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Meet the Librarians Who Are Saving Their Communities from Drug Overdoses [rd.com]

A crowd hovered over the man lying on the grass as his skin turned purple. Chera Kowalski crouched next to his limp body, a small syringe in her gloved hand. Squeeze. The antidote filled the man’s nostril. The purple faded. Then it came back. Kowalski’s heart raced. “We only gave him one, and he needs another!” she called to a security guard in McPherson Square Park, a tranquil patch of green in one of Philadelphia’s roughest neighborhoods. “He’s dying,” said a bystander as the tension...

Carolyn Hax: Keeping others’ pain at arm’s length [washingtonpost.com]

Dear Carolyn: Like other people who provide services to others in trouble, do you ever feel burned out? If you don’t, congratulations, but what do you advise to keep it at bay? — Burnout Burnout: Sure, I’m susceptible. I do a few things: I take the vacation time I’m given. (Not all of it yet, but I’ve gotten better.) I also try to space it out over regular intervals so I don’t get too worn. I make sure that when I quit for the day, I really quit — no nighttime email surfing, for example,...

Ijeoma Oluo wants to talk with you about race. But it's not going to be easy [thenewstribune.com]

Ijeoma Oluo doesn’t like to talk about race. But she has to. She talks about race so that maybe the gap that separates white people from people of color can be bridged. Her new book, “So You Want to Talk about Race,” came out earlier this year, and since then she’s been in hot demand for TV appearances and public events. [For more on this story by CRAIG SAILOR, go to http://www.thenewstribune.com/entertainment/article206923864.html ]

Considering: Deauthenticity in the Workplace [theinkonthepageblog.wordpress.com]

In my study on socially/politically conservative librarians, self-censorship came up as a major part of this groups’ work-life experience (Theme 7: In The Closet). Participants shared a need to suppress their opinions or recalled being told that they should not let colleagues know that they are conservative, lest they subject themselves to subtle or blatant discrimination or abuse (Kendrick & Damasco 2015). During my current work on the low-morale experiences of racial/ethnic minority...

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu recommends 3 books that illuminate America’s history of racial inequality [vox.com]

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has seen this movie before. Alienated people who feel left behind by their leaders elect a demagogue whose dog-whistle politics feed their basest instincts. The year was 1989. Bill Clinton was governor of Arkansas, and a progressive “New South” movement was on the rise. And yet a white supremacist was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives — former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard and current outspoken Trump supporter David Duke. Landrieu, who served as a...

ICYMI: Junot Díaz Says Debut Children's Book Celebrates Afro-Latinx Experience [colorlines.com]

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz carries his career-long exploration of Latinx immigrant identity into his debut children’s title, “ Islandborn .” Díaz told Crosscut.com on Tuesday (March 20) that he developed the book, which features a Black Latinx girl as its protagonist, to combat the White normativity of children’s literature. “I experienced [not finding kids’ books with characters of color] and I certainly never wanted anyone else after me to experience it,” he explained. “So...

Library of Congress Adds Music From Gloria Estefan, Run-DMC To National Recording Registry [colorlines.com]

The Library of Congress ( LOC ) selected both hit and obscure recordings of artists of color for preservation in the National Recording Registry today (March 21). Per a LOC announcement , 25 newly honored audio works bring the total number of recordings in the registry to 500. The recordings from this class span 85 years and include a mix of commercially released music, field recordings and radio broadcasts. The National Recording Preservation Act of 2000 authorized the creation of the...

10 Books About Race To Read Instead Of Asking A Person Of Color To Explain Things To You [bustle.com]

In today's current political and cultural climate, it's crucial that everyday Americans are engaging in important conversations about race, bias, discrimination, and privilege. For people of color, these conversations are nothing new; they are a requirement in communities where experiences of racism, bias, and bigotry are a part of everyday life. But for many white people who have never been burdened by a system built specifically to keep us down, these conversations can seem confusing,...

Supergirl is a Myth: How to Help Girls Thrive in a World of Growing Expectations [kqed.org]

Depressive symptoms in girls shot up by 50 percent from 2010 to 2015, a rate more than double that for boys. As social media, college admissions and body image ideals become more ruthless, adolescent girls find themselves increasingly pressured to overachieve. In "Enough As She Is," Rachel Simmons explores how effortless perfection became the expectation for girls and how parents and society can "dispense with the myth of the so-called amazing girl." Guests: Rachel Simmons, author, "Enough...

A Very Serious Roundup of Race-Focused Books Coming Out This Spring [colorlines.com]

This spring marks the 50th anniversary of two pivotal moments in the Civil Rights Movement: the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the passage of the Fair Housing Act . As we reflect on the last half-century of racial justice struggles and victories, many of the books in this roundup uplift overlooked artists and activists of color while others uncover racist institutions that endure through new models. Below, nonfiction titles to keep on your radar as we exit winter dormancy...

The Immense Pressure on Children to Behave as Tiny Adults [theatlantic.com]

So much of raising children is unimaginable until it happens, an abstract future materialized awkwardly into an actual child covered in dirt. Amid constant unpredictability, one small unsung comfort for parents is the chance to revisit books from childhood, to share with your own children the stories you knew and loved. Recently I came across my old copies of Betty MacDonald’s Mrs. Piggle-Wigglebooks, a series about magic cures for children’s foibles that amazed me as a child. But when I...

Central Library exhibits explore concept of inherited trauma related to the Armenian Genocide [latimes.com]

The Downtown Central Library will host two simultaneous art exhibits that explore the concept of generational trauma associated with the Armenian Genocide. The main exhibit, "Nonlinear Histories," is co-curated by Ara and Anahid Oshagan as well as Isin Önol and features the works of seven artists who examine their generational ties to the Armenian Genocide by reimagining inherited artifacts. It will run from March 17 through May 6. The collections are inspired by the theory of "postmemory"...

Black Kids Don’t Want to Read About Harriet Tubman All the Time [nytimes.com]

Atlanta — I’m pretty sure I hadn’t even wiped the sonogram goop off my belly before I rushed off to pick out dresses and books for my unborn child. I was on a mission: My daughter was going to need all the pink dresses and all the books with brown babies. Finding adorable dresses was easy. Finding children’s literature with pictures of children of color was not. Books with white children and, like, ducks, were de rigueur, which I guess was fine for parents who were having white babies or...

ACL 2018 Institute Beyond the Binary

For more information on this event, click here . What The Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California (ACL) will host their annual Institute at the San Francisco Main Public Library on Friday, April 13, 2018. Beyond the Binary: Embracing Diverse Gender Identities will be a day-long symposium on the topic of gender, with special guest Lesléa Newman speaking on depictions of gender in children’s literature. The day will also focus on gender development, the messages that young...

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