Legislative Update: Helping Counties Dispose of Household Hazardous Waste
Soon 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.
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 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 It also allows anyone to enjoy 24/7 access to newspapers, magazines, journals, historical documents and photos, online databases, and eBooks.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 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.