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Welcome Richard Harwood, Author of Civic Virus

Richard C. Harwood, founder of the Harwood Institute, will stop by the Ferguson Library as part of his Healing & Hope Tour to lead a discussion Monday, May 23 starting at 4 p.m. about his report Civic Virus: Why Polarization Is a Misdiagnosis. He will also share how to make sense of what's going on in our nation along with practical ways government and community leaders as well as citizens can reimagine and recreate our communities. Registration required here.

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Managing Debt to Improve Credit

The Financial Planning Association of Connecticut (FPA of CT) and the Connecticut Financial Literacy Council (CFLAC) will host the upcoming presentation: "Managing Debt to Enhance Your Credit" on June 16. The discussion will be held virtually from noon to 1 p.m.

To join the talk, register here. The experts will share tips on managing debt to repair credit including how to avoid common mistakes.

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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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Registration for CrimeCONN 2022 Now Open

The Friends of the Ferguson Library and the Mystery Writers of America/New York Chapter are teaming up once again after a three-year hiatus to host CrimeCONN 2022, the annual one-day mystery lovers conference, to be held June 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Main Library, DiMattia Building. Registration is required and is now open here. Register by May 6 for discounted rates.

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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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Easy-to-Use Job Search Resources

Professionals looking to improve their skill set and remain competitive in the workforce can turn to these resources to seek new opportunities.

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Volunteers Needed for Stamford Medical Reserve Corps

The City of Stamford Department of Health is looking for medical and non-medical volunteers to join the Stamford Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). Volunteers who speak Spanish and/or Haitian Creole are especially needed.
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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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A Community Grant Program Opportunity for Stamford Neighborhoods

The Mayor’s Office, in partnership with the city’s Community Development Office, has reinstated the Community Micro-Grant Program, an effort that awards small grants for community-specific projects aimed at improving the quality of life across Stamford's neighborhoods. Neighborhood associations, grassroots organizations and community nonprofits are encouraged to apply no later than April 29. For more information about eligibility, priorities, key dates, and an application, click here.

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Need Legal Advice?

The Connecticut Bar Association will host free legal advice clinics April 26 and 27 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for anyone needing legal advice concerning bankruptcy, debt collection, employee rights and unemployment, family, immigration pardons and tax law. Each appointment will be 30 minutes long and will be held via Zoom. Registration required here no later than April 15.

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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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The Ferguson Library's Elizabeth Joseph Receives Prestigious Award

Elizabeth Joseph, Associate Director of Community Engagement at the Ferguson Library, was named a recipient of Everyday Democracy's Civic Leadership Award. Elizabeth was recognized for her efforts to "shine a light on how vibrant public spaces are fundamental to civic life" by bringing together public officials, organizations and community members to discuss social issues that affect the Stamford community and develop plans of action to address them.

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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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