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08.16.18 - DUP Minutes

Diverse and Underserved Populations Committee Minutes

BCCLS Office (Hackensack) Thursday, Aug 16, 2018, 10:00 – 12:00


In Attendance:

Lisa Hoffman, Chair – BLOO

Sherri Kendrick - CLPK

Deborah Leary – CLTR

Kristin Nelson – FAVW

Sara Rimassa – FTLE

Melissa Singlevich – HASH

Victoria Hilditch – RGWD

Yumi Choi – BCCLS


Lisa Hoffman called the meeting to order at 10:00. Melissa moved to approve the July 19th minutes and Deborah seconded the motion.  



Positive feedback was received from latest email blast on mental illness.

The Sept.email blast on ESL list is ready to go, Yumi will send out & she will be sure the mental illness one is on KnowledgeBase.



The spreadsheet is up for us to input books we will be donating. Everyone will bring the books to our Sept. meeting in Fort Lee & Sara will contact the Northern State Prison to make arrangements for delivery. Everyone needs to have the list completed by Sept. 6 so Sara has an idea of the amount.



The contact at the Bergen Place Youth shelter is  no longer there. Sara is continuing to look for someone from Bergen Place or another youth shelter to speak.

Our other speaker, Loren Klein is set, he will discuss LGBTQ and homelessness.

Basic script for the skit part of the program will be written by our Sept 13 meeting.

Kristin will look into getting a social worker, perhaps from the Rutgers Training Program to speak, to give us a “keep these things in mind when deciding what to do” perspective.

The Homeless Guide is being refined by Sherri & Sara to make it a one-page handout for the program, and a sample of policies from other libraries will also be made available.

We are also having a food drive at the event.



Ideas for future things to work on: updating ESL information for the Project Literacy list as they no longer have the resources to update.

Perhaps a small event in the spring but nothing specific discussed.


The next meeting is Thursday September 13, 2018, 10 am at Fort Lee Library.


Meeting adjourned at 11:55am.


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