Public Opinion Pros Tue, 02 Nov 2021 06:02:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Public Opinion Pros 32 32 MACAU DAILY TIMES »The public consultation on the right to organize proposes restrictions on several sectors Mon, 01 Nov 2021 00:40:56 +0000

The government has finally launched a public consultation on the proposal to establish a trade union law in Macau.
The public consultation document, presented on Saturday by the Office of Labor Affairs (DSAL), contains remarks on the government’s intention to create a scheme that excludes certain occupational sectors. These include civil servants and other professions related to public services such as health care, transport and public services. The government intends to regulate their participation in professional associations through separate regulations.
Regarding the security forces, the government intends to completely exclude people exercising these professions, citing the incompatibility of the law with their professional obligations.
“Regarding professions or sectors which provide services in response to the basic needs of the population – for example, sectors of public interest, including water supply, electricity, public transport and communication infrastructure , among others, as well as the health sector which takes responsibility for saving lives – it is necessary to maintain [their] continuous operation, to guarantee the interests of society ”, indicates the public consultation document, in the chapter relating to the scope and application of the law.
The same document adds: “In view of the general interest, it seems appropriate, except for agents of the security forces and services, to establish rules on the exercise of trade union rights for workers in certain professions.
The question of these restrictions sheds light on a series of questions in the public consultation. The government is calling on the public to voice their opinion on which, if not all, professions should be included in a separate scheme because of their direct impact on people’s livelihoods.
The decision to exclude the security forces and services, as well as the creation of a special regime for civil servants and other public officials, would come from reviews and comparisons of similar regulations applied by several other countries and regions, including Singapore, Malaysia, Portugal, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
According to the DSAL, “most of these countries or regions establish provisions for two types of professions (military personnel and civil servants) concerning the organization and participation in trade union associations, or even the exercise of the right of association, different from those of workers. in general.”
DSAL officials also assert that the exclusion of members of the security forces and services from the right to organize is also justified by the terms of their statutes and statutes relating to their functions. These regulations state that these workers must “[abstain] to be affiliated with associations of a political or trade union nature, or to participate in any activities carried out by these, as well as to present or promote petitions addressed to the government or to hierarchical superiors on matters of a political or service nature », Among other functions.
The same officials also said that an important component of the preparation of the trade union law was to “strike a balance” between the rights of citizens and the duties imposed by the professions, especially in the case of civil servants and other service workers. public.
The public consultation was open for public comment and input since yesterday and will remain open until December 14, a total of 45 days.
In addition, DSAL will also hold four public sessions where the public can express their views in person.
Sessions will be held at the World Trade Center building on November 7, 12, 27 and December 5.
Registration and review submission can be done online via a page specially dedicated to this public consultation, available only in Chinese and Portuguese.

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‘Ghosts’ found at Fryeburg Public Library | Local News Fri, 29 Oct 2021 22:01:00 +0000

FRYEBURG, Maine – The ghosts of author Clarence Mulford and an African slave who was buried in a small cemetery next to the library apparently contacted two paranormal researchers and about half a dozen raffle winners ghost hunting, including a reporter from the Sun.

The Luna Paranormal Research team – Kelly Rogers of North Conway and Linda Merritt of Effingham – led the expedition to the library.

As a fundraiser for the library, the couple raffled off a chance to go on a ghost hunt Thursday night at the library for two tickets at $ 5 or five at $ 10. Rogers explained that the library wants to install plaques near the graves of people of historical significance who are buried near the library, which was built in 1832. The library on Facebook reported that $ 460 was raised through this business. .

The raffle winners were Sheila Drinkwater, from the Conway Center Jaime Gustafson in Fryeburg, Renee Ricker from the Conway Center, Nancy Shappell from Brownfield, Hannah-Jo Weisberg from North Conway, Kristen Kennedy from Tamworth.

At 7 p.m., the group gathered at the library and Rogers and Merritt reviewed the equipment they use to communicate with the dead. After that, the group used their devices in the children’s room and the Mulford room, then outside to the cemetery. The event lasted until approximately 9:30 p.m.

“I would say it was a pretty good investigation,” Rogers said late in the evening. “There are nights when you just sit in one place and get nothing for hours.”

Merritt added that their “worst fear” would be having participants standing in the cemetery in the cold air with nothing to show.

