The Springfield Public Library is receiving a distinguished Human Rights Leadership Award from Springfield Alliance for Equity and Respect (SAfER) for their service to the community, especially to community members who are often underserved. This award is part of the Dolores Huerta/Cesar Chavez commemoration happening this week. Learn more about this important virtual event at

The Library was selected for this award for their extensive work to support all members of the Springfield community. The Library has initiated numerous activities that support the Latinx community, and they work to educate and enrich the larger population of Springfield. Among these events are Día de los Muertos, Día de los Ninos/Libros, and bilingual story time. They have also sponsored entertaining presentations by bilingual authors. Library staff have worked as active partners with the Huerta/Chavez Celebration for several years, generously contributing both human and financial resources to the event.

“I am proud of Springfield Public Library staff,” said Springfield Mayor Sean VanGordon. “They work very hard to create compelling programs and connections for Springfield community members. Their efforts have made Springfield Library into a cultural catalyst and ensures Springfield is a community of opportunity.”

This is the first time an entity has received this award and Springfield Public Library staff is honored by the recognition.

“This is such an important recognition,” Library Director Emily David said. “Our staff works hard to connect with and support ALL of our community, making a special effort to engage the underserved, and to treat everyone with dignity and respect. I believe this type of service is in the nature of all of the wonderful people who make up our staff, and it reflects the mission and values of the Library and our Museum. It is so wonderful to get recognition from SAfER for this work.”

For additional information, contact Library Director Emily David at 541.726.2235.



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