Improving Cultural Literacy at the Glenwood Library

Situated in the piedmont region of North Carolina, the Greensboro Public Library (GPL) system hosts a central library and six satellite libraries to serve Guildford County. These seven libraries support a diverse community of 242,817 with 12.4% of residents speaking a language other than English at home (U.S. Census Bureau, 2009). The Glenwood Library branch located at 1901 W. Florida Street was established as the depository for the majority of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and foreign language materials held by the GPL. Since multiculturalism is among the forefront of current issues, we have questioned whether the GPL’s decision to host nearly all the multicultural materials in one particular library branch was an appropriate move for the Greensboro community. With the traditional user group of the library changing, libraries must adapt to the needs of these new demographics.

This is the paper my partner and I wrote for our Action Research Project. If you’d like to read it, please access it here.