At first, librarian Jennifer Spofford said there appeared to be “attendance” at the library. Her husband, Dan, was also present.

“I will hear as if there is a bunch of people in the main part of the library looking through books and talking,” Spofford said. “So when I go out there, there’s no one there.”

While there were many highlights, perhaps the most entertaining was when Rogers and Merritt claimed to be talking with Clarence Mulford’s ghost using a “ghost box”.

Mulford (1883-1956), author of the “Hopalong Cassidy” novels, lived in Fryeburg the latter part of his life. Mulford has a room in the library dedicated to him and his work.

The phantom box is a device similar to a radio scanner. It scours radio signals quickly and the idea is for the ghost to communicate by manipulating frequencies to choose the words they want people to hear or the white noise to sound like words.

Merritt was asking questions and Rogers, who was blindfolded and wearing headphones connected to the phantom box, interpreted “Mulford” responses. She sat on a bench in front of the Mulford Model Ship and Railcar exhibit.

The famous author said he was ready to answer “a few questions,” but then seemed to clear up over time. The conversation lasted about 15 minutes.

According to Rogers, Mulford misses his Fryeburg house and says it was “pretty”. At the invitation of The Sun, Merritt repeatedly asked Mulford how things were on the other side and if it was nicer.

“There are problems,” he answered cryptically.

Informed that participants in the “ghost hunt” donated to the library, Mulford replied, “That’s good.”

At one point, Rogers blurted out, “he thinks he’s boring.”

This immediately sparked excitement from Spofford who confessed that westerns “just aren’t my cup of tea.”

Merritt tried to console Mulford by saying that she remembers Hop-along Cassidy and thinks he’s “so cool” and she also asked Mulford for a response from Spofford.

“You can laugh,” Mulford said. “It sounds weird.”

When asked what he thought of the world today and if he was glad he was not in his physical form, he reportedly replied, “This is crap.”

Later everyone walked out where Merritt and Rogers set up an SLS camera in front of the grave of Limbo, an African slave who was apparently well regarded in his day and buried with white people.

The pair may have captured Limbo’s image with a Structured Light Sensor (SLS) camera pointed at his grave. The camera, originally intended for gaming, captures humanoid figures and depicts them as stick figures. There appeared to be a stick figure near the grave. At one point, Merritt asked to shake his hand. The spirit appeared to wane but it touched his knee, according to Rogers’ camera reading. More strangely, when the women asked “Limbo” to get out of the frame, he quickly rushed to the right and then came back.

The women also parked their equipment in front of a few other graves, but the spirits barely communicated there. A reporter suggested that the women may have put off morale when they said they were taking the group on a “ghost hunt,” which might sound derogatory.

The first stop in the ghost hunt was the children’s room. There they used an electromagnetic field detector built into a toy puppy named “Chester”. The nose lights up if a ghost answers a question. Chester’s nose would light up periodically after questions were asked, but there didn’t seem to be much rhyme or reason for the “answers.” They also put glowing cat balls on the floor. At one point, a ball ignited for no reason.

Could women really have interacted with spirits? The truth is out there.

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Warwick Public Library services will soon be on the move Fri, 29 Oct 2021 10:28:00 +0000


In March 2020, staff at Warwick Public Library were told they would be working from home temporarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The physical location was closed, but that didn’t stop the library from serving the community.

“July 2020 to June 2021 has been one of the most difficult years on record at the Warwick Public Library. We have been through a pandemic, significant fluctuations in staff and constant adjustment in the way we provide service to the public, ”wrote library director Jana Stevenson in her review report of the year. “As a result of, or perhaps even despite these challenges, the staff did their best to meet the needs of the community. “

After a year and a half of premieres, the library will also continue to do things differently.

Recently, the library received a Library Strengthening Project Grant of $ 49,850 from RI’s Office of Library and Information Services and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Stevens says the grant will fund the purchase of an outreach vehicle the library will use to reach underserved populations in Warwick. The library has partnered with Westbay Community Action to identify areas and agencies that are unable to access the services provided by the library. The van will contain computers and access points that can be used to provide workforce development skills and access to services such as the Home Energy Assistance Program for those at home. low income and help with paying bills.

