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Career Connections Presents – Path to Employment

Are you struggling to find employment or tired of your current job?  Please join us for Career Connections Presents: Path to Employment to learn about the best practices for finding a job as well as some powerful resources from the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce.  Topics we will cover include:

  • Creating a job search plan
  • Job searching
  • Career Connections
  • Jersey Job Club

 

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Last Seen: Finding Family After Slavery

In honor of African American History Month, please join us for as Dr. Judith Geisberg and Margaret Jerrido showcase a wonderful resource for tracking down ancestors who were slaves.  Before slavery came to an end, enslaved families were routinely separated when “owners” sold mothers away from children, husbands from wives, sisters away from brothers.  The heartbreak of these separations has lived on to their descendants, who today try to fill in their family trees.  For two years, Dr. Geisberg and Ms. Jerrido collected “information wanted” ads taken out by former slaves searching for their loved ones lost in slavery.  The project began by collecting the ads found in The Christian Recorder, published by the African Methodist Episcopal Church.  To date the Last Seen project has identified more than 3,000 of these ads, digitized them, and made them available on the project website, where researchers and family genealogists can search the ads by proper name, location, circumstance of separation, and other events.  The site offers new avenues for genealogists to search their family history.

 

Judith Giesberg is Professor of History at Villanova University. Giesberg is the author of five books, Civil War Sisterhood: The United States Sanitary Commission and Women’s Politics in Transition (Boston, MA:  Northeastern University Press, 2000),“Army at Home:” Women and the Civil War on the Northern Home Front (Chapel Hill, NC:  University of North Carolina Press, 2009), Keystone State in Crisis:  Pennsylvania in the Civil War (Pennsylvania Historical Association, 2013), and Emilie Davis’s Civil War:  The Diaries of a Free Black Woman in Philadelphia, 1863-1865 (State College, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2014.)  Judy’s latest book, Sex and the Civil War:  Soldiers, Pornography, and the Making of Modern Morality, (University of North Carolina Press) was published in 2017.  Judy is Editor of the Journal of the Civil War Era.

Margaret Jerrido received her BA, in history, from Temple University.  She received her MLS with a concentration in archival management from Drexel University. She has worked in the archival field for over 35 years.  She was the Director of the Black Women’s Physicians Project at the Medical College of Pennsylvania; Director of the Urban Archives in the Temple University Libraries; and is currently the part-time Archivist at Mother Bethel AME Church in Philadelphia. She is a member of the Delaware Valley Archivists Group (DVAG) and the Mid-Atlantic Archives Conference (MARAC).  Ms. Jerrido has conducted workshops on how to preserve historical materials, lead discussion groups on how to begin an archives, and participated in panels and workshops on how to conduct oral histories to the PA Genealogical Society and the African American Genealogy Group.

 

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Forging Effective Public / Private Partnerships through Corporate Day-of-Service Projects

Successful, engaging community projects are often completely overlooked opportunities that can foster far more substantive relationships than any proposal ever can by offering a chance for executives to work side by side with youth and families in the communities that they serve … and ultimately become your organization’s ambassadors. Please join Leontyne Anglin and learn to develop a strategic plan to get your foot in the door, lead successful large-scale projects and potentially generate thousands of dollars in support.

Leontyne Anglin is a former corporate marketer and media relations executive with a background in
podcasting, film, and television production. She is a Commercial Remote Pilot Licensed & Certified by
the Federal Aviation Administration specializing in Aerial Videography and Photography. She founded
Staging Executives Aerial & Digital Media firm with one purpose in mind … to help business owners
and entrepreneurs leverage media to gain a professional online presence — helping clients get their shows
on the air and businesses on the map!

 

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Summer Camp Fair

With the summer quickly approaching, now is the time for parents to start considering their childcare options for the summer.  Many parents choose to enroll their children in summer camps, in either day camps, overnight camps, or specialty camps.  Summer camps offer your children a wide range of activities fostering their personal, physical, social, and educational growth.  However, choosing the right summer camp can be difficult and time consuming, but we have you covered.  Please join the NJ State Library and the American Camp Association of New York and New Jersey for our first Summer Camp Fair to help state employees find the right camp for their children.  Come check out camps from the surrounding areas in both NJ and PA and find a camp that fits your needs.  The following is a list of camps attending on Tuesday, February 12 from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm:

Big Oak Day Camp – Yardley, PA
CYO Day Camp of Mercer County – Trenton, NJ
Hamilton Area YMCA Sawmill Branch – Hamilton, NJ
Liberty Lake Day Camp – Bordentown, NJ
Mount Laurel YMCA – Mount Laurel, NJ
Princeton Day School Summer Programs – Princeton, NJ
Princeton Family YMCA Summer Camp – Princeton, NJ
Rambling Pines Day Camp – Hopewell, NJ
The Boys and Girls Club of Mercer County – Trenton, NJ

