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FGLI library moves to Van Pelt with new online ordering and shipping options – The Daily Pennsylvanian

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The FGLI Program Donated Textbook Collection, which was previously stored in the Greenfield Intercultural Center (above) will be moved to the Van Pelt Library.

The First-Generation, Low-Income Textbook Library collection has moved to Van Pelt Library, ending a three-year occupancy in the Greenfield Intercultural Center's attic.

Students previously reported that the FGLI library's GIC location was understaffed and lacked adequate technology, calling for more space and funding. Now, students are able to reserve books from the FGLI library online and pick up orders from Van Pelt or ship their materials to their off-campus learning address free of charge.

Founded in 2017, the FGLI library helps students save hundreds of dollars on required course materials each semester. The library opened for the spring semester on Jan. 5 under the new arrangement with Penn Libraries, in which students are able to search for materials through Van Pelt's online LIBRA Course Text selection.

Due to a high volume of materials, the FGLI library no longer accepts all donations. Students must now fill out a Google form and have their donation approved by staffers at the library.

FGLI Program Director Toyce Holmes said she was relieved the move finally came to fruition after talks to relocate the library began in fall 2019. Now, the responsibility of keeping track of books falls on Penn Libraries, and a liaison maintains communication between the parties, Holmes said.

"It's still a partnership, [but] we don't see day-to-day how many books are going out or, you know, 'I need to pull this.' The library has taken that on, and we thank them for that," Holmes said.

The process of physically relocating the books from the GIC to the Van Pelt Library started in spring 2020 before being halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While closed for the fall semester, Penn Libraries hired a moving company to help the GIC relocate the textbooks, Holmes said.

While housed in the GIC's attic, processing requests could be time consuming for GIC work-study students, who reported that the outdated software in the library caused requests to take up to two hours to fulfill. All the library's information was stored on spreadsheets, and students had to submit textbook requests through a Google form.

The GIC does not have an elevator, and students had to climb up and down the stairs to deliver the books, Nursing sophomore and GIC work-study student Nyair Locklear said.

"The actual GIC building is fairly small and is an older building. It's got really steep stairs but no elevator, and all the textbooks were stored on the top floors. So every time textbooks had to be moved, one had to carry all that weight up and down the stairs all the time," Locklear said. "It was difficult to organize, especially as more and more students started using the library and receiving more textbooks."

Penn First Plus Executive Director Marc Lo said addressing the logistical problems with the FGLI library were one the GIC's top priorities when he joined Penn's staff in January 2019. The closure of the FGLI textbook library in the fall made the process of moving the donated textbook library to Van Pelt easier, he added.

Locklear said finding affordable textbooks last semester was confusing for some students as the FGLI library did not operate in fall 2020 due to the pandemic.

"It's been super difficult to keep track of what resources are and aren't still running," Locklear said. "When you change anything, especially during the pandemic, it's just been more difficult."

While the library was closed last fall, Lo sent an email to the Penn First Plus mailing list offering free access codes for a limited number of FGLI students in certain courses. College first year Kelly Garcia-Ramos said she found this helpful, and praised the accessibility of the FGLI library as a resource this semester.

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I find that what holds people back from applying to Penn is the financial reasons, but Penn has amazing resources for people like me, she said. I would definitely recommend [the library] to other students if theyre ever worried about textbooks.

Holmes said she is excited for the future of the library, adding that since it is now under the jurisdiction of Penn Libraries with the ability to order books online for shipping, it is more accessible to FGLI students.

The library has dedicated staff there to properly catalog it. Whats great about it now which is a payoff is that Penn Libraries can ship these for free to students, Holmes said. I dont know if we couldve offered that service if we had it at the GIC.

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In brief: Block party to go, free tax prep help, women’s business network, library programs and more in Hampton – TribLIVE

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Block Party To Go charity fundraiser

Participants in North Hills Community Outreachs annual block party fundraiser wont be able to gather in person this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

But the North Hills charity and social service agency is still planning to party.