“We’ll also have the ability to check out articles and run traditional library programs like story time and book club meetings,” Stevens said. “We are planning to start a meal club with supplies provided by the market pantry. We also plan to promote family literacy with the summer learning program.

She said they hope to buy a Ford Transit Cargo Van as soon as they can.

She said they have a request for proposal on the City’s website.

Stevens said they will also need to get graphics for the exterior of the vehicle and configure the interior of the vehicle to contain all of the materials.

“We hope to be on the road by the end of winter or early spring,” Stevens said.

Stevens said they divided the project’s four goals into different categories.

One of them is connectivity and workforce development skills. She said some of the things they plan to do provide laptops and WiFi on every visit with assistance in using them. Library staff also plan to schedule on-site training sessions to facilitate online job applications and access to workforce training programs.

For their goal of helping tackle food insecurity, Stevens said they plan to have meal kit programs that will include a recipe and the food needed to prepare the meal. Back on site, the library will hold follow-up discussions about the meal.

Stevens said that when they help adults, they also help children at the same time.

“While adults receive one-on-one assistance and use our onboard resources, their children will benefit from a story hour and craft program that incorporates early literacy and school readiness skills,” Stevens said.

Library staff also hope to promote a sense of community through the project.

“The pandemic has sent families indoors and many are grappling with depression and social and emotional issues,” Stevens said. “A visit to the mobile library will provide a place of solidarity gathering for the community. “

The addition of the awareness vehicle will take place almost two years after the start of the pandemic.

As soon as the library staff were told they would be working from home, they started making changes.

Knowing that they would need to do things online to connect with the community Ellen O’Brien, the library’s deputy director, said they immediately checked their webpage and updated it so that ‘it presents their database, their eBooks and their resources that people would need.

They also worked with the school district to create tutorials so people know how to use the databases.

O’Brien said that due to the need for more digital materials, library staff began to focus on the materials they were purchasing.

“We really changed our spending and bought a lot of electronics,” O’Brien said.

According to the Library’s annual report, digital use increased by 22% and 117,599 eBooks, audiobooks, music albums, movies, TV shows and stories were downloaded or streamed.

While working from home, staff began to develop programs that could be done remotely, including virtual storytelling hours and book clubs, outdoor programs, and take-home crafts.

According to the annual report, the library had 378 programs with 12,312 participants between July 2020 and June 2021.

Since local teens continued to need community service hours for many things, the library launched a virtual program VolunTEENS. The teens designed recovery cards for hospitalized children, created video tutorials, made homemade gifts for deployed soldiers, and wrote peer reviews.

A total of 43 volunteers contributed 333 volunteer hours over the course of one year.

As the library has reached out to many in the community, O’Brien said she has more clients in person than she has virtually.

“When the doors are open and people can come as they please, we definitely see more people. But we felt we could connect with the people who were looking for us and also reach out to those who might not realize that “yes we are still here the building is close but we are here for you Said O’Brien. .

Stevenson said when the library reopened in July 2020, they saw around 9,600 visits to the library, compared to 2019 when they had 29,000 visits.

She said it was important when they reopened because the DMV and other places continued to be closed and only did things by fax and email, which not everyone did. no access. Stevenson said people could get these services through the library.

“It was a huge thing, especially in July, August, September of last year. People were so thankful that we were open again and enabling the services, ”she said.

Like many other places, it was slow for the library to see visitors face to face at the volume they had before.

“It took a while for people to come back. Over the summer we started counting daily and monthly doors to something more than what we had in the past, ”Stevenson said.

She said they had engaged with the community to try to bring back attendance numbers.

“We are making a huge effort to reach out to the community… we are trying to turn the tide.”

In July, she said they had reached 14,000 visits, which was the highest total month in the pandemic.

While there aren’t as many faces coming through the doors as before the pandemic, O’Brien said they were happy to have been open without a break since January 2021.

“It has been wonderful for us and the customers to see us again. When they come back they are so excited to be back. We have truly missed our community.

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McCandless City Council rejects increase in contribution to Northland Public Library Thu, 28 Oct 2021 20:47:46 +0000

McCandless City Council has rejected an increase in funding for the Northland Public Library, as called for in the library’s 2022 budget proposal.

The library had proposed a 5.23% funding increase for its local municipalities, including McCandless, according to a presentation by library executive director Amy Steele.

