April 5, 2022 (Oak Creek, WI) -- This Saturday, the Sikh community of Wisconsin and the Oak Creek Public Library invite you to an open house to share a new Sikh Book Collection available to the public.
The event will take place at the Oak Creek public library from 10 AM to 12 PM, with a speaking program beginning at 11 AM. The speakers for the program include Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes, Mayor of Oak Creek Dan Bukiewicz, Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School Board President Frank Carini, Oak Creek Library Director Jill Lininger, former U.S. Attorney James Santelle, and Sikh community leaders. Sangat members can RSVP at oakcreeklibrary.org/rsvp
“In consultation with representatives from the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, librarians have put together a collection of items that will aid patrons in their learning about Sikh people, their culture and practices,” said Jill Lininger, Oak Creek Public Library Director. “While the tragic events of 2012 were a trying time for the Oak Creek community, the library has strived to help by making educational programming available to the public. We are hopeful that the Sikh Book Collection allows for deeper understanding of the diversity that makes our community vibrant and our democracy strong.”
The collection will permanently include books written by Sikhs and written about the Sikh faith. The book collection and display will allow for patrons of the Oak Creek Public Library to learn more about the Sikh faith and community. Additionally, free educational resources from the Sikh Coalition--including our Educator’s Guide to Sikhism, Sikh Celebrations lessons plans and classroom activities, and Back to School Toolkit will be on display and accessible to the public.
“We are pleased to support the Oak Creek Public Library in celebrating and showcasing the new Sikh Book Collection,” said Harman Singh, Sikh Coalition Senior Manager of Education. “This is a great moment for the sangat in Wisconsin to share more about the Sikh faith. Education remains critical to preventing hate violence, and on the eve of the 10 year anniversary of the mass shooting in Oak Creek, it is more important than ever to continue this work.”
As the 10 year anniversary of the 2012 deadly mass shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin approaches this August, events like these continue to raise Sikh awareness among the public and highlight the faith, culture, and resilience of the Sikh community in Wisconsin and across the country. The Sikh Coalition and partner organizations remain in consultation with the Oak Creek sangat to explore commemorative events and advocacy activities, and we hope to share more details about both local and national efforts in the weeks ahead.
As always, the Sikh Coalition urges you to practice your faith fearlessly.