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Newly Received Federal Publications — January – March 2016

May 5th, 2016 Rand Simmons Posted in Articles, Federal and State Publications, For Libraries, Public Services Comments Off on Newly Received Federal Publications — January – March 2016

fdlp-emblem-colorA selected list of resources received at the Washington State Library through the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). The State Library is the Regional Depository Library for the states of Washington and Alaska and has a comprehensive collection of FDLP publications.

Did you know? Each year thousands of federal electronic publications are added to the Washington State Library’s comprehensive federal publications collection? During the first 3 months of 2016 2,136 electronic publications were listed in our online catalog and are available to you anytime you want them and anywhere you happen to be. Need to know more? Call our Ask a Librarian line, 1-360-704-5221 or set your browser to http://www.sos.wa.gov/library/ask.aspx. We are here to help.

 

 Allan, Chris, author. (2015). Gold, steel & ice: A history of mining machines in Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve. Special history study. Available at WSL! Call No. I 29.88/5:G 56/2

Around tPhoto of Cover: Tour of the Electromagnetic Spectrumhe World in 80 Documents, A Journey Through the U.S. Congressional Serial Set, 2015. (2015). Available at WSL! GP 1.2:D 65/2

Butcher, Ginger, author. Tour of the electromagnetic spectrum / Ginger Butcher [and three others] Washington, DC : National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2015. Available at WSL! CDROM NAS 1.86:SP 3/DVD/2015 (call ahead); NAS 1.83:NP-2015-06-1938-HQ.

You may also download this book at http://missionscience.nasa.gov/ems/TourOfEMS_Booklet_Web.pdf.

Army History: The professional Bulletin of Army History

Center of Military History. (1989). Army history: The professional bulletin of Army history. Washington, D.C: U.S. Army Center of Military History. Available at WSL! D 114.20:98; online http://www.history.army.mil/armyhistory/AH98(W).pdf.

Photo of cover of publication Covered Bridges and the Birth of American EngineeringChristianson, J., Marston, C. H., Barker, J., Bennett, L., Conwill, J. D., Duwadi, S. R., Gasparini, D. A., … Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center,. (2015). Covered bridges and the birth of American engineering. Available at WSL!  I 29.2:B 76/5; Online at
http://permanent.access.gpo.gov/gpo64533/CoveredBridges2015.pdf.

List of lights, radio aids, and fog signals. Western Pacific and Indian Oceans including the Persian Gulf and Red Sea. (2015). Available at WSL! D5.317/2:112/ 2015

Nasa’s journey to Mars: Pioneering next steps in space exploration, NP-2015-08-2018-HQ, October 2015. Available at WSL!  NAS 1.83:2015-08-2018-HQ

The People’s Liberation Army and Contingency Planning in China, 2015. (2015). Available at WSL! D5.402:C 44/6

Pacific Northwest Research Station (Portland, Or.). (1998). Science findings. Portland, Or.

Issue 179, Predicting Douglas-Fir’s Response to a Warming Climate.  Available at WSL! A 13.66/19:179; online http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/sciencef/scifi179.pdf.

Cover photo of Emergency Planning (STEP) ProgramStudent Tools for Emergency Planning (STEP) program : curriculum for 4th and 5th grade students. [Washington, D.C.] : U.S. Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, 2015. Available at WSL! HS 5.102:ST 9/2015/PACK  includes disc; Online at
http://1.usa.gov/1UzPvkk (link shortened)

Treasured landscapes : National Park Service art collections tell America’s stories. Washington, D.C. : National Park Service Museum Management Program, 2016. Available at WSL! I 29.2:AR 7/5

United States., & Harpers Ferry Center (U.S.),. (2014). Whitman Mission National Historic Site, Washington

One of a series of Braille transcriptions of visitor information brochures published by the National Park Service’s Harpers Ferry Center. Available at WSL!  I 29.155:W 59

OSOS Logo - Library TIFThis document was compiled by Rand Simmons with the assistance of Staci Phillips.

For assistance finding these publications or publications on any other topic please contact our Ask a Librarian service. Real people answering your questions!

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WSL Updates for March 17, 2016

March 16th, 2016 Shirley Lewis Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, News, Public Services, Updates Comments Off on WSL Updates for March 17, 2016

Volume 12, March 17, 2016 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) TEEN VIDEO CHALLENGE

2) ASK A LIBRARIAN SERVICE AT WSL

3) CIVICS EDUCATION RESOURCES

4) CONFERENCE PROPOSALS WANTED

5) ARSL 2016 CONFERENCE SEEKS PRESENTATION PROPOSALS

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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Washington State Library Staff Helps Decipher the Writing on the Wall

February 16th, 2016 Nono Burling Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public, Public Services Comments Off on Washington State Library Staff Helps Decipher the Writing on the Wall

Picture1Recently the Seattle Times published an article about handwriting and about one lawmaker’s efforts to mandate cursive writing instruction in our public schools. Does anyone write  in cursive in the 21st Century?  It’s an interesting question to be sure but the reason it caught our eyes is that Mary Schaff, one of the State Library’s reference librarians is quoted in the article.

