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The Business Plan

The first step in starting a small business is a business plan. Use Gale Business: Entrepreneurship for full access to the Business Plans Handbook. There you will find general templates as well as examples of plans for hundreds of specific businesses. As you create your business plan, other resources listed below may be helpful. The other sections below will help you build your business plan with library resources.

Industry Research

ABI-INFORM will allow you to research key elements of an industry and find overviews, opportunities and trends to help determine your business strategies. Mergent Intellect and Mergent Online are databases with access to private and public U.S and international business data, facts and figures, and industry profiles. Business Collection is a place to find articles on management, finance and industry information.

Marketing

Use SimplyAnalytics to find out more about your consumers and your competition and create reports and maps to compare data and hone in on target areas. Linkedin Learning (formerly Lynda.com) can help you with courses on marketing and other business skills. ReferenceUSA is a resource for creating mailing lists and learning about businesses that already exist in a particular area. 

Facilities and Location

SimplyAnalytics can help you research locations for your business by showing you maps and reports with demographics of your customers and where your competition is.

Administration and Management

Use Business Source Premier and Business Collection to find articles about starting and managing a small business including management, finance and industry information. To learn skills to better manage your business, try Linkedin Learning and explore learning courses on topics like business, software, technology, and more. 

Personnel

Linkedin Learning  has courses to learn about Human Resources (HR) and other aspects of hiring and managing people. 

Financial Planning

Find video courses to learn about finance and accounting for your small business using Linkedin Learning. Research articles about finance in the Business Collection.


You may also find these local community services helpful:
Business Xpress Start up Toolkit and Starting a Business in Oregon - Basic steps and requirements from the State of Oregon.
Portland Small Business Administration - “provides counseling, capital, and contracting expertise to entrepreneurs and small business developers”.
Portland SCORE (Service Core of Retired Executives) - Get connected with an experienced mentor at no cost. SCORE also has free workshops and other resources. 

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‘Tis the season of flowers, showers and sun breaks. Spring has sprung.

Yet, Nicole Newsom, a program coordinator in Youth Services Outreach, is already thinking about summer. Her mind, though, is less on cloudless blue skies and warm weather, and more on books — as in how Multnomah County Library’s book distribution program for youth will unfold.

Library staff handing out books to mom and child

“Are the parks going to look like pre-COVID times or are they going to look like last summer?’’ Nicole wonders. “We kind of have to be prepared for both of those options.’’ 

The COVID-19 pandemic dictates as much, as it’s arrival in 2020 largely upended gatherings in parks and other lunch sites— places where the library distributes book bags in the summer to families, and readers and readers-to-be, from newborn to age 18.

“Normally, we would take Summer Reading game boards and books and prizes to those sites and meet kids where they were,’’ Nicole says. 

Library interactions in that way changed dramatically as the state limited large gatherings and introduced physical distancing measures to stop the spread of COVID-19. 

And though logistically problematic, the situation was not viewed as a long-term inconvenience by Jennifer Studebaker, youth services manager for Multnomah County Library.

“We tried to approach this work from the yes-place,’’ she says. “We worked to find ways to get high-quality and culturally reflective materials into the hands of both partner organizations and youth and families directly.’’

For Nicole, it became the right project at the right time. In her regular work, Nicole routinely manages logistics, from working with volunteers to apply identification stickers on books, to organizing books in bags or boxes. So last summer, Nicole helped Youth Outreach Services redirect the book distribution program to meet the pandemic challenge.

“I was sort of in that position to take on whatever came up next,’’ she says. 

Nicole started her library career in 1991 as a clerk and has been in Youth Services Outreach since 2008. Over the past 10 months, she’s worked with more than 30 library colleagues, all pursuing a common goal and purpose.

Studebaker commends the group’s efforts and work — a combination of pain-staking attention to detail and heavy lifting. “Each item has to be selected, ordered, received, and processed,’’ she says.

“In normal times, the library has a large team of volunteers to help process these materials. During the pandemic, access services library staff have stepped up to the challenge and worked through a mountain of materials to ensure youth in our community have relevant books to take home with them.’’

