|Alexandria Library Embraces Diversity Month starting Monday, October 2
Alexandria, VA – September 28, 2017 – National Diversity Awareness Month is celebrated during the month of October. Starting on Monday, October 2, Alexandria Library will have a cultural display traveling to each branch location for a full week during the month of October. The cultural display will contain items from library staff’s personal cultural experiences and/or international travel.
The display will rotate each week to a different library branch location:
Monday, October 2 – Friday, October 6
Duncan Branch Library (2501 Commonwealth Avenue)
Tuesday, October 10 – Friday, October 13
Burke Branch Library (4701 Seminary Road)
Monday, October 16 – Friday, October 20
Barrett Branch Library (717 Queen Street)
Monday, October 23 – Tuesday, October 31
Beatley Central Library (5005 Duke Street)
During Diversity Month, the Alexandria Library will host a number of diversity-related programs to include but not limited to:
MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMS
In Our Own Voice: National Alliance on Mental Illness
Tuesday, October 3 at 7pm (Barrett Branch Library)
In Our Own Voice explores how individuals living with a mental health condition experience recovery. Presenters will walk through their experiences with a mental health condition, from early onset symptoms to how they are today. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions. Presented by NAMI Northern Virginia (the National Alliance on Mental Illness.) For more information call 703-746-1721.
Youth Mental Health First Aid Training
Wednesday, October 4 at 3:30pm AND Thursday, October at 3:30pm (Beatley Central Library)
Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. YouthMental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.
This is a two-part training over two days. Attendees completing the full training will receive a 3-year certification in Mental Health First Aid and may be eligible to receive 8 CEUs.
Attendees must register! http://survey.alexandriava.gov/s3/MHFARegistration
A Year In Foreign Films – The Lives of Others
Wednesday, October 4 at 6:30pm (Duncan Branch Library)
In 1983 East Berlin, dedicated Stasi officer Gerd Wiesler (Ulrich Mühe), doubting that a famous playwright (Sebastian Koch) is loyal to the Communist Party, receives approval to spy on the man and his actress-lover Christa-Maria (Martina Gedeck). Wiesler becomes unexpectedly sympathetic to the couple, then faces conflicting loyalties when his superior takes a liking to Christa-Maria and orders Wiesler to get the playwright out of the way.
LOW VISION RESOURCE GROUP
Low Vision Resource Group at the Alexandria Library
Friday, October 20 at 1pm (Beatley Central Library)
Join special guest Jessica Swanson for a discussion about the variety of ways to enjoy programs at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Free program, parking and refreshments! To register, call the library at 703-746-1762. Located in the Large Meeting Room.
The Alexandria Library values diversity and inclusion that extends beyond the obvious culture, gender, ethnicity and religion to include all forms of differences.
For the full list of Alexandria Library’s Diversity Month programs and its cultural display, visit http://bit.ly/AlexLibDiversityMonth.