As a librarian who specializes in issues pertaining to Washington State, Mary contributed research as to whether or not Washington has ever had a law mandating the teaching of cursive writing.   When asked about this topic,  Mary said “Our state publications collection and the session law are invaluable to this type of state history question.” Mary’s research revealed that it is RCW 28A.230.020, Washington’s Common School Curriculum, which mandates the instruction of handwriting. She noted  “Interestingly, the last update to the Common School Curriculum in 2013 was the change from “penmanship” to “handwriting.” Even with that recent change, the idea of penmanship has appeared in every version of the Common School Curriculum Law since 1890.  The State Library has several curriculum guides in its collection published by the State Board of Education, including a 1891 Teachers’ Manual which says, “We do not care by what system a good hand-writing is acquired, only that there shall be some system about it.”   It appears that the real issue at stake, at least from the state’s viewpoint, is how handwriting is defined, and whether cursive writing has any real place in that curriculum any longer.

The point of all this is to say: when you have a difficult question about Washington State’s government, history, or culture keep the State Library’s reference team in mind.  You can ask questions in person, via mail, email, chat or telephone.

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WSL Updates for February 11, 2016

February 10th, 2016 Shirley Lewis Posted in For Libraries, News, Public Services, Training and Continuing Education, Updates Comments Off on WSL Updates for February 11, 2016

Volume 12, February 11, 2016 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) 2016 WASHINGTON VIRTUAL REFERENCE CONFERENCE

2) ASK A LIBRARIAN SERVICE AT WSL

3) NONPROFIT TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

4) FAMILY ENGAGEMENT IN LIBRARIES

5) SPRING HAPPENINGS

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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Black History Month 2016

February 3rd, 2016 Rand Simmons Posted in Articles, Federal and State Publications, For Libraries, For the Public, Public Services Comments Off on Black History Month 2016

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African Americans and WW II. 50th Anniversary of World War II Commemorative Issue 1941-1945 – 1991-1995

 Federal Publications

United States. Congress. House. Committee on House Administration. United States. Congress. House. Office of History and Preservation. (2008). Black Americans in Congress, 1870-2007. Washington: U.S. G.P.O.

The most comprehensive history available on the 121 African Americans who have served in Congress.Citation: United States., & United States. (2008). Black Americans in Congress, 1870-2007. Washington: U.S. G.P.O.

Available at WSL! (Call ahead) Y 1.1/2:SERIAL 14904;
Online http://purl.access.gpo.gov/GPO/LPS106070

African American history. Library of Congress. National Digital Library Program, compiler. (1990). Available at WSL! Sudoc LC 1.54/3:AF 8/; online http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/browse/ListSome.php?category=African%20American%20History

African American odyssey Library of Congress. (1998). Available at WSL! Sudoc LC 1.2:OD 9

African Americans and WW II. (1994). Washington, D.C: Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History. Available at WSL! Sudoc D 1.2:Af 8

Afro-American life, history and culture. United States Information Agency. Library Programs Division. Collections Development Branch. (1985). Available at WSL!
Sudoc IA 1.27:Af 8

The Air Force integrates, 1945-1964. Gropman, Alan L., 1938-. (1978). Available at WSL! Sudoc D 301.2:IN 8/2/945-64/985

The Black experience in Natchez, 1720-1880: Natchez, National Historical Park, Mississippi. Davis, Ronald L. F. (1993).  Available at WSL! Sudoc I 29.88/5:B 56

Black Revolutionary War Patriots Memorial: Report (to accompany S.J. Res. 216). United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. (1988). Available at WSL! Sudoc MICRO Y 1.1/5:100-288

Black soldier, white army: The 24th Infantry Regiment in Korea. Bowers, William T., 1946-. (1996). . Available at WSL! Sudoc D 114.2:B 56

The employment of Negro troops. Lee, Ulysses. (1966). Available at WSL!  Sudoc D114.17:N 31; online http://www.history.army.mil/books/wwii/11-4/index.htm

 The invisible cryptologists: African Americans, WWII to 1956. Williams, Jeannette. (2001). Available at WSL! Call No. MICRO D 1.2:C 88/3; online http://purl.access.gpo.gov/GPO/LPS23465

