Learn How to Talk To Your Kids About Race


Engage your kids in discussions about race through the power of stories with the Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) Conversation, opens a new window series. The event, scheduled Wednesday, February 17 from 6 – 7:30 p.m., features Janet Damon, Ed.S, Denver Public Schools library specialist, whose work increases awareness of cultural diversity. The goal of the series is to create a safe space for meaningful conversations about important and sometimes emotionally charged topics, such as race.

“We’ve sometimes allowed our own racial anxiety to prevent us from engaging in these conversations,” said Damon, who explained that while some seek commonalities among people, “it’s also important to recognize our differences, how beautiful they are, and why it’s important to learn about different cultures in our community.”

Time is of the essence when it comes to these discussions. “It’s important to start really early with your kids so they can recognize diversity in their own social circles,” added Damon, who encourages parents to use books to introduce kids to different cultures and to discuss the importance of celebrating diversity during their book discussions.

Damon and Jennifer Reading, JCPL public services manager, will offer book suggestions, opens a new window during the event for parents who want to start these conversations about diversity and racial equity.

“This is a space in which people can talk about challenging issues that should be addressed in our community,” Reading said. “During the pandemic, people can feel disconnected from each other, and this virtual environment gives us an opportunity to participate without fear and stay engaged.”

We encourage you to participate in this valuable discussion and hope you will propose a topic for future conversations by sending JCPL an email, opens a new window. Let’s talk and move forward together!