“This is an unprecedented decision, as the library budget has never been rejected by any of our supporting municipalities before. The impact will be felt by our community as necessary cuts to services, resources and programs will have to take place, ”said Nicholas Yon, director of communications for the Northland Public Library.

The township had the option of accepting, rejecting or making a recommendation regarding the library budget.

McCandless board chair Kim Zachary said that while the board has not agreed to the level of contribution requested by the library, the township will still provide the same funding it did this year.

“By rejecting the library’s proposed 2022 budget, the board rejected the 5.23% increase over last year. Our financial support will continue, just at the 2021 level. We recognize the library as a valuable part of our community, ”said Zachary.

Sixty percent of the library’s funding comes from its five local municipalities, including McCandless.

Also at the October 25 meeting, Canton Director Robert Grimm also presented the Canton’s 2022 draft budget, which contains no tax increase.

He will continue to present budget details at the next board meeting on November 8 with a final budget vote in December.

For the library budget, Steele had noted that the increase would meet various needs, such as operating increases and establishing competitive salaries for staff.

Yon said the library was sensitive to the tax challenges all of its funders were facing, but was disappointed with the McCandless council’s decision because library officials believed they had budgeted thoughtfully and responsibly.

Three of the library’s other municipal supporting partners formally approved the proposed library budget: Bradford Woods, Marshall and Ross. Franklin Park has given indications of support pending a vote next month, Yon said.

McCandless must be careful with his budget to meet major funding needs for 2022, according to Zachary.

“The City has major capital projects that can no longer be put off. The Council is committed to exercising fiscal responsibility and maintaining the current tax rate. We continue to tighten our own budget and ask the community services we support to do the same, ”she said.

The library has asked McCandless for $ 675,445 for 2022. However, the township budget committee has requested that the township maintain its 2021 funding level at $ 641,905 for next year.

Municipal library support is calculated using a circulation-based formula. McCandless contributes the highest amount to the library among other municipalities, according to the library’s proposed budget.

In his budget presentation, Grimm noted that “while the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the accompanying economic downturn are not as significant as we originally anticipated, we continue to see signs of slowing down economy, so we are careful with the revenue projections. “

Other projected expenses for the library include health care, building maintenance and updates, continuing education for staff, Steele said. Yon said Northland “worked hard” to make cuts to present a budget that would maintain its current level of service.

“We look forward to the opportunity to engage McCandless City Council in further discussions so that we can continue to serve our communities and neighbors at levels of service that meet their needs,” said Yon.

The library received federal aid last year, according to Steele. NPL received two Payroll Protection Plan loans. The PPP loan covered some personnel and utility costs last year and this year, according to Steele. She said both loans were canceled in 2021.

Other financings include Allegheny Regional Asset District, or RAD, at 18% of the funding. The library receives only 9% from the state, according to the NPL budget.

Northland has the highest circulation of physical items during the pandemic in all of Allegheny County. From January to December 2020, it circulated over 410,000 articles compared to the second highest number of circulations from Mount Lebanon libraries at 182,288. From January to May of this year, the NPL circulation more than doubled the second. highest number of items in circulation, which was located at the main Carnegie of Pittsburgh branch.

The canton’s 2022 budget project is available online


Natalie Beneviat is an associate of Trib Total Media.

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The Jacksonville Public Education Fund announces a collective goal of recruiting and retaining diverse male teachers. – Free Jacksonville Press Thu, 28 Oct 2021 16:17:52 +0000

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., October 25, 2021 – The Jacksonville Public Education Fund recently announced a community-wide goal to better recruit and retain diverse male teachers in Duval County.

In partnership with others in Jacksonville, JPEF is committed to recruiting and retaining 1,000 male educators by 2025 to help bridge the gap in teacher diversity. This represents an annual growth of at least 12%.

“For years, research has shown that teachers are role models and that all students benefit from diversity among their teachers,” said JPEF President Rachael Tutwiler Fortune. “With this announcement, Duval County joins communities across the country who have chosen to focus on teacher diversity as a key lever to improve student outcomes and promote educational equity. I am incredibly proud of my hometown for making this public commitment.