Making it in 19th-century urban America: Another Philadelphia story. Brown, Bertram S. (1976) Available At WSL! Sudoc HE 20.8122/2:M 28

Pride, Progress, and Prospects. A History of the Marine Corps Efforts to Increase the Presence of African-American Officers (1970-1995). Davis, A. G. (1998).  Available at WSL! Sudoc D 214.13:AF 8

Promised land on the Solomon: Black settlement at Nicodemus, United States. National Park Service. Rocky Mountain Regional Office. (1986). Kansas. Available at WSL! Sudoc     I 29.2:So 4

Researching Black history at the National Archives: The Dr. Alexander T. Augusta Workshop. United States. National Archives and Records Administration. Volunteer and Tour Office. (1994). Available at WSL! (Request) Sudoc AE 1.102:H 62/4

The right to fight: African-American Marines in World War II. Nalty, Bernard C. (1995).  Available at WSL! Sudoc bD 214.14/4:AF 8

Separate and unequal: Race relations in the AAF during World War II. Osur, Alan M., 1941-. (2000) Available at WSL! Sudoc D 301.82/7:R 11

We shall overcome: historic places of the civil rights movement. (1998). Online but not at WSL: http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/civilrights/text.htm#intro

State Publications

Website

African Americans in the Washington State Legislature. (n.d.). http://www.sos.wa.gov/library/africanamericans.aspx

Other Resources

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History announces the 2016 National Black History Theme Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memories. https://asalh100.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/2016-executive-summary-hallowed-grounds.pdf.

Founders of Black History Month | Association for the Study of African American Life & History. (n.d.). http://asalh100.org/.

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Vol 2 No 3

This publication was prepared by Rand Simmons, Federal Collection Project Executive Manager, with the assistance of Staci Phillips. For more information contact Rand, rand.simmons@sos.wa.gov.

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Martin Luther King Day 2016

January 15th, 2016 Rand Simmons Posted in Articles, Federal and State Publications, For Libraries, For the Public, Public Services Comments Off on Martin Luther King Day 2016

Martin Luther King Jr.

Photo of Martin Luther King Jr. as found on the Corporation for National and Community Service web site http://www.nationalservice.gov/mlkda

A great place to start learning more about Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is at the Corporation for National & Community Service website. This organization oversees AmeriCorp and SeniorCorp.

You will find many resources at their MLK Day site including videos, lesson plans and photos.

Did you know that in addition to the focus on Dr. King there is also a focus on a day of service? For resources for kids and teens see kids.gov, a safe place for kids to learn and play.

Also visit:
King Institute Encyclopedia. (n.d.). Martin Luther King Jr. and the Global Freedom Struggle. Includes a chronology, links to documents, quotes and most popular entries (some with audio), featured documents, speeches and sermons.

Federal Publications

Investigation of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr

United States. (2000). United States Department of Justice investigation of recent allegations regarding the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Washington, D.C.?: The Department. Available at WSL! J 1.2:K 58/2. Online

United States. Congress. House. Select Committee on Assassinations. (1978).Compilation of the statements of James Earl Ray: Staff report of the Select Committee on Assassinations, U.S. House of Representatives, Ninety-fifth Congress, second session. Washington: U.S. Govt. Print. Off. Available at WSL! (Call ahead) Y 4.As 7:R 21

Recognition

Blythe, Robert W. (1994). Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historic Site: Historic resource study. Atlanta, Ga.?: Cultural Resources Planning Division, Southeast Regional Office, National Park Service, Dept. of the Interior. Available at WSL! I 29.58/3:M 36

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Observed Monday, January 18, 2016
No legislative mandate

In January 2004, the Washington State House of Representatives passed House Resolution 4676 to recognize Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, honoring the importance of the life and work of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The resolution calls on the people of the state of Washington to study, reflect on, and celebrate Dr. King’s life and ideals in order to fulfill his dream of civil and human rights for all people and urges “all the citizens of our state to make Martin Luther King, Jr. Day a day of service—a day on, not a day off.” There is no state law or specific regulation that requires school districts to observe this day in any particular way. Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Washington State Civic Observances.

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Vol 2 No 2

This publication was prepared by Rand Simmons, Federal Collection Executive Manager, with the assistance of Staci Phillips. For more information contact Rand, rand.simmons@sos.wa.gov.

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Malheur Wildlife Refuge

January 8th, 2016 Rand Simmons Posted in Articles, Federal and State Publications, For Libraries, For the Public, Public Services Comments Off on Malheur Wildlife Refuge

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Steens Mountain, Oregon. Stueby’s Outdoor Journal: http://stuebysoutdoorjournal.blogspot.com/

The conflict between the Bureau of Land Management and protesters and ranchers has received widespread attention from the media. The site of the protest is the Malheur Nation Wildlife Reserve located in rural Oregon near the small town of Burns.

