The cover of this issue features the Peace Tree community art project at Ellensburg Public Library–an image that speaks to where we are right now, at another collective breaking point after Russia has invaded Ukraine and war ravages on. What is your vision of peace?
In this issue, we’ll reflect on initiatives like evaluating artwork with a critical lens and partnerships that have helped to distribute public health information. We’ll see how the pandemic and working remotely has pushed us to discover new ways of connecting. We’ll get a deep dive into critical race theory and its origins. We’ll hear how imposter syndrome and self-doubt can be both roadblocks and opportunities for growth. We’ll get a glimpse at what libraries around the state are working on and the milestones we have to celebrate and remember. In this issue, we will learn that leaning into what is unfinished, unpolished, and unfettered can allow us to truly reflect on our profession and our path forward.
Alki Editor: Ray Zill
Alki Editorial Committee: Alycia Ensminger, Ann Dyer, Anne Booker, Caitlin Wheeler, Caitlyn Stephens, Emily Spracklin, Hailey Samudio, Heather Cyre, Kael Moffat, Kristin Jewell, Maggie Crellin, Melanie Smith, Naomi Clegg, Poppy Louthan, Sue Wozniak
Design: Sonya Kopetz, KB design
Cover attribution: Peace Tree, a community art project at Ellensbrg Public Library, created and photographed by Sue Hart and Pyper Stever.
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Published March 2022
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