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Digital Inclusion, Policy Change, and Volunteers

Digital Inclusion, Policy Change, and Volunteers WebinarJoin us for a webinar about the challenges and opportunities of using volunteers in digital inclusion programs, and developing digitally inclusive policies. Special guest Vikram Ravi will talk about the International Rescue Committee’s partnership with the Salt Lake City Public Library to provide tech mentorship and refurbished devices to refugees in the community.

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Presenter: Vikram Ravi & Shauna Edson

Hosted by: Utah State Library

Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2018

Categories: 2018 Webinars | Digital Inclusion Webinars

Digital Inclusion Resources

Digital Inclusion Resources WebinarJoin us for a webinar about resources for affordable broadband, device, and technology education resources for libraries and patrons. A special guest will share their library’s experience with lending devices.

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Presenter: Emma Hernandez, Liesl Seborg, & Shauna Edson

Hosted by: Utah State Library

Date: Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Categories: 2018 Webinars | Digital Inclusion Webinars

Digital Inclusion 101

Digital Inclusion 101 WebinarJoin us for an introduction to Digital Inclusion. Learn about what Digital Inclusion is and why it matters to libraries. Special guests Nicole Umayam, Technology Outreach Specialist with Arizona State Library, and Susan Reaves, Digital Literacy Educator with Nashville Public Library, will talk about the digital inclusion work happening in their libraries.

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Presenter: Nicole Umayam and Susan Reaves

Hosted by: Utah State Library

Date: May 7, 2018

Categories: 2018 Webinars | Digital Inclusion Webinars

Engaging Youth: Establishing Positive Relationships to Build Mutual Understanding

Engaging Youth WebinarIn this session we’ll be discussing the developmental relationship framework and different strategies that can be implemented to build strong relationships with youth in small doses.  Participants will leave with tools that can be utilized to establish expectations and boundaries while empowering and encouraging youth through positive interactions.

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Presenter: Ben Trentelman, Utah Afterschool Network

Hosted by: Utah State Library

Date: April 30, 2018

Categories: 2018 Webinars | Youth Services Webinars

Beneath a Scarlet Sky

By: Mark Sullivan
Published:  ©2017
Pages: 509
Total Copies: 15
Genre:  Fiction | Historical Fiction | War, WWII | Regional, Europe

Description: Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He’s a normal Italian teenager—obsessed with music, food, and girls—but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, Pino’s parents force him to enlist as a German soldier—a move they think will keep him out of combat. But after Pino is injured, he is recruited at the tender age of eighteen to become the personal driver for Adolf Hitler’s left hand in Italy, General Hans Leyers, one of the Third Reich’s most mysterious and powerful commanders. Now, with the opportunity to spy for the Allies inside the German High Command, Pino endures the horrors of the war and the Nazi occupation by fighting in secret, his courage bolstered by his love for Anna and for the life he dreams they will one day share.

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Watership Down

By: Richard Adams
Published: ©1972
Pages: 474
Total Copies: 11
Genre:  Fiction | Young Adult | Science Fiction & Fantasy

Description: Set in England’s Downs, a once idyllic rural landscape, this stirring tale of adventure, courage and survival follows a band of very special creatures on their flight from the intrusion of man and the certain destruction of their home. Led by a stouthearted pair of friends, they journey forth from their native Sandleford Warren through the harrowing trials posed by predators and adversaries, to a mysterious promised land and a more perfect society.


The Other Typist

By: Suzanne Rindell
Published: ©2013
Pages: 356 (Includes Reader’s Guide Questions)
Total Copies: 11
Genre:  Fiction | Historical Fiction | Mysteries & Thrillers

Description: Confessions are Rose Baker’s job. A typist for the New York City Police Department, she sits in judgment like a high priestess. Criminals come before her to admit their transgressions, and, with a few strokes of the keys before her, she seals their fate. But while she may hear about shootings, knifings, and crimes of passion, as soon as she leaves the room, she reverts to a dignified and proper lady. Until Odalie joins the typing pool. As Rose quickly falls under the stylish, coquettish Odalie’s spell, she is lured into a sparkling underworld of speakeasies and jazz. And what starts as simple fascination turns into an obsession from which she may never recover.

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The Death of Bees

By: Lisa O’Donnell
Published: ©2013
Pages: 310 (Includes Reading Group Guide)
Total Copies: 9
Genre: Fiction | Young Adult | Regional, Europe

Description: Today I buried my parents in the backyard. Neither of them were beloved. Marnie and her little sister Nelly are on their own now. Only they know what happened to their parents, Izzy and Gene, and they aren’t telling. While life in Glasgow’s Hazlehurst housing estate isn’t grand, they do have each other. As the new year comes and goes, Lennie, the old man next door, realizes that his young neighbors are alone and need his help. Lennie takes them in, and something like a family forms. But soon, the sisters’ friends, their teachers, and the authorities start asking tougher questions. As one lie leads to another, dark secrets about the girls’ family surface, creating complications that threaten to tear them apart. Written with fierce sympathy and beautiful precision, told in alternating voices, The Death of Bees is an enchanting, grimly comic tale of three lost souls who, unable to answer for themselves, can answer only for each other.

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The Pearl That Broke Its Shell

By: Nadia Hashimi
Published: ©2014
Pages: 450 (Includes Questions for Discussion)
Total Copies: 11
Genre: Fiction | Historical FictionCultural, Muslim | Regional, Middle East

Description: Kabul, 2007: The Taliban rules the streets. With a drug-addicted father and no brothers, Rahima and her sisters can rarely leave the house or attend school. Their only hope lies in the ancient Afghan custom of bacha posh, which allows young Rahima to dress and be treated as a son until she is of marriageable age. As a boy, she has the kind of freedom that was previously unimaginable … freedom that will transform her forever. But Rahima is not the first in her family to adopt this unusual custom. A century earlier, her great-great-grandmother Shekiba, left orphaned by an epidemic, saved herself and built a new life in the same way — the changes took her on a journey from the deprivation of life in a rural village to the opulence of a king’s palace in the bustling metropolis of Kabul. Crisscrossing in time, The Pearl That Broke Its Shell interweaves the stories of these two remarkable women who are separated by a century but share the same courage and dreams.

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Helping the Homeless: How Libraries Offer Hope

Helping the Homeless WebinarLibraries across Utah attract homeless patrons for a variety of reasons.  Join Ethan Sellers (Volunteers of America) to learn about the role of the library in aiding the homeless population.  Find out about demographics, factors and causes, and agencies that can offer assistance.  Learn best practices for interacting with the homeless and the library’s role as a tool in reducing poverty.

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Presenter: Ethan Sellers

Hosted by: ULA’s RASART Round Table

Date: April 12, 2018

Categories: 2018 Webinars | Programming for Patrons Webinars