What do you know about this beautiful but remote area of Oregon? Want to know more? That’s where a library comes in handy. The Washington State Library is a great place to begin.

Because we are a Regional Library for the Federal Depository Library program we have a comprehensive collection of publications issued by government agencies and distributed by the Government Publishing Office. We also have the responsibility to collect and maintain publications of Washington state agencies. With the exception of older publications ours are listed in our catalog and many lead to digital copies online.

Many maps and other federal publication are published electronically. The State Library catalog points to the online version as well as a print version if one exists.

Federal Publications

Photograph of Malheur Wildlife Reserve Entrance

Entrance to Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Oregon.

Burnside, C. D., & U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. (2008). Malheur’s legacy: Celebrating a century of conservation, 1908-2008 : Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Southeast Oregon. Princeton, Or.: U.S. Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 1, Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Available at WSL! WSL Federal Documents I 49.2:M 29/3

Many Federal Documents are available online:

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. (1995). Birds, Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Oregon.
Available at WSL! Call No. I 49.44/2:M 29/2/995-2. This publication can also be found online where it can be downloaded as a .pdf file.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. (2008). Malheur National Wildlife Refuge: Blitzen Valley auto tourOnline and in print at WSL: I 49.44/2:M 29/11

Malheur National Wildlife Refuge (Agency : U.S.). (2012). Refuge waters in peril. Available online and in print at WSL: Sudoc No. I 49.44/2:W 31

Fish and Wildlife Service. (2008). Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Available online and in print at WSL: Map Sudoc No. I 49.44/2:M 29/8

Northwest Collection

Word Cloud describing key words for Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.

Word Cloud describing key words for Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.

From the State Library’s Northwest Collection, two commercially published titles:

Langston, N. (2003). Where land & water meet: A Western landscape transformed. Seattle: University of Washington Press. Available at WSL!: NW 333.918 LANGSTO 2003.

Littlefield, C. D. (1990). Birds of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Oregon. Corvallis, Or: Oregon State University Press. Available at WSL!: NW 598.2979 LITTLEF 1990.

Search the State Library’s online catalog and you will find online resources on hunting, wildlife, hiking, biking, and fishing. Set search to subject and key in: Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Need help locating information? Try our Ask a Librarian service. You can chat live with an information specialist.

 

Everydayliving4blog

Vol 2 No 1

This publication was prepared by Rand Simmons, Federal Collection Executive Manager, with the assistance of Staci Phillips. For more information contact Rand, rand.simmons@sos.wa.gov.

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Most Popular Federal Publications

January 4th, 2016 Rand Simmons Posted in Articles, Federal and State Publications, For the Public, Public Services Comments Off on Most Popular Federal Publications

What are you Reading in 2016?

Consider adding federal publications to your reading pallet. According to GPO Book Talk here are the  most popular topics of people seeking to purchase GPO publications.

Popular Popular Federal Publication Word Cloud 20151223

May we help you find a state or federal publication?

Contact Us by phone, email, chat or visit us. Details at http://www.sos.wa.gov/library/ask.aspx 
Washington State Library/Washington Secretary of State

Washington State Library — Your Source for State and Federal Publications

 

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Bill of Rights Day

December 15th, 2015 Rand Simmons Posted in Articles, Federal and State Publications, For the Public, Public Services Comments Off on Bill of Rights Day

Federal Publications for Everyday Living

Vol. 1 no7 December 15, 2015

The Founding Fathers drafted the United States Constitution during the First Constitutional Convention, held from May through September 1787 in Philadelphia. The completed draft constitution, sent to the States for ratification in September 1787, did not include any mention of individual rights. The framers’ focus was largely on structuring a strong government, and getting that structure put into place. Without such a structure, the Founding Fathers feared the country’s collapse into chaos or new attacks from outsiders. They left the issue of individual rights without adding it to the Constitution during that meeting.

As a result of this omission, Edmund Randolph, George Mason, and Elbridge Gerry refused to sign the Constitution on principle. Maryland delegates, Luther Martin and John Francis Mercer reportedly walked out of the Convention, at least in part because the draft did not include a Bill of Rights. In September, Randolph, Mason and Gerry joined in asking for a second constitutional convention to address the issue of personal rights. All three men advocated strongly for a bill of rights throughout most of the constitutional convention. The people ultimately adopted the Constitution, sans any bill of rights, on September 17, 1787. Eleven states ratified it and it went into effect in 1789.

