[kids-lib] A note of gratitude if you need it

Katie Anderson katie.anderson at state.or.us
Wed Jun 15 08:44:43 PDT 2016

Thank you Bryce! Many LGBT+, Muslim, and Latino families are especially struggling with the shooting in Orlando and are concerned about their safety. A simple way you might consider showing that LGBT+, Muslim, and Latino children and families are welcome in your library is to create a display or do a storytime using LGBT+, Muslim, and Latino themed books. You might also find out about organizations in your community that provide resources and support to these populations in particular or to all types of families and get brochures to make available to your patrons.

Any other ideas? Specific book recommendations?

Thank you,

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
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From: Kids-lib [mailto:kids-lib-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us] On Behalf Of Bryce Kozla
Sent: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 8:09 AM
To: 'kids-lib at listsmart.osl.state.or.us' <kids-lib at listsmart.osl.state.or.us>
Subject: [kids-lib] A note of gratitude if you need it

Hi everyone,
I wrote a version of this email to the YS staff at my cooperative and it seemed to be much-needed. I hope it is also a comfort or commiseration to you around the state:
I know  I'm not alone in being heart-sick by the massacre at Pulse in Orlando. Florida was my home for the first 6 years of what I call my "actual adult life", and I have friends and family there affected by this tragedy. To say that this week has been difficult is an understatement.

I wanted to share with you a comforting Twitter thread written by my professional hero Melissa Depper. I needed it, and you might too: https://twitter.com/MelissaZD/status/742370202302566401

The welcoming and consistent atmosphere you all create for children and families in your libraries is dearly appreciated by your communities and certainly by me. You matter so much to our state.

Please feel free to email me,

Bryce Kozla, Youth Services Librarian
Washington County Cooperative Library Services

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