Librarians for Social Justice Hold a Successful Fundraiser

On December 3, 2016, the Iowa City-based group Librarians for Social Justice held a book brunch at Public Space One to benefit Lisa Libraries. The breakfast and silent auction were able to raise over $700 for Lisa Libraries.

Lisa Libraries
donates small libraries and children’s books to organizations that work with kids in poor and under-served areas. Some of the libraries established have been at day-care centers, prison visiting areas for children of incarcerated parents, and after-school programs. The Lisa Libraries supplements under-filled shelves as well as provides books to many children who may never have owned a book before. Since its founding in 1990, the Lisa Libraries has contributed over 375,000 books to nonprofit organizations across the country.

Librarians for Social Justice focuses on the many social justice issues librarians face today, from information access and banned books to service to underrepresented populations. Founded in fall 2015 by SLIS graduate Kelly Grogg, the group is comprised mostly of University of Iowa School of Library and Information Science graduate students and practicing librarians. The 2016 Book Brunch was the group’s second successful fundraiser. In December 2015, the group hosted its first Book Brunch, which raised over $700 to build a new library in Cambodia in coordination with the nonprofit Caring for Cambodia.

The group also leads a twice-monthly reading group at Anchor House, an inmate transitional facility in Cedar Rapids. The group is always looking for ways to expand its activities in the wider Iowa City area. Contact the group at libs.social.justice@gmail.com or check out their Facebook page for updates.

Many community grocery stores and businesses donated food and items for the silent auction which made the 2016 Book Brunch possible. Individuals from the Iowa City community also donated items to the silent auction. The Librarians for Social Justice would like to thank all those organizations and individuals for their generous donations and ongoing commitment to supporting the Iowa City community.