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Community Organizations Vaccine Toolkit

As COVID-19 vaccines become available, libraries can play an important role in helping community members understand this important transmission prevention tool. As trusted organizations, libraries can use the CDC’s new toolkit including posters, messaging, and social media resources to educate their communities about the vaccine and support community members with tech help necessary to schedule vaccinations.


Write on, NY!

Write on, NY! is a New York State Education Department (NYSED) website and initiative that promotes and supports student writing in New York State. The initiative utilizes the Lifelong Practices for Readers and Writers to encourage students’ engagement in writing. To promote this initiative, NYSED invites students statewide to enter the Write on, NY! Logo Design Contest. The contest is open to all New York State students in prekindergarten through grade 12. The deadline for entries is February 28th. Winning logo designs will be announced in March 2021. The student’s name, school, and district (if applicable) will be published with the design.

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Field Guide for Preparing to Support Communities in Crisis

Library Staff as Public Servants: A Field Guide for Preparing to Support Communities in Crisis, a new guide from the YX Lab of the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland is now available. This field guide is designed to help public library staff support their communities during times of crisis. In the field guide, the authors encourage the library community to have in place critical relationships and community data prior to considering what programs and services are needed during a local, regional, or national crisis using four essential tasks – learn about community, co-create with community, iterate and assess with community, and design structures for the community.


Advocacy Week!

graphicTo provide you with the opportunity to connect with your representatives and let them know how important library aid is for your library and your community, the Mid-Hudson Library System will host Advocacy Week, a series of online meetings with our state legislators from Monday, February 22nd through Friday, February 26th, and targeted social media advocacy action on Friday, February 26th. For the most up to date appointment schedule, registration and helpful advocacy resources visit https://midhudson.org/library-advocacy-week/.

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Vaccination of Library Workers

Speak Up for the Vaccination of Library Workers. The New York Library Association (NYLA) has issued an online advocacy form to expedite the call to add library workers to phase 1b of the vaccination schedule – please promote this widely.

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