The announcement, made at JPEF’s EDTalks luncheon, builds on original JPEF research showing the lack of representation among Duval County teachers. The JPEF study found that black and Latino male teachers made up less than 10% of public school teachers in Duval County, while black and Latino students made up about 30% of the student body. Figures for Duval County mirror those for the country, where the shortage of diverse male teachers is also acute.

“The idea of ​​diversifying the teacher education pipeline takes all the practical work,” said Dr. Rudy Jamison, professor at the UNF College of Education and Human Services. “I don’t think there was a comprehensive strategy, so this collective approach is extremely important. I don’t know of any organization that is equipped to lead this effort other than JPEF.

JPEF will work with partners including Duval County Public Schools, University of North Florida College of Education and Social Services, education partners such as Teach for America and City Year, as well as local and regional historically black colleges and universities in this effort. The initiative will also use innovative strategies, such as providing financial incentives to faith-based partners, teacher influencers, and peer mentors to help recruit and retain teachers while presenting teaching as an opportunity. respected and rewarding career for women and men.

The EDTalks fundraiser, which featured guest speaker Dr. Eddie S. Glaude, professor at Princeton and best-selling author, raised over $ 20,000 to support this work. The event was made possible by the generous support of the Chartrand family, speaker sponsor, gold sponsors Poppy and Rob Clements, Cindy and Dan Edelman, CSX, The Miller Families, READ USA, Inc., anonymous on Honor of James Baldwin, Silver Sponsors The Honorable Judge Brian J. Davis, The Northeast Florida Community Foundation, SS&C Technologies, Terry & Lon Walton and many more.

“We know there is an undeniable link between student success and the diversity among our educators, especially when it comes to our young men of color with classroom role models that look like them.” said Superintendent Diana Greene. “This fuels our teacher recruitment efforts, and I am very grateful to JPEF for taking the initiative to create a holistic approach that brings together community partners with whom we can strategically collaborate around this important goal.”

Contact Betsy Penisten, Communications and Development Associate, at for more information.

About the Jacksonville Public Education Fund

The Jacksonville Public Education Fund is an independent think tank that believes in the potential of all students. We work tirelessly to close the gap in opportunity for low income students and students of color. We are bringing together educators, school system leaders and the community to pilot and help scale evidence-based solutions that improve the quality of schools in Duval County. For more information:

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Morton Grove Public Library: The Zine Project: Short Creative Works by and for Middle School Students Wed, 27 Oct 2021 17:18:01 +0000

I hope you have now been able to visit our newly renovated Youth Services Department, located on the lower level of the library. You will notice that we have a new space for the college, which is just to the right as you get off the elevator. Here you’ll find college readings, study tables, board games, a TV and comfy chairs, and finally, The Zine Project.

What is a fanzine?

So what is a fanzine? Zines (pronounced “zeens”) are self-published mini-works in magazine form that can be about anything. They often use a mixture of pictures and words to tell a story or communicate an idea.

Some fanzines will teach you something new, while others will tell a personal story. They can make you laugh or make you cry, they can be fiction or non-fiction. It all depends on who is creating the zine.

And for The Zine Project at our library, we ask you to be the creator! You will see that on our zine board currently we only have sample copies. However, our goal is to ultimately only display zines created by local college students.

What should my zine be about?

So where do you find ideas for content? Graphic Novels are a great source of ideas, and we have a new Graphic Novels section in the College space for you to browse.

Also consider your own personal preferences and experiences:

  • When you read, what genres do you gravitate towards?
  • What are the people, places and things that you enjoy learning?
  • What has happened to you in your life that you think others will relate to or want them to know?

Either way, we want your voice to be heard!

How to make a fanzine?

But how do you go from a blank sheet of paper to a finished zine? You can find guidelines and instructions for folding your zine next to the zine display in the college space (or download them here). There we also have paper, pencils, pens and colored pencils to use in library to make your room as beautiful and complete as possible.

You can also follow the instructions and create your zine with the materials you have at home. Please see our samples on the zine board for inspiration. You don’t have to think of yourself as an artist or a writer to write a zine. Everyone is welcome to participate!

