#NLLD18 | 7 & 8 May Washington DC - Library Advovates Be there! #AmericaNeedsLibraries #FundLibraries #in #fb @goRCLS @NYLA_1890 @ALALibrary
Advocacy really DOES makes a difference! Here's the link to the ALA Page.
Advocacy really DOES makes a difference! Here's the link to the ALA Page.
In case you haven't heard @DonorsChoose have teamed up with @StephenAtHome @GwynethPaltrow to help teachers all across the US teach our children with actual teaching materials like books and computers. The product descriptions alone are worth a look! (from @2plan22 on Twitter)
Ms. Paltrow's goop line slides in somewhere between complete hokum and wily marketing all the while targeting people who have more money than they know what to do with. I laugh every time I see her on The Late Show, never sure if it's all just a big spoof.
Stephen Colbert has a heart even larger than his sense of humour. We just watched his piece on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, advertising his partnership with DonorsChoose.org under the aegis of Covetton House - his fabulously produced send-up of Paltrows's GOOP site - to fund teachers all across the US to buy materials and equipment for their classes ("WHY is this even a thing!!???)
Here is the goop x Covetton blurb:
"The manifestation of Covetton House founder & CEO Stephen Colbert and goop founder & CEO Gwyneth Paltrow’s divine purpose on earth, this three-piece limited edition collection came to the duo during their weekly sacral-chakra steaming session. A study in subtle maximalism and real-world mysticism, it's intended for novice shamans, or really anyone with $$$ to spare. 52% of the purchase price (that's 100% of the proceeds) from the goop x Covetton House capsule collection will go to DonorsChoose.org."
If you make people laugh you can make them remember what you've told them and these two people are masters. Visit "goop x Covetton" link to read about their partnership and the percentage of the proceeds that go to donorschoose.org . We'll go directly to donorschoose so all the money will go to a cause we choose and forego ownership of the "Softbound Reincarnated Forest Notebook" and keep our "Incoherent Ramblings" quiet.
I can hear Stephen's 'voice' in this product description but maybe I'm projecting. At any rate, it makes me laugh and I remember the message and hey, we all need a laugh:
"Softbound Reincarnated Forest
The project was done with a minimal budget and LOTS of volunteer time and materials.
It is great to see how much can be done to make a space function well and be warm and welcoming using engaging paint colors and patterns; space defining carpet tiles; well chosen data/electrically connected seating; functional furniture; the occasional piece of mood lighting and oh yes, lots of love for the users!
Get your Library Advocacy ON!
Join us in Washington DC at the Liaison Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Tell your legislators what you really think.
National Library Legislative Day is a two-day advocacy event held in Washington, D.C. every year.
Day 1: Training:
Attendees spend one day learning effective advocacy techniques and learning about key library issues, like funding or net neutrality, and have the opportunity to attend a reception on Capitol Hill.
Day 2: Doing
Then ... Armed with talking points, attendees spend day two with their state delegations, meeting with elected officials and telling them about the importance of libraries in their communities.
Q.:Who goes to Washington for National Library Legislative Day?
A.: Everyone who cares about library funding.
This event is open to the public and anyone who wants to support libraries is welcome to attend. Whether you've been advocating for two days or twenty years, you have something important to contribute. But sign up soon - we have a limited amount of space each year and it fills up quickly!
Visit the event page to register online. Registration this year is $75 and includes a continental breakfast, entry into a reception held on Capitol Hill, and a folder full of briefing materials, talking points, and information.
To learn more about the event, check out our FAQ page or reach out to Lisa Lindle at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions!
Chicago Housing Authority & Chicago Public Library Partner Up, Bring Mixed-Income Housing and Libraries Together
The City of Chicago is "beginning of construction on three innovative co-located housing and library developments being built across the city. (Beginning with the) Taylor Street Apartments and Roosevelt Branch Library, with construction also getting underway at two co-located developments in the West Ridge and Irving Park communities. Mayor Emanuel announced that plans will continue for two additional CPL branches using creative interagency partnerships — one in the CHA’s Altgeld Gardens community and a new branch in the West Loop to serve its rapidly growing community.