 

From Dorothea Dix to the Post-War Era: Historic Reports of New Jersey’s Psychiatric Hospitals

New Jersey opened its first state hospital for those needing psychiatric care in 1848.  Known as the New Jersey State Lunatic Asylum, this hospital was established in direct response to Dorothea Dix’s patient advocacy campaign and, as such, offered a revolutionary approach to patient care, one that emphasized holistic treatments and protected patient dignity.  Yet over the next century, these approaches would be challenged by changing social, political, and scientific norms.  The New Jersey State Library’s recently digitized collection of New Jersey State Asylum annual reports offers a glimpse into patient life and care over the course of that century. Please join us as Caitlyn Cook, our Digital Librarian, discusses the collection, the stories found within, and their relevance today.

Caitlyn Cook is the New Jersey Reference and Digital Librarian for the New Jersey State Library in Trenton. Her work includes digitizing historic, New Jersey government documents to ensure long-term preservation and to promote public access.

 

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Using the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum for Genealogical Research

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is one of the preeminent institutions for Holocaust-era research. Known worldwide as a museum, it is also invaluable to genealogists. This talk will cover strategies for using the Victims and Survivors database, the International Tracing Service Inventory Search, and the museum’s archival holdings (particularly those that are available online) of artifacts, documents, photos, films, books, and personal
stories. Methods in which the print collection in Washington DC may be used will be described.  Finally, she will cover some fundamental differences between archives and libraries and tips for researching archives via available finding aids.

Elana Broch, PhD, is the Assistant Population Research Librarian at Princeton University. She is an amateur genealogist who has spent much of her research efforts trying to find out about her grandfather, a 1941 “euthanasia” victim. What little progress she has made would not have been possible without the help of researchers and librarians at the USHMM.

 

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Effective Communication Strategies for Alzheimer’s Caregivers Program Recap

Thank you to Nicolette Vasco from the Alzheimer’s Association for her talk Effective Communication Strategies for Alzheimer’s Caregivers.  Alzheimer’s is a very complex disease, affecting each person, and those close to them, differently.  People with Alzheimer’s will rely more and more on their caregivers as the disease progress and it is important for caregivers to be able to communicate, whether verbally, physically, visually, in order to help their loved one, even in the most mundane of tasks.  The following information is broken down into the 3 stages of Alzheimer’s (early, middle, and late):

  • Communication in the Early Stage
    • Changes that may occur
      • difficulty finding the right words or taking longer to speak or respond
      • struggling withing decision-making or problem-solving
    • How to connect
      • Ask directly with how to help with communication
      • keep sentences clear and straightforward
      • Leave plenty of time for conversations and include the person in conversations that affect him or her
    • Things to keep in mind
      • avoid making assumptions about the person
      • communicate in the most comfortable way for the person (phone, in-person, text-based such as email)
      • Be honest, stay connected, and laugh with each other
  • Communication in the Middle Stage
    • Changes that may occur
      • using familiar words repeatedly
      • inventing new words (hand clock instead of watch)
      • easily losing train of thought
      • communicating through behaviors more often than words
    • How to connect
      • Approach
        • approach the person gently, from the front, and use names to identify you and the person
        • maintain eye contact and remain at eye-level
        • avoid criticizing, scolding, and arguing
        • Take your time
      • Join the person’s reality
        • assess their needs
        • confirm you understand their concerns
        • provide a brief answer
        • respond to the emotions behind the statement (they may be angry because they are really afraid of being alone)
      • Keep it slow and basic
        • use short sentences and basic words
        • speak slowly and clearly
        • make sure only one person is speaking
        • limit distractions such as television noise
        • be patient
      • Give multiple cues
        • provide visual cues and gestures, but avoid sudden movement
        • write things down
        • put answers into your questions
        • turn negatives into positives
        • avoid quizzing
  • Communication in the  Late Stage
    • Changes that may occur
      • communication is reduced to a few words or sounds
      • similar responses to familiar words or phrases
    • How to connect
      • listen for expressions of pain and respond promptly
      • help the person feel safe and happy
      • bring respect to each conversation and keep talking to them
      • communicate using all 5 senses
        • touch
          • feel different fabrics
          • give lotion hand massages
          • visit with animals
          • hands-based arts and crafts such as sculpting
          • hold the person’s hand or stroke their arm or back
          • brush their hair
        • sight
          • watch videos of favorite subjects
          • view photos that resonate with the person
          • sit outdoors or go somewhere such as an aquarium
          • paint with watercolors
        • sound
          • listen to familiar music or recordings of nature
          • listen to songs or speech in their native language
          • read them books or the newspaper
          • your voice may be soothing and comforting to them even if they cannot remember you all the time
        • smell
          • herbs or spices
          • cotton balls dipped in essential oils
          • cut fresh flowers
          • fragrant hand lotions
          • cook and feed them foods that smell good
        • taste
          • cook favorite foods, which may encourage them to eat more
          • home-baked goods
          • flavored drinks to ensure they are staying hydrated

You can download of copy of the presentation at https://www.njstatelib.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Effective-Communication-Strategies-Presentation.pdf.  Please visit the Alzheimer’s Association for more information on all aspects of the disease.  If you need immediate help, please contact their support line 24/7 at 1-800-272-3900.

