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September 2021 Newsletter

Welcome to the sixth issue of our Homestead Cybrarium newsletter. This month we are excited to share the latest news about the wonderful programs and services being offered to our community throughout September.

Featured Programs


As we start off the new 2021-2022 school year, the Cybrarium is celebrating Public Libraries and promoting Civic Engagement. Throughout the month of September, we will be highlighting how public libraries serve to support civic engagement in support of our democracy; from our local school boards and communities, to our State capitols and all the way up to Washington, D.C.
 
This month we are also highlighting Brainfuse HelpNow, an online service available at no cost to our Cybrarium patrons available through our Digital Library.  This free service helps to to support students returning to school with tutoring for their studies and their homework.
Wednesdays @ 5 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Come up to the Makerspace and make interesting art projects! Ages 16+
We have several interesting projects and activities happening in our Makerspace this month, including the opportunity to make cultural pride bracelets, update your LinkedIn headshot photo, learn how our online ProCitizen (available in both English and Spanish) site can help with becoming a U.S. Citizen, you can try diamond paining and register to vote online.

Calendar of Events

Online Calendar & Room Reservations

Community Events

The Homestead Cybrarium will be closed on Monday, September 6th, 2021 in celebration of National Labor Day! Labor Day is a federal holiday in the United States celebrated on the first Monday in September in any given year (i.e. a single day from September 1 through September 7) to honor and recognize the American labor movement and the works and contributions of laborers to the development and achievements of the United States.
The Cybrarium continues to host the Lamplighters Writing Group. The Lamplighters are a group of talented and aspiring writers with a flexible and dedicated membership. Meetings are held in the First Floor Meeting Room on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of every month from 4PM  to 6 PM. 

Healthy Habits for All Adults
Monday, September 20th @ 10:30 to 11:30am

Learn about how to keep your mind and body active and healthy and well throughout our lives, in this lecture series offered by our Humana Wellness partners to bring you Boost your Digestion! Our digestive track is responsible for over 80% of our immunological protection, so in times like these, is always good to know how to keep everything in order. Come and learn all about how to keep this part of your body healthy!

Cybrarium Round-up

The round-up covers all that you missed since our last newsletter and provides updates about our Cybrarium products and services.
 

Virtual Reality Highlights: Experiences to Try Out

Many of our patrons enjoyed learning about the new additions to the Cybrarium's Virtual Reality (VR) collection of "experiences" from our own IT Technician, Lazaro. We have close to a hundred experiences to choose from and we look forward to more of our patrons coming in and trying them all out. 


Summer Reading Program
Concludes
for 2021

 
This year's Summer Reading Program concluded on Saturday, August 14th during our "Wrap-up" session. Grand Prizes were awarded to our most prolific readers across the different age groups.
We had a Great Turn Out at Summer Reading Program "Wrap-up!"
The Cybrarium celebrated FREE COMIC BOOK DAY on August 14th as part of our "wrap-up" event for the conclusion of our Summer Reading Program. We secured hundreds of comic books to give away for our attending patrons. Several patrons also took the opportunity to dress up like their favorite superhero and were entered into a drawing for a special prize. Fun was had by everyone in attendance!
Thousands of Comics Online!
Having a Cybrarium Card offers so many benefits, including FREE access to thousands of online comic books through Hoopla. If you enjoyed Free Comic Book Day at the Cybrarium, now you can download more of them on to your smart phone, desktop, laptop or other digital devices. Having access to so many fantastic stories at your fingertips, you won't know where to begin or when to finish. So why not get started today!

Collection Highlight

 


Carry On

REFLECTIONS FOR A NEW GENERATION

BY JOHN LEWIS 
RELEASE DATE: JULY 13, 2021

More hard-won wisdom from the late congressman, civil rights icon, and co-author of the indispensable March series.

In this collection of short observations on topics ranging from courage to patience to sports, Lewis (1940-2020) lays bare the vision and stratagems that sustained him through his lifelong, often brutal struggle for Black liberty. The author will long be remembered as a champion for Black equality as well as common decency and peace. One of the standout advocates of nonviolent political action, Lewis sought out “good trouble, necessary trouble”—such as that displayed by Rosa Parks, who “knew in her heart [that she] was right”—when the forces arrayed against Black civil rights bared their teeth. At the same time, he writes, “destruction doesn’t work. Rioting isn’t a movement. We must be constructive and not destructive. Chaos is sowing more division and discord.” Violence, writes the author, only serves to drown out injustice, surrendering the higher moral ground. As he demonstrates throughout, Lewis was a force for compassion, empathy, dignity, and self-worth, constantly pursuing justice reform, speaking out in the face of fear, and moving forward in the faith that good can come from principled, collective action. Lewis expresses himself with clarity, authenticity, and humility, all of which can be applied in nearly every arena, including health care (“a human right”), voting (“VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE. Write that in capital letters in your notes. All over the page. Remember the time when the right to vote was denied us? I do”), the environment (“We have a moral obligation to do what we can to preserve and save this little piece of real estate”), and immigration (“Welcome home. America wants and needs you”). The author’s courage and conviction are crystal clear, and it’s also evident that he never feared death because he knew that his life had purpose.

A bright, morally unwavering worldview from an exemplary human being.

 - Kirkus Review

Now Accepting Volunteers

The Cybrarium is looking to fill a variety of volunteer positions, including roles as a Shelving Assistant, VR Assistant, Greeter, and Program Assistant.

To learn more and apply, visit our volunteer portal by clicking the button below. An email address is required to apply.
Apply to be a Cybrarium Volunteer
cybrarium.org
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Visit the Cybrarium's online catalog to search for the latest books, audiobooks, and comics. If you can't find it on our shelves, try using our two digital collections: Cloud Library and Hoopla for more options.
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