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Black History is Living History

The Desmond-Fish Public Library is proud to celebrate Black history, during Black History Month and every month; its achievements, vitality, endurance, and vision enrich us all. As librarians, Americans, and human beings, we at the Desmond-Fish Public Library are indebted to Black culture and Black history, and affirm that Black lives matter, that Black history is American history, and that Black joy is vital.

See our staff picks for Black History Month and every month.

Statement on Our Co-Founder, Hamilton Fish III

At their January 21st meeting, the Board of Trustees of the Desmond-Fish Public Library directed the Library’s Racial Equity and Social Justice (RE/SJ) Committee to present recommendations for steps the Library should take in response to recent reports in the news media that our co-founder, Hamilton Fish III, took actions that were in support of Hitler and his regime during the years leading up to World War II. The RE/SJ Committee has formed a special subcommittee to carry out this charge. Ongoing updates will be shared here on our website.

Read our full statement here.