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Virtual: Author Baylor Chapman Discussing “Decorating with Plants” at the Chappaqua Library October 21 ~New York~

Author Baylor Chapman‘s book is in three parts: first, there’s Plant Care 101: from how to assess light conditions to tricks for keeping your plants alive while on vacation, Then she introduces us to 28 of her favorites—specimens that are tough as nails but oh-so-stylish, from the eye-catching Rubber Tree to the delicate Cape Primrose. Finally, she guides readers through the home room by room.

Baylor has been a professional floral and garden designer since 2001. Her designs have been featured in Sunset magazine and on PBS, as well as in Banana Republic and Restoration Hardware stores.

SOURCE: Chappaqua Library

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Virtual: River Vale Library Halloween Cartooning Class for Grades 2-6 October 22 ~New Jersey~

During our virtual zoom class we will be doing a step-by-step drawing of Snoopy sleeping on a Jack-o-lantern! Students will also get a background on Charles Shulz who was the creator and animator of the Peanuts cartoon.

SOURCE: Bergen County Cooperative Library System

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NYS Education Department: Seeking Proposals to Provide Provide Professional Development and Technical Assitance to School Health Personnel DEADLINE November 3

The Center will work in collaboration with the New York State Education Department as a resource center to provide professional development and ongoing technical assistance to all school health personnel employed in all schools throughout the State (inclusive of both health and mental health personnel), and all school personnel involved in coordinating and/or delivering school health education.

SOURCE: http://www.p12.nysed.gov

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Rethink Adult Ed Challenge Total Prizes $750K DEADLINE November 25

The Rethink Adult Ed Challenge (the Challenge) is a $750,000 competition to advance pre-apprenticeships. The Department invites eligible providers to design pre-apprenticeship programs that better prepare learners for apprenticeships and to succeed in their chosen professions.

Apprenticeships serve as an important pathway to well-paying careers across a range of industries, such as manufacturing, construction, technology, and healthcare. However, many adults miss out on these opportunities because they are not aware of apprenticeship programs or do not have the necessary skills to prepare for or gain entry to them.

Pre-apprenticeships bridge this gap by equipping people with the skills and knowledge they need to gain entry to, and succeed in, apprenticeships. Pre-apprenticeship program participants learn academic skills, time management skills, technology skills, and conflict management skills. Participants may also learn industry-specific skills, such as how to use relevant tools and machinery. Programs may also include distance learning and artificial intelligence, so they may go to scale and serve a larger population of students.

The Challenge aims to spur the creation of new pre-apprenticeship programs and increase the capacity of adult education providers to deliver high-quality programs.

SOURCE: https://www.challenge.gov

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SUNY College Excelsior Scholarship Virtual Program October 28

A 45 minute overview of this NYS tuition-free program and eligibility details. Q&A to follow.

SOURCE: Yonkers Public Library

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Virtual Workshop: Intro to Video Editing via YouTube October 27 ~Stamford, CT~

Covering the basics of non-linear video editing using freely available software. Learn to cut and merge video files and apply visual and audio effects.

SOURCE: https://fergusonlibrary.org

 Location: Ferguson Library, 1 Public Library Plaza, Stamford, CT

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Introduction to iPhone Photography Virtual Class Beginning October 24

Put away your point-and-shoot camera and pull out your iPhone to create great images. Learn to make the most of your phone’s camera, starting with photography basics such as essential compositional skills and exposure, then moving on to an exploration of some of the best apps, camera accessories, and low-cost tools for editing and image management.

Our two-hour session on Saturday will provide the fundamentals followed with two hours on Sunday for Q&A and critique of your photos taken outside of class time.

SOURCE: https://smithsonianassociates.org

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Beginning Drawing Virtual Class Beginning October 18

This course, a valuable introduction for beginners, teaches the basic skills needed as a strong foundation for drawing. Working with a variety of materials and techniques, including charcoal and pencils, students explore the rendering of geometric forms, volume, and perspective, with an emphasis on personal gesture marks.

The course covers still-life, architectural interiors and exteriors, and figure drawing. The instructor, working closely with students in class, provides individual guidance, demonstrations, and lectures, and encourages group discussion.

SOURCE: https://smithsonianassociates.org

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ACT Online Proctored Practice Test October 24

Take a full-length practice test under timed conditions. A proctored practice exam will help you build testing endurance and give you a real-time snapshot of your testing performance.