“Libraries serve as community anchors, making knowledge and learning accessible for everyone,” said CPL Commissioner Brian Bannon. “The new co-located libraries will help to sustain strong neighborhoods, and provide a place for all community residents to gather, share and succeed.”
“This project bringing together housing with a neighborhood library will be paramount for our community,” said Alderman Jason Ervin, 28th Ward. “This investment shows our residents that no matter what your income is or what neighborhood you live in, if you call Chicago home you should have a range of housing options to choose from.”
"Over the past six years, Chicago Public Library has witnessed one of the largest capital investments in recent history. Through City investment and innovative partnerships, the Library has seen over $200 million of new capital projects and investments in the people and programs that activate our community anchors. By the end of 2018, we will have 11 new library buildings and 14 additional locations with major renovations and expansions. Embedded in these locations and other locations citywide is our innovative way to serve children and teens. CPL will have added new early learning play spaces at 28 locations and new teen spaces at 19 locations."
If you are able, please join us for New York Library Association (NYLA) Library Advocacy Day in Albany on Wednesday, February 28. Here is the link to the flyer with all of the information you need about motorcoach pickup locations and departure times.
Here is the link to register to join our delegation.
If you are unable to attend in person contact your legislator using NYLA's Online Advocacy Center. It is easy use and an effective way to let your legislators know you care about libraries and want them to support State Aid for libraries and library systems.
May your year be peaceful
all your building projects successful!
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She and I share a passion for all things Eleanor Roosevelt and hold in high esteem E.R.'s life example. We also understand, more with each passing day, the import and effect of her words in the context of today's global political and cultural mileau.
Today, on her site, Joanne posted a 'A Clipping from Dear Miss Breed's Papers' - I agree, we need Eleanor and her fearless courage today.
This is a screen grab from Joanne's site of E.R.'s clipping, shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, 7 Dec., 1941, from My Day, a Syndicated newspaper column by Eleanor Roosevelt 1935 through 1962:
This is the text:
“… the great mass of our people, stemming from these various national ties, must not feel that they have suddenly ceased to be Americans.
“This is, perhaps, the greatest test this country has ever met. Perhaps it is the test which is going to show whether the United States can furnish a pattern for the rest of the world for the future. Our citizens come from all the nations of the world. Some of us have said from time to time, that we were the only proof that different nationalities could live together in peace and understanding, each bringing his own contribution, different though it may be, to the final unity which is the United States…Perhaps, on us today, lies the obligation to prove that such a vision may be a practical possibility.
“If we can not meet the challenge of fairness to our citizens of every nationality, of really believing in the Bill of Rights and making it a reality for all loyal American citizens, regardless of race, creed or color; if we can not keep in check anti-Semitism, anti-racial feelings as well as anti-religious feelings, then we shall have removed from the world, the one real hope for the future on which all humanity must now rely.” -E.R.
You can visit Ms. Oppenheim's site to read the post yourself here.
Librarians planning your new library or addition, take note.
You can do anything you want to do.
A story to inspire you.
Camila Silva reports in worldarchitecture.org about an exciting program "created by the architect Carina Guedes. Named Arquitetura na Periferia , the program teaches women (that they) can design their houses by themselves."
The idea was born from Carina's master's thesis in collaboration with her advisor and the research group MOM (Morar de Outras Maneiras).
This account is taken from this link at worldarchitecture.org
In a country where the most economically vulnerable population sees self-construction as the only alternative, the results of this initiative do more than increasing (sic) the housing quality: the project changes how these women envision life by itself.
Through a process where the groups of women are (introduced and taught) the practices/techniques of project design and planning, (with) technical assistance for the improvement of housing, (the women) ... (are) able to conduct the construction (of their homes) with autonomy and without waste."
According to an interview given to Catraca Livre, the participant Ana Paula affirms that her vision of the world has changed. "Today I look at things and people in a different way. For example, I look at people knowing that any of us can do anything we want". (my emphasis)
Here are further links to this encouraging story: