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Community gardens are cropping up at public libraries everywhere (

By Noah Lenstra, August 13, 2020, Community gardens at public libraries used to be a hidden history that dates back to the victory gardens of World War I and II. Today, community and teaching gardens are out in the open, and flourishing in green spaces maintained by libraries around the nation. [ Please click here to read more. ]

I'm a coronavirus contact tracer. Asking vulnerable people to stay home isn't always easy.

By Shawna Sherman, June 3, 2020, USA Today. I may not be a medical professional but I am a member of this community. The work of contact tracers can help ease distress and even save lives. Just three months ago, I worked as a librarian at the San Francisco Public Library's Main Branch, where I answered questions on a reference desk. Now, I spend my days calling strangers to ask: Have you had any novel coronavirus symptoms in the last three days? Are you able to stay at home? Can we monitor...

Public Libraries Innovate to Serve Vulnerable Populations on the Front Lines of COVID-19 (Urban Libraries Council)

Press Release may 26, 2020, Urban Libraries Council. Public libraries across the U.S. and Canada are taking bold and innovative measures to mitigate the inequitable impact of COVID-19 on children, low-income families, communities of color, people experiencing homelessness and other high-risk populations. Through dynamic partnerships with local government, new digital service models, reimagined library spaces and other innovative approaches, these new efforts reflect a rapid evolution of the...

ULC President & CEO Issues Statement on the Role of Libraries in Dismantling Systemic Racism (Urban Libraries Council)

June 1, 2020, Urban Libraries Council Newsroom Blog. The Urban Libraries Council President & CEO Susan Benton has issued the following statement today (June 1): “The Urban Libraries Council stands with the #BlackLivesMatter movement and all who are calling for immediate, collective action to end the systemic racism and inequity entrenched in our communities. “While the unprecedented impact of COVID-19 has set the stage for a “new normal,” the past months have been filled with...

North American Libraries Send Strong Message of Inclusion, Commitment to Racial and Social Equity, to Their Communities (Urban Library Council)

June 1, 2020, Urban Libraries Council Newsroom Blog. In a strong act of commitment to a more equitable society, 164 public libraries across North America signed the Urban Libraries Council’s Statement on Race and Social Equity . This statement serves as a baseline upon which libraries can build policies and actions that make their communities more inclusive and just. [ Please click here to read more. ]

Free Drop-In Wellness Group for Teens March 5, 2020 (Grades 7-12) (SAY Sonoma Co CA)

Teen (Grades 7-12) About this Event Are you looking for new ways to look at challenges? More positive ways to express yourself? Interested in learning about healthy coping skills? Social Advocates for Youth will host a series of 1-hour drop-in groups once a week for teens ages 12-19. We'll focus on supporting mental wellness and healthy ways to cope with challenges. Come make art and share, or just listen. All teens welcome. Please sign up online or drop-in to check it out . Ask at the...

Interview: Mindful Movement series at Sioux City Public Library (KCAU)

KCAU Staff SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) – Kelsey Patterson from the Sioux City Public Library and Erin Kuehl from Evolve Yoga and Wellness stopped by the KCAU 9 Studios on Monday night to talk about Mindful Movement series. The Sioux City Public Library first began the Mindful Movement series in the fall of 2019, exploring it as a movement-based program to promote physical literacy and community health. [ Please click here to read the full story. ]

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...

To Restore Civil Society, Start With the Library (

Libraries are being disparaged and neglected at precisely the moment when they are most valued and necessary. Why the disconnect? In part it’s because the founding principle of the public library — that all people deserve free, open access to our shared culture and heritage — is out of sync with the market logic that dominates our world. But it’s also because so few influential people understand the expansive role that libraries play in modern communities. Libraries are an example of what I...

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