Since last summer through February 2021, the program has delivered about 44,000 books in Multnomah County Library-branded bags to youth across the county through various summer lunch sites and housing communities. She says roughly 3,000-8,000 books have been distributed monthly since last summer.

The book distribution program accesses youth in housing communities through a Multnomah County Library partnership with Home Forward, a public corporation housing authority that serves Multnomah County, Portland, Gresham, and other communities in the county. Books are provided by publishers through Book Rich Environments, a program of the National Book Foundation.

The Library Foundation funds cultural and language books for non-English speaking communities, including African languages, and African-American Black cultural books. The funding allows the library to provide high-quality, culturally- and linguistically-appropriate books for targeted communities.

“We can give kids books that they can see themselves in,’’ Nicole says. “Without those additional funds, we would not be able to provide books in Arabic, Tigrinya, Oromo, Burmese, and many other languages.’’

book distribution van

Support from The Library Foundation also provides “the newest and best books by and about BIPOC people,’’ she says, referring to Black, Indigenous, and people of color communities.

In most instances, books delivered to housing communities will be distributed to children and families by a resident coordinator. But on occasion, the team makes deliveries directly to the youth from a Multnomah County Library van.

“We’re standing outside in the hot summer sun, and they sit down on the curb, and they immediately take out the books and start reading one,’’ Nicole says of an outing last summer. 

“I had a couple of kids tell me, ‘I haven’t had new books to read in four months, and I’m so excited to have some new books to read.’ ’’

For Nicole, this is an example of the work at its most rewarding. 

“We’ve seen appreciation and gratitude from people,’’ she says. “It’s been really fabulous.’’

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Written by Wade Nkrumah

Many workplaces are managing this back-and-forth cycle of ups and downs during the year-long (and counting) COVID-19 pandemic.

Martha Lillie knows this all too well as a library assistant for Multnomah County Library’s Child Care Book Delivery Service, a service that brings age-appropriate, high-quality children’s books to child care centers, in-home child care providers and other organizations that work with children daily. 

Hits and misses. Fits and starts. Retreats and rallies.

Child and adult reading book

Through disruption and interruption of opening and closures due to COVID-19 safety precautions, the library’s Child Care Book Delivery Service pushed forward with an expanded, equity-centered focus while simultaneously broadening its overall reach to youth throughout the county.

During the first library closure last March, Martha brought home several crates of books to continue her work: “The first thing I started doing in those beginning months of the pandemic was a diversity audit of our collection,’’ Martha says.

In the months prior to the pandemic, staff had been evaluating the delivery service, with the aim of more directly addressing the library’s service commitment to historically marginalized communities. These include Black, Indigenous, and other people of color, as well as immigrant communities, and those who have lower incomes.

Martha says the diversity audit underscored the importance of including emergency child care providers, those state-approved providers offering childcare during COVID-19 under revised safety guidelines, as part of outreach to historically marginalized communities.

“It’s a complicated process trying to determine which of our sites are previous book delivery sites doing emergency childcare so that we continue to serve them,’’ she says.

“Which sites do we need to pick up the materials they had so we can quarantine them in order to share them with another child care site? In addition, which new emergency child care sites are interested and have the capacity to start something new like this?’’

Annie Lewis, Early Childhood Services Manager for three-plus years through January 2021, saw firsthand the evolution of the book delivery service reset during COVID-19.

"Martha worked closely with the book delivery staff team to analyze every detail to ensure the team could resume book delivery services,’’ Lewis says.

“From safety measures, to new delivery routes, to communicating with child care providers, the team worked hard to provide this critical service to children in care settings to ensure they had access to high-quality children's materials." 

Since resuming services in October 2020, through March 2021, the team has delivered 75,550 books to 206 emergency child care provider sites. The previous fiscal year, the team delivered nearly 40,000 books to 1,132 classrooms and childcare providers

“So far, I think we’ve probably added around 50 new sites,’’ she says, “in addition to the sites that we were serving that were also working as emergency child care providers.”

Given the many pandemic challenges facing library programs and staff, successfully delivering such high volumes of books is a victory of sorts.

