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Thursday, April 14, 2016
"We have come a long way, there’s much more to be done." Sylvia Galan-Garcia (R) and Lupie Leyva (L) talk about being Latina librarians and serving their communities in Los Angeles. Originally from East L.A., Sylvia was a Chicana activist. As a librarian, she emphasizes the importance of growing multilingual collections and catering to Spanish-speaking patrons in particular. We hear from Lupie first.Read more
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
"There are walls, but there are not boundaries." The Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) is a 20-week program that bolsters parental involvement and enables parents to become advocates for children and communities, through practical advocacy instruction and hands-on community projects. At the Louisiana Children's Museum in New Orleans, PLTI staff members and friends Deirdre Burel (L) and Saundra Reed (R) reflect on the unique value that the Museum offers as a host partner for the Institute, with a supportive environment full of creativity, play, and wonder.Read more
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
"If there was one defining thing in Nonie’s life, it was family...” Library patron and volunteer, Rachelle Huddleston-Lorton, tells husband, Glenn Lorton, about her grandmother Marjorie Mitchell, the matriarch of her family and her biggest influence. Nonie, as she was called, died in 2011 at the age of 84.Read more
Monday, April 11, 2016
"I'm only 5'9", felt like I was 6'2"! I had a whole lot of power!" In 2011, U.S. Army Veteran Thomas Cousar was homeless, unemployed, and living in a tent in the woods. Thomas sat down with librarian Kathy Galbreath to talk about what inspired him to turn his life around after a visit to the Perryville branch of the Cecil County Public Library in 2012. Using the computer skills he’d acquired through the library’s classes, Thomas found employment at the Perry Point VA Medical Center where he now serves as a Peer Support Specialist. As part of his work today, Thomas helps other veterans complete the same computer skills and technology training courses at the Library that helped him. When CCPL accepted the National Medal at the White House, Thomas attended as CCPL’s community representative.Read more
Monday, April 11, 2016
"I almost consider myself the 'dad' of the museum..." Colleagues Josh Poindexter and Amanda Fortner talk about how they have been able to connect with the kids at the children's museum Amazement Square in Lynchburg, VA. Amanda remembers one young patron's attachment to the museum's "barn,” an interactive exhibit space designed for the youngest visitors to learn about life on a farm, modeled after Margaret Wise Brown’s book The Big Red Barn. Amanda serves as the museum's Director of Operations, and Josh, who started as a volunteer, is now on staff as a museum Floor Manager, and is fondly known as "Mr. Josh."Read more
Monday, April 11, 2016
"The first time I came out this way, when I was 13, I just knew this was going to be my place ... this was such an incredibly different world." Robert Breunig, former Director of the Museum of Northern Arizona , talks with his daughter, Lydia, about their time together at the museum and the surrounding land and cultures, and how these things have affected their lives. Robert served as the Museum's Director from 2003 to 2015.Read more
Monday, April 11, 2016
"In due time, you see a paradise of minerals..." Gilbert Griego tells his son, David, about the Harding Pegmatite Mine near the village of Dixon in New Mexico's Embudo Valley. Gilbert’s uncle and father worked in the mine in the 1940’s and 50’s until it closed for good in 1958, at which point Gilbert’s father became caretaker of mine until his death in 1984. Gilbert is currently the mine’s caretaker - a job that includes leading tours of the mine. The extended Griego family utilizes a number of the library's services and supports its programming.Read more
Thursday, March 31, 2016
When Chicago Children’s Museum decided to become the first museum in the state of Illinois to join Museums for All, we didn’t have the perfect cost-benefit data, or a slew of marketing slogans, or answers to all the FAQ’s. What we did have was a commitment to engage SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) participants and our neighbors from low-income communities throughout each stage of program planning and implementation.Read more
Thursday, March 31, 2016
For many Charlotte residents, a trip to Discovery Place has long been a family tradition and an occasion for shared learning and inspiration. But for many years, we have recognized that there are many families in our community who do not have the opportunity to visit our museums to engage and learn together.Read more
Thursday, March 31, 2016
“Really? We can come whenever the Museum is open? I can’t believe it!” A little over a year ago, these remarkable words were not commonplace at the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus . They are just one example of the responses we received from guests—many of them experiencing the museum for the first time—as we stepped into uncharted territory with the launch of our SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Access Initiative.Read more

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