Image: Bill of Rights depicted in cartoon format from 1971 Young Citizen teacher’s guide transparency. Courtesy: Syracuse University. Found at Government Book Talk http://1.usa.gov/1QHOt32.

Founding Father James Madison was a delegate from Virginia who had been a key actor and speaker at the First Constitutional Convention. He had held onto the idea of the individual freedoms as discussed at that Convention. Although Federalist Madison was originally a skeptic about needing a Bill of Rights, like Randolph, Mason and Gerry he came to believe that the inclusion of personal rights was imperative to be added to the United States Constitution.

The first ten amendments to the US Constitution are known as the “Bill of Rights.” Listen to retired Washington Chief Justice, Gerry Alexander, and nine others read these ten amendments.

“Enlightened statesman will not always be at the helm” (James Madison)

There are many federal publications about the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights. To locate these in the State Library’s catalog set your Internet browser to http://www.sos.wa.gov/library/catalog.aspx.

Search the Library Catalog: Set Search By to keywords. In the Search Words box enter U.S. Constitution. Click on the Federal Publications radio button and press search.

The list of resources will tell you the collection in which the title is housed and give you it’s “call number” which indicates where it is located on the shelf.

Here are some other resources you may find useful:

Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society. (1990). The Western frontiers of the Bill of Rights. Portland, Or: Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society.
“This special issue of Western Legal History reflects the bitter-sweet story of the Bill of Rights in the American West”–P. [175] Published as the summer/fall 1990 issue of Western legal history, commemorating the 200th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights.Available at WSL:WSL Historic Research  R 347.78 WESTERN 1990 v3 no2  LIB USE ONLY WSL Northwest Collection NW 347.78 WESTERN 1990 v3 no2
Douglas, W. O. (1961). A living Bill of rights. Garden City, N.Y: Doubleday.
Available at WSL:WSL General Collection 323.4 DOUGLAS 1961 WSL Governor’s Awards GWA DOUGLAS 1961   LIB USE ONLY

This publication was prepared by Rand Simmons, Federal Collection Executive Manager, with the assistance of Staci Phillips. For more information contact Rand rand.simmons@sos.wa.gov.

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Active Shooter Resources

December 11th, 2015 Rand Simmons Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public, Public Services Comments Off on Active Shooter Resources

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December 2015

Because of recent events in the media there is national concern over active shooting and keeping family and friends safe. Here is one list of resources, many of which focus on children.*

Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990. The helpline is also available in Spanish, by text and by TTY. http://www.disasterdistress.samhsa.gov/

Talking to Children about the Shooting http://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/assets/pdfs/talking_to_children_about_the_shooting.pdf

How to talk to your child about the news. http://kidshealth.org/parent/positive/talk/news.html

Tips for Parents on explaining media coverage to children http://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/assets/pdfs/tips_for_parents_media_final.pdf

Restoring a Sense of Safety in the Aftermath of a Mass Shooting: Tips for Parents and Professionals http://www.cstsonline.org/resources/resource-master-list/restoring-a-sense-of-safety-in-the-aftermath-of-a-mass-shooting-tips-for-parents-and-professionals

Psychological First Aid for Schools Field Operations Guide http://www.nctsn.org/content/psychological-first-aid-schoolspfa

Coping with Crisis – Helping Children with Special Needs http://ubhc.rutgers.edu/tlc/guidelines/educators/CopingwithCrisisHelpingChildrenSpecialNeeds.html

Facing Fear: Helping Young People Deal with Terrorism and Tragic Events – for ages 5 to 7.
http://www.redcross.ca/crc/documents/3-7-2_Tools-for-Teachers_Facing-Fear-Module-1-(ages-5-7).pdf

Activity Book for African American Families: Helping Children Cope with Crisis https://www.nichd.nih.gov/publications/pubs/cope_with_crisis_book/Pages/index.aspx

After a Crisis: Helping Young Children Heal – checklist http://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/assets/pdfs/helping_young_children_heal_crisis.pdf

Parent Tips for Helping Preschool-Age Children after Disasters http://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/assets/pdfs/appendix_tips_for_parents_with_preschool_children.pdf

Coping with Disasters, National Library of Medicine
English:   http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/copingwithdisasters.html
Spanish: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/spanish/copingwithdisasters.html

Original list compiled by Andrew R. Roszak, JD, MPA, Senior Director, Emergency Preparedness, Child Care Aware® of America as posted to the ARSL Membership, December 10, 2015, posted by Susan Hanks, California State Library

*These resources are not vetted or endorsed by the Washington State Library / Office of the Secretary of State.

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