“Our big thing has been just getting books into the hands of kids, particularly those who don’t have access and need the books,’’ Martha says. “That’s our passion: kids and books.”

This has been Martha’s mantra since joining the Child Care Book Delivery Service for what is now called the library’s Every Child Initiative in 1999. She began her Multnomah County Library career in 1988, as a page at Central Library, and in 1994 earned library media specialist certification.

In the past year, she says, she’s become more comfortable with Google Maps and other Google forms. And did so, along with many coworkers, while adjusting to teleworking at some point.

“I had to learn a lot of new skills,’’Martha says. “I used Google Maps to lay out all of the Emergency Child Care sites. And then we kind of had to figure out how we were going to make our way through the county with that process’’ to deliver books.

Martha says the restart of the Child Care Book Delivery Service in the COVID-19 era has been accomplished in great part through the efforts of Annie Lewis, and other library staff including, Eric Barker, Tony Hix, Gordon Long, Brendan McGovern, and Lauren Reese. She says Rachel Altmann assists from home with coordination and communication.

Their commitment inspires Stephanie Orellana, who oversees the program as Youth Services Outreach supervisor.

“They have shown up every day ready to get books into the hands of kids,’’ Orellana says. “It has been amazing to witness their dedication. They are all incredibly collaborative and great champions for equity.”

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Written by Wade Nkrumah

Cada primavera, los estudiantes de 3.º a 12.º toman un examen estatal de matemáticas y artes de lenguaje en inglés para medir su aprendizaje y para guiar la enseñanza y ayuda de los maestros.

Si los estudiantes no pasan los exámenes en la primaria y secundaria, no impacta la decisión de promoverlos al siguiente grado; sin embargo, el pasar los exámenes estandarizados de Smarter Balanced es un requisito para graduarse de la escuela preparatoria y para seguir sus estudios universitarios.

Es muy probable que este año las escuelas no ofrezcan los exámenes Smarter Balanced debido al cierre de escuelas y aprendizaje a distancia. Sin embargo, sus estudiantes los pueden practicar en casa y asegurarse que están alcanzando los objetivos del año que cursan.

Otra razón por la que practicar y tomar los exámenes estandarizados es importante, es porque ayudan a preparar a los estudiantes para tomar los exámenes de admisión para la universidad como el SAT y el ACT.

Practiquen los exámenes en línea desde el kínder hasta la preparatoria. Estos son los pasos para practicar los exámenes estandarizados en línea:

  1. Entren a la página de práctica; haga clic aquí
  2. Hagan clic en el recuadro verde de abajo donde dice "Sign in" y siga las instrucciones.
  3. Seleccione el grado en que está el estudiante (kínder al 12). ¡Tendrá 99 oportunidades de práctica!
  4. Hagan clic en "Select", si no hacen cambios.
  5. Que su estudiante grabe su nombre con su voz y cheque que funcione el video. Esto es necesario para poder pasar a la siguiente página.
  6. Hagan clic en "Begin test now"
  7. Cuando complete la pregunta o cumpla el comando, haga clic en la flecha "Next" que aparece en la parte superior izquierda para continuar en la siguiente página.
  8. Completen el examen.
  9. ¡Diviértanse aprendiendo!

 

Si sus estudiantes tienen dudas o no pueden contestar las preguntas de los exámenes del grado que cursan, busquen ayuda de un tutor a través de los servicios de la biblioteca

Ayuda con tareas en vivo

Tutoria virtual 

LearningExpress Library

Otros recursos:

Lo que debe saber sobre los exámenes de práctica: Secundaria y preparatoria

Kínder a tercero

¿Qué es el Smarter Balanced y para qué sirve?

Guía para padres sobre la evaluación en Oregón

Es importante que los niños practiquen los exámenes, consideren NO firmar la forma de exclusión 

Muestra de la boleta de calificaciones. Ayudemos a nuestros estudiantes a que obtengan 3 y 4 de calificación


 

Escrito por Delia P.

Since 2015, Multnomah County Library has been soliciting submissions of self-published e-books from the community through the Library Writers Project; since then, the library has added over 100 titles to its collection. Unlike physical books, which an author could donate to the library, e-books have to be available in OverDrive, the library’s primary e-book vendor, to be eligible for the collection. The Library Writers Project offers a path for local authors to get their e-books in the library collection.

