Saturday, November 12, 2016

Post President Trump: We might have some work to do

Safe with me
I know many of our patrons may be reeling from the election results.  Some of our friends and co-workers may be.  Or we may be ourselves feeling a little fragile.  I've been reading a lot about how to create safe spaces, how to advertise your library as such a place and how to do the work that helps our kids and teens build empathy.
A few of my favorites from around the Internet:

Kindness displays

Interactive bulletin board idea- use post its and have residents write acts of kindness on them:   A learning center and support community for teachers who want to teach happy, live happy, and be happy.:


Picture Books for Muslim Kids
Chapter Books That Teach Empathy
Picture Books about Immigrant Experiences
And of course, our own CCBC has some great lists--my new favorites being the one on books that promote Social Justice and Gay and Lesbian Themes and Topics.

This article on Libraries as safe havens was wonderful and I think we will see more like it.

Help for parents on "how do we talk to our children?"

From Washington Post

White Privilege Readings

(Shared with the understanding that our readers may not all be from one race or gender identity, but many of us are white females and I for one, like a little self-examination at a time like this.)

Explaining White Privilege to a Broke White Person:…/explaining-white-privilege-…
White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack:…/White%20Priviledge%20Unpacking%20th…
Colorblind Ideology Is a Form of Racism:…/colorblind-ideology-is-fo…
What My Bike Has Taught Me About White Privilege:…/what-my-bike-has-taught-me-a…/

What sites, readings, displays or booklists have you found helpful?  Are you introducing any new programming as a direct result of this election?  

1 comment:

Sarah Cournoyer said...

ALSC just released a new quick list and since November is Picture Book Month, it's a wonderful time to share diverse books of all kinds.