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Stamford Public Schools Climate Survey

Parents are invited to participate in the Stamford Public Schools (SPS) School Climate Survey. The survey is anonymous and all questions are optional. Families are asked to complete the survey for each child attending SPS. It should only take about 15 minutes to complete.

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Free Subscription to Latest Newspapers and Magazines

Library users now have access to the Ferguson Library's subscription to PressReader, a resource that gives you free use of thousands of newspapers and magazines from around the world. You can dig into the Features Section for the latest headlines, or search by category—from Food & Drink and Travel & Culture to Family and the Outdoors, you name it—to learn more about what is currently grabbing your attention.

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Applications for the Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program Now Being Accepted

Calling all high school juniors and seniors in Stamford: Here's your chance to gain "real-world" professional experience and earn $15 an hour this summer.

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Enter the Library's Teen Art Contest 2022

The annual art contest for Stamford students in grades 6 to 12 is open and based on the Read Beyond the Beaten Path theme for the upcoming Summer Learning Club. Entries are due no later than April 15.

Entries should be easily reproducible drawings on 8.5 x 11 white paper and must be labeled on the back with your name, address and phone number, email address (optional), school and grade. Computer-created drawings will be accepted.

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Bookmobile Month Celebration Coming Up

Calling all Bookmobile fans! Starting April 1, come visit us at any of its scheduled stops around Stamford to get your free bookmarks and help us make a banner to show your love for the Ferguson Library's traveling branch. We'll have canvas and art supplies onboard through the end of the month so you can share your Bookmobile stories with words, art, stickers and more. Visit here or here for stop times and locations.

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Learn From Our Natural Past

Anyone interested in improving their knowledge of biodiversity should turn to the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL), a resource that provides access to thousands of books, journals and archival documents on natural history and life on Earth going back seven centuries.

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Borrow Bakeware and More from the Library

Did you know you can borrow rolling pins, cake pans, pie dishes and other baking tools from the Ferguson Library? We created this video to show you how easy it is to check these items out from the library.

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Addressing COVID's Effects on Teen Mental Health

The National Alliance on Mental Illness Southwest CT (NAMI) will host a free virtual presentation titled Managing Threat in an Age of Anxiety: The Psychological Impact of COVID on Adolescents on March 14 at 7 p.m. Topics to be covered include how COVID-19 has affected teen mental health, when mental health symptoms require treatment, and what families can do to provide safety and support for their children. Register here.

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Earn Volunteer Hours by Reviewing Books

The Ferguson Library is offering volunteer hours to teens grades 6 to 12 to write book reviews. Reviews will be featured on the library's Youth Instagram page and displayed with reviewed books at the library.

Teens may submit up to two book reviews per week here. For each review approved by a librarian, teens will receive one hour of volunteer credit.

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Celebrate International Women's Day

To commemorate International Women's Day, the Boys & Girls Club of Stamford (BGCS) hosted a panel discussion where participants reimagined a world that is diverse, equitable, inclusive, free of stereotypes and discrimination, where differences are valued and celebrated. The virtual presentation, framed as a call to action to #BreakTheBias, is available to stream-on-demand through March, Women's History Month. Registration required here.

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Dive Into African American History

Educators and students alike will learn a lot from the user-friendly African-American History Online database. Its resources include a wide selection of primary sources, including documents, news articles, court decisions and public speeches. Also found here are timelines; maps and graphs; videos and slideshows; and biographies of trailblazing figures in science, government, academia, activism, religion, culture and the arts.

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Scholarship Opportunity for the Class of 2022

The Greater Fairfield County Foundation, Inc., the philanthropic arm of the Fairfield County Connecticut Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, is offering five $3,000 scholarships to high school seniors of color who will pursue post-secondary educational experiences at a four-year college, community college or technical school. One scholarship will be awarded to a student who intends to matriculate at a historically black college or university (HBCU).

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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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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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