Library Writers Project 2021

To submit a title for consideration, an author publishes their work on one of the self-publishing platforms that contracts its content with OverDrive; then, they complete the library’s submission form. Each submission is reviewed by two library staff members and rated based on artistic merit, technical readability, and the likelihood of recommending it to patrons. The titles that receive the highest ratings are added to the library’s e-book collection in OverDrive and Libby.

In 2018, the library signed an agreement with Ooligan Press (based out of Portland State University) where Ooligan would publish in print one of the e-books and market and promote it like any of their other titles, and the library would also then carry the print copies. To date, Ooligan has published three Library Writers Project titles: The Gifts We Keep by Katie Grindeland, Iditarod Nights by Cindy Hiday (an Indies Award finalist!), and Finding the Vein by Jennifer Hanlon Wilde (pub. April 20, 2021); previously published as A Heritage of Death).

Authors are invited to submit their titles for the current submission period. The library has broadened the submission categories and is now accepting short stories, essays, novels, memoirs, and, for the first time, any genre in Spanish.

Read more details and submission requirements. The current submission period is open through May 14, 2021. 

Information written and gathered by Kady Ferris, Electronic Content Librarian

Más escuelas en el Condado de Multnomah están abriendo siguiendo la planificación del estado de Oregon

Hemos recopilado lo siguiente:

  • Enlaces sobre información acerca del aprendizaje según los diferentes distritos escolares
  • Consejos para familias - Ayudar a sus hijos a prepararse para el aprendizaje en casa y en la escuela
  • Una actividad para iniciar la conversación con sus hijos sobre el regreso a la escuela

 

Información del aprendizaje en casa y en la escuela de los diferentes distritos escolares

Los Centros de salud para estudiantes

Para ver la información de esa página en español u otro idioma en la computadora o un dispositivo móvil, por favor haga clic en la esquina superior derecha donde dice “Select language” y busque su idioma preferido.

Los Centros de salud para estudiantes están abiertos en las escuelas secundarias de Centennial, David Douglas, Parkrose, Reynolds y Roosevelt. Cualquier joven en los grados K-12 que vaya a la escuela en el condado de Multnomah o viva en el condado puede venir a las clínicas. No es necesario que asistas a la escuela donde se encuentra el centro.

Ubicaciones y horarios

Los superintendentes de los distritos escolares de Gresham-Barlow, Centennial y Reynolds hablan de qué esperar de la reapertura de sus escuelas

B2S E Spanish

Centennial School District

Para ver la información de esa página en español u otro idioma en la computadora, por favor haga clic en la esquina superior derecha donde dice “Translate” y busque su idioma preferido.

La actualización del superintendente (10 de marzo) - La información se presenta en inglés. Incluye el horario para los estudiantes del kinder al 6° grado. 

“Los planes de los grados 7 a 12 se compartirán en las próximas semanas. Afortunadamente, el verano pasado los administradores del Distrito Escolar de Centennial y el personal de las escuelas redactaron planes operacionales para el distrito y cada una de nuestras escuelas, basados en el Departamento de Educación de Oregón (ODE) - copias de los planes de cada escuela se pueden encontrar en: https://or50000628.schoolwires.net/domain/107” 

 

Corbett School District

Para ver la información de esa página en español en la computadora o un dispositivo móvil, haga clic en la esquina superior izquierda donde dice español.

Distrito escolar Corbett: Resumen del modelo de reapertura Febrero de 2021

Corbett boletín electrónico: Abril

 

David Douglas School District 

Para ver la información de esa página en español u otro idioma en la computadora, por favor haga clic en la esquina superior derecha debajo de donde dice “Translation by Google” y busque su idioma preferido. Si está en un dispositivo móvil, busque “Translation by Google” cerca del centro superior de la página.

