February Librarian Newsletter: Libraries & Pandemic Preparedness  😷
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Libraries and Pandemic Preparedness
Addressing COVID-19 with facts and outreach

The coronavirus known as COVID-19 began spreading across the globe in December 2019, and has now been detected in 18 states across the US (at press time). Its rapid proliferation and the protracted timeline needed to develop a vaccine have led to public concern and questions, which librarians across the country are working to address.
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Fact Versus Fear
Libraries help assuage census anxieties

Government attempts to gather citizen data are often met with hostility—and this year’s census is no exception.

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Tips for Your 2020 Census Team
How the work pays off for your community

In 2010, Gail Borden Public Library District in Elgin, Illinois, led an effort to raise the local US Census self-reporting rate from 70% in 2000 to 79%. We had much to learn. But the more we found out about how the census count is closely tied to millions of dollars in federal funding for our community, the more we realized that this was one of the most important campaigns the library had ever taken on.: Continue Reading

Valley Mob

Valley Mob depicts the lives of a group of young people in the valley who become friends. They stay together through college until the group gets too big and rowdy for its own good.

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The Virus Of Beauty

Ugliness is power, and the Virus of Beauty is causing widespread panic. The witches only hope is persuading a teenage boy traumatized by magic to accept he's a wizard and release the spellbound cure.

"An engaging fantasy with creative worldbuilding and authentic conflicted teen characters" -Kirkus Reviews

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GHOST SQUAD 

Shortly before Halloween, Lucely and her best friend, Syd, cast a spell that accidentally awakens malicious spirits, wreaking havoc throughout St. Augustine. Together, they must join forces with Syd's witch grandmother, Babette, and her tubby tabby, Chunk, to fight the haunting head-on and reverse the curse to save the town and Lucely's firefly spirits before it's too late.
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