Have fun at home with a Block Party To Go party bag. The adult bags include a do-it-yourself pizza kit, wine, dessert, a game and more. The childrens bag includes a craft kit from Dots and Doodles, snacks and other items.

Some of the bags will include a bonus gift card to a local restaurant or business. The first 300 party-to-go kits will include a link to play BuzzWorthy Pub Trivia.

More information and an order form for party bags are available online at: NHCO/Block-Party.

Free tax prep help

A free tax preparation service is being offered by the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania through April 10.

The service is available virtually or through a combination of online and in-person meetings.

Clients can upload their materials and tax experts will prepare and review the return.

The hybrid tax preparation will require two brief appointments in a safe environment, following covid-19 guidelines, to provide information and review the return.

The service is available to residents in Allegheny, Fayette, Greene, Washington and Westmoreland counties.

Assistance from a volunteer tax preparer is available for people and families with a total annual income of up to $57,000.

A free, do-it-yourself online tax assistance program is available at

Womens Business Network meetings

The Womens Business Networks three chapters in the North Hills have scheduled free networking sessions for February.

The Cranberry Chapter meets on the first and third Thursday of each month at 7:30 am. The chapter will meet on Feb. 4 and 18. For more information, contact Cynthia at 724-316-3427.

The Wexford Chapter has its meetings on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 8:15 a.m. This months meetings will take place Feb. 9 and 23. For details call Jocelin at 724-553-4452.

The Criders Corners Chapter holds regular meetings on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at noon. Februarys meetings are on the 11th and 25th. Call Sherri for details at412-760-9601.

An All Virtual Chapter holds regular meetings via Zoom at 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of each month. For details call Jennifer Pasquale at 412-908-1663.

Ash Wednesday service

Hampton Presbyterian Church will hold an Ash Wednesday worship service to mark the first day of Lent on Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Depending on the covid restrictions in place when the service occurs, ashes might be distributed, according to church officials.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the nursery will not be available. However, children are invited to attend the service with their families.

The service also will be livestreamed to monitors in several locations in the building for people who want to participate but prefer to remain outside the sanctuary.

The church is located at 2942 East Hardies Road in Gibsonia.

Hampton Junior Football registration

Registration is open for the Hampton Junior Football Associations 26th season.

The organization has football teams and cheerleading squads for three age groups: Spikes, 5-8 years old; K9, 9-10 years old; and Dawgs, 11-12 years old.

This year, Hampton will play host to the United Youth Football League championship game.

Association officials say the top priority for its program is player safety.

Registration costs $140 through Feb. 28. The cost to to sign up during March and April is $190. After May 1, the registration fee will be $240.

For more information, see the Associations Facebook page or send an email to:

Block Northway hosting students art exhibit

Art created by students in the North Hills is on display through Feb. 18 at The Block Northway in Ross.

The artwork was made by elementary, middle school and high school students in the Hampton and North Hills school districts and Holy Cross & Blessed Trinity Academy.

The display also features a giant quilt made up of 310 ceramic tiles created by students at Hamptons Wyland Elementary school.

The art is being displayed in the South Corridor, Upper Level between Lands End and DSW. The pieces also will be featured on The Block Northways website throughout the year.

Northern Tier Library activities

Here are some of the upcoming activities and programs at the Northern Tier Regional Library in Hampton. Some programs require registration, which can be done online or by calling the library at 724-449-2665. Additional information and updates about programs also are available on the librarys Facebook page.

Meditating with Plants, Feb. 18 at 6 p.m.: Grace Astraea of TimeSpaceOne Healing Arts will lead a program on connective and calming meditation experiences with your favorite plant via Zoom.

Simple instructions for preparing and implementing a plant meditation will be given. The group also will spend a short period practicing the strengthening relationship to the living world via our plants.

No previous experience is needed, just an open mind and willingness to learn more about your relationship to the plant kingdom. Registration is required to receive the Zoom meeting invitation link.

