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April is always an exciting time of year. First off, it is School Library Month, which reminds us that libraries are an essential part of a strong Pennsylvania education and provide key tools for improving literacy.  I know growing up, I always treasured being able to spend time at my local library. It gave me the chance to excel at my studies and reach my goal of becoming a lawyer. This year, as in the past, I will be hosting the Librarian of the Year Awards to honor a public librarian and school librarian within the 17th District. To nominate your favorite librarian for this year’s Librarian of the Year Award, complete this form by Friday, May 10, 2019.

We also can’t forget that April 22 is Earth Day. Please make sure to do your part. Say no to a straw. Pick up a piece of trash. Recycle. Small acts lead to big changes. Let’s make sure we pass on a healthier, cleaner Earth for our children.

Lastly, I have been working hard to introduce several news pieces of legislation including Prohibiting Trafficking in Exotic Wildlife, Death With Dignity Act, Increasing Immunization Rates in Pennsylvania and more. Stay tuned, details to follow about events related to these bills taking place in our community in the next few weeks.

Please contact my office if you have any questions and let us know how we can better serve you.

Wishing everyone a Happy Spring.

Sincerely,

Daylin

WildlifeREAL ID Update

As a reminder, REAL IDs are now available to Pennsylvanians who want them. The best thing you can do to prepare for REAL ID is to get your documents together, because PennDOT must verify original versions or certified copies before issuing a REAL ID.

The required documents include: one proof of identity such as a birth certificate or passport, your Social Security card, and two proofs of residence, such as a driver’s license or W2.

PLEASE NOTE the name on your social security card MUST MATCH the name on your proof of identity document. If you have any questions, please visit socialsecurity.gov or call my office at 610-768-4200.

The Literary Council of Norristown

The Literary Council of NorristownAre you an adult with any of the following goals? - Getting a job, passing the GED, becoming a citizen, or entering a college or training program. If so, contact The Literary Council of Norristown to see if they can help you reach your goals through better literacy skills. Since 1984, the Literary Council of Norristown has been offering a variety of literacy programs designed to help the widest possible range of people.

Contact them today and make an appointment with one of their tutors. You can visit their website at www.lcnlit.org or call 610-292-8515 for more information.

Legislative Update: Helping Counties Dispose of Household Hazardous Waste

Hazardous WasteSoon I will introduce legislation to update the state’s household hazardous waste collection.

Most residents of the Commonwealth do not have the ability to safely dispose of their household’s hazardous waste, so they rely on their county to host free collection events. Each year these popular events collect millions of pounds of waste statewide.

To help counties host these important events, Act 190 of 1996 provides a state funding match of up to $100,000 per county. Unfortunately, this limit has not been increased since 1996, despite the fact that the cost to counties to hold these events has increased exponentially over the last two decades.

To combat increasing vendor costs and ensure that municipalities can continue to provide these collections, my legislation will increase the limit on matching funds that each county may receive from $100,000 to $250,000. For more information, click here.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Wissahickon Valley Historical Society

The Wissahickon Valley Historical Society invites you to the grand re-opening of their museum and library in the 1895 Whitpain Public School at the corner of Skippack Pike and School Road in Blue Bell on Sunday, April 14th from 1 to 4 PM. Come experience their heritage and enjoy music, games, refreshments and family fun. For more information visit wvalleyhs.org or call 215-646-6541.

Don’t miss the 8th Annual Car & Motorcycle Show in Downtown Wayne on May 5th from 1 to 4 PM. Come out to see antique, classic, and custom cars and motorcycles on North Wayne and West Avenues and enjoy entertainment, food, prizes and more! The event is free to attend.

For more information call 610-688-5600 or email recreation@radnor.org.

Wheels of Wayne Car & Motorcycle Show

Spring fundraiser - May 5th

Mark your calendars! ElderNet’s Annual Spring fundraiser will be held Sunday May 5th from 3 to 5 PM at the beautiful Appleford Estate, the Premiere Philadelphia Area Wedding Venue in Villanova. For more information, call 610-525-0706.

COMMUNITY KUDOS

HSLC/ The POWER Library

In honor of April being School Library Month, this month’s Community Kudos features non-profit HSLC, Hosting Solutions and Library Consulting.

Founded in 1988, HSLC is a non-profit organization devoted to supporting the missions of Pennsylvania libraries by delivering technical solutions and consulting services.

Since 2000, HSLC has managed and maintained ACCESS PENNSYLVANIA, a project of the Pennsylvania Department of Education and The Office of Commonwealth Libraries, which represents a coordinated effort to facilitate resource sharing among libraries throughout the Commonwealth via the Web. It was the first, and remains one of the largest, statewide union catalogs in North America.

Services grew to include electronic databases, digital collections, and a 24/7 live chat service.  In 2013, all services were united under a single web portal and named POWER Library.

POWER LibraryPOWER Library lets users explore thousands of digitized documents and photographs from unique collections in libraries across Pennsylvania. It also allows anyone to enjoy 24/7 access to newspapers, magazines, journals, historical documents and photos, online databases, and eBooks. One can research a subject and find trustworthy sources, learn about their family history, locate a title, or explore career options. For any materials not directly available on the portal, POWER Library directs users to libraries in their area that have the item on site.

In addition to all the wonderful services that POWER Library provides, it also has a PreK-Grade 4 website at https://kids.powerlibrary.org  and a teen website at https://teens.powerlibrary.org
POWER Kids puts hundreds of children’s books and videos at one’s fingertips through Book Flix and True Flix. They allow kids to learn about people, places, nature, history, science, family, community and specific topics such as Ancient Civilizations, Continents, the U.S. Government and more. Some films and books are also available in Spanish.

Power Kids LibraryPOWER Teens will help young adults get ahead of the class with access to literature content from more than 150,000 full-text poems, 7,100 full-text short stories and novels, and 2,400 full-text speeches. It also offers a Health and Wellness Resource Center and videos that address the issue of bullying.

POWER Library is truly designed to have something for every Pennsylvania resident, from a student researching a paper to a mother in search of a new book for her children. However, if you’re not sure where to start, POWER Library offers a Live Chat feature that connects you directly with an experienced librarian. They may be able to answer your question then and there, email information later, or suggest specific resources to explore.

Most of the site is open for browsing, but, to use the online e-resources, you must have a library card issued by a library in Pennsylvania or you can obtain an eCard that will allow you to access the POWER Library e-resources. The eCard is free of charge and can be obtained here.

POWER Library is a service of the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Pennsylvania Department of Education, and is hosted by HSLC. This project is made possible in part by Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services and through Library Access Funds administered by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Department of Education, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, Governor. The views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this website do not necessarily represent those of the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services or the Department of Education, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

For more information about the POWER Library visit www.powerlibrary.org and for more information about HSLC visit www.hslc.org.

 

 

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