Things to keep in mind

We have a few rules and guidelines that we ask you to follow, and otherwise what you do is up to you:

  1. Include your name or a pen name on the zine.
  2. You can give us your contact details, but please do not put them directly on your zine.
  3. Your zine should look good printed on a copier. This means the lines should be dark and your work should stay within the margin of the copy.
  4. Submit only completed zines – feel free to take your time to make it appear finished. Make sure to fold your zine according to the directions given.
  5. Only submit works that you feel comfortable reading by other people.
  6. Keep in mind that Youth Services materials are intended for grade 8 and younger students.
  7. Please return your finished zines to the Youth Services Office. We ask that you limit your submissions to two zines per month.
  8. The zines will be selected for viewing by librarians. We will keep all originals on file for you to retrieve if you wish to retrieve them.

We can’t wait to see what you create!

Natalie Roche is the Youth Services Librarian at the Morton Grove Public Library.

This press release was produced by Morton Grove Public Library. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.

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Revamped Choa Chu Kang Public Library Provides Insight into Library Future, Community News and Top Stories Wed, 27 Oct 2021 11:17:00 +0000

SINGAPORE – The renovated Choa Chu Kang Public Library, which will reopen to the public tomorrow (October 28), is an example of what libraries of the future will look like.

The library, with the theme (Re) connect With Nature, is the first in Singapore to be built around the concept of sustainability.

Visitors will benefit from an indoor garden, hydroponics room, and new digital learning tools such as live nature broadcasts and updates from the World Wildlife Fund Singapore. These features aim to increase awareness of sustainability and environmental issues.

Located on the fourth and fifth floors of Lot 1 Shopping Mall in Choa Chu Kang, the library underwent a two-year overhaul to become the seventh ‘Next Generation Library’ in the National Library Board’s 2025 Libraries and Archives Master Plan ( NLB) (LAB25). This is the NLB’s master plan to streamline its library and archives services.

The renovated library features an augmented reality (AR) learning path, where visitors can experience immersive content by scanning QR codes around the library with their mobile phones.

Addressing guests at the library reopening ceremony on Wednesday, October 27, Communications and Information Minister Joséphine Teo said libraries play a vital role in society by providing public access to know and discover different cultures.

She said, “Along with our rapidly changing society, our libraries have also evolved and transformed to meet the changing needs and interests of Singaporeans. “

Since 2017, NLB has reorganized and reopened six libraries – Library @ HarbourFront, Sengkang Public Library, Bukit Panjang Public Library, Bedok Public Library, Tampines Regional Library and Yishun Public Library.

Ms Teo said the challenge for NLB is to find new ways to capture the zeitgeist and the aspirations of the people.

Referring to the agricultural heritage and natural parks of Choa Chu Kang, she said that in the past, visitors could only look at photos to learn more about the endangered sambar deer or the exploitation of rubber in the region. XIXth century.

“Now, with the AR Learning Trail, visitors can connect and learn in ways they may never have experienced before,” Ms. Teo said.

Choa Chu Kang Public Library Director Jollene Shu said she hopes the redeveloped space can change the public’s mindset about a library.

She said, “The library is a place of learning. We want visitors to learn in space as well as through items such as the community wall which shows the agricultural history of Choa Chu Kang.”

The Minister of Communications and Information, Joséphine Teo (in light blue) at the renovated Choa Chu Kang public library, October 27, 2021. ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

(Left to right) Josephine Teo, Minister of Communications and Information, Ng Cher Pong, CEO of the National Library Board, and Jollene Shu, Director of Choa Chu Kang Public Library, in the hydroponics room of the renovated Choa Chu Kang Public Library. ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

NLB Deputy Director General of the Archives and Libraries Group, Ms Catherine Lau, said the NLB is taking a more experimental approach with its LAB25 master plan.

She said: “What we’re trying to do this time is call in like-minded partners so they can join NLB to create and try new ideas with us.

“One of the key elements of LAB25 is to create a learning marketplace where we use technology to help improve the learning experience for visitors.”

The Renovated Choa Chu Kang Public Library Study and Multimedia Area. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

The library, with the theme (Re) connect With Nature, is the first in Singapore to be built around the concept of sustainability. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

She also shared that Punggol’s next regional library, scheduled to open in 2022, will be the first to offer integrated services for people with disabilities, built around the theme of inclusiveness.

“For each of our new libraries, we try to have a unique focus for the community,” Ms. Lau said.

Ms. Shu said that she and her team will reach out to the public and listen to the community on how libraries can be improved.