North Park Bald Eagles, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m.: Bald Eagles are one of the biggest and most recognizable birds in the United States.

Master Naturalist Ken Knapp will present a program via Zoom to share information about this species and provide an update on whats going on with the local eagles.

This program is intended for adults, but all ages are welcome to attend. Registration is required to receive the Zoom meeting invitation link.

Winter Valentines Day at Hogwarts: Request a take-home kit to discover some magical Valentines Day crafts inspired by our favorite Wizarding school.

This craft bundle will be available for pickup on Feb. 11 from 4 to 6 p.m. People who cannot pick up their bundles during those times can retrieve them from the librarys lobby.

This bundle is for all ages and registration is required by Feb. 7 at midnight to ensure enough supplies are available.

Toddler Story Time: Uploads at 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 9 and 23.

Preschool Story Time: Uploads at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 10 and 24.

Rhymes, Songs, & Yoga Poses: Uploads at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 4, 11, and 25.

Take-Home Crafts: Kids and adults of all ages are invited to create and enjoy a simple weekly take-home craft. Runs through Feb. 8.

The Weekly Project: This six-week program features a variety of activities that children can do with their families at home, including cooking, crafting, art and STEM. Register online or by telephone to get take-home materials for the program that runs through Feb. 8.

Take-Home Maker Mondays: Participants can pick up a supply kit and follow a weekly tutorial video that will be posted on the librarys various social media pages. Feb, 8: Mini Valentines Day pillow, Feb. 22: Marble Maze.

Winter Reading Challenge 2021: Join readers from across Allegheny County in the Winter Reading Challenge 2021, which runs through Feb. 28.

Family Movie Nights: Enjoy some movies, a cup of hot chocolate and a bag of popcorn on a cold winter night by picking up a Family Movie Night Kit.

Crafts at Heart: Beginning Feb. 10, adults and teens can pick up kits to create handmade Valentines Day heart-themed crafts.

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MARLINGTON MEETING Marlington Local Schools Board of Education plans a virtual regular meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday. During the meeting, the board says it will recess into executive sessions for the purpose of discussing the appointment, employment, dismissal and compensation of a public employee. The meeting will be live-streamed on the Marlington Technology Departments YouTube channel.

TRAVELING PANTRY Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley will collaborate with the Village of Sebring, Sebring Local School District and the Ohio National Guard to host a Traveling Food Pantry beginning at 10 a.m. Friday at B.L. Miller Elementary School, 506 W. Virginia Ave. Food will be distributed in front of the school to residents of Sebring and Beloit villages and Smith Township. Recipients will receive food in the trunk of their car, which should be clear of all other belongings. Windows of the vehicle should be rolled up. Recipients should not exit their vehicles for any reason. The Traveling Food Pantry is designed to address the surge in need for food assistance due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

VIETNAM VETERANS Alliance Chapter #157 of the Vietnam Veterans Association will meet at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at 880 S. Union Ave. The group will discuss the dedication process for the Vietnam Era Veterans' Monument.

SOUP SALE Mile Branch Grange plans its monthly drive-thru soup sale from 4 to 6 p.m. Feb. 11. Cost is $7 per quart.This months soups will be broccoli cheese and vegetable beef. Soup will be packaged and delivered directly to your car ready to heat when you get home. Mile Branch Grange is at 495 Knox School Road. Call 330-821-8023 to reserve soup. Leave your name, phone number, type of soup and number of quarts requested. Soup must be preordered by noon Feb. 10.

LIBRARY PROBLEM Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County encountered a glitch in the Library's Sierra circulation software, there was an auto-renew problem with any materials due Jan. 29. Also, no courtesy notices were sent out for items due Jan. 29. This is the only date affected by the issue. Patrons who have materials that were due Jan. 29 should either renew through their online library account atLibraryVisit.orgor call 330-744-8636 and talk with a staff member.