Effective Communication Strategies for Alzheimer’s

Communication is more than just talking and listening – it’s also about sending and receiving messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language.  As people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress in their journey and the ability to use words is lost, families need new ways to connect.  Join us to explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.  The Effective Communication Strategies program of the Alzheimer’s Association was designed to provide practical information and resources to help dementia caregivers learn to decode verbal and behavioral messages from people with dementia.

 

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WEBINAR – Fighting Consumer Fraud and Identity Theft in New Jersey

Join the Federal Trade Commission on January 14 at 1:00 PM for “Fighting Consumer Fraud and Identity Theft in New Jersey,” a free, one-hour webinar.

You’ll learn about:

  • The top scams reported in New Jersey
  • Tips to help people recognize and avoid scams
  • Free resources you can use to help people in your communities protect their identity and report identity theft

Speakers will include staff from the:

  • Federal Trade Commission
  • Office of the New Jersey Attorney General
  • Better Business Bureau Serving New Jersey
  • Legal Services of New Jersey
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

If you would like to attend this webinar in person at the State Library, please register below.  If you would like to attend this webinar remotely, please visit https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/events-calendar/webinar-fighting-consumer-fraud-identity-theft-new-jersey.

 

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Managing Your Credit and Credit Reporting Program Recap

Thank you to the Credit Union of New Jersey and Pete Manferdo from Experian for presenting Managing Your Credit and Credit Reporting.  Credit plays an important role in our finances, from car loans, to mortgages, to credit cards.  As such, it is important to understand exactly how credit and credit reporting works and what you can do keep on top of your credit.  The following topics were covered:

Credit Report

  • What is on a report?
    • Identifying information such as name, address, and social security number
    • Account information, such as credit cards, car loans, mortgages, etc.
    • Bankruptcy Public Records
    • Credit Inquiries
    • Dispute instructions
      • You can dispute anything on your credit report
      • usually takes 30-45 to process the dispute, including investigation
  • Used by lenders to gauge the likelihood of paying back a loan
  • FICO score is used by lenders to predict your risk of defaulting on loan within 24 months (higher the score, the less risk there is)
  • Credit Reports do not include your Credit Score

Credit Report Retention

  • How long information stays on your Credit Report
    • Accounts open that are in good standing – indefinitely
    • Accounts closed that are in good standing – 10 years
    • Late or missed payments – 7 years
    • Collection accounts – 7 years
    • Chapter 7 bankruptcy – 10 years
    • Chapter 13 bankruptcy – 7 years
    • Credit inquiries (hard hits) – 2 years

Common Myths about Credit

  • Once bad debt is paid off, it goes away – all debt will remain on your credit report according the to the retention information above
  • The credit reporting company denied me credit – the reporting company only houses your information; the lending company makes the decision on the loan
  • I am not responsible for charges on my account – if someone else is linked to your account or you have a joint account, you are responsible for all debt associated with your accounts
  • Divorce decree separates joint accounts – marital debt is considered joint debt even after a divorce decree
  • I must give permission for a report to be issued – Lenders can request information on your credit history (soft inquiries) for purposes such as pre-qualified offers for credit cards or loans.
  • Requesting your own credit report and pre-approval offers harm history – You can obtain your own credit report once a year for free without any impact on your credit score
  • There is one score based on your report – different companies have different calculations for evaluating your credit so scores will be different based on different criteria

Breakdown of the Vantage Score (Similar to FICO Score)

  • Payment History – 40%
  • Depth of Credit – 21% (how long you have had credit)
  • Utilization – 20% (how much you owe vs. your available credit limit)
  • Account Balances – 11%
  • Recent Credit – 5%
  • Available Credit – 3%

For more information on credit reports and credit scores, contact your financial institution or visit the Federal Government’s Credit Reports and Scores page at https://www.usa.gov/credit-reports.

Managing Your Credit and Credit Reporting

Creating and maintaining a healthy credit history can be difficult, but is necessary for many things in our lives, from getting personal loans, mortgages, car loans, or obtaining a credit card.  Please join us as the CUNJ and Experian will present on how to better understand credit reporting and provide general information about how you can manage your credit reports so that you can get the credit you need and want.  Specifically, it will touch on:

  • How your data is obtained
  • What are credit reports and credit scores
  • What is and is not in a credit report
  • Disputing items on your credit report
  • Managing your credit and improving scores
  • Free resources available to help improve your financial fitness

 

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