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Author: Dana Mannino

Hard-won Victories and Lessons Learned During the Pandemic

Posted in Explore and Discover on August 20, 2021 at 6:00 am

Small girl elbow bumping with a pediatrician while greeting at the clinic during coronavirus pandemic. By Dana Mannino There is no sugarcoating how hard this pandemic has been for all of us, and for some, more than others. It is also true that the pandemic has forced us to think in new and creative ways. For us at the library, we’ve been focused on how the library can serve you. […]

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What Do Forensic Psychology, Andre Agassi and Yoga Have in Common? Answer: Udemy!

Posted in Explore and Discover on May 27, 2021 at 4:30 am

BY DANA MANNINO Lifelong learners and anyone seeking to learn something new will find a fantastic variety of online classes offered through Udemy, the latest addition to our array of digital resources. Udemy is a collection of video classes you view online. You can start a class whenever you want and take as long as […]

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What we buy (other than books)

Posted in Explore and Discover on January 6, 2021 at 6:00 am

By Dana Mannino The philosopher Erasmus once said: “When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.” The Library District buys a lot of books for our 11 libraries (over 34,000 print books and over 10,000 eBooks in 2020 alone). With our budget for […]

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The lifecycle of your ballot: Mail-in ballot processing & security

Posted in Explore and Discover on October 16, 2020 at 6:00 am

By Dana Mannino It’s election season! A steady stream of cars flows through the library parking lots as voters drop their ballots in white collection boxes. This year, we’ve received quite a few questions about what happens to a voter’s ballot, including: “Is it safe in the ballot box?” and “How are the signatures on […]

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Dive past Schoolhouse Rock! into this Learning Circle course

Posted in Explore and Discover on September 17, 2020 at 6:00 am

BY DANA MANNINO If I asked you what you know about the constitution, would you start humming a Schoolhouse Rock! song? Would you then blush and realize that the School House Rock song is pretty much everything you know about the constitution? If so, blush no longer! The library has a learning opportunity especially for […]

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Homeschool Information Session offers insights into this at-home learning option

Posted in News on September 3, 2020 at 5:00 am

BY DANA MANNINO Parents are making difficult choices about how their children will learn this year. Among these choices, many parents are considering homeschooling for the first time. If this is one of the options you are weighing, it can helpful to get an inside look from an expert. The Library District is offering a […]

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Workshop discusses mental health, depression, and anxiety, presented in Spanish and English – Taller de salud mental. Depresión y ansiedad. Presentado en español e inglés.

Posted in News on July 3, 2020 at 6:00 am

By Dana Mannino Lea las noticias publicadas en español. The COVID-19 pandemic has raised everyone’s stress levels. But how do you tell if you’re just a little more stressed or if you’re actually suffering from depression or an anxiety disorder? You may be wondering: “At what point does it make sense to seek professional help? […]

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Learn a new language from home with our digital resources

Posted in Explore and Discover, News on April 29, 2020 at 6:00 am

By Dana Mannino Use of language learning apps is on the rise! Who would have guessed that being stuck at home would make so many people want to learn a new language? As a bilingual librarian, I am delighted. This means that many more people will be interested in celebrating this week’s library holiday, Día […]

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Ask for a story: An idea for staying connected over the distance

Posted in Explore and Discover on April 8, 2020 at 6:00 am

By Dana Mannino During this time of social distancing, we’ve all been urged to check in with people—especially people from an older generation who have to shelter in place much more drastically. I hope that all of you have taken this to heart and called your loved ones. I’m a list maker as well as […]

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Answering the question: “What does it take to be a librarian?”

Posted in Explore and Discover on January 29, 2020 at 6:00 am

By Dana Mannino As I have shared before, being a librarian is pretty awesome. So it’s no wonder that I am often asked, “What does it take to be a librarian?” Of course, I treat this as a serious reference question and immediately launch into a technical description of the degrees and experience that we […]

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