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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Inclusive Summer Library Programs follow-up

Libraries Are for Everyone sign with images of many different people
Image by Hafuboti
We had a workshop a couple of weeks ago (already?!) that included a presentation by Renee Grassi about making programs more inclusive, with a special nod to summer programs.  She was so inspired about it, she wrote a blog post about the benefits and barriers to including youth with disabilities in our summer library programs.  If you didn't have a chance to take a photo and you want to remember some of her ideas on this, check it out!

Renee's presentation slides and other resources she suggested are available on the IFLS website.  Whether you were able to attend the workshop or not, hopefully you will find these resources useful.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Default to Kindness

chalk drawing with the words Be Kind
I was talking with a youth services librarian I admire last week.  She said something that really struck me, and I asked her if I could share it in my blog.  She said yes, but demurred when I asked if I could give her credit, so you'll just have to let this tip be anonymous.

My friend was talking passionately about the people who use the library and the important role librarians play in the lives of many folks--including people who are desperately craving a human connection.  We don't know the whole story of what people are up against, and we don't always need to.  Sometimes they are challenging to serve for various reasons.  But she recommends that in applying our policies and providing service, if we start out by defaulting to kindness, that's a good place to start.

One of the many, many reasons I'm so honored and thankful to work with librarians.