair and glasses

Dr. Lucy Santos Green

A parent, former school librarian, and professor of information science UofSC. She has authored more than 40 articles and presented more than 120 times on school librarianship, technology-enabled inquiry learning, and digital learning environments.

Alli Harper, a white woman with shoulder length hair standing in front of a full bookcase

Alli Harper

A community organizer, attorney, and queer mom to two kids, Alli Harper is the founder and owner of OurShelves, a diverse children's books subscription service and advocacy effort.

Stacy Collins, short curly hair, glasses.

Stacy Collins (she/they)

Stacy is the librarian for Children's Literature and Social Work as well as the Curriculum & Research Coordinator at Simmons University Library. She was named a 2021 Mover & Shaker.

Sherry Neal, shoulder length curly brown hair.

Sherry Neal

After more than two decades as a lawyer assisting families with adoption matters, Sherry has pursued a Masters in Library and Information Science at UofSC and works as a middle school librarian in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. April Dawkins, short straight hair and turquoise glasses

Dr. April Dawkins

Dawkins is an assistant professor in the Department of Library and Information Science at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. April's research focuses on intellectual freedom issues including self-censorship, access and equity, and privacy.

Valerie Byrd Fort. White woman with chandelier earrings and glasses. Short brown hair.

Valerie Byrd Fort

VBF is an Instructor for the School of Information Science at the University of South Carolina, a Ph.D. student in Language & Literacy at UofSC, and the Coordinator for Cocky's Reading Express, UofSC's Literacy Outreach Program.

Cynthia Johnson, short brown curly hair, pearl necklace and earrings.

Cynthia Richardson Johnson

Cynthia is an 18 year veteran K-12 teacher with 10 years of experience as a school librarian. She is an Information Science PhD student at UofSC.

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Round Rock Black Parents Association

Six strong Black women standing next to each other as a strong team

When a 14 year old Black student was choke-slammed by a school resource officer, Black parents in our community had experienced enough. We began to organize and attend board meetings demanding accountability for the actions of the district. Parents again organized around the repeated use of the n-word on campuses, followed by a letter to the board of trustees to address the poor outcomes for Black students in Round Rock ISD.

We have since grown into a strong, grass-roots organization that has partnered with other community activists, organizers, non-profits, and business to advocate for equity within the greater Austin area. We aim to educate each other and our community on racial and educational equity through our partnerships, as well as unify and empower parents to be leaders within their schools. We believe that parent involvement goes beyond the walls of a classroom and invite educators to share in our vision of reimagining the role of parents.

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