Lucie Kroschel, a Tacoma Public Schools teacher of English and history, has been committed to addressing issues about race and racism in the classroom. Now, she is opening an Anti-Racist Lending Library for her students.
After the many protests following the killing of George Floyd, Kroschel saw no better time than now to create a space to engage her students in conversations about racism. At the same time, Kroschel recognized a need to provide anti-racist reading materials for all her students, especially for those without internet access.
From a Facebook post and a GoFundMe page, now Kroschel has raised $10,000 to build an anti-racist library collection with her first big book order from Estelita Library, a justice-focused community bookstore and library in Seattle.
“The best teachers don’t just keep teaching. Instead, they use their pedagogy as protest. They disrupt teaching norms that harm vulnerable students,” Kroschel said on her Anti-Racist Lending Library Facebook page. “It’s about reaching students where they really are, making sure that their lives and backgrounds are reflected in the curriculum and in classroom conversations.”