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January 2020

Native American Voting Rights and the Citizenship Question (Central Santa Rosa Library)

Plan to attend! January 25, 2020, from 2:00 to 3:30 pm Central Santa Rosa Library 211 E Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95404 Hosted by: Sonoma County History Genealogy Library Please join us for a presentation by Dr. Khal Schneider, who will discuss voting rights within the context of the Native American experience. Dr. Schneider is a Sacramento State University assistant professor of history. He teaches Native American History and writes about Indian policy and politics and California Indian...

LGBTQ programming, outside-the-box outreach, and trauma sensitivity (American Libraries)

By Terra Dankowski, Nov 4, 2019, American Libraries I had no agenda, no plan, but doing something made sense to me,” said Melinda Mathis, teen services librarian for Napa County (Calif.) Library (NCL), on approaching local nonprofit LGBTQ Connection to collaborate on a partnership with the library. Mathis, a presenter at “Adventures in LGBTQ Advocacy and Programming” at the Young Adult Library Services Association’s (YALSA) Symposium on November 2 in Memphis, Tennessee, had her hunch...

Toward a Trauma-Informed Model Learn to ask “What happened?”—not “What’s wrong?” (American Libraries)

By Anne Ford, June 3, 2019. Intent on finding a safe place to spend the day, the elderly woman trudged into the public library, burdened with several bags of precious possessions. She was immediately greeted by the sight of a library worker thrusting out a hand and snapping, “No, you can’t bring those things in here.” “She said she felt like she was being struck,” explains Caroline Sharkey. A licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) on the faculty of the University of Georgia’s School of...

Where Healing Happens: Librarians Adopt Trauma-Informed Practices To Help Kids (School Library Journal)

By Kelley R. Taylor, Oct 9, 2019, Filed in News and Features SLJ A double homicide spurred Janet Damon, then an elementary school librarian, to begin offering whole-child support in the library, focusing on health in partnership with learning. “Our students had to walk past the crime scene, which was a car parked near our playground, right next to the bus stop,” she says. That was more than 10 years ago, but Damon, currently a library services specialist for Denver Public Schools, points to...

Reading Native family stories 'like mine' (Indian Country Today)

HarperCollins launches Heartdrum to better portray Native characters and stories HarperCollins Children’s Books recently tapped Smith to lead Heartdrum, a new imprint set to launch in early 2021 emphasizing contemporary Native characters and genre fiction. She’ll work with editor Rosemary Brosnan to publish a variety of picture books, chapter books and young adult titles from Native authors. Tribal presses and small publishers have focused on Native children’s books in the past, but Smith...

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