FACULTY LECTURE Robert Woodward,associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of MountUnion,will present the Faculty Lectureat 7 p.m. Feb. 8. The lecture will be available via livestream will present The (Microscopic) Enemy Among Us: Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria and Humanitys Response."He will discuss the emergence of antibiotic resistance in bacteria and how humanity is responding using novel approaches in the laboratory, health care facilities and antibiotic marketplace.Woodward received his bachelor of arts in chemistry, a bachelor of science in biology, and a doctorate in philosophy in synthetic organic chemistry, all fromThe OhioState University.He has been a member of the Mount Union faculty since 2012. Established in 1959, the Faculty Lecture features a member of the Mount Union faculty. This annual event affords the chosen faculty member an opportunity to give a special lecture relating to interesting or important developments in the individuals own field or exploring matters of general concern to the faculty.For more information, call Mount Unions Office of Marketing at 330-823-6063.

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SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood Public Library is joining forces with the Springfield Public Library to bring a series of four virtual writing classes to their patrons. Each workshop will be led by instructors from the Writers Circle. The Writers Circle is an organization offering creating writing workshops for adults as well as children. The writing workshops are free and are taught by published authors.

The workshops are set for Monday, February 22, Monday, March 1, Wednesday, March 10 and Wednesday, March 17. All four workshops begin at 7 p.m. and contain a different writing focus. Patrons can sign up for all or select workshops. The first two workshops discuss igniting personal creativity while the next two are focused on journaling.

The programs are open to Spotswood and Springfield residents 18 years of age and older. Class size is limited. Only 20 students will be registered per session. A waiting list will be created once the session is filled. Spotswood residents should email Spotswood Library Director C.L. Quillen at to register. Springfield's residents should email Springfield Public Library Director Dale Spindel at to register.

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Bridging the digital divide: Broadband boost coming for northern Macomb County – The Macomb Daily

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Macomb County's rural communities will soon get a boost in gigabit-speeds.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Rural Digital Opportunity Fund announced its recent efforts to ensure greater access to broadband and high-speed internet will include nearly $363 million in federal funding for Michigan over the next 10 years.

"It's absolutely wonderful," said Mary Barnes, an assistant librarian in Ray Township, which is among the rural communities that are likely to benefit from the expansion. "I can't imagine living the world we live in now, and not having it."

Claire Lopiccolo concurred.

"I think the high-speed internet is crucial," said Lopiccolo, Romeo District Library Graubner branch library director. "We were open for most of the summer and fall but have been closed since November because of the coronavirus pandemic. I know we have a lot of residents, especially in Bruce Township who don't have access to the internet."

Once libraries closed, they were cut off, and that really became a problem when children and young adults returned to school and college.

"We've had wifi available from the parking lot during the pandemic, so students working on their college projects would have access to the internet,' Lopiccolo said.

Throughout the pandemic, many libraries have made it possible for residents to check out wifi hotspots, which provide internet access wherever needed, expanding service beyond their walls. The hotspots allow those without internet to check it out from the library. It can be used to access and connect wireless enabled devices such as laptops, smartphones or tablets. They are portable and are available to borrow for 14 days and can carry a $1 a day late fee if not returned on time. Devices more than 24 hours late are sometimes deactivated.

And it is not just students who have had to rely on libraries for the internet. Many seniors and working adults require high-speed internet for everything from filling out medical forms and financial statements to communication outside the home.

Today, approximately 1,243,339 Michigan households do not have a permanent fixed broadband connection at home. Financial experts believe such deficiencies can result in $1.8 to $2.7 billion in potential economic benefit left unrealized, not to mention the problems it creates for families who have students that need access for learning opportunities.

"The Internet access divide is real and must be addressed to provide opportunity for all Michiganders to thrive," Michigan Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II said in a news release. Gilchrist, who is helping to lead the Connected Michigan Task Force amidst the ongoing pandemic, said strengthening Michigan's infrastructure remains a key component for the state's economic recovery, and broadband and high-speed internet are as foundational to our infrastructure as strong roads and bridges.

