This is the time of year when we often focus on thankfulness, gratitude, and the love we feel for our friends and family. This November and December, we’d like to ask the community to think beyond these common themes and consider how you can impact others’ lives through acts of inclusivity. One broad way to think of inclusivity is that it provides a seat at the table for everyone. Imagine you’re hosting Thanksgiving this year. Everyone is excited about the big meal and the time together. But cousin Bob has to work every Thanksgiving, and can’t make it. Aunt Velma is disabled, and the long drive to your house is challenging for her so she declines too. Your friend Ted wants to come, but he is struggling financially and is worried about showing up empty-handed. What could you have done so that Bob, Velma, and Ted all feel included?
We’re declaring November in the Library a time for “Active Inclusivity.” How can we as a town make everyone in our community feel welcome? How can we improve access to community resources and services? How can we come together to take care of each other and support one another, no matter our differences and challenges?
We’d like to ask you to think about this, and to think about the flip side of this, which is often discrimination, racism, misogyny, homophobia, and other fear-based tactics that people use to marginalize groups.
The library has resources for every age group, and we’ve also brought back our very popular community read of “Wishtree” by Katherine Applegate. In the tradition of Wishtree, we have set up our own Wishtrees inside of the library. Please feel free to come by, tie on a ribbon, or tie on a ribbon with a message of how you will be more inclusive in your life, or how the community as a whole could.
We’re excited to learn more about the community’s thoughts about how to be more inclusive, and we look forward to exploring how we can be more inclusive in the library. Do you have an idea or two for us? Please feel free to share them.
The Wishtree Project
Wishtree is a beautiful children's fiction work that tackles issues of belonging, prejudice, and acceptance. The book weaves two events together: a centuries-old tree whose existence is threatened and a Muslim family who experiences a hate crime. The book is timely, thoughtful, and full of good conversation topics.
In the spring of 2020, Scituate Public Schools and the Scituate Town Library partnered to offer a One Community One Book read-aloud. Educators, librarians, and community helpers volunteered to read chapters of Wishtree. During the month of June, videos of the readers were be posted each weekday on the library's website. With permission from the author, we are making available the read-aloud videos and materials.
- View the read-aloud videos.
- View the supplementary materials, including information on the history of wish trees around the world.
Reading Lists for Learning and Engaging
Organizations in Town Working on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Town of Scituate Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee
The Town of Scituate has a DEI Committee whose work it is to make recommendations to the Selectboard in order to advance equity and justice for all, with a focus on eradicating from the Town of Scituate oppression, racism, injustice, and violence against all people.
Scituate Public Schools Diversity & Equity
Find printable affirmation cards, the Scituate Public Schools LIT Line (to hear a message of Love, Inclusion & Trust), the LIT podcast, and more. To hear the weekly LIT message, dial the LIT line at (781) 545-8759, ext 23302
Scituate Pride's mission is to inspire, support, and make visible a thriving LGBTQIA+ community in Scituate. PRIDE aims to elevate inclusivity, equity, and awareness and celebrate the lives of our LGBTQIA+ community members. Visit their site to get involved in community events and activities. PRIDE has an extensive series of blog entries on its website.
Scituate Together for Representation, Diversity & Equity
STRIDE is an all-volunteer organization led by a steering committee. STRIDE works within the community of Scituate, Massachusetts to affirm the value of representation, inclusion, diversity, and equity for the well-being and success of the community. STRIDE hosts monthly meetings and events and has an extensive resource list for learning about issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.