Video - Protocolos de seguridad en persona

Horario de regreso a la escuela (17 de marzo)

 

Gresham-Barlow School District

Actualización GBSD: El Distrito Escolar de Gresham-Barlow reanudará la instrucción en persona a través de un modelo híbrido

Mensaje a la comunidad de GBSD (5 de marzo) - Incluye la línea de tiempo de implementación para el modelo de aprendizaje híbrido

 

Parkrose School District

Para ver la información de esa página en español u otro idioma en la computadora o un dispositivo móvil, descargue la página y haga clic en la esquina izquierda inferior donde dice “Select language.” Busque su idioma preferido.

Sobre la instrucción híbrida de Parkrose (16 de Marzo)

 

Portland Public Schools

Para ver la información de esa página en español u otro idioma en la computadora o un dispositivo móvil, descargue la página y haga clic en el centro inferior donde dice “Select language.” Busque su idioma preferido.

¡La instrucción híbrida (en casa y la escuela) comienza esta semana! Información y actualizaciones importantes (29 de marzo)

Aprendizaje híbrido (en casa y en la escuela) de PPS K-5: Preguntas y respuestas más frecuentes (15 de marzo)

El primer día para que los estudiantes comiencen el aprendizaje híbrido (en casa y en la escuela):

  • Desde Pre-Kínder a 1º grado.: El jueves, 1º. de abril.
  • Desde 2º. a 5º grado.: El lunes 5 de abril.
  • Secundaria y preparatoria: La semana del 19 de abril.

(Nota: las fechas están pendientes según la aprobación por los miembros de la Asociación de Maestros de Portland y la Junta de Educación de PPS)

Servicios telefónicos multilingües | Español:  503-916-3582

 

Reynolds School District

Para ver la información de esa página en español u otro idioma en la computadora, haga clic en la esquina superior derecha donde dice “Select language” y busque su idioma preferido. Si está usando un dispositivo móvil, toque las tres líneas en la esquina superior izquierda al lado de donde dice “Reynolds.” En el menú que abre, toque donde dice “Select language” y busque su idioma preferido.

Actualización de la línea de tiempo para el modelo de aprendizaje híbrido (en casa y en la escuela) (16 de Marzo)

Viajando el el autobús

Línea de asistencia de servicios lingüísticos: (503) 492-7268

 

Riverdale School District

La información de este sitio se presenta en inglés.

 

Consejos para familias - Ayudando a sus hijos a prepararse para el aprendizaje híbrido

Estos consejos fueron traducidos de las páginas de Anne Arundel County Public Schools: Helping Your Child Prepare for Hybrid y Reach Out Oregon: Ready or Not: We Can Do This! Tips for Navigating Our Kids’ Return to School

