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Petty’s Island: A Journey Back to Nature

Petty’s Island is a piece of land situated on the Delaware River between Camden and Philadelphia (but technically a part of Pennsauken Township).  For over 100 years, this Island was owned by Citgo and utilized for industrial purposes.  In the early 2000’s, however, a bald eagle nest was found on the Island, forever changing its fate.  Taylor Melodick-Robinson, from the Alliance for Watershed Education, will be showing the documentary, Petty’s Island: A journey Back to Nature, is a 22-minute film highlighting the history of Petty’s Island, from its first inhabitants, to the environmental transformation currently taking place.  Following the documentary, there will be a Q & A.

Taylor Melodick-Robinson is currently a Fellow for the Alliance for Watershed Education.  Through her position, she is focusing on environmental outreach and education.  In addition, she is a Rutgers-Camden alumni, and is currently pursuing her master’s in Sustainability Science and Management at Montclair State University.

 

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Mock Interviews

One of the best ways to develop your interview and communication skills is to practice, whether it be in a formal setting, with friends, or by yourself in the bathroom mirror.  Mock interviews provide you with a chance to rehearse you answers while also identifying areas for improvement based on feedback from someone active in the workforce.  The New Jersey State Library will be hosting a limited number of Mock Interview sessions.  Each session will be 30 minutes and you will be interviewed by a library staff member.  All participants will receive a list of the most common interview questions that are used across a variety of careers and professions.  There will be 4 sessions per each 30 minute Block, as listed below:

Block 1:   12:00 pm – 12:30 pm (4 spots available)
Block 2:   12:30 pm – 1:00 pm (4 spots available)

If you are interested in registering, please contact Andrew Dauphinee at adauphinee@njstatelib.org or 609-278-2640 ext. 155 with your preferred times.

PLEASE NOTE: There are only 4 spots available for each Block.  Please do not register unless you are able to attend.  

The Aging Eye

Joan Micucci, COMT, from Matossian Eye Associates, presents a comprehensive overview of the many conditions that can affect a person’s vision throughout the natural aging process, specifically cataracts, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration. Joan will discuss prevention and treatment of these conditions with a brief overview of each.

 

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Nutrition for Weight Management Made Simple

One of the most popular New Years Resolutions is to loose the weight…and keep it off.  Yet, for so many people, it is difficult to find the time to dedicate to keep that resolution.  Nutrition is a key component to healthy living and an easy way to change our approach to weight loss.  John Wojciechowski, a certified strength and conditioning specialist, will teach you everything you need to know about nutrition in practical, non-scientific terms in order to lose fat predictably and consistently.  He will review the exact process used to determine what and how much you need eat in order to achieve your personal weight management goals.

John Wojciechowski is the owner of Metabolic Functional Fitness in Hamilton, NJ. He is a former Division I athlete with 32 years of strength training experience and is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.  He is also the author of Better Body Basics, a book that discusses the four areas of physical transformation; mindset, training, nutrition and recovery.

 

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Understanding Credit

Please join us as the Credit Union of New Jersey talks about all things credit and credit-related.  They will cover the following topics:

  • The benefits—and costs—of credit cards
  • The different types of credit
  • The difference between your credit report and credit score
  • How to figure your credit limit
  • How to build a good credit history

 

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Dec. 26 for Patriot’s Week-talk on George Washington’s Ten Crucial Days

Please join us on December 26th for a talk during Patriot’s Week.  The program will be from noon to 1 p.m. in the Level 2 Reading Room of the State Library with author William “Larry” Kidder and is taken from his latest book, Ten Crucial Days: Washington’s Vision for Victory Unfolds.

Note: Seating for this program is on a first come, first served basis. Once the room capacity of 75 individuals is reached, no further attendees will be admitted. ID is required as you enter the State Library because it is part of the Capitol Complex. A driver’s license or some type of picture ID is appropriate to use.

Between December 24, 1776 and January 3, 1777, George Washington was faced with a number of critical decisions. The actions he formulated would play a major role in either bringing the American Revolution to a crushing defeat or reviving hope for its eventual success. This talk examines those decisions to understand how the battles of Trenton and Princeton prevented an early end to the war for independence and reversed American despair during the “times that tried men’s souls.”

Mr. Kidder received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania, served four years of active duty in the US Navy and is a retired high school history teacher who taught for forty years in both public and private schools. For close to 30 years, he has volunteered at the Howell Living History Farm, in Hopewell, New Jersey and has served as an historian, interpreter, and draft horse teamster.

His interest in history led him to the writing of his first book, The Pleasant Valley School Story: A Story of Education and Community in Rural New Jersey, which won the 2013 Scholarship and Artistry Award presented by the Country School Association of America.

