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It’s been a hard week for many Americans, as Tuesday’s election amplified divisions within communities and flamed feelings of isolation, anger and fear among much of the population. As the dust settles, libraries across the country are coming up with ways, large and small, to make all people feel safe and welcome, regardless of who they are or which candidates they supported. Here are some of those ways.
As part of a weeklong series of programs to celebrate National Library Week, The Bunn Library hosted a DIY Terrarium Workshop during lunch for faculty, staff and students. Participants created small succulent gardens to decorate their desks, workspaces or dorm rooms, and relished in the opportunity to take a break from the stresses of the day to dig around in the dirt and create something.
Reading Friends pairs student volunteers and retirees with young students to help them learn, and love, to read. Young and older readers meet weekly to enjoy books together. The work continues in the summer as Northern Waters Learning, recruiting adult and junior/senior high students to read weekly with students who struggle with reading.
Webinar topics will include grant benefits, the application process, tips on establishing an outreach partnership and strategies for getting letters of support. Prior GSC applicants will also share their experiences with the project, including roles and responsibilities, the impact of GSC on their patrons and tips for successful programming.
Everybody has a story. Each person is unique in their background and what they bring to the world. Culture and history are part of this uniqueness. While schools teach about endangered species and our effects on the environment, we don’t always look at other endangered aspects of our world. Students enjoy learning about the people who are invested in cultural and historic preservation, because everybody has a story and these stories are making a difference.