At CMLE, we love books and we love to celebrate. When the two go together, it’s fantastic. That’s why we’re definitely excited to take part in the African American Read-In!
On Tuesday, February 20th, from 11am – 1pm (but we’ll be here all day with books and refreshments so feel free to drop in as your schedule permits) at our HQ location, we will be hosting an African American Read-In event!
What is the African American Read-In? Great question!
“During the month of February, schools, churches, libraries, bookstores, community and professional organizations, and interested citizens are urged to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month by hosting an African American Read-In.”
We were so inspired by this page of resources from the ReadWriteThink website that we decided to host our own event. The NCTE website gives an overview of what to expect at a Read-In event:
“The format of these events varies widely, but all events have a few things in common:
- Texts written by African American authors are shared.
- Participants either listen to or provide the readings.
- A count is taken of who attends, and that count is documented in the “report card” as a measure of the global reach of this program each year.”
Our event will have library books by African American authors available to browse and read, as well as several booklists with recommended reading titles available for you to take or review. Light refreshments will be provided, and Office Dog Lady Grey will provide her soothing presence.
Join us to discuss and share books written by African Americans! If you would like to come prepared with your own books to share, this page has six booklists to get you started.
The goal behind our Postcard Parties is to share the value of libraries with legislators and other library stakeholders who may not hear enough about the incredible work that takes place in libraries. It’s up to us to let them know how important libraries are!
We are looking forward to our advocacy Postcard Party coming up on Tuesday, December 19th from 3-5pm at the Local Blend coffee shop in St. Joseph! We’ll chat, have snacks, and write out postcards to library stakeholders!
We want to make this as pain-free for you as possible, so CMLE will supply the postcards, library facts, addresses for state and federal legislators (feel free to bring your own addresses for your library’s stakeholders), and sample text of what to write on your postcard. Plus, we’ll mail all the postcards at the end!
Hope to see you there! RSVP below:
Thank you to everyone that voted for a date/location for our next Postcard Party! We are excited to announce that it will take place on Tuesday, December 19th from 3-5pm at the Local Blend coffee shop in St. Joseph! They have great food and beverages, so if you want to grab a snack while you write out your advocacy postcards, you can multitask!
The goal behind our Postcard Parties is to share the value of libraries with legislators and other library stakeholders who may not hear enough about the incredible work that takes place in libraries.
At this advocacy event CMLE will provide the postcards, facts about the value of all types of libraries to their communities, addresses for state and federal legislators (feel free to bring your own addresses for your library’s stakeholders), and sample text of what to write on your postcard. We will even mail your postcards after the event so no need to worry about postage.
Please RSVP if you plan to attend! We hope to see you there!
We know it’s getting to be that tough time of year when days get shorter, temps get chilly, and you are so busy you don’t know how you will do it all! Come relieve some stress with CMLE! We will be enjoying dinner and each other’s company next Monday, Oct. 23rd at Old Chicago in St. Cloud at 5:30pm.
Join us for library conversation and a chance to meet your colleagues from different types of libraries! We have had so much fun at our past social events and we can’t wait to see you there!
One of our main goals at CMLE is to connect our members who come from all different types of libraries. And one of our favorite ways to do this is through hosting social events! It’s a chance for us to chat with you about current happenings at your library, and an opportunity for you to connect with other library folks.
So we are very excited for our next social event, coming up on Monday, October 23rd at 5:30pm at Old Chicago in St. Cloud!
Join us for a delicious dinner and casual library talk, find out what is happening in other libraries that may be different from yours, and share any success stories or challenges of your own!
RSVP below (and thank you to all of you that have already done so, we can’t wait to see you! 🙂 )