His second book, A People Harassed and Exhausted: The Story of a New Jersey Militia Regiment in the American Revolution, published November 2013 tells the story of the First Hunterdon Militia Regiment for the first time. Other books he has written, contributed to, or edited include Farming Pleasant Valley: 250 Years of Life in Rural Hopewell Township, New Jersey, The American Revolution in New Jersey: Where the Battlefront Meets the Home Front, Crossroads of the American Revolution – Trenton 1774-1783 and Meet Your Revolutionary Neighbors. His newest book is the subject of this talk and was released in January, 2019.

If you have any questions, please contact Cindy Warrick at 609-278-2640 ext. 172 or cwarrick@njstatelib.org. 

 

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that can oftentimes be written off in the early stages as old-age related conditions.  However, being able to identify early signs of Alzheimer’s can better prepare individuals and their families on how to handle all the stages of the disease.  Please join us as the Alzheimer’s Association will cover the following topics:

  • Typical age-related changes
  • Common signs of Alzheimer’s and dementia
  • Tips for how to approach someone about memory concerns
  • The importance of early detection and benefits of diagnosis
  • Possible tests and assessments for the diagnostic process
  • Helpful Alzheimer’s Association resources

 

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“So, You Think You Know Trenton” Quiz Challenge

Do you know your Trenton history?   What about restaurants, Janet Evanovich, pork roll, home town heroes, or manufacturing?  Finally, all your Trenton smarts will pay off!  Compete in this lunch time trivia challenge, presented by Eric Maywar from the City of Trenton’s Division of Economic Development, for bragging rights and the title of 2019 King/Queen of Trenton!  Individuals and teams welcomed.

 

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Introduction to Proposal Writing

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

This introductory class will provide you with an overview of the basics of writing a grant proposal for foundation funding.

It will include:

  • The basic elements of a grant 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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How to Manage Debt

Debt and credit impact our lives in many ways, from determining what we can afford to interest rates on loans.  Managing your debt effectively can open financial doors and is a great indicator of your financial health.  Please join us as the Credit Union of New Jersey will discuss debt management, including:

• The different kinds of debt
• The benefits and costs of credit
• The warning signs you have too much debt
• How to improve your credit report and score
• How to tackle your debt and avoid pitfalls
• How to rebuild good credit
• How to stay out of debt

 

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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.

*Seating is limited so please only register if you can attend*

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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Autism NJ Resources and Services Program Recap

Thank you to Dr. Suzanne Buchanan, Executive Director of Autism NJ, for speaking about how Autism NJ serves the Autism community through a wide variety of ways and initiatives.  Founded in 1965, Autism NJ has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of those effected by Autism Spectrum Disorder, including children, parents, and caregivers.  Autism NJ is one of the leading Autism groups in the state leads the way to lifelong individualized services provided with skill and compassion.  New Jersey has the highest rate of Autism in the country, 1 in 34 children, which can be attributed to Autism NJ and other groups’ efforts to help professionals better identify and diagnosis children at younger ages.

Autism NJ aims to serve the greater Autism community through 4 service pillars:

  • Awareness
  • Information
  • Training
  • Public Policy

Autism NJ constantly collaborates with community groups such as libraries, religious organizations, and service organizations to spread the word about Autism as well as share resources and services available to those affected by the condition.  They offer a Helpline, 1-800-4AUTISM, which serves more than 2,000 people per year.  Additionally, their website, https://www.autismnj.org, provides a wealth of information.

One of the most impactful services they provide are referral lists for a wide variety of services, including legal and financial services, medical care, governmental services, and education-related services.  Additionally, they will work with parents and caregivers to identify the individual needs of someone with Autism to better identify the types of care and services that person needs.  For a membership fee, they will review IEPs (Individual Education Plans) to ensure that those plans are in accordance with federal, state, and local policies.

Autism NJ approaches their information sharing mission from the evidenced-based intervention perspective, which means that they will only recommend what has been proven effective for the greatest number of people with Autism.  While there are many claims circulating about causes and treatments for all aspects of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Autism NJ only focuses on those that are backed by sound science and substantiated results, ensuring that they are providing the best information for their constituents.

Autism NJ is constantly working with state lawmakers to ensure the needs of people diagnosed with Autism as well as their support structure are recognized and addressed through state law.  They have been influential in the passage of the Statewide Transition Plan, Medicaid Fee-for-Service, and increasing the insurance age cap from 21 to 26.  Autism NJ focuses is public policy initiatives in 4 areas:

  • Funding
  • Fee-for-Service Transition
  • Workforce Development
  • Severe Challenging Behavior.

If you would like more information about how Autism NJ can better serve you, someone you know, or your community, please visit their website, https://www.autismnj.org, or contact them at information@autismnj.org or 1-800-4AUTISM.  For a copy of the presentation, please visit https://www.njstatelib.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Autism-NJ-Resources-and-Services.pdf.