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Prison reentry program to launch at Paterson library this month (newjersey.com)

By Joe Malinconico, January 8, 2020, Paterson Press By the end of this month, library officials plan to begin offering prison reentry services at their main branch on Broadway after a discussion about community concerns at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. The “Fresh Start@Your Library” program, funded through a federal grant, would include classes to help dropouts get their high school diplomas, social workers providing job services, and referrals to social service agencies. “The word is...

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...

Must see movie! This Sunday in Sonoma at Sebastiani Theater

"And Now, Love," is an award-winning documentary memoir on the life and work of Dr. Bernard W. Bail, a highly decorated World War II American Jewish veteran who was captured by the Nazis and rescued by a secret love affair with his German nurse. After the war, Bail came to believe that all wars are the manifestation of the wars within ourselves. Dedicated to healing mental anguish, he became a doctor and psychoanalyst who developed a theory called the “mother’s imprint,” focusing on...

Board Games for Grown-Ups [hosted by the Sequim WA Branch Library]

Check out this innovative idea from the Sequim (WA) Branch Library Jump on board! Playing board games is a great way to meet new people, try something new, and have fun! NOLS has teamed up with Meeples of Sequim to offer this journey into the world of board games. Every journey begins with the first step and we offer a welcoming environment for those new to playing board games, as well as experienced players. Ticket to Ride is a cross-country train adventure in which players collect and play...

Roseland Library Lives On! [Sonoma County (CA) Gazette]

By Duane Dewitt, July 29, 2019 for the Sonoma County Gazette Roseland Community Library Will Live On into the Future Roseland Library will host a “Veterans Connect Pop up”Providing information about benefits available to them Thursday August 15 Roseland Community Library will live on into the future. “The Sonoma County Library has signed a six-year lease on a building at 470 Sebastopol Road, across the street from the current temporary library.” according to Ray Holley of the Sonoma County...

Borrow More Materials from More Libraries with LINK+[Sonoma County (CA) Gazette]

By Kat Gore, July 13, 2019 for the Sonoma County Gazette Not finding what you are looking for at your local library? Starting July 15, you will have access to a single, online searchable catalog of over 70 California and Nevada libraries; all you need is your Sonoma County Library card. With this new free service, called LINK+ , patrons can request books, DVDs, audiobooks, music CDs and more to be delivered to their local branch. LINK+ is known for its speedy service, with most items...

Library offers mental health classes for teens [Sonoma West Times & News]

By Laura Hagar Rush, Sonoma West Times & News, June 12, 2019. This summer the Sebastopol library will offer a series of free mental health classes for teenagers, thanks to an innovative partnership between the Sonoma County Library system and Social Advocates for Youth (SAY), a nonprofit offering mental health and housing services for youth. The first group will be held on Tuesday, June 18, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Sebastopol Regional Library, 7140 Bodega Ave., Sebastopol. Sebastopol is...

Graduations, non-linear paths, & the importance of getting started

With graduation season upon us, I have been thinking a lot about one of my favorite graduation speeches. It’s the speech that Shonda Rhimes, creator of Grey’s Anatomy, gave in 2014 at Dartmouth College. She references the typical expected advice from a graduation speech: “Follow your dreams. Listen to your spirit. Change the world. Make your mark. Find your inner voice and make it sing. Embrace failure. Dream. Dream and dream big..." And then she says, “I think that’s crap.”

Kids are Learning to Read in a Place You'd Never Expect: the Laundromat (nationswell.com)

Combining laundry time and storytime is not a new concept, but the Laundry and Literacy Coalition — a recent partnership between the LaundryCares Foundation, Libraries Without Borders and the Clinton Foundation’s Too Small to Fail initiative — is taking it a step further, piloting a project to install literacy spaces for kids under 6 years of age in 600 laundromats by 2020. It’s a joint effort to make early literacy programs available to underserved communities via laundromats nationwide.

Toward a Trauma-Informed Model [americanlibrariesmagazine.or]

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 Social Work in Athens, Sharkey...

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