SOURCE: Fairfield Library

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Family Clay Wheel Night Workshop October 24, November 21, & December 19 ~Port Chester, NY~

Have fun and bond with your family while receiving a lesson from experienced and dedicated ceramic artists. Beginners are welcome and no previous experience is necessary!

SOURCE: https://www.clayartcenter.org

Location: Clay Art Center, 40 Beech Street, Port Chester, NY

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National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholars Grant for Nonfiction Authors & Journalists DEADLINE December 16

The Public Scholars program supports the creation of well-researched nonfiction books in the humanities written for the broad public. It does so by offering grants to individual authors for research, writing, travel, and other activities leading to publication. Writers with or without an academic affiliation may apply, and no advanced degree is required. The program is intended both to encourage non-academic writers to deepen their engagement with the humanities by strengthening the research underlying their books and to encourage academic writers in the humanities to communicate the significance of their research to the broadest possible range of readers. NEH especially encourages applications to this program from independent writers, researchers, scholars, and journalists.

SOURCE: https://www.neh.gov

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National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships Open Book Program DEADLINE December 15

The Fellowships Open Book Program is a limited competition designed to make outstanding humanities books available to a wide audience. By taking advantage of low-cost “ebook” technology, the program will allow teachers, students, scholars, and the public to read humanities books that can be downloaded or redistributed for no charge.

SOURCE: https://www.neh.gov

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Maker Date – Learn to Use the Potter’s Wheel Workshop October 9 & 23; November 6 & 20; December 4 & 18 ~Port Chester, NY~

Grab your “plus one” to unplug with mud and join us for a creative night out! Have fun and get messy as we walk you through the basics of throwing on the potter’s wheel. Create a unique piece of pottery, then choose a glaze from our studio selection. Fired and picked up at a later date. Bring a change of clothes or wear something you don’t mind getting dirty.

SOURCE: https://www.clayartcenter.org

Location: Clay Art Center, 40 Beech Street, Port Chester, NY

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National Endowment for the Humanities Scholarly Editions and Scholarly Translations DEADLINE December 2

The Scholarly Editions and Scholarly Translations program provides grants to organizations to support collaborative teams who are editing, annotating, and translating foundational humanities texts that are vital to learning and research but are currently inaccessible or are available only in inadequate editions or translations. Typically, the texts are significant literary, philosophical, and historical materials, but other types of work, such as musical notation, may also be the subject of an edition.

SOURCE: https://www.neh.gov

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Dynamic Language Infrastructure – Documenting Endangered Languages Senior Research Grant DEADLINE November 18

The Documenting Endangered Languages (DEL) program is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop and advance knowledge concerning endangered human languages. Made urgent by the imminent death of an estimated half of the 6,000-7,000 currently used languages, this effort aims also to exploit advances in information technology. Awards support fieldwork and other activities relevant to recording, documenting, and archiving endangered languages, including the preparation of lexicons, grammars, text samples, and databases.

SOURCE: https://www.neh.gov

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Engineers: Designing solutions to enable people with disabilities to use automated vehicles DEADLINE October 30

Through the Inclusive Design Challenge, the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) seeks innovative, inclusive design features to enable people with physical, sensory, and cognitive disabilities to use automated vehicles, particularly ADS-dedicated vehicles (ADS-DV) that are operated exclusively at Levels 4 and 5 (see Notes on Terminology below for additional detail on terms used throughout this Challenge). Solutions must address one or more aspects of ADS-DV use – such as locating and entering an ADS-DV or interacting with the vehicle in routine and emergency situations – through physical hardware and/or human-machine interface (HMI) designs. Individuals and teams will compete for an overall prize purse of up to $5,000,000 in a two-stage competition.

SOURCE: https://www.challenge.gov

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EMT/EMS Certification Education in Bergen, Fairfield, Rockland and Westchester Counties

Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics typically complete a postsecondary educational program. All states require EMTs and paramedics to be licensed; requirements vary by state.

Employment of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics is projected to grow 7 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations. Emergencies, such as car crashes, natural disasters, and acts of violence, will continue to require the skills of EMTs and paramedics.

Both a high school diploma or equivalent and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification typically are required for entry into postsecondary educational programs in emergency medical technology. Most of these programs are nondegree award programs that can be completed in less than 1 year; others last up to 2 years. Paramedics, however, may need an associate’s degree. Programs in emergency medical technology are offered by technical institutes, community colleges, universities, and facilities that specialize in emergency care training. Some states have EMR positions that do not require national certification. These positions typically require state certification.