"Over the coming years, these broadband projects will have a major impact in making sure Michigan is a home of opportunity for all," he said.

There are nearly 250,000 locations to have expanded access to broadband, including 2,300 in Macomb County.

"We're real excited about expanding our services to Michigan," said Garrett Wiseman, CEO for Mercury Broadband, the Kansas City, Mo. based company that will be doing some of the work. "We're looking forward to working collaboratively with the communities."

The work being done will cover everything from residential to commercial properties, including homes and churches, businesses and schools.

Besides just having access to the internet, users will also benefit from technology improvements.

"The speeds will be a lot faster, and the internet will be more reliable," Wiseman said. "The networks that are built today are much more robust and able to serve a lot more people."

The improvements will also broaden the opportunities for those in Macomb County -- many of whom reside in it rural areas -- to participate in telehealth, virtual learning, telework, civic engagement and many other activities that internet users have access to every day.

This federal funding also builds on $12.7 million in Connecting Michigan Communities (CMIC) grants that have been given through the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget announced by the Whitmer administration this past October. Among those given grant recipients was Armada Township, which received $3.3 million for a project that will cost approximately $3.4 million.

"We are very grateful for this opportunity and grant," said Armada Township Supervisor John Paterak. "It's not like getting the first television on the block. High-speed internet is a necessity not a luxury, and the whole COVID situation really shined a light on that. It's a necessity for homes and businesses. It's access to communications and education."

It is a necessity for the world that we live in," added Paterak, who believes that in the past bringing high-speed internet to rural areas where everyone lives on farms and acreages, has made it too costly for companies to consider. After all, in a suburban area where houses are closer together you'll have twice as many customers as you would installing cable to farmers who are living between 10 and 20 miles apart.

But technology has improved, and it has become more cost effective.

"This is a huge step forward for us to bring Comcast cable to the community," said Paterak, who has a subcommittee working diligently to come up with a plan of use for its grant, which will provide high-speed internet to 450 homeowners. "Once they get a foothold, we're hoping that they will be encouraged to add more."

All projects have committed to closing the internet access divide and provide digital literacy training materials to residents and businesses in their proposed service area, and work with local CAIs and foundations to host events to promote e-learning, job, and workforce training.

"The COVID-19 pandemic has made access to broadband more imperative than ever and building and strengthening broadband infrastructure throughout Michigan will be a driver of economic recovery efforts statewide," said Amanda Bright McClanahan, CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. "The benefits of having access to the internet can have a tremendous access on a person's future success and our state's overall economic prosperity, making it absolutely vital that we get to work with our public service and private sector partners to create more equitable access to broadband infrastructure statewide."

Wiseman said any details regarding when the work will be started and completed is still being worked out.

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Everyone will benefit from improved internet services in rural Macomb County, and the Ray Township Public Library is going to make sure theyre prepared for it.

The library was recently selected as one of 200 libraries to participate in Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries, an American Library Association (ALA) initiative that helps library workers better serve their small and rural communities.

The competitive award comes with a $3,000 grant that will help the library have conversations on connecting to a digital world.

We are grateful for this opportunity. Our goal is to bring digital literacy and confidence to our community, said Mary Barnes, Ray Township library assistant noting that Ray Township seniors will be their primary target.

Barnes said the township sent out a survey to residents, and rather than filling it out online at home, many seniors who really should be staying home because of the pandemic -- were showing up at the library. Most of them were not sure how to get on the internet or did not have access to it at home, Barnes said.

As part of the grant, staff will take an online course in how to lead conversations, a skill vital to library work today. Staff will then play host and/or have a Zoom conversation with residents about technology and use the grant funds to provide hot spots and iPads for circulation, along with classes.

More than 300 libraries applied for the grant, according to ALA.

