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Friday, July 1, 2011

Wakanheza Principle #4

According to The Wakanheza Project Agency and Business Community Organizing Guide, Empathy and Respect is:

Empathy is defined as the capacity for participating in the feelings or ideas of others and can be easily shared. When we place ourselves in the shoes of another, it becomes easier to show understanding and to offer help. Treat others as you want to be treated. Use empathetic understanding and act with respect and compassion.

Most of us are good at exercising our empathy, at least part of the time, and this principle seems like a no-brainer. I find empathy to be my very best defense against my own judgementalism. When the woman who lives across the road from me yells at her kids loud enough that we hear it at our house, my first instinct is to cluck my tongue and get a stomach ache. It is only when I really think about what might be going on for her and why she might be yelling so much that I stop the tongue clucking and start wondering if there is anything helpful I can do. I haven't figured it out yet, but probably we'll start by inviting them over for ice cream and getting to know them a little better.

Wish me luck on my exercise in empathy. Let me know how it's going for you!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Terrific Odds and Ends

Folks at the Pepin Library had fun with the Bassmeister this summer, with puppets, ventriloquism, illusions, visual props, and plenty of humorous but important safety tips. About 50 people attended an indoor picnic and the show--pretty terrific turnout for Pepin!

4YA: Inspiration for Youth Advocates is a blog that is chock-full of ideas for art projects, organizations that are doing great things with kids, examples of terrific marketing, cool websites, and many other things that will be useful and thought-provoking for people who work with teens. They are creating a series of pages about suggestions for programs based on literature, including games, crafts, and more. This blog is not designed specifically for librarians, but it sure has a lot of terrific ideas for us!

More great websites for kidsALSC has added 16 more recommended websites to Great Web Sites for Kids, its online resource containing hundreds of links to exceptional websites for children. The site features links to websites of interest to children 14 years of age and younger, organized into diverse subject headings--a great place to send kids, teachers, parents who are looking for homework help, information, or just a way to pass some time.

Jenny at Colfax has recruited a teen to write a book review for their blog--a great way to get kids involved and give them (and their literature) a little more visibility. To see the blog post, check out the Colfax Public Library Blog!

Please remember to send in your photos, stories and other things you'd like to share on this blog. We need a new infusion of energy from the field!