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Active Listening and Inquiry for Managers

Dealing with co-workers, especially if you are in a supervisory role, can be challenging.  Communication is key when managing a workplace and active listening and inquiry are important communication tools in every manager’s toolbox.  Aaron Chavis will provide mangers and leaders with an introduction into the power and effectiveness of listening and asking high powered questions as a tool to improve supervisory skills, build trust and rapport, and improve employee/manager relations.  Course objectives include:

  • Dispel Myths of Active Listening and Active Inquiry
  • Develop basic listening and inquiry techniques to improve work relationships with employees
  • Create Follow-up Protocol to hold Self and Employees Accountable
  • Provide timely evaluations and improvement tracking to demonstrate growth and effectiveness

Aaron W. Chavis is a Strategic Adviser to nonprofit executives and other social entrepreneurs in the Tri State region.  He assists in the development of people, organizations, and communities by providing strategic solutions to build high performing teams and operations. He has over 18 years’ experience in the nonprofit industry; is an adjunct professor of Sociology; and, is the owner of Empathic Institute.

 

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Career Connections Presents – Master the Art of Networking

A critical component of anyone’s career goals and advancement is networking.  Finding the right job or career can be all about WHO you know rather than WHAT you know.  Join us as we highlight why networking is so important in today’s job environment while addressing the following topics:

  • Identifing, building, and expanding your network
  • Network planning
  • Using social media

 

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Financial Side of College Graduation

In November, the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority presented a program on how to pay for college.  As graduation dates creep ever closer, HESAA is back to talk about what to expect financially after graduation.  The feelings of joy and accomplishment after graduation can quickly fade as the real world of financial obligations start to set in.  Samantha Benson, Training Administrator for HESAA, will cover topics such as credit scores, student loan repayment programs, aggregate loan limits, and the cost of law and medical school.  Please join us for this critical informational session to help ensure that your children are set up for success after college.

 

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Exploring Languages with Pronunciator

In honor of Learn a Foreign Language Month, the NJSL will be offering an informational session on using Pronunciator.  Pronunciator is a language learning program that covers 80 languages that can be learned in any of 50 languages.   Whether you want to learn a new language or just familiarize yourself with a few phrases for a trip abroad, Pronunciator can help.  The database includes courses for each language including different types of drills, quizzes, audio lessons, pronunciation analysis, and phrase books.  Customize your courses to learn what you want and how you want.  This class will show you how to get started with Pronunciator and introduce you to the features available at your fingertips.

Please note: In order to use Pronunciator, you must be a New Jersey State Library authorized user (State employee or Thomas Edison State College staff member or student).  To get a New Jersey State Library card, you can apply online.  Contact the Reference Department with any questions.

 

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May 7-Author talk with Jim Wright on the High Mountain Preserve

On Tuesday, May 7, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Level 2 Reading Room, the New Jersey State Library will present a talk with Jim Wright on New Jersey’s High Mountain Park Preserve. The talk will include nature shots, aerial photography and archival images. As a bonus, Wright will talk about the secretive Wild Turduckens that live near the summit.

The High Mountain Park Preserve is one of the largest tracts of forested land in New Jersey’s Piedmont Region. With great views of Manhattan, the 1,260-acre preserve, located in Passaic County, offers great spots to hike and enjoy nature.

Author/photographer Jim Wright has written four coffee table books, Jungle of the Maya, Hawk Mountain, In the Presence of Nature, and The Nature of the Meadowlands. For the past 10 years, Jim has written “The Bird Watcher” column for The Bergen Record. He has also written an interactive e-book about Duke Farms’ Bald Eagles and three nature-oriented e-books. In his spare time, Wright also serves as deputy marsh warden of the Celery Farm Natural Area and maintains a nature blog for that area. His photography appears regularly in publications including nature calendars and on nature blogs. Additionally, he serves on the board of the New Jersey chapter of the Nature Conservancy.