Since 2014, ALAs Libraries Transforming Communities initiative has re-imagined the role libraries play in supporting communities. Libraries of all types have utilized free dialogue and deliberation training and resources to lead community and campus forums; take part in anti-violence activities; provide a space for residents to come together and discuss challenging topics; and have productive conversations with civic leaders, library trustees and staff.

If you are interested in getting involved or taking part in the conversation, contact Mary Barnes at

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LONG HILL TWP. - All are invited to join the Long Hill Township Library and the New Jersey Audubon Societys Stephanie Purnett for a virtual talk at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, via Zoom.

Attendees will learn some bird basics, what kind of birds one might see in northern New Jersey and when to spy them.

This year the library hopes to kick off local participation in the Great Backyard Bird Count, a global citizen science project that conducts a four day live count of the worlds birds. The Great Backyard Bird Count will take place this year from Friday to Sunday, Feb. 12 to Feb. 15.

This is a great entry-level citizen science project for individuals and families. Learn how one's participation, which can be as little as 15 minutes on one day, aids the understanding of the complex distribution and movement of bird species. Residents are encouraged to aid the library in learning how all can help the birds.

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Limited Reopening of Fairview Heights Library Announced – Herald Pubs

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By Randy Pierce [emailprotected]

FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS Beginning on Monday, February 1, of this week, the Fairview Heights Public Library is now open on a limited basis for both browsing and computer access four days a week.

For those who wish to visit the library and look at books or other items, a maximum limit of 30 minutes for doing so is required so that others will be able to have the same opportunity. The occupancy limit of visitors will be 20 which includes no more than five people in the childrens area at the same time.

The hours for browsing will be from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Lobby pick up of items will be offered during those times and also on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Protective face masks will be required for anyone age two and over inside the library. For those unable to wear face masks, library materials may still be borrowed through the lobby pickup process. Hold requests can be made by calling the library at (618) 489-2070, by using the online catalog at or by sending an e-mail message to [emailprotected]

In order to limit close contact among visitors because of the coronavirus pandemic, only four computers in the library will be available for a maximum limit of 60 minutes per person regardless of residency status during the aforementioned Monday through Thursday times except for shutdown occurring at 5:45 p.m.

Because of social distancing guidelines, library staff will not be present to assist computer users. Printing will be available from the computers or by using mobile printing.

Because of the need to reduce the potential for the spread of coronavirus, the library is continuing to not allow meeting room reservations or the use of the public restrooms inside the facility. Book donations are also currently not being accepted.

Continuing also is the practice of accepting returned materials only through use of the outside book drop instead of inside the building at the circulation desk. Books or other borrowed materials that need to be returned should be deposited in the book drop before entering the building. All returned items will be quarantined for three days before being considered checked in and available for recirculation. No overdue fines will be assessed while such items are in quarantine.

Anyone who is feeling sick, experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19 or having been directed to stay isolated as a result of exposure may not enter the library. Because of the constant state of change concerning the pandemic, the librarys policies in regard to access may change on short notice. The patience of patrons is recommended and appreciated because the safety, health and well being of staff and visitors is the top priority.

For further information, call (618) 489-2070 or send e-mail to [emailprotected] The library is located at 10017 Bunkum Road in the City of Fairview Heights Municipal Complex between the Interstate 64 overpass and Lincoln Trail/St. Clair Avenue.

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The John P. Holt Brentwood Library is the perfect place to be this week for those who love quilting, birding, yoga or helping the community by giving blood.

See below for the entire schedule of events, including a few that are ongoing virtually.

The Brentwood Library is located at 8109 Concord Rd. in Brentwood.

Monday, Feb. 1

Red Cross Blood Drive (additional dates Feb. 2, 4 and 5), 11 a.m.

The library is hosting emergency blood drives to battle current blood shortages. To schedule an appointment, log on to and enter sponsor code CityofBrentwood. Registration is required to give blood. Register online at

Wednesday, Feb. 3

Birding with Stacy: The Great Backyard Bird Count, 6:30 p.m.

