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Foul-weather Friends: Partnership with the National Weather Service

Since 2022, The North Platte Public Library (NPPL) has partnered with the local office of the National Weather Service for career presentations about weather and meteorology (elementary-high school) and inclusion focused STEM events. When a meteorologist reached out regarding the library joining the Weather-Ready Nation (WRN) Ambassadors Program in the Fall of 2023, it seemed a natural fit. WRN Ambassadors help disseminate information from the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) with steps individuals and organizations can take to be prepared for extreme weather events. Organizations participating in the program receive quarterly information regarding extreme weather preparedness via e-mail to share (via social media or in-house displays.) Our library is already accustomed to serving as an information hub for the West Central District Health Department, disseminating information regarding COVID-19 and serving as a distribution point for at-home test kits. Since our local meteorologists come to present free, weather-related programs for…

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Advocacy Efforts through Intellectual Freedom

Although “Banned Books Week” is over for this year and most of us have stowed away the caution tape displays, I am inspired to think more about intellectual freedom as an effective advocacy tool during the entire year. What if I just want to talk to others about why kids need to see themselves in the books they read? What if I just want to talk about access and equity? What if I just want to talk about what might happen if we hide all the “uncomfortable” books away? Many of us have updated our collection development policies, printed out the ALA’s Library Bill of Rights, purchased additional copies of challenged books and stand at the ready to defend our collections. But, are we really ready to have the hard conversations?   In my everyday life, few things spark a conversation more than a spunky youth services librarian wearing a “It’s…