  • Cuídense ustedes mismos
    • Es más fácil ayudar a nuestras familias si nos estamos cuidando nosotros mismos.
  • Restablezcan rutinas predecibles a la hora de acostarse, de levantarse y de comer
    • Asegúrense de que sus hijos tengan tiempo y descanso suficiente para prepararse para la escuela.
    • Tengan en cuenta que la hora de inicio de la escuela cambiará cuando comience el aprendizaje híbrido (en casa y en persona). Revisen el horario híbrido específico de la escuela de sus hijos.
    • Consideren hacer un calendario familiar para revisión fácil.
  • Hablen con sus hijos sobre lo que pueden esperar
    • Hablen sobre cómo la escuela podría ser diferente en el modelo híbrido
    • Revisen los protocolos de seguridad actuales, como el uso de mascarillas, el lavado de manos y el distanciamiento social.
  • Asegúrense de que sus hijos tengan sus materiales para el modelo híbrido
    • Consideren hacer una lista de materiales que necesitarán llevar a la escuela cada día.
  • Practiquen la separación
    • Los niños pequeños, en particular, pueden experimentar ansiedad por la separación o timidez al principio.
    • Intenten no demorarse cuando dejen a sus hijos.
    • Dígales que los quiere, que pensará en ellos durante el día y que volverá para recogerlos.
    • Considere la posibilidad de enviar un objeto de transición (como una foto o un pequeño recordatorio) que ayude a sus hijos a sentirse conectados cuando estén separados.
  • Ayude a su hijo a prepararse emocionalmente para la vuelta a la escuela en persona
    • Tenga conversaciones abiertas y sinceras.
    • Puede ayudar a su hijo a sentirse más cómodo hablando abiertamente de sus preocupaciones, respondiendo a sus preguntas y haciéndole saber que está bien sentirse preocupado.
    • Permita que su hijo tome decisiones (por ejemplo, qué ropa ponerse, qué elegir para comer), es decir, cosas que le ayuden a sentirse en control. 
  • Concéntrese  en las cosas positivas
    • Dígale que es natural que esté nervioso, pero que se sentirá cómodo una vez que se haya familiarizado con las nuevas rutinas.
    • Enfatice aspectos positivos, como la posibilidad de ver a sus amigos y a su maestro.
    • Pregunte a su hijo, “¿Qué esperas de la escuela?”
    • Compruebe con su hijo lo que le va bien una vez que empiece el colegio.
  • Prepárese para los cambios de comportamiento
    • Muchos niños pueden mostrar dificultades con la separación de los padres, cierta timidez o preocupación por los horarios, las tareas escolares o los amigos. Esto es normal durante la transición del regreso a la escuela.
    • Continúe comunicándose con la escuela, ya que el retraimiento o las preocupaciones constantes pueden indicar un problema.
    • Si está preocupado por su hijo, póngase en contacto con el consejero de la escuela.
  • Manténgase informado y conectado
    • Siga de cerca la comunicación de la escuela de su hijo.
    • Consulte con la maestra de su hijo para saber cómo está afrontando la vuelta a la escuela y cómo puede apoyar a su hijo en casa.
  • Si su hijo tiene un IEP, póngase en contacto con su distrito escolar lo más pronto posible para hablar de cómo puede ser necesario ajustar el plan de su hijo 
  • Asegúrese de documentar sus preocupaciones con el mayor detalle posible en cartas para compartir con la administración de la escuela y/o el departamento de educación especial
    • Algunos de nuestros niños tienen necesidades emocionales o de comportamiento que no tenían la primavera pasada.
  • Comparta historias sociales para ayudar a los niños a visualizar su jornada escolar
    • Las historias muestran situaciones como las nuevas normas en el autobús escolar o "por qué mi profesor parece diferente".
  • Sea amable, tenga paciencia y conozca los signos de malestar mental en adolescentes y niños
    • Los adolescentes, especialmente los que ya viven con ansiedad y depresión, pueden tener dificultades con las nuevas presiones.

 

Una actividad para iniciar una conversación con sus hijos sobre el regreso a la escuela en persona

Traducido de la idea “future sketch” en el artículo ADDitude: How to Activate Your Child’s ADHD Brain for Distance Learning

Las preguntas guiadas resultan útiles para ayudar a nuestros hijos a anticiparse a las transiciones y cambios.

  1. Pídale a su hijo que dibuje o escriba algo que representa cómo imagina que serán sus días aprendiendo tanto en casa como en persona.
  2. Participe en la actividad dibujando o escribiendo también sus propias ideas.
  3. Compartan que dibujaron o escribieron. 
  4. Hablen de las similitudes y diferencias entre lo que dibujaron o escribieron.
  5. Hagan un plan de cómo hablar de cualquier desafío que pueda surgir.
  6. Señalan al menos una cosa que les haga ilusión.

 


 

Recopilado por Kimberly S.

En algún momento tuve un sueño de escribir y publicar un libro. Y me refiero a esta idea como un plan casi imposible porque en esos días ni siquiera imaginaba que alguien de mi pequeño pueblo podía poner sus ideas en un volumen.

woman standing

La realidad es que a medida que crecí y exploré un mundo de posibilidades, me di cuenta de que, después de todo, publicar un libro no era una idea tan loca. Aunque en realidad, reconozco que había muchas ideas en competencia en mi mente que el sueño de escribir un libro se desvaneció muy pronto.

Ahora, como adulta, me doy cuenta de la importancia de cultivar los sueños y ser la voz amiga si conoces a alguien que tiene ideas y planes, pero que no sabe cómo llegar a ellos. Y es por eso que me encanta lo que hago en la biblioteca del condado de Multnomah.

