[kids-lib] ALA Public Policy & Advocacy Office needs your stories

Danielle Jones jones.danielle.jones at gmail.com
Sat Mar 28 18:47:11 PDT 2020

Please excuse the cross posting. I am forwarding this message from Marijke
Visser of the ALA Public Policy & Advocacy Office.

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From: Marijke Visser <mvisser at alawash.org>
Date: Fri, Mar 27, 2020 at 1:46 PM
Subject: [t3] we need your stories
To: t3 at lists.ala.org <t3 at lists.ala.org>

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Hello all,

Please read my very long email all the way through- I promise it will be
worth it

I think you also know that the DC office is working to have libraries
included in various parts of the Covid 19 stimulus packages. We were
somewhat successful in the package that just passed the House and Senate
today (see a summary here
and a short article here
but there are already conversations happening about the next package- C4-
expected to come out in the next several weeks. To prepare for that, we are
collecting stories about 1) what libraries are doing to keep their
communities connected and to provide virtual services while still
practicing social distancing and adhering to state and local health
guidelines and 2) what kind of support you could use now and in the
recovery period to sustain what you’re doing, help be more effective, and
anticipate perhaps permanent changes in teen/youth services.

For example, a lot of you are concerned about digital equity thinking about
your teens who might not have access at all or reliable access at home. I
know you are thinking about reaching kids that depending on coming in to
the library now that they can’t. Another way to look at the question is
what are you doing with community organizations. I heard a few people talk
about partnering with food distribution groups to provide pre-packaged kits
and/or books. Some of you shared ideas about working with local TV or radio

If you can think about your story from the point of view of what you are
doing is helping  teens stay connected, keep learning, build resiliency-
all skills that will support them now and in their futures. Through the
library, teens are prepared for school, work, and life. Right? Decision
makers care about the economic and health of their districts- where you
live and work. And, we want to hep them see how important the library is to
making it through the current crisis and bounding back once recovery starts.

Anyway, you all are so completely creative and inspiring, I would love to
be able to share your stories with Members of Congress as we position for
the next go ‘round.

To that end,  a nifty Google form to make it easy for you to share.

Thanks for your help!

Marijke Visser

Senior Policy Advocate

ALA Public Policy & Advocacy Office

*Danielle Jones (she, her)*
*Teen and Youth Librarian*
Multnomah County Library
Phone 503.988.4346
Hollywood Librar*y, *Tues 11-8, Wed 9-6, Thurs--Sat 8-5

Multnomah County is sited upon the ancestral homelands of the Multnomah,
Mollala, Kathlamet, Chinook, Clackamas, Tualatin Kalapuya and many other
Indigenous Nations. These Nations have become the Confederated Tribes of
Grand Ronde <https://www.grandronde.org/>, the Confederated Tribes of
Siletz Indians <http://ctsi.nsn.us/>, as well as the Chinook Nation
<http://www.chinooknation.org/> and Cowlitz Nation
<https://www.cowlitz.org/> in Washington State. Land acknowledgements
recognize and respect the enduring relationship that Indigenous People have
with their traditional homelands. The effects of colonization can still be
felt today and land acknowledgements are a small step down the path of
repair, reconciliation and cultural

Danielle Jones

*YALSA 2021 Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults -Coordinator*

*ALSC Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Task Force - Co-Chair*
*Teen and youth librarian at Multnomah County Library*

*My pronouns are she, her, hers**twitter @daniellebookery*

Danielle Jones

*YALSA 2021 Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults -Coordinator*

*ALSC Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Task Force - Co-Chair*
*Teen and youth librarian at Multnomah County Library*

*My pronouns are she, her, hers**twitter @daniellebookery*
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