CPR Training Kits like the one in this photo are available at Mendon Public Library. Photo by Kelly Paganelli

Mendon Public Library is pleased to announce the arrival of our new DIVERSE VOICES BOOK DISCUSSION KITS. The Rochester Regional Library Council and The Friends & Foundation of Rochester Public Library awarded a grant from the Harold Hacker Fund for the Advancement of Libraries to make the creation of these kits possible.

Twelve Diverse Voices Book Discussion Kits were created. Each kit contains seven copies of a particular title and seven copies of a book discussion guide, conveniently circulated in a special tote bag.  Titles were selected to represent diverse characters, authors, and topics.  The intended audiences for the Diverse Voices kits are both established and new book groups, and anyone who may wish to host a single book discussion for their friends, family, coworkers, etc. The book kits have an extended 8-week loan period.

The goal of Diverse Voices Book Discussion Kits is to bring people together in meaningful ways. Mendon Public Library conducted a Community Survey in 2022 and found a common concern was divisiveness, while a common desire was for more opportunities to get to know people. The Library’s Long-Range Plan includes objectives to “foster a culture which values and actively seeks to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion” and to expand the support of Book Clubs.

Helpful Links:

Title Listing of Diverse Voices Book Discussion Kits

Click to access 2023.10.21-Diverse-Voices-Book-Discussion-kits-List-of-Titles-1-page-PDF.pdf

In addition, thanks to a collaboration from the American Heart Association, UR Medicine, and the Monroe County Library System, you can learn to save lives with CPR from the comfort of your own home or classroom.  Hands-Only CPR training kits are available to borrow at Mendon Public Library, and other select Monroe County Libraries.

The unit includes a rubber torso, or manikin, to guide proper hand placement as well as compression rate and depth. It offers real-time feedback to strengthen the technique.

The Hand-Only CPR kits are available to be checked out and returned at any public library in Monroe County, just as with other library materials.

Our region has some of the lowest bystander-performed CPR rates in the country. This has a profound negative effect on our community and its health. The American Heart Association, Monroe County Library System, and UR Medicine are looking to improve access to Hands-Only CPR training for the Rochester and Monroe County region. By improving access to training, we hope to see an improvement in our bystander CPR rates and, ultimately, in patient survival and outcomes following cardiac arrest.

For more information about Mendon Public Library materials, programs, and initiatives, please contact www.mendonlibrary.org.

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