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Poverty Safari by Darren McGarvey

In Poverty Safari Darren McGarvey  includes profound observations on the role of the library in the community. He notes that the community centre is being imposed on the library to streamline the service in order to justify keeping the library open. This practice undermines the integrity of both the library and the community centre. It undermines the principle that communities should be entitled to these vital amenities independent of one another. (p. 153).

Poverty Safari by Darren McGarvey (rapper Loki), Luath Press  has won the 2018 Orwell Prize.

August 6, 2018 at 11:07 pm Leave a comment

Engaged and Inclusive: Libraries Embracing Racial Equity and Social Justice (Webinar)

Engaged and Inclusive: Libraries Embracing Racial Equity and Social
Justice (Webinar)

June 8, 2016, 1:00 PM Central


Public libraries across the country readily embrace their role as
centers for democracy and civic participation. But what role should
libraries play in advancing social justice and addressing persistent
racial inequities? When it comes to community transformation, how can a
social justice lens and racial equity tools guide us to be more engaged
and inclusive at all levels of our work?

Whether your community is a site of major political action or feels a
million miles away from Ferguson or Baltimore, issues of current and
historical injustice are present in your community every day. Learn how
public libraries can engage in meaningful social justice and racial
equity work by leveraging their existing strengths, supporting
transformational relationships, and developing new tools to support
social change.

Hear from three librarians who are working to center social justice and
racial equity in their day-to-day work. Core principles of diversity,
equity, and social justice will be defined. Whether you are management
or front line staff, we invite you to join us for this important
webinar, where you’ll gain concrete resources and ideas that will help
you feel empowered to step into these conversations and deepen community

Registration deadline: June 6, 2016.


June 2, 2016 at 3:12 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

Reducing Homelessness Through Library Engagement

Extending Our Reach: Reducing Homelessness Through Library Engagement


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May 20, 2014 at 12:54 pm Leave a comment

Reducing Homelessness through Library Engagement

Reducing Homelessness through Library Engagement

Extending Our Reach: Reducing Homelessness through Library Engagement,” the latest toolkit from the ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS) is now available as a free print or digital edition.
Developed by the ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) and the Office for Literacy and Outreach Services, “Extending Our Reach” offers tips, tools, resources, model programs, best practices and much more to assist librarians and library staffers in creating meaningful library services for people who are experiencing homelessness.
OLOS provides a series of outreach advocacy toolkits, including
  • “Literacy for All: “The Guide to Building Support for Your Tribal Library,”
  • “How to Serve the World @ your library: Serving Non-English Speakers in U.S. Public Libraries,”
  •  “The Small but Powerful Guide to Winning Big Support for Your Rural Library”
  •  “Keys to Engaging Older Adults @ your library.”
All OLOS outreach toolkits are developed by experts from the field and contain proven strategies and resources for librarians to enhance library services in their communities. The toolkit is available as an eight-page print edition for free (up to 20 copies), an easily-navigable Web edition or as a downloadable PDF file.
For more information on “Extending Our Reach,” and other OLOS toolkits, including ordering instructions, please visit

October 17, 2012 at 12:38 pm Leave a comment

Needy Families-Rules May Change


July 12, 2012

Dear State Human Service Official:

Today, the Administration for Children and Families’ Office of Family Assistance issued an Information Memorandum that informs states that the Department of Health and Human Services will use its statutory authority to consider waiver requests that strengthen the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.  This Information Memorandum reflects the Department’s commitment to provide states, tribes, and territories with more flexibility to innovate in the TANF program with the goal of helping more families find jobs and move toward self-sufficiency.

July 15, 2012 at 11:10 pm Leave a comment

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