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WSL Updates for November 9, 2017

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017 Posted in For Libraries, Grants and Funding, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates | Comments Off on WSL Updates for November 9, 2017


Volume 13, November 9, 2017 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include (hunt for them: child care and daycare):

1) WEBJUNCTION AND SKILLPORT

2) EARLY ACHIEVERS

3) OPEN DATA IN PUBLIC LIBRARIES

4) CONSUMER GUIDES TRANSLATED

5) TWO FROM NNLM

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) WEBJUNCTION AND SKILLPORT

A reminder that Washington library staff are able to participate in WebJunction events, webinars, and trainings as a result of the Washington State Library’s participation with WebJunction. Can’t make a specific webinar? WebJunction has more than 140 webinars in their archive to view when you have time.

The Washington State Library also offers access to SkillSoft courses and instructional videos through our participation with WebJunction. Work through hundreds of online self-paced courses and thousands of short instructional videos. Start at sos.wa.gov/q/train for access to WebJunction and Skillsoft classes.

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2) EARLY ACHIEVERS

Early Achievers is a program supported by the Department of Early Learning (DEL) which provides resources and support for early learning professionals and helps parents identify and find high-quality child care that supports their child’s growth and development.

DEL understands that librarians are a trusted source of information and resources for families across the state and have put together the following resources for library staff:

  • An Early Achievers webinar, co-sponsored by the Washington State Library: Tuesday, November 14 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. This is an opportunity to learn more, ask questions and find out how you can support quality early learning for all children in your community. To attend, use this link: zoom.us/j/328199568.
  • DEL has developed a variety of outreach materials for libraries to share with families. To request Early Achievers materials such as bookmarks, posters or brochures, please contact Carolyn.petersen@sos.wa.gov.
  • For more information on the DEL Early Achievers program, visit del.wa.gov/earlyachievers.

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3) OPEN DATA IN PUBLIC LIBRARIES

A parent who is searching for quality daycare; a sister who wants to convince city council to support a new park; a neighbor writing a grant for a school; a small business who would benefit from using local transportation data. What do these people have in common?

  1. Open data can help answer their questions.
  2. Your library can provide them with the training they need to do so.

A team of librarians and open data advocates has now created a curriculum that libraries can use to help their communities find, use and improve open data. They are looking for a diverse set of up to 20 libraries in California and Washington that would like to try the curriculum as a cohort this coming winter and help us improve it. A Train-the-Trainer for all beta testers will be provided in January 2018. Funding is available for a limited number of libraries that may need financial support to pilot the curriculum.

Interested? Visit ocio.wa.gov/news/data-equity-beta for more details, and to apply. Note: the application deadline has been extended to Nov. 10, and may be extended further if needed.

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4) CONSUMER GUIDES TRANSLATED

The Consumer Affairs and Outreach Division of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in Washington, DC is looking for ways to inform consumers—especially those consumers in the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities—about the FCC’s newly translated consumer guides in Vietnamese, Tagalog, Chinese, and Korean. The American Library Association has identified the State of Washington as having a high population of AAPI individuals.

The consumer guides are available online at www.fcc.gov/consumer-guides. Links to the various languages are easily found on the site. The FCC will also send links to their top consumer guides to post on your website, mailings, or in a newsletter. This information can also be provided through hard copies to be displayed in your library. For more information, contact Celeste L. McCray, FCC Consumer Education and Outreach Specialist at Celeste.McCray@fcc.gov or 202-418-2117.

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5) TWO FROM NNLM

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) and the Public Library Association (PLA) are partnering for health and are offering a 1-day preconference session at PLA 2018 on March 20 called, Stand Up for Health: Health & Wellness Services for Your Community. PLA is offering a limited number of stipends worth $500 to cover registration and some travel costs for this pre-conference session. This opportunity is open to librarians, including library support staff and paraprofessionals at libraries in the U.S. and territories. Applications for the pre-conference stipends are now being accepted with a November 19 deadline. Read the stipend opportunity guidelines, read the Frequently Asked Questions and start your online application. Learn more at the NNLM PNR blog, the Dragonfly.

Join the next free PNR Rendezvous webinar where you will have the opportunity to hear Gary Gant, Public Health Analyst for HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration) Region 10, share some of the initiatives and activities within the Native American community as it pertains to behavioral health, chronic disease, education, human trafficking and substance abuse. No registration required. You are encouraged to attend the live session but it will also be recorded. Details:

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Monday, November 13

Tuesday, November 14

Wednesday, November 15

Thursday, November 16

Friday, November 17

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DISCLAIMER: The State Library regularly highlights third-party events and online resources as a way to alert the library community to training and resource opportunities.  By doing so, we are not endorsing the content of the event, nor promoting any specific product, but merely providing this information as an FYI to librarians who must then decide what is right for them.

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Songs of Willow Frost. By Jaime Ford

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 Posted in Articles, Washington Reads | Comments Off on Songs of Willow Frost. By Jaime Ford


ford-frostSongs of Willow Frost. By Jamie Ford. (New York: Ballantine Books, 2013.)

Recommendation submitted by:
Will Stuivenga, Cooperative Projects Manager, Washington State Library, Tumwater, WA.

Our protagonist is William Eng, a 12-year-old living at the Sacred Heart Orphanage in 1930’s Seattle. He’s been there since he was seven; no one is interested in adopting a Chinese boy. Only, he remembers his beloved mother, a singer and a dancer, and he remembers finding her slumped in the bathtub, and how she was carried off to the hospital, and he never saw her again.

But now he sees her on the screen in a vaudeville show preview down at the local movie theater—he’s certain it’s her—and he sets off, together with the blind girl, Charlotte, fellow outcast, and his best friend, to find Liu Song, aka Willow Frost, his mother.

The book recounts this seemingly impossible quest, as well as Liu Song’s own tragic story, and how she came to give up her precious child. Will they be reunited to make a life together? We’re kept in suspense until the final page.

Full of old Seattle scenes and images, this poignant tale will tug at your heart-strings, while filling in a chapter in our nation’s regrettable history of the prejudice suffered by its people of Chinese heritage.

ISBN: 978-0-345-52202-3

Available at the Washington State Library, NW 813.6 FORD 2013
Available as an eBook.
Downloadable talking book available through NLS and WTBBL.