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Free Covid Home Test Now Available

With the launch of the federal website covidtests.gov, Connecticut residents are now eligible to order four individual home COVID-19 rapid tests per household. The tests are free and orders usually ship between seven to 12 days. Place your order here.

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Let's Make a Difference

Today, January 18, is the sixth annual National Day of Racial Healing. Join us in observing this important day by checking out these excellent resources from the library world.

Here you'll find practical examples and recommendations in podcast interviews, magazine and journal articles, leadership reports, and continuing education opportunities. These are bound to spark your thinking and contribute to community conversations.

 

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Friends of Ferguson Library Literary Competition 2022 Now Accepting Submissions

Do you know a budding writer? The Stamford Literary Competition celebrates excellence in student writing. The contest is open to Stamford students in grades 3 through 12 in the categories of fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Entries are due February 11. Online submissions only please. Entry form

 

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Introducing Librarian Leshawn McFarlan

If you’ve recently taken a business, career or financial literacy class, then you’ve met Leshawn McFarlan, who recently joined the Ferguson Library team as a Career and Education Librarian.

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Hoopla BingePass Is Here

Hoopla, the digital media service offered by the Ferguson Library that allows users to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows, has launched Hoopla BingePass.

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Join Our 2022 Reading Challenge

Here is your chance to expand your reading horizons through a wide exploration of genres, time periods, subjects and themes. Simply sign up here to view and download our challenge checklist.

Our challenge is designed for both fast and slower readers, so you can read a book a week or one a month—e-books and audio books count—and still be eligible for a literary prize.

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A Comprehensive Overview of Jewish Life and History

Scholars and students can gain a deeper insight into Judaism and the Jewish people by diving into Encyclopaedia Judaica, an in-depth look into Jewish history, culture, faith and language, from the Second Temple period to the contemporary State of Israel, from Rabbinic to modern Yiddish literature, from Kabbalah to "Americana," and from Zionism to the contribution of Jews to world civilizations. Simply enter your library card number when prompted to access any of the encyclopedia's 22 volumes.

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Hats and Mittens for Inspirica Families

To support Inspirica families and help them stay warm this winter, the Ferguson Library is currently collecting new and/or clean, gently-used gloves, mittens, scarves and hats for children and adults. You can help us by dropping off your donations at any branch of the library. Donations will be accepted until Friday, January 28.

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Building Bridges with Books Community Read

The Ferguson Library, in partnership with the United Jewish Federation, Jewish Community Relations Council, Interfaith Council of Southwest Connecticut and the Mayor’s Multicultural Council, will host a community-wide reading in January of The Midnight Library by Matt Haig.

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Applications Now Being Accepted for Youth Leadership Internships

Are you a Stamford public high school student interested in a one-year paid internship? Are you committed to the vision of a more positive school environment? Then you are a great fit for the Stamford Cradle to Career Youth Leadership. Here you can earn money, gain valuable experience and make a difference. No academic requirements or skills needed. Simply click here to apply before January 10.

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A Novel Affair scheduled for April 7

The Ferguson Library will hold its major fundraiser, A Novel Affair, Thursday, April 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. as an in-person event. The library will honor long-time Friends of the Ferguson Library board member Ann Sexton with the Ferguson Award. A Novel Affair is the Ferguson Library’s signature benefit, raising critical funds to help provide library services to the Stamford community. The event will be held at the library. Proof of COVID vaccination is required to attend.
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Parent Leadership Training Institute

Stamford’s Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI), in partnership with the Stamford Public Education Foundation, is accepting candidates for Stamford’s 22nd class of PLTI.
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Decorate a Mitten!

We have a basket of mitten shapes in Youth Services at the Main library that you can decorate, practice writing your name, or tell us your Winter Wish for 2022. We will hang them up in the library for the winter season. Stop by when you visit us! 

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FEMA Disaster Recovery Center Now Open at the Harry Bennett Branch

To help speed the recovery for Stamford residents who experienced losses as a result of Hurricane Ida, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has opened a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) at the Harry Bennett Branch.
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Digital Navigators to Help with Online Needs

Need help accessing online banking information? Want to stay connected with family and friends? Digital navigators are currently available to help Stamford residents with all their digital needs, whether it is setting up an email account, filling out an online job application or getting up to speed on Google Classroom or PowerSchool.

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