Ms. Lau added, “There is no such thing as a perfect library because things change after a few years and you have to meet the needs of society.”

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Middletown Public Library honors these 4 local residents Fri, 22 Oct 2021 18:18:08 +0000

MIDDLETOWN, NJ – At its first-ever Centennial Gala on October 29, the Middletown Public Library will honor the following people who live or work in Middletown and have made it a better place to live.

The Middletown Library will be holding the gala on October 29 to mark its centenary. The gala will take place at the Jacques Reception Center on Palmer Avenue next Friday evening.

“We are very happy to recognize these winners,” said Heather Andolsen, director of the Middletown Library. “As our library celebrates 100 years of service, it is essential that we also seek to honor those in our community whose care and service have contributed so much to the people of Middletown.”

The four winners are:

Joyce Murphy Imagination in Education Award – Linda and Abe Littenberg

Presented in memory of Joyce Murphy, employee of the MTPL Children’s Department, recognizes an individual who shares their inherent kindness, joy and creativity in their interactions with children and supports children’s reading as a way to strengthen their creativity, language, learning and general well-being. This award will be presented to Linda and Abe Littenberg, co-owners of A Child’s Place school in Lincroft. For over 40 years, they have provided a positive environment for young children to create from their own imaginations, be themselves and become eager to explore the world.

Outstanding Philanthropist Award – The Kolber Family

The Outstanding Philanthropist Award recognizes an individual who embodies the best of our caring and generous community and who has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to positive long-term change through exemplary care, empathy and generosity to the community. within the community of Middletown. This award will be presented to George, Vita and Richard Kolber who have donated to a range of national and local charities over the past 20 years through the Kolber Family Foundation. The foundation has provided scholarships to the underprivileged, donations to FULFILL, the Monmouth and Ocean Counties Food Bank, and has supported health organizations such as Riverview and Bayshore hospitals, as well as establishments in education such as Brookdale Community College and Monmouth University.

Corporate Generosity Award – Whirl Construction

The Business Generosity Award recognizes a Middletown-based business that embodies a general spirit of giving through contributions of time, leadership and resources in support of local non-profit organizations. This award will be presented to Whirl Construction, a leader in building parks and playgrounds in Monmouth County for almost 40 years. Whirl Construction has donated time, labor and equipment to support significant projects in Middletown, such as the original construction of the WTC Memorial Gardens and recent improvements in honor of the 20th anniversary of the 11 September, including the installation of a new custom brick walkway leading into the gardens. Whirl Construction also supports our veterans and has helped Middletown Social Services with projects that help those in need who have served our country.

Historic Preservation Award – Christine Giordano Hanlon, Esq.

The Historic Preservation Award recognizes an individual or organization who has been an outstanding advocate for historic preservation in our community through projects or programs. This award will be presented to Christine Giordano Hanlon, Esq., Monmouth County Clerk. As well as being the County Clerk, often referred to as the “Keeper of the Records,” she worked diligently to preserve, protect and educate the public about our history dating back to the 17th century. As a member of Monmouth County, 9/11, and its Aftermath Exhibition Advisory Committee, Clerk Hanlon commissioned a short film to accompany the exhibition which commemorates the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. film incorporates archival material, original interviews with 9/11 affected Monmouth County residents, widows, survivors, first responders, historians and government officials and will preserve the history of the County Bond of Monmouth with this tragic event.

For more information on the MTPL 100 Years Celebration Gala or to purchase tickets, visit

Here is who sat on the library committee to choose the winners: Heather Andolsen, Library Director, Tara Berson, Middletown Communications Director, William R. Bucco, Library Board Chair, Patricia Curtain, Friends of MTPL Treasurer , Thomas Davis, Middletown Lions Club Vice President, Courtney Fiore, Resident, Lindsay Fox, Library Administrator, Susan Gioia, Library Assistant, Walter Johnson, Library Public Information, Susan Kyrillos, Library Administrator, Wendy LaTona, Library Administration, Alannah Perry, Resident, Tony Perry, Township of Middletown Mayor

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Ogdensburg Public Library Receives Library System Award for Promoting Successful Referendum | Donations to the community Fri, 22 Oct 2021 12:26:50 +0000

OGDENSBURG – The Ogdensburg Public Library received an Excellence in Advocacy for Libraries Award from the North Country Library System for its work promoting a referendum campaign for additional funding last spring.

