[kids-lib] Program idea: Pinwheels for Prevention

Katie Anderson katie.anderson at state.or.us
Wed Dec 9 12:51:06 PST 2015

The Children's Trust Fund of Oregon invites public libraries to participate in Pinwheels for Prevention, the national Child Abuse Awareness Month campaign in April 2016. The invitation, including programming ideas, is below and online here<http://ctfo.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Pinwheels-for-Prevention-Library-Proposal-Final.pdf>. Those of you interested in engaging your community to recognize how hard it can be to be a parent and support parents in their efforts to provide a safe, nurturing environment for their children and teens may be interested.

In 2012 public library staff in Oregon became mandatory reporters. I think it's been a couple years since information and resources about it has been shared on the listservs. This may also be a good time to talk with your library director about what your library is doing in regards to mandatory reporting. Here is one of the original communications<http://listsmart.osl.state.or.us/pipermail/libs-or/attachments/20120927/566c3b66/attachment.html> about what libraries can do about mandatory reporting in case you need to jog your memory.

Katie Anderson, Youth Services Consultant
Library Support and Development Services<http://www.oregon.gov/osl/LD/pages/index.aspx>
Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR 97301
katie.anderson at state.or.us<mailto:katie.anderson at state.or.us>, 503-378-2528
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What is Pinwheels for Prevention?

In April, during Child Abuse Prevention Month, pinwheels will be on display in communities across Oregon, and nationally, to raise awareness about how we can all prevent child abuse and neglect.   The pinwheel represents hope and promise; when individuals, social organizations, businesses and communities display this symbol they make the statement that every child deserves to be raised in safe, healthy, and nurturing environments.

Our goals this year are to distribute or sell 20,000 pinwheels, coordinate a Pinwheel Garden in every county, and engage 100 partners, organizations, and businesses in the 2016 Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign.

How can your library help?

*         Have a passive program for patrons of all ages to make pinwheels<http://www.pinwheelsforprevention.org/learn_more/documents/MakeYourPinwheel.pdf> and add to their pinwheel  display with messaging  explaining the purpose of Pinwheels for Prevention.

*         Present a storytime about healthy families, have children a create art that represents their favorite day with their family, and enter their art in the Pinwheels for Prevention Art Contest. Art submissions can be sent to Children's Trust Fund of Oregon at 1785 NE Sandy Blvd. Suite 270. Portland, OR 97232 or scan and email prevention at ctfo.org. Winners will receive recognition on CTFO's website and social media, as well as a small grant provided to the winning library.

*         Use pinwheels to conduct a wind energy STEM activity, including a sign and/or brief explanation of Pinwheels for Prevention. Here is one from Teach Engineering<https://www.teachengineering.org/view_activity.php?url=collection/cub_/activities/cub_earth/cub_earth_lesson04_activity2.xml> and one from Scientific AmericanTM<http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/strong-wind-science-the-power-of-a-pinwheel/>, and there are many more online to chose from.

*         Host a Pinwheel Garden on your library's grounds.. Learn how at www.ctfo.org<http://www.ctfo.org>.

*         Partner with a local Parenting Education Hub<http://orparenting.org/> or CTFO program grantee<http://ctfo.org/our-partners/grantees/> to host a parent education class at your library.

*         Partner with your local child welfare office<http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/children/pages/localoffices.aspx> to host a mandatory reporter training for library staff and other community workers who are mandatory reporters.

What does your library get?
        If you register your program by submitting a Campaign Commitment Form (online here<http://ctfo.org/our-partners/pca-oregon/pinwheels-for-prevention/>), then your library will receive recognition on the Prevent Child Abuse Oregon website, inclusion in the Pinwheels for Prevention 2016 annual report, and social media exposure on the Children's Trust Fund of Oregon and Prevent Child Abuse Oregon's Facebook pages, as well as related twitter feeds.  For more information about ways to contribute, Commitment Forms, and pinwheel order forms visit our website<http://ctfo.org/our-partners/pca-oregon/pinwheels-for-prevention/>.  Please direct inquiries to Pamela Heisler at 503-894-9103 or via email at pamela at ctfo.org<mailto:pamela at ctfo.org>.

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