Como selectora de materiales en español hago mi trabajo pensando en libros que llegarán a las manos de personas que se preguntan cómo emprender un negocio, cómo cambiar hábitos o cómo mejorar publicar un libro entre muchos otros intereses. Me enorgullece pensar que alguien que busque esta información encontrará algunas de mis selecciones efectivas para sus proyectos.

Concluyó invitando a todos aquellos escritores que llevan años pensando en escribir o publicar su libro a que no tengan más dudas. ¡Hazlo! Este año la biblioteca ha abierto la convocatoria para todas las personas que escriban en español. Y me gustaría invitarlo a perseguir ese sueño de ver su libro en nuestra colección. Para más detalles: Proyecto de los Escritores de la Biblioteca

flyer

Boy in wheelchair talking to a woman in the kitchen

Change is always present in our lives, but this past year has been a little extra. And by a little extra, I mean A LOT EXTRA! All this change can be hard on our kids and on ourselves. And if you or your child is neurodiverse or has a history of trauma, that adds another layer that makes dealing with change even harder. So we have put together some information on how to talk with your kids about change, help you support them now and in the future with the change that is inevitable, and hopefully help yourself as well. 

Some things to talk to your kids about:

Talk about the change. Tell them what to expect, both good and bad, and what the change will mean for all of you. Answer as many of your kid’s questions as you can, and if you can’t, be honest with them about that. Tell them you’ll figure it out together!

And talk about it early, as soon as you know there might be a change coming. Time is your friend when processing a big change. Using visuals as you talk can be really helpful, even for children that are verbal. For children who are reading, this can be a list or chart. For big, complicated changes, have lots of conversations over time.

You can also bring up examples of changes that have happened in the past. Talk about what was good and not so good about it? What did your child learn from the experience? How did they get through it, and what coping skills did they learn? Let them know that every time they experience a change, they’ll become stronger and more prepared for the next one! 

Involve your child in decisions about the change. Children typically have no control over the major changes in their lives. By involving and including them in decisions, you help them feel more in control. This can happen in big and small ways, at any age. So give them choices and also ask for their help. Children like to contribute and feel valuable, responsible, and helpful.

Acknowledge your child’s worries and fears. While you’ll want to focus on any positives associated with the change, it’s important to allow your child to feel angry, sad, or scared. These feelings are normal and your child needs to be allowed to express them. 

If your child struggles to name what they are feeling, help them label the emotion (ie, anxious, sad, nervous, worried, scared, etc). Putting a name to a feeling makes it less overwhelming and easier to manage. And coaching children through their feelings is a vital learning experience. Talk about and practice emotional regulation strategies when a child is calm, so that the child can use one of those strategies when their emotions start to escalate. Remember that behavior is communication, and difficult behavior could be a way of saying "I'm having a hard time with change."  

Also be sure to let your child know that you take their concerns seriously. Like us adults, children simply want empathy, understanding and to be heard. 

Encourage your child to write (or draw!) about their feelings around change. Always be there for them to talk to, but sometimes kids need to process on their own. Giving them a journal to write or draw in, is a great way to give them that space.

Show your child the positive ways that you handle change. This can be harder than it sounds. I know I don’t usually react positively to change. But try and talk about how you feel during times of change and about what you do to cope. For example, I show my child the lists I make to help me stay organized and focused and feel more in control.

Keep the connection going. Make sure your child knows that no matter what else changes, you are there for them. If you can, set aside time each day to give your child your undivided attention - even 10 minutes is great. You can talk, play, share an activity. If your child is older, you can watch the same movie or play a video game. A little extra attention doing something you both enjoy reassures your child, making it much easier to cope with life’s changes. And I promise, it will help you as well. 

Beyond talking with your kids, here are some other tips for helping them (and you!) through change:

  • Keep family routines the same, if you can
  • Try to keep other changes in your lives to a minimum
  • Talk with your child’s teacher or child care provider to keep them in the loop and get support
  • Make sure your child eats well, gets plenty of exercise, and gets enough sleep (again, this can be easier said than done, but we can try)
  • If you can, give your family time to prepare for the change. And remember that kids who have had more trouble with change in the past, may need extra time and support in the future.
  • And of course, read books about big life changes (see below for help with that!)

