Monday, November 23, 2020

Examining the Origins and Legacy of Indigenous Slavery on the 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower's Landing.


Join fellow alumni and community guests for a discussion on indigenous slavery at Harvard and in New England.
Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020
Time: Noon - 1pm PST
3pm - 4pm EST
Ticket Price: FREE! Attend via Zoom. Click link below to register:

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Advancing the Conversation: Equity, Diversity & Inclusion in CT Libraries


Equity, Diversity, Inclusion - or EDI - is a phrase we’ve been hearing a lot lately, but what does it mean? What makes it so important to our work in Connecticut libraries, and how can we apply these principles to our everyday Library work? This two-hour online workshop aims to begin answering these questions and provide attendees a foundation from which to build an understanding of EDI, and apply them in practice to our real-life library work. 
The workshop will begin with a presentation from Dr. Sandra Hughes-Hassell, who will discuss basics and provide attendees with a general understanding of principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion, along with a sense of what this all means for libraries. Dr. Hughes-Hassell is a Professor and Coordinator of the School Library Media Coordinator Program at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS). Her research focuses on social justice issues in library services, culturally relevant practice in libraries, and diverse youth literature. She has published widely and presented locally and nationally on critical race theory, culturally relevant pedagogy, and the role of librarians in supporting the literacy needs of African American youth. 
Then, we will hear from a panel of four Connecticut library workers about their experiences with issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion. The panelists will include:
Gabbie Barnes, Wilson Branch Manager, Windsor Public Library
Rachel Gravel, Head of Borrowing & Technical Services, Simsbury Public Library
Alice Knapp, President, The Ferguson Library (Stamford)
Ayanna Wright, Teen Librarian, Russell Library (Middletown)
The panel discussion will give attendees an idea of what EDI work looks like on a more practical level, and what it means to pursue this work in a meaningful way in Connecticut. Attendees will also have an opportunity to ask questions so that we can advance the conversation around this topic.So, whether EDI is totally new to you, or you’ve already begun your journey, this workshop is sure to give you some food for thought and some ideas for how to keep the conversation going. We hope to see you there!
When: December 08, 2020
10:00 AM EST - 12:00 PM EST
$15 CLA Member Price
$25 Non-CLA Member Price
$5.00 Student or Retiree CLA Member
Where: Via Zoom. ZOOM Link to be distributed Monday, December 7 to registrants.
To register, please visit link below:

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Mount Pleasant Library: Providence Community Library presents: CONVERSATIONS: HOW TO BE ANTIRACISTS


Tuesday, November 17th, 6:30PM
Join the conversation this month through Zoom to discuss How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. Conversations Book Club features authors and characters from marginalized groups. 
We meet on the third Tuesday of every month at 6:30PM. 
October - The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman
November - How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
December - Red At the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson
January - Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
February - Reconstruction by Henry Louis Gates
March - Transcendent Kingdom by Yaya Gyasi
April - So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
May - Queenie by Candace Carty-Williams
June - Read Across RI Pick
July - Vanishing Half by Britt Bennett
August - Begin Again by Eddie N. Glade
September - 2021-2022 Selections
For more information and to register, please call (401) 272-0106.

Monday, November 9, 2020

Tomaquag Museum's Annual Honoring 2020 Begins Tonight!


Join us all this week as we celebrate Indigenous Women at this year's first ever virtual Annual Honoring & Cultural Celebration.
Here's the link to register below:

Thursday, November 5, 2020

REFORMA Northeast Chapter membership meeting of 2020-2021

The Northeast Chapter of REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking, living or working in the states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. 
Our second REFORMA Northeast Chapter membership meeting of 2020-2021 will be held virtually this year.
Please save the date:
Friday, December 4, 2020
1:00 - 4:30 pm
Agenda and Zoom link to come.
To learn more about the REFORMA Northeast Chapter

Monday, November 2, 2020

ALA Presidential Candidates Announced Aldrich, Garcia, Pelayo-Lozada seek 2022–2023 term

Congratulations Ed Garcia, Library Director of the Cranston Public Library (RI) and a CORI Member!! Yay!!! 👍