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How libraries can help

The Connecticut State Library, Division of Library Development is working on partnering with local, state and national veteran's agencies, organizations, groups and the library community to identify and connect veterans and military families with services and programs.

Community Salute is an initiative of the Institute of Museum and Library Services aimed at strengthening the ability of libraries, archives and museums (LAMs) to respond to the needs of veterans and military families.

IMLS engaged FSG to document how LAMs work with veterans in their local communities and to identify ways to foster innovations to improve those services. Several exciting opportunities have been identified for LAMs to open doors for veterans and military families and to forge stronger bonds with their communities and peers.

The Community Salute work has followed the trail blazed by the Community Catalyst Initiative. IMLS conducted research and interview sessions, and hosted a meeting in San Antonio, Texas, to explore how LAMs can provide meaningful support for the nation’s more than 22 million veterans and their families.

As a result of the San Antonio meeting and the information gathered from veterans service organizations, foundations, and veterans, IMLS and FSG produced five resource documents. Tailored for LAMs, the documents provide qualitative and quantitative approaches to help museums and libraries bring people together and better serve veterans. The resources include a selection of topics, discussion-starters, data gathering, and facilitation tools that can be used to start or guide community development work.”

Connecticut Veterans Resource Guide

This resource guide  from the CT Department of Veterans' Affairs provides contact information on programs and services available to Connecticut veterans, Active Duty, National Guard and Reserves.

Click here for the guide.

Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs

Contact information:

State of Connecticut, Department of Veteran's Affairs
287 West Street

Rocky Hill, CT  06067

860-616-3600

For a full listing of contacts, click here

or visit the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs

or Connecticut Vet Centers

MilitaryOneSource

MilitaryOneSource is a one-stop site with information about military life questions.

Veterans Crisis Line

Veterans Crisis Line provides confidential help through a toll-free hotline, online chat or text.

Connecticut General Assembly Committee on Veterans' Affairs

Contact information:

860-240-8467

Committee on Veteran's Affairs
State Capitol Building, Room 509A
Hartford, CT 06106

For further information, click here

 

Other Resources

A library journal article, "At your service" by April Witteveen, November 2, 2016 describes how an estimated 19.4 million veterans were living in the United States according to a 2014 American Community Survey, and how academic and public libraries can serve the needs of this population.  Featured is the California State Library's "Veterans Connect @ the Library" initiative.

An August 31, 2016 School Library Journal article by Linda Jabobson demonstrates how, "Libraries provide stability for military children and families."

The Illinois Library Association developed a Military Families & Children Toolkit which features a booklist for children & teens as well as a booklist and program ideas for adults.

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