The Hennepin County Library recently posted signs [staff members are also wearing buttons] at all 41 of its libraries in Minneapolis and the west metro suburbs that read “All are welcome here” regardless of citizenship status, age, sexual orientation, race, housing status, gender identity and economic status, among other factors.
While the messages are part of the library’s long-standing core mission, Library Director Lois Langer Thompson said, it wanted to do something more tangible to underscore that mission in response to the divisive national election.
“Libraries have always been welcome places,” she said. “No matter who you are, no matter your background … everybody is welcome.”
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