SOURCE: Bureau of Labor Statistics

NOTE: In many states you can start training for EMT/EMS as early as age 16!

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SUNY Empire Launches Groundbreaking Program to Expand College Access by Becoming an Autism-Supportive College

SUNY Empire State College launched the statewide Center for Autism Inclusivity to make SUNY Empire a fully autism-supportive college and meet the growing demand for professionals working with children and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

Despite the growing number of students with autism who seek a college degree, there is a scarcity of higher education programs to fully support students with ASD. SUNY Empire’s new Center for Autism Inclusivity, in partnership with Anderson Center for Autism, will also educate SUNY Empire faculty and staff on autism and how to meet the needs of students with autism in face-to-face and online environments. The new training coupled with SUNY Empire’s nation-leading individualized education model will greatly expand educational opportunity for individuals with ASD.

The Center for Autism Inclusivity will also work with high schools throughout New York state to identify qualified students with ASD to enroll at SUNY Empire, as the college is expanding its offerings and services to meet the needs of these students. In addition to providing personalized, one-on-one in-person instruction under the new program, there is currently no college that offers additional support for students with autism in fully online programs.

SOURCE: https://www.esc.edu

Researching Your American Ancestors: A Quick Guide

How to Start

Talk to your relatives. Get as much information about grandparents, great-grandparents, and their children. You need this information for the next steps.

Vital Records: Birth, Marriage, and Death Certificates

Vital records refers to birth, marriage, and death certificates. Do not worry if you do not have all the information about your relatives. Just complete forms with as much information as possible. Most vital record offices can do a basic search of up to five years prior or after date you provide. You have to have an estimated date of birth, marriage, and/or death.

Localities have different laws regarding when vital records can be released due to privacy and identity theft concerns. Visit each state’s vital records page and follow the instructions carefully. To find a state’s vital records information go to your preferred search engine and enter “STATE’S NAME vital records.

Obtaining vital records is no harder than downloading a form and providing as much information about the life event and your relation to the deceased. There is also a service that allows you to order vital records online. This service is quicker but more expensive than requesting a copy of a record by traditional mail. Traditional mail takes anywhere from six to eight weeks to receive a response.

If a relative has recently died you may need additional proof of your relationship to the deceased and permission to obtain certain Vital Records. For instance, I wanted a copy of one of my great-grandmother’s birth certificate who died in the early 2000s. Since I was not an immediate relation (husband, son, or daughter), my great-aunt (her daughter) had to write a letter for me to send with the application stating I had permission to obtain the document.

Social Security Death Index

You can order a copy of a deceased relatives Social Security application directly from the Social Security Administration. You can download the form by searching for “Form SSA-711,” search without the quotes. The search result will return as “Make a FOIA Request – Social Security.” The fee is between $18.00 and $29.00 depending on which version of the Social Security application you would like. I recommend the photocopy of the original document so you can see the handwriting of your ancestor!

US Census

To obtain Census Records you have three options: purchase a subscription to an ancestry service, visit a national archives location, or your local library.

There are many subscription based sites that give you access to Census data. Many people are hesitant to subscribe to a service due to cost. But if you are serious about research you will not regret the investment. These services also allow you to set up a Family Tree that can be downloaded and used with proprietary software or with other services including DNA sites. Also sites can give you easy access to vital records and connect with distant relations.

The National Archives, if you are lucky to live near one of the locations, allows you to search Census records for free. It is a great start if you are not sure you want to commit to an ancestry subscription service. For National Archives locations visit http://www.archives.gov

Many library systems in the United States subscribe to a genealogy subscription service which you can access with your library card. Visit your local library for information.

DNA

The greatest advancement in genealogical research is DNA. If you are a woman you can test your maternal DNA, passed down from mother to daughter. If you are man you can test your paternal DNA, passed down from father to son. These tests are expensive, between $200 to $300, but worth the investment. Consider splitting the costs with family members that share the same parents or grandparents. Autosomal DNA is a cheaper choice, around $100. It provides you with information on your geographic origins. It is best to do both for a complete picture of your heritage.

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FREE Printable & Google Classroom Library Skills Worksheets from Teachers Pay Teachers

  • Library Skills: Locating Fiction Books [PRINTABLE]: Students identify the parts of the author’s name that will be on the spine label of a fiction book.
  • Library Skills: Locate by Call Number “200” for Catholic Schools [PRINTABLE & GOOGLE CLASSROOM]: Organize the titles by call number and author’s last name on the spine labels. All the titles in this worksheet relate to the Catholic religion.