Please feel free to join us at this free event. All are welcome. RSVP is appreciated to Cindy Warrick at cwarrick@njstatelib.org or 609-278-2640 ext. 172.

Tips From Library Grant Winners

During this panel discussion, hear from New Jersey librarians who have successfully navigated the grants process.  Gain knowledge and insight into applying for and managing library grants as panelists share their personal experiences.  Resources for finding grant opportunities will also be discussed.

Panelists:

Kim T. Ha, Director
Pennington Public Library, Pennington, NJ

Rebecca Sandoval, Technical Services Manager
Somerset County Library System, Bridgewater, NJ

Michelle Yeager, Director
Woodbury Public Library, Woodbury, NJ

Moderators:

Eileen Morales, Grants Manager
Library Support Services, New Jersey State Library

Leigh Clark, Business and Funding Librarian
Reference Services, New Jersey State Library

*This program is being held at New Jersey State Library’s Talking Book and Braille Center*

 

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Diving Deeper into Genetic Genealogy

Genetic genealogy is becoming much more popular, allowing people to connect with unknown relatives and even becoming a tool for law enforcement to solve cold cases.  Please join us as professional genealogist Melissa Johnson dives deeper into genetic genealogy.  Learn more than the basics about DNA testing and how it can be useful to supplement the traditional paper trail for genealogical research.  Discover more about using the
testing companies’ websites to analyze and compare test results, how to use third party tools for analysis, and how to develop targeted testing plans to solve genealogical problems and brick walls.

 

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Career Connections Presents – Top Notch Resumes 2

Career Connections Presents – Top Notch Resumes 1: The Basics focused on the 2 main types of resumes and what should be included on them.  In Top Notch Resumes 2, we delve deeper into maximizing our resumes and other supplemental material that accompany them.  Topics covered will include:

  • Mining job postings/descriptions for important details
  • Tailoring resumes to specific jobs
  • Converting resumes from Chronological to Functional
  • Cover letters

 

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Introduction to Proposal Writing

Are you new to proposal writing or want a quick refresher?

This class will provide you with an overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation.

It will include:

  • The basic elements of a proposal
  • The “do’s” and “don’ts” of writing and submitting a proposal
  • How to follow up whether the answer is yes or no

 

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Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers – Late Stage

People who suffer with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia require different care at different stages of the disease.  In the late stage of Alzheimer’s disease, care-giving typically involves new ways of connecting and interacting with the person with the disease.  Please join us and the Alzheimer’s Association for this program where you’ll hear from caregivers and professionals about resources, monitoring care and providing meaningful connection for the person with late-stage Alzheimer’s and their families.

 

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April 10-Author talk on the History of New Jersey State Parks

Please join us on Wednesday, April 10th during National Library week to hear about the History of New Jersey’s State Parks.  The talk is with author and photographer Kevin Woyce from noon to 1 p.m. in the Level 2 Reading Room.

Some of New Jersey’s most exciting history can be found in our more than two dozen state parks. Some park names remind us of our Lenape heritage, others remind us we were the “Crossroads of the American Revolution” and those with abandoned forges still speak of our first great industry. From the top of New Jersey’s highest mountain to our last undeveloped beaches, discover the stories of our parks: who called them home in the past, what happened in and around them, and how and why they were preserved for generations of visitors.

Please feel free to join us at this free event. All are welcome. RSVP is appreciated to Cindy Warrick at cwarrick@njstatelib.org or 609-278-2640 ext. 172.

Grow Your Own Veggies

One of the joys of gardening is being able to grow your own food.  The spring is the perfect time to start making the necessary preparations to grow your favorite vegetables.  Please join us as Mike Gliddon, Rutgers Master Gardener in Mercer County for 9 years, introduces the benefits of vegetable gardening and  where to grow your vegetables, what to grow in this area and how to grow them. Brief details will be given on potential pests and diseases. Also information will be provided on how to obtain help on all aspects of vegetable gardening through Rutgers fact sheets and your local extension office.

 

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