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Here is a smorgasbord of inclusive services items for you to read at your leisure:

The annual Wisconsin American Indian Studies Summer Institute will take place July 29 – August 2, 2019, in Black River Falls, WI. This is an active, highly participatory, week-long workshop designed to increase participants’ understanding of issues related to the history, culture, and tribal sovereignty of the eleven federally-recognized American Indian nations and tribal communities in Wisconsin.

June is GLBT Book Month:
Starting in 2015, the American Library Association will mark GLBT Book Month™, a nationwide celebration of the authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community. Plenty of graphics you can use on this site!

Celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride! with OverDrive and BiblioBoard. This links to LGBTQ+ titles in the collection.

Tough topic lists: The books on these lists are to help inspire conversations with children going through challenging situations like the death of a loved one, an unexpected move, natural disasters and more. They are available for grades K-2nd, 3rd-5th and 6th-8th. Resources for adults are also included.

Toward One Wisconsin: Plans are underway for the 2020 Toward One Wisconsin inclusivity conference. As soon as the date and location are identified, I will let you know so you can mark your calendar. Toward One Wisconsin is looking for individuals to serve on the conference planning committee.  If you are interested in serving on the committee, please let Sharon Hunter know and she can share more information with you about the committee expectations.

National Disability Voter Registration WeekEveryLibrary would like to invite your library to be a part of the National Disability Voter Registration Week this July 15 – 19, 2018. Last year, over 150 libraries in 46 states participated in the effort to reach and register to vote more Americans live who with a disability. We hope your library can become an official NDVRW site this year to help move this important civic and social effort forward. Register to take part in this program and join this important effort.

MAP (Movement and Advancement Project): last month MAP released Where We Call Home: LGBT People in Rural America, which examines the structural differences in rural life and their unique impact on LGBT people in rural areas. LGBT people in rural communities are both more vulnerable to discrimination and less able to respond to its harmful effects.  As part of the launch, they released two resources that I wanted to call to your attention given the critical role that libraries play in communities across the country, including in many rural areas:

  • recommendation document for community organizations, which shows how communities including can support LGBT youth in rural communities.
  • resource flier that is designed to be printed and posted in public places for rural LGBT community members and allies to access.  The community flier provides a space for individuals in communities such as libraries, community health buildings, and community centers to fill in local, LGBT-supportive resources, as well as online and telephone supports. The flier links to a resource page on MAP’s website.

Social media stories:
Enough With Donuts With Dads and Muffins With Moms: Making all events inclusive
Space-themed SRP-ers who also want to do Pride things: Space picture pride flags
Baltimore club for adults with disabilities fosters love, friendship & inclusion: Interesting idea to relate to library programming possibilities

– Submitted by Sherry Machones