May 2018

In Philadelphia and around the country, overdoses at public libraries are a daunting reality [philly.com]

Even in the digital era, libraries are high-traffic zones, hosting more than 1.5 billion visits annually. On any given day in Philadelphia, the Free Library welcomes a stream of visitors, who arrive early in the morning to use the computers, congregate after school for homework help, and join a rich range of programs, from story time, to job fairs, to classes for English language learners at the Culinary Literacy Center. Here and across the country, public libraries offer vitally important...

How Black Leaders Unwittingly Contributed To The Era Of Mass Incarceration [npr.org]

In Locking Up Our Own , Pulitzer Prize-winning author James Forman Jr. argues that African-American leaders helped shape policies that harmed black communities. Originally broadcast July 17, 2017. [To listen to this interview by Terry Gross, go to https://www.npr.org/2018/05/11/610385205/how-black-leaders-unwittingly-contributed-to-the-era-of-mass-incarceration ]

Writer Jamel Brinkley Explores Black Masculinity in 'A Lucky Man' [kqed.org]

Jamel Brinkley's debut short story collection probes the experience of boys and men as their masculinity brushes up against society's expectations for them. Set in Brooklyn and the South Bronx, the stories revolve around the hopes and travails of black men: two recent college-grads on the prowl for girls, brothers struggling with their family's past. Brinkley joins us to share his thoughts on toxic masculinity, his precise prose and what it's like having a debut collection at the age of 42.

Humboldt County Hires Former Arcata Branch Manager to Lead Library [Humboldt Coast Outpost]

ACEs Connection's Trauma Informed Libraries community is excited to learn that the County of Humboldt announced Nick Wilczek as its new Library Director! As Library Director Wilczek will lead the library in pursuing its mission of providing resources and opportunities to support lifelong learning, local heritage, and the cultural, recreational and informational needs of the community. “This library has so much going for it – dedicated staff, supportive Friends groups, a strong Foundation,...

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