The Great Backyard Bird Count is Feb. 12-15. To learn how to participate in your backyard or outdoor community space, register for this program, and Stacy Elliott will present tips and tricks that you will be able to use. Register online at

Thursday, Feb. 4

Quilling Class

Curious to learn how to quill paper? Receive a paper quilling kit and instructional video on quilling basics by registering for this class. Youll also learn how to make two Valentine's Day cards with paper quilling. The fee for this class is $10. Register online at

Friday, Feb. 5

Gentle Yoga, 9 a.m.

With a focus on breath and mindfulness, this class, suitable for all levels, is appropriate for those who want a softer, nurturing, slow-paced, well-supported and relaxing practice utilizing blocks and straps. Register online at

Virtual programs you can view any time

Out and About

Put down the books and learn new things in the world. View the program at

Tutorial Tuesday

On Tutorial Tuesday, make a fun craft you can do at home. Find past episodes on the citys YouTube channel at

Fingerplay Friday

Help your child develop their gross motor skills with these short stories and rhymes. Find episodes on the citys YouTube channel at

The World Explained!

Take real-world concepts and break them down so they are easier to understand for elementary-aged children. Find episodes on the citys YouTube channel at

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Bio-Rad Launches Its Western Blot Learning Center, an Online Multi-media Library of Resources on Immunoblotting – The Scientist

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The Bio-Rad Western Blot Learning Center, available on, was created to provide researchers an online platform to learn about western blotting, leveraging Bio-Rads experience and expertise in western blotting as well as protein electrophoresis that spans decades. The center offers comprehensive information on the science of western blotting, best practices, tips and techniques, as well as guidance on how to troubleshoot experiments.

Were delighted to share our experiences with researchers to help them optimize their experiments and achieve more reliable results, said Ben Wang, Bio-Rad Global Product Manager of Electrophoresis and Western Blotting Products, Life Science Group. The Bio-Rad Western Blot Learning Center extends our support to researchers, offering insights and techniques on blotting from our experts, he added.

Electrophoresis and western blotting are standard research methods used to characterize proteins.Bio-Rad offers a complete workflow solution for protein detection and quantitation featuring proprietary stain-free imaging technology, primary and secondary antibodies, as well as fluorescent and chemiluminescent imaging systems.

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When the Urban Library Leaders series launched in 2020, it created a space for urban library pioneers and innovators to share the successes, challenges. and the importance of libraries as community institutions.

The series now continues into 2021 when Jersey City Free Public Library Director Jeffrey Trzeciak hosts Urban Library Leaders #4: Documenting the Black Web on Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 11 a.m.

Trzeciak will be joined by guest Makiba J. Foster, manager of the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC) in Fort Lauderdale, FL, a branch of the Broward County Library. The webinar will be held on Zoom; advance registration is required at

Fosters project, Archiving the Black Web, is a digital archive documenting the diversity of Black culture and content found on the internet.

The project is a collaboration between the AARLCC and national partners representing Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) libraries and African-American cultural institutions at public libraries.

Archiving the Black Web aims to define the vision for a sustainable long-term discipline to preserve Black culture on the internet. Foster and Trzeciak also worked together on Documenting Ferguson, a digital media archive at Washington University in St. Louis. Documenting Ferguson was that was born out of the response to the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a Ferguson, MO, police officer in 2014.

Past installments of the series have featured Shamichael Hallman, manager of the Cossitt Library in Memphis, TN, who spoke about the power of public libraries as agents of civic engagement, and Yesenia Lpez, who shared the story of the New Jersey Hispanic Research & Information Center at the Newark Public Library.

Participants in the webinar will have the opportunity to be part of the discussion by asking questions and sharing their comments; questions may also be submitted in advance to All who register for the webinar will receive a recording of the event after it airs live.

Past Urban Library Leaders webinars are available for viewing at Upcoming installments are planned for April and June, with featured guests to be announced.

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February 1st, 2021 at 6:49 pm

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