Va. Guard Youth Program, Military One Source host series of informative trainings across the state for librarians

Allison Mecadon, Child and Youth Coordinator for the Virginia National Guard Child and Youth Program, speaks to librarians from around Virginia about the Virginia National Guard. The Virginia Guard Youth Program and Military One Source are hosting a series of trainings with libraries across the state to provide information to librarians about the Virginia Guard, the Virginia National Guard Youth Program, and Military One Source. These trainings also provide an opportunity for libraries to begin developing programming and events that recognize and support National Guard families in their local communities. (Contributed Photo)

Allison Mecadon, Child and Youth Coordinator for the Virginia National Guard Child and Youth Program, speaks to librarians from around Virginia about the Virginia National Guard. The Virginia Guard Youth Program and Military One Source are hosting a series of trainings with libraries across the state to provide information to librarians about the Virginia Guard, the Virginia National Guard Youth Program, and Military One Source. These trainings also provide an opportunity for libraries to begin developing programming and events that recognize and support National Guard families in their local communities. (Contributed Photo)

SANDSTON, Va. — For the past year, the Virginia National Guard Youth Program and Military One Source have hosted a series of trainings with libraries across the state to provide information about the Virginia National Guard, Virginia National Guard Youth Program, and Military One Source to librarians. These trainings also provide an opportunity for libraries to begin developing programming and events that recognize and support National Guard families in their local communities.

The trainings have included representatives from more than 50 libraries from Richmond, Chesterfield, Virginia Beach, Farmville, Bedford, and southwest Virginia. These libraries have committed to finding ways to identify military families in their community, provide programming honoring those who serve in the Military and their Families, and highlight resources that are tailored to the unique needs of military families.

Each library receives free resources from Military One Source and the Virginia National Guard Family Programs office, as well as book kits designed specifically for working with military families from the Military Child Education Coalition.

“Thanks for all your great information,” one of the Richmond librarians responded. “I really appreciated your sharing that these folks can seem ‘invisible’ because they serve without complaining, yet they have unique needs that often go unmet. I am so happy to learn that there is a support net for these fine people and I am discussing with my manager ways we can help by supplying information to our local military families.”

The goal of the program is to bring this information and resources to every library in Virginia to support Military Families across the state.