In May, a referendum on the Ogdensburg City School District Budget Vote was passed to provide $ 225,000 in funding for the Ogdensburg Public Library. The referendum was called after the city of Ogdensburg told the library that 2021 will be the last year the municipality will provide funding for the library located at 312 Washington St.

Library officials said it takes about $ 350,000 a year to operate the facility and deliver programs. It was the third referendum since 2017 to be backed by voters in the city of Ogdensburg school district in a vote on the school budget. A total of $ 125,000 was raised by the library following successful referendums in 2017 and 2018. A levy vote in 2019 for $ 75,000 was rejected.

Library director Penny Kerfien said the award was due to “the hard work of the committee that spearheaded the successful referendum campaign.”

“It means the community wants the library to be successful and open. The work that has been done on the referendum has been great and it has shown the community what the library is and does ”, said Kerfien,“ I would like to thank the community and everyone who helped in the referendum and showed their support in one of many ways – writing letters, having a garden sign, delivering the garden signs, donating time and money and giving their full support to this library, which is the community center from Ogdensburg.

Library Board Chair Michelle McLagan, on behalf of the Ogdensburg Public Library Board of Directors, thanked the committee that met to work to secure enough votes to pass at an overwhelming majority in the referendum on financing.

“The committee members worked tirelessly to spread the word, explain the benefits of library services to our community and do whatever they could to get the ‘yes’ vote. All of our administrators, library friends, staff and volunteers have worked together to provide the best possible service over many difficult and challenging years. Our Executive Director, Penny Kerfien, is the glue that holds all of these moving parts together, and our city owes the library’s success to her leadership, ”said McLagan.

Matt Corey, a consultant from the North Country Library System, presented the award to Kerfien.

“Their road has been long and difficult, including a history of challenges for their funding. As all of the library staff and administrators here know, it is difficult to operate the library on a tight budget. In addition, there are often difficulties in simply securing funding from this budget, ”said Corey,“ In the face of these challenges, advocacy can be a crucial part of success. After a history of municipal funding cuts and other impending cuts that may have closed their doors, this library has embarked on a remarkable and strong advocacy campaign to secure sustainable funding on the schools ballot.

Corey said the following has been done by the city library: A council sub-committee has been put in place to help manage the campaign and strategy; they coordinated with their group of friends who actively communicated with the community on the issues and the referendum; supporters of the library sent letters to the editor of local newspapers, stressing the value of the library and how crucial it was that they pass their referendum; the library manager was in constant contact with the media, addressing both difficult questions and comments with grace; and library supporters showed up at city council meetings.

“Thanks to their efforts, their school district’s vote recorded a record turnout, with voters overwhelmingly choosing to support the library. They secured an additional $ 225,000 in funding, bringing their total to $ 350,000 and ensured that the library would keep its doors open. This voter approval is more than money, it is recognition that the community supports their library and trusts their staff and administrators, ”said Corey,“ There is still a long way to go, but I Personally am incredibly proud of the efforts of directors, staff, friends, and in particular Director Penny Kerfien. For exemplary advocacy efforts that communicated the value of the library and secured sustainable funding vital for future success, I would like to present the Excellence in Library Advocacy Award to the Ogdensburg Public Library.

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American Public Education (APEI) Sees Hammerhead Chart Pattern: Time to Buy? Fri, 22 Oct 2021 10:08:00 +0000

American Public Education, Inc. APEI has been struggling lately, but the selling pressure may end soon. This is because the APEI recently saw a hammer chart pattern that may signal that the stock is approaching a bottom.

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A hammer chart pattern is a popular technical indicator used in candlestick charts. The hammer appears when a stock tumbles during the day, but then finds strength at some point in the session to close near or above its opening price. This forms a candlestick that resembles a hammer and may suggest that the market has found a low point in the action and better days are ahead.

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Estimates have actually risen so much that the title now has a Zacks No.1 (strong buy) rank, suggesting that this relatively unloved title may soon see a break-up. This will be especially true if the actions of the APEI can gain momentum from here and find a way to continue higher than this encouraging business development. You can see The full list of today’s Zacks # 1 Rank stocks here.

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