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$3,000 Grant Will Help the Library Work with Residents to Expand Spanish Language Collection
Kewaunee Public Library has been selected as one of 300 libraries to participate in Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries, an American Library Association (ALA) initiative that helps library workers better serve their small and rural communities.
The competitive award comes with a $3,000 grant that will help the library to meet with the Hispanic community, gain their input, highlight library services available, and then purchase materials to meet their needs.
“We are so proud to be chosen for this amazing opportunity,” said Library Director Carol Petrina. “This grant will allow our library to get to know our Hispanic residents better and help us build a more complete collection to serve their needs and the needs of our community overall.”
As part of the grant, Kewaunee Public Library staff will take an online course in how to lead conversations, a skill vital to library work today. Staff will then host a community conversation with residents about library services offered and the desired materials needed by the Hispanic community, and use the grant funds to acquire desired materials to meet the needs expressed.
“More literature in Spanish would attract more Spanish speakers to the library, bringing with them their children," said bilingual educator and Kewaunee resident, Aaron Sisneros. “Spending time in a library surrounded by books fosters a love for reading. EL (English Learner) students often struggle in reading, and anything we can do to encourage them to read more is imperative. If we give parents a reason to come to the library, a culture and an appreciation of literature naturally develops. Appreciation of multiculturalism makes for a more inclusive society. Adding more Spanish resources to the Kewaunee Public Library would benefit not only Spanish speakers, but the entire Kewaunee community.”
If you are interested in getting involved or taking part in the conversation, please contact the library at (920) 388-5015 or visit www.kewauneepubliclibrary.org for more information.
Since 2014, ALA’s Libraries Transforming Communities initiative has re-imagined the role libraries play in supporting communities. Libraries of all types have utilized free dialogue and deliberation training and resources to lead community and campus forums; take part in anti-violence activities; provide a space for residents to come together and discuss challenging topics; and have productive conversations with civic leaders, library trustees and staff.
Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries is an initiative of the American Library Association in collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries.
"In 2020, libraries of all types stepped up to meet the needs of their communities as they responded to the impacts of COVID-19, a national financial crisis, and social unrest. They were at the center of some of our nation’s most consequential work, including supporting accurate counts in the US Census, fighting political disinformation, and facilitating free and fair elections.
Libraries also extended necessary lifelines to community members facing job losses, healthcare crises, and remote work and learning during an unprecedented and uncertain time. As we assess the state of America’s libraries, we find 2020 was a year when library professionals answered the call to serve amid multiple emergencies and a year when library workers again proved to be essential “first restorers” or “second responders.”
Read more about libraries' response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2020 in the State of America's Libraries 2021 Special Report: COVID-19."
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The ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children) Intellectual Freedom Committee has published a free Intellectual Freedom Programming toolkit.
The ALSC Intellectual Freedom committee writes: "Inside the toolkit, you will find practical, easy-to-implement tips for incorporating intellectual freedom and Information literacy into library cornerstone programs and services. Sample programs include storytimes, book clubs, outreach, and STEAM activities. They include both virtual and in-person activities, so you can serve your community flexibly, regardless of your current service model. An annotated list of additional resources rounds out the toolkit, making it easy for busy practitioners to find more tips and support.
We’re living in a climate of misinformation and heightened mistrust in news media and other information sources. Raising awareness of information literacy and intellectual freedom issues with our families has never been more important. Developing these crucial skills helps keep kids informed, safe, and prepared to support their communities."
The Brown County Library Board of Trustees recently voted to allocate $275,000 of its savings towards the purchase of a new Bookmobile. This new vehicle will replace the library’s current Blue Bird bus bookmobile that has been in service since 1993 and is well beyond its life expectancy of 20 years.
Known and endeared by many, this "library on wheels" brings library services, information, materials, and programs to members of the community. Traveling to different parts of the county, the Bookmobile achieves its goals of raising awareness about the library and reaching those not served or underserved by the library by reducing barriers related to physical, economic, social or geographic reasons. The Library Board recognizes and supports the value and mission of the Bookmobile and its importance as a county service.
Brown County Library has provided bookmobile service since 1948. To ensure the continued excellence in meeting the needs of library users, the Board will contract with a consultant, specializing in bookmobile development and design. “It may take 18-24 months before the new Bookmobile hits the road, but it will be worth the wait,” said Library Board President, Brian Anderson. “With improved technology, additional route options, and increased availability for special events, the Bookmobile will be more impactful than ever!” An opportunity for naming rights of this long-standing tradition of library service will be available.
April 7 is “National Outreach Day” (formally National Bookmobile Day) – a time to celebrate library outreach, the library professionals that make it happen, and to advocate for continued support.
Library staff is grateful for the Board’s commitment to a new Bookmobile and is excited to continue offering current popular materials and reference information, promoting early learning and literacy, issuing library cards, introducing library services, presenting engaging programs and providing personalized library service to residents of Brown County – young and old - for many more years to come.
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Congratulations to the Kewaunee Public Library on receiving one of the 11, first-round ALA Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC) grants!
ALA has all the info you need to apply for second-round funding. Second round applications are due March 4, 2021.
Click here to learn more about this grant - and how your library can apply for future grants.
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Discover the power of connecting with your children's library professional.
The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has a new campaign called #LooktoLibraries. ALSC encourages parents and caregivers to look to libraries as they consider their options for the education and well-being of their children during a global pandemic and racial unrest.
In response to this rise in digital media use and other challenges posed in recent months, ALSC has compiled a suite of tools and resources to support library professionals in all types of libraries. ALSC's Look to Libraries in Times of Crisis webpage provides a host of free resources including tip sheets, articles, booklists, and other resources, including. . .
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Apply Now to Become a Certified Application Counselor Designated Organization for the Affordable Care Act
The Public Library Association, in partnership with Community Catalyst and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, are working together to inform communities about the open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act for 2021. Applications are now being accepted to offer financial and staff support for public libraries to become Certified Application Counselor Designated Organizations (CDOs) for the 2021 open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act.
Click here to learn more about this grant opportunity.
Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change, an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA), will help libraries engage their communities in programs and conversations that address the climate crisis.
The pilot program project will fund film screenings, community dialogues and related events based on local interest in 25 public and academic libraries in 2020, and it will fund the creation of a suite of free programming resources about the climate crisis that will be available to all libraries.
Public and academic libraries are invited to apply between July 1 and August 28, 2020.
Learn more and apply here.
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2020 Census: Last Chance for a Complete Count
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 | 1-2 p.m. Central
A complete count in the 2020 Census is essential to make sure that libraries and their communities don’t miss out on billions of dollars in needed funding, as well as political representation. However, nearly 40% of households have not responded yet, and the count is even lower among populations that have been undercounted historically. Participants in this webinar will learn how the Census Bureau, libraries, and community partners have adapted their operations and outreach in response to COVID-19, and how libraries can support a complete count before the Census ends in October. REGISTER NOW!
This webinar is co-sponsored by the ALA Public Policy and Advocacy Office and the Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services.
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