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Jazz & Friends brings schools and community together to celebrate all types of kids, families

On February 27, the Library participated in our first Jazz & Friends event, which is in its fifth year nationally as a day of school and community readings. Co-sponsored nationally by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC)'s Welcoming Schools program and the National Education Association (NEA), our local event was co-sponsored by the Library and the Camas Education Association (CEA). According to the HRC's website, Jazz & Friends seeks to join "parents, educators, elected officials and allies in solidarity with transgender and gender-expansive students by hosting school and community readings of I Am Jazz, a children’s book by transgender teen trailblazer Jazz Jennings, as well as additional titles."

The Camas Library saw this as an excellent opportunity to partner with local education to reach out to the families in our community with transgender or gender-expansive children, and the allies who support them. Based on public demand, our 2019-2021 strategic plan includes action items to "identify to the public events that foster diversity or inclusiveness."  Participating in this event allowed us to achieve this important benchmark while also impacting the lives of our patrons.

The afterschool event featured a storytime with the theme of picture books celebrating honest self-expression despite gender constraints, free book giveaways, and crafts in which participants could decorate crowns or mermaid tails.  Twenty-one people attended.

A patron thanked the event organizers, Vanessa Perger and Kaysie Taylor, and indicated that there is support in our community for more programs like this. 

Photos from all of our January events
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camaspubliclibraryNext in our Meet Your Library Staff series is Leah! Leah is one of our newest Librarians. She came to us with a background in academic libraries but always knew that public libraries was where she belonged. As a kid growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Leah dreamed of being an author/illustrator. One of the books she wrote even got her the chance to attend the Young Author's Conference in the 2nd grade!⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ When Leah is not at the library, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling the world (ask her about her most recent trip to London!), listening to podcasts (mostly of the murder variety), and knitting.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Here are some bookish things about Leah:⁣⁣ *All-time favorite book is Little Women⁣⁣ *Even though she claims to be in Hufflepuff, her favorite Harry Potter character is Severus Snape⁣⁣ *She listens to audiobooks at 1.75x the speed⁣⁣ *Favorite book-to-movie adaptation is Joy Luck Club⁣ ⁣ #meetyourlibrarystaff #camaspubliclibrary #librariansofinstagram
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Welcome to the Library Felisha Lozano, who started on February 10th as a Library Aide in our Content Delivery division. She comes to us from a retail background, with the experience of making displays look just right. In her spare time, she enjoys going thrifting, playing records, and watching Three's other words, immersing herself in anything from the golden era of the 1970s!

We are switching things up in 2020 and moving our annual volunteer appreciation event to the summer, hoping to catch (and honor!) our extremely busy summer volunteers. While the Voluntea has been an incredible success in the past, we're using the move as an opportunity to try out a new format as well. Stay tuned for details, but be sure to save the date as you won't want to miss this one! Below are a few photos of our staff brainstorming ways to celebrate our volunteers. 

Community Engagement

Could a Jigsaw Tournament Be Your Next Fundraiser?, Kaysie Taylor

Librarian as a Verb: Activate Your Rural Community, Leah Burch, Kaysie Taylor

Libraries Transforming Communities: Facilitation Skills for Small & Rural Libraries: Module 2, Connie Urquhart

◘ Preparing Your Library for the 2020 Census, Elliot Stapleton

◘ Reading Picture Books with Children: How to Shake Up Storytime and Get Kids Talking About What They See by Megan Dowd Lambert, Vanessa Perger

Content Delivery

◘ Chilton (Niche Academy), Elliot Stapleton

◘ Novelist Plus (Niche Academy), Elliot Stapleton

◘ Tech Trends to Watch in 2020, Danielle Reynolds


Office Yoga, Danielle Reynolds

Professional Growth

◘ Municode Meetings: Agenda Manager Training--Advanced and Minutes, Christopher Knipes

What We're Reading

From our Current or Just Read piles.

Upcoming Events

Game Night for Adults is always a good time! Saturday, March 21 from 6:30-9:30pm. For all of our other March events:

Camas Public Library

616 NE 4th Ave, Camas
WA 98607 United States

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