Because difficult stories of war are carried with veterans for a lifetime, many have chosen to memorialize their experiences on their bodies—experiences that are forever etched onto the bearer’s skin, heart and soul.
Kathy Middleton Author Archive
One of the library buttons pinned on my office wallboard conveys a simple truth: “Attitudes are the real disability.” My original plan this month was to write about “Outreach to People with Disabilities.” Yet that subject was soon replaced by a topic that preempts and precedes the concept of disability outreach: attitudinal barriers to library […]
We’ve always known that food brings people together, but we didn’t know that Lunch at the Library would build such a strong bond with our community. And, it’s only been a few weeks since our library began this exciting new program.
The Village Post Office service packs the convenience of one-stop shopping and convenient hours with the added benefits of preserving the unique zip code of the town–which would be lost without a postal location–along with the obvious marketing advantage for the public library.
For years, Eva and other adults in the group who visited the library, flew under the radar, kept to themselves, and rarely explored beyond their comfort zones; some fell asleep from boredom. They simply did not feel welcome or included enough to explore on their own. It took a planned effort by library staff to reach members of the group, inviting them to participate and training them to use the library.
If you’re not a techie, don’t let the title to scare you. Although I didn’t attend the conference, I was intrigued by its title and tempted to unravel the mysteriousness it held for me. SXSWi is simply “South by Southwest Interactive,” an amazing convergence of tech professionals, venture capitalists, startups, entrepreneurs, gamers—and for the past few years, library, archives, and museum (LAM) professionals.
How do public libraries ensure that people facing life situations receive the amount of help and the level of personal assistance they need? Assisting patrons with online forms, job applications, along with being there to provide assistance for those with mobility or cognitive challenges—all requires extra staff time and patience, and usually in a busy library setting.