Resources to reflect on, to share & to take action

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As your public library, we are here for you and have compiled a list of library, local, and regional resources focusing on: Mental health and trauma assistance Gun violence Voting and legislation Misinformation Books and library resources Mental health & trauma assistance  For all ages Managing distress in the aftermath of a shooting from the … Read more

Abortion resources

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In response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark ruling that established the right to an abortion, our librarians have compiled the resources listed below. Looking for something not listed here? Roe v. Wade Conversations Roe v. Wade Conversations (catalog list compiled in May 2022) Adult titles Nonfiction Abortion and the Politics … Read more

Can’t get enough ‘Stranger Things’? Try these!

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By Collection Management Librarian Andrea Trejo As you wait in anticipation for the final two episodes of season four of Netflix’s Stranger Things, check out these titles—including music from artists featured in the series and similar TV shows and movies—to help tide you over! Netflix’s Stranger Things suggestions About Andrea Collection Management Librarian Andrea is an avid … Read more

Hiring the library’s next executive director

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At its June 21 regular meeting, the Board of Library Trustees President Matt Fruth led discussion and collected trustee feedback on suggested interview questions and a ranking rubric developed by RGW Consulting to be used during virtual interviews with three final candidates. Fruth also shared candidate names as: Joslyn Bowling Dixon, Newark Public Library Director … Read more

ICYMI: Recently released fiction

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by Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph Spring and summer are filled with excellent book releases. So many that it can be easy to miss a book that could be your next fav. Don’t worry, we’ve got you! Check out these recently released books that we think you’ll love. See our list of recently released nonfiction … Read more

Tech Tips: 5 resources for spotting misinformation

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By Digital Learning Librarian John Gargiulo In today’s media landscape, it can be challenging to sort through the constant flow of information and evaluate the accuracy of news articles and social media posts. The fast pace, sensational headlines, and frequent layout changes of social media can make it challenging to assess what you are reading. These 5 … Read more

Exploring social-emotional learning: A new virtual tutorial for caregivers & early learners

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By Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris At the library, we often hear from parents, teachers, and other caregivers that social-emotional learning (SEL) is important to you. What exactly is SEL? Let’s take a brief look and then dig in below. What is social-emotional learning? Social-emotional learning is a learning approach that helps people understand their emotions, feel … Read more

Titles honoring Malcolm X

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By Collection Management Librarian Kathy Sexton Learn more about the life of Malcolm X with these nonfiction and fiction materials—as we celebrate what would have been his 97th birthday on May 19. Materials about Malcolm X The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X Why you should try it: Consistently making lists of the best … Read more

Honoring Asian Pacific American Heritage: Books, an in-library display, videos & more

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Your public library is here to connect you with books, online resources, and learning experiences that honor Asian Pacific American history and culture all year long. On this page, you can: Browse: Curated title suggestions for all ages. Attend: Upcoming in-person events. Experience: A special exhibit on display in the Main Library Idea Box (coming … Read more

Tech Tips: How to sign up for a Learning Lab

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By Digital Learning Librarian Amy Hofmockel Looking for one-on-one help with a specific digital learning or technical topic? Sign up for an in-person Learning Lab appointment—available at all three library locations—and get a focused 30-minute session with a Learning Lab instructor. You can request an appointment by filling out our Learning Lab Appointment Request form, but before … Read more

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