Near West Youth Services Group (NWYS) - Libraries & Social Justice

Monday, May 8, 2017 -
9:30am to 1:00pm
Hodgkins Public Library District

What is your library's role in promoting social justice? What can we do to support under-served communities? What is the librarian's place as an activist or advocate? What are the rewards, what are the risks and what do we do if we get push-back? We will be joined by Stephen Jackson, Community Resources Specialist, and Jose Cruz, Children's Services Librarian, both from Oak Park Public Library and Pilar Shaker, Director at Forest Park Public Library to hear all sides of the story, get some great ideas and get energized. Book Bytes is back! Bring a favorite "We Need Diverse Books" title to share during lunch. Event Coordinator: Regina Townsend Email: Phone: 708-689-6119

Agenda 9:30—10:15: NWYS Business Meeting 10:15—10:30: Break 10:30—12:00: Social Justice—Stephen Jackson, OPPL Community Resource Specialist; Jose Cruz, OPPL Children's Services Librarian: and Pilar Shaker, FPPL Director. 12:00—1:00: "Diverse Books" talk with Kerry Devitt from Arlington Heights Memorial Library Lunch from Corner Bakery (see choices above) Location: Hodgkins Public Library – 6500 Wenz Ave, Hodgkins, IL Cost: Free for NWYS Members and $10 for non-members Lunch: $12, please make checks payable to NWYS.

Cost: Free for NWYS Members and $10 for non-members and collected at the time of the event. RSVP to : Carrie Cameron, by May 1st Lunch: $12, please make checks payable to NWYS. Box Lunch choices are: Tomato Mozzarella, Ham & Swiss, Turkey Avocado, Chicken Salad or Roast Beef & Cheddar (specify selection in RSVP)