Posts filed under ‘community building’

Libraries Help Heal Vets

“The Alachua County Library District (FL) “Heal Vets Craft Program”
Celebrates Veterans.” by Alicia A. Antone and Patricia E. Carr (Florida Libraries 60, Fall 2017).

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Libraries provide safe spaces where people can meet, connect, and find common ground. Libraries transform lives….

Antone partnered with three agencies, HEAL VETS,
the New Century Woman’s Club of High Springs (a
division of the General Federation of Woman’s Clubs)
and the Alachua County Veteran Services to help local

December 20, 2017 at 11:37 am Leave a comment

Public libraries & adult basic skills programs


Public libraries & adult basic skills programs.


Why Public Libraries and Adult Basic Education Programs Should 
Advocate For and Partner With Each Other.

Public libraries have an important role in promoting, providing, and advocating for adult basic skills services. There are a wide range of specific actions they can take wherever they are on the literacy action spectrum, from libraries that are new to thinking about adult basic skills services to those that are long-time providers of basic skills, often through collaborations with community-based adult basic skills programs, and those that advocate locally, in their state and nationally for resources for adult basic skills. Collaboration between libraries and adult basic skills programs can be mutually beneficial for both, as both parties can bring resources such as funding, space, knowledge, and technology, and can advocate for each other in their public policy advocacy work.

Open Door Collective–
Less poverty and economic inequality and more civic engagement and participation in all our society offers to individuals. ODC is made up of professionals working in adult basic skills, social services and poverty reduction, who believe that adult basic skills and lifelong learning programs can open doors of opportunity to healthier, more prosperous and more satisfying lives. ODC members have expertise in connecting adult basic skills to healthcare, employment and training, corrections, and family and social services.

September 27, 2017 at 11:42 am Leave a comment

How public libraries help build healthy communities

A reason public libraries are seen as such important third-place institutions is that they and their librarians have gradually taken on other functions well beyond lending out books. In many communities, librarians are also ad hoc social workers and navigators. They help local people figure out the complexities of life, from navigating the health system to helping those with housing needs. This “go-to” role has influenced library programming and events, with libraries providing advice and connections to health, housing, literacy, and other areas….

“public libraries are dynamic, socially responsive institutions, a nexus of diversity, and a lifeline for the most vulnerable among us.”

May 20, 2017 at 1:15 am Leave a comment


blog post by John Pateman CEO / Chief Librarian of the Thunder Bay Public Library.

The simple answer to this very Big Question is ‘because they are Library Workers’. In other words, they are trained in all of the aspects of providing library services, but they do not have the key skills that are required to identify, prioritize and meet community needs. We need a different kind of Library Worker who has a skill set which combines traditional library skills with the ability to build sustained relationships with the community. I call this new hybrid model the Community Development Worker. In this position description there would be a 20% focus on library skills and an 80% focus on community development.

Read more at OPEN SHELF.

October 17, 2016 at 12:13 pm Leave a comment

Summer Lunch at the Library: TX,CA, OH

lunch-at-the-library-logo (1)California: Lunch at the Library.

Public library summer meal programs provide children and teens with nourishment, enrichment, and learning during the summer months. The programs provide free healthy summer lunches to help combat hunger and obesity, and summer reading and enrichment programs to help prevent summer learning loss.

To help libraries establish themselves as successful summer meal program sites, the California Summer Meal Coalition and California Library Association developed the Lunch at the Library program

State Library of Ohio-Summer Food Program.

Texas State Library : Public Libraries and the USDA Summer Food Service Program

USDA- Summer Meals Tool Kit.

May 29, 2016 at 11:59 pm Leave a comment

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