We pulled these tips together from a variety of sources, including these articles:

And we also recommend checking out Purdue University’s page on Families Tackling Tough Times Together.

This post is part of our “Talking with kids” series, as featured in our monthly Family Newsletter.  Reach out to us at learning@multcolib.org if you have questions. We’re here for you!
 

Happy Earth Day! Earth Day is April 22. It’s a day to celebrate and support environmental protection across the world. 

April 22, 2021 marks 51 years since the first Earth Day in 1970. The coordinated marches across the United States on that historic day remain the largest single day protest in human history. Today, Earthday.org coordinates global protests, actions, and summits each April 22 and throughout the year.    

One way to celebrate safely at home during the pandemic is through crafting and making art.

Use what you have!  
Whether that’s some digging out those aspirational craft supplies you bought last year and haven’t used yet or digging through this week’s recycling to find materials, reducing waste by using what you have helps protect the environment. Look for materials for crafts that might otherwise be thrown away. Try using household materials in unconventional ways, such as creating a seed painting with beans and seeds from the pantry, creating art with coffee filters, using vegetable ends as stamps, or painting with toy car wheels.

Take a nature walk to gather supplies.  
Environmental protection preserves and restores our natural spaces. Enjoy nature by walking in your nearest natural space or one that’s special to you. Look for a few materials such as sticks, stones, leaves, or moss that you can gather in a non-destructive way to use in craft projects or play.  

Ideas for eco-crafting with small children

  • Make toys from things that might otherwise be thrown out, such as a dollhouse from boxes or blocks from wood offcuts.
  • Make a fairy house from those natural materials you gathered.
  • Use anything blue and green (paint, markers, crayons, playdough, icing, paper collage, etc.) on anything round (paper plate, coffee filter, cupcake, balloon, etc.) to represent the planet Earth.
  • Bake or create a gift for a neighbor to intentionally build community.

Ideas for tweens and teens

  • Make your clothes special with creative mending.
  • Sew up some reusable produce or sandwich bags from old clothes or scraps.
  • Get involved in craftivism.
  • Make postcards. Send them to your state or national representative with a message of support for environmental legislation.  
  • Paint a protest sign. Google “climate protest art” for inspiration.  

Make it public. 
Decorate a public space you control such as your front yard or front door with a friendly, creative message of support for the environment, clean energy, climate justice, social justice, or any cause dear to your family.  

Collaborate.  
Individual actions are important, but real change happens when we act as a community. Invite passersby to interact with your art. Use your creativity to help your neighbors feel connected. They might participate by adding a message, taking something, or interacting with the art. See some of this sort of art in action.  

Read.
And of course, there are lots of books you can read to help you celebrate this important day. And why not check them out from one of the leaders in "recycling," your public library! You'll find a booklist below, or you can do a general search in the library's catalog for Earth Day or Environmentalism

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We’ve been reading a lot of memoirs around here lately.  There’s something magical about them, in how intimate and revealing they can be.  Writers of memoirs don’t always include the whole story, but there is an underlying assumption of honesty.  When we read memoirs, we can trust we're getting to know someone, and maybe even ourselves, a little bit better.    

The word “memoir” comes from the French word mémoire, which means “memory.”  It’s just you and the author’s voice, sharing impressions of their memories.  Suddenly, you’re in their world, going deeper with every page you turn.  Reading a memoir offers a unique opportunity to really connect with someone without having to talk to them.  Or, in the case of public figures, it offers an opportunity to learn more about someone you admire, but may never meet.  

Some of our favorite memoirs lately have been graphic memoirs, or autobiographical comics, combining words and visuals to reveal memories.  We enjoy finding diversity in experiences and perspectives in our favorite graphic memoirs.  Whether we’re reading about someone battling an eating disorder, or someone growing up in South Korea in the 1980s, we love getting to know fascinating people through these beautifully drawn and written graphic memoirs!

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Looking for more tips on what to read next?  Check out our My Librarian readers advisory service and contact us for more ideas!

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