about us

Your Modern Library is a hub for multicultural media that promote inclusion, challenge stereotypes, and inspire activism, character values, critical thinking, and joy

We aim to fill the Representation Gap in our world as we lift up the voices and creations of historically marginalized people – mainly Black, but also Latinx, and Indigenous. The focus being on multiculturalism, all races and cultures are warmly welcome!

Mission statement

We at Your Modern Library believe that who and what we surround ourselves with, whether these are real people or people or characters in stories, and even products and environments, all this shapes who we are becoming – our visions of ourselves, our aspirations, and how we perceive the world around us. 

With that in mind, Your Modern Library attempts to fill in the representation gap that is still so present in the 21st century media. 

When you come to this space, especially if you are a non-white person or a parent of such beautiful being or a person conscious about the importance of inclusiveness, you can relax and rest assured that the large majority of items you will encounter here – books, movies, etc. – won’t require you to scrutinize each item for whether you or your child will see yourselves represented, and represented positively (not just through absence or oppression), or whether you will be yet again exposed to this or that stereotype or -ism. 

Some could say that, well, we can’t shelter ourselves from realities or histories. That is very true. As an unschooling parent, I do believe that children and adults will learn what they need from most things, especially when guided by conscious, inquisitive, and caring adults. 

And in that spirit, this space is also very much about inviting critical thinking and character-building.

our story

As a European woman from Slovakia and a mother of a half-black, American child, I am tired of coming across movie upon movie and book upon book with just white characters displayed.

Yes, we can and will and should approach all this media and this whole world critically, searching for which narratives aren’t told, whose perspectives we are looking at, and why that is so. And maybe it will enrage us into action (and then you will all build your multicultural media websites). 

But there is a point when my child, and every other child and person, when they randomly browse this or that media, they need see more than just white people (or just one lonely character of color in the background, most likely stereotyped or oppressed).

It is not good for the non-white kids. and it is not good for the white kids. Same goes for adults. 

 

creed

I believe that we all, white or not, black, latinx, indigenous or not, we all need to surround ourselves with positive representations of people of color and especially black people, so that when we are deciding who to make friends with, who to hire, who to call the police on or who to convict, we don’t go by the statistics anymore and don’t leave out people of color from the good things and only save them roles such as “more likely to be refused service” or “more likely to be convicted”. 

As cheesy as it sounds, if anything is going to help make this world a better place, it is empathy. At least that’s what I believe. And you can’t get empathy for people you don’t get to know. You need to see or feel what it’s like to walk in their shoes.

So yes, this is a multicultural, inclusive, and dare I say, activist library. Let’s start seeing and consuming the world as it really is. Representation is key.


what to expect

And to the other part – the character building, critical thinking, joy…  Please, let’s take this space as an invitation to become active consumers of our world. I believe that the more conscious we are about something, the more we can enjoy it or get out of it.

So you will be invited here to see or search for all kinds of values or critical thinking attitudes in the featured media . You will be invited to search for optimism, resilience, empathy, mindfulness, logical thinking, integrity, healthy habits, dealing with stress or loss, and so much more, all in the effort to help you and me get the most out of this beautiful, hard, messy, ugly, and still again beautiful life.

Come along for the adventure!

There’s so much untapped beauty that we can’t even tell where it’ll lead us if we put it all together!

 

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