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Public Libraries Offer Career Counseling and Life Planning

January 5th, 2016 No comments
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clip_image002WEBS Career and Educational Counseling Service will be offering two types of free eight-week career counseling and life planning programs in public libraries throughout the County this winter. WEBS is sponsored by the Westchester Library System.

The first type of program is called a Managing Your Career in Changing Times. It will help adults assess themselves, explore career options, obtain career and educational information, find out about the latest trends in resumes and job search, and develop a career plan.  The program is geared to those who are unemployed, changing careers, reentering the workforce or returning to school. The seminar will be offered at three public libraries: Town of Pelham Public Library on Tuesday evenings, Greenburgh Public Library on Wednesday afternoons and Somers Library on Wednesday mornings. All programs will start in early March.

The second type of program is called Take Charge! Career/Life Planning After 50.  Its purpose is to help adults over 50 assess themselves and plan a direction for the next stage of life.  Options that will be considered include part/time or full/time work, volunteerism, entrepreneurial ventures, and learning and leisure opportunities. These programs will be offered at the Chappaqua Public Library on Tuesday mornings and the Yonkers Public Library (Will Branch) on Thursday afternoons. Both programs are nineteen-hour seminars consisting of an orientation session, eight weekly group sessions and one individual session with a career counselor. They will begin early March.

Individuals can find out about exact dates and times and register for a seminar by calling WEBS at 674-3612 on or after January 11, 2016.

Westchester Library System Names Allison Midgley as Technology Trainer

July 9th, 2015 No comments
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Allison Midgley

Tarrytown, NY (July 8, 2015) – The Westchester Library System (WLS) recently announced the appointment of Allison Midgley as Technology Trainer. WLS, a state-chartered cooperative library agency, serves Westchester County’s 38 public libraries.

Allison Midgley received her Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts and Education from the University of Dallas, Irving TX. She has nearly 20 years experience in developing curriculum and teaching digital literacy programs, most recently as Technology Coordinator for the David A. Howe Public Library in Wellsville, NY.

“Allison will deliver training to staff of the WLS member libraries on the use of existing and emerging software, database and e-content programs and resources” said Terry Kirchner, WLS’s Executive Director. Her in-depth knowledge of integrated library systems will help WLS to creatively and effectively improve training to support WLS and the member libraries.”

“I am excited to share my passion for learning with library users and staff, says Allison. I am looking forward to relocating from Western New York to Westchester County, with its vibrant and diverse community. I’m curious by nature and I have already started exploring the county’s bike trails, art venues, yoga studios and yarn shops.”

About the Westchester Library System

The mission of the Westchester Library System is to ensure that all residents have seamless access to excellent library service throughout Westchester County. The Westchester Library System serves as a center of innovation for the Westchester County library community. WLS provides model programs, affordable and easy-to-use information technology, and support services that enable libraries to continuously improve service to their communities. For more information, please visit www.westchesterlibraries.org.

23rd Annual National Library Week Book & Author Luncheon

March 12th, 2014 No comments
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Westchester Library System’s 23rd Annual Book & Author Luncheon

Features Outstanding Authors

Adam Kintish of TD Bank Receives the National Library Week Recognition Award

Westchester County, NY (March 6, 2014) – The Westchester Library System (WLS) will hold its 23rd annual Book & Author Luncheon on Friday, April 11th at CV Rich Mansion in White Plains, NY. Sponsored by Entergy and TD Bank, the event celebrates National Library Week and the theme Lives Change @ Your Library.  The luncheon features talented authors Josh Hanagarne, a librarian and Randy Lewis, former senior executive of Walgreens who write about turning points that have changed their lives.

The National Library Week Recognition Award will be presented to Adam Kintish, Senior Vice President, TD Bank for the bank’s local and national initiatives that support literacy and summer reading.

“We are thrilled to host our annual Book & Author Luncheon, a highlight of Westchester Library System’s National Library Week festivities.  Once again, we have an outstanding lineup of authors who are gracious to share their time and talent with us,” said Terry Kirchner, WLS Executive Director. “We appreciate the continued support of our sponsors, Entergy and TD Bank.  They have helped WLS provide the resources to empower Westchester libraries to touch the lives of people from all walks of life.”

The Luncheon, held from 12:00pm – 2:00pm, will be followed by an author signing. Registration begins at 11:30 am. Ticket prices for the Book & Author Luncheon are $95 for general admission. Proceeds from this event will support WLS’s community outreach programs that ensure open access to resources and information in Westchester’s public libraries. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call (914) 231-3241 or visit www.westchesterlibraries.org

The authors’ books, available for purchase and autographing at the event, include:

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The World’s Strongest Librarian (Josh Hanagarne)

Josh Hanagarne fell in love with Fern from Charlotte’s Web at the age of six. Every day since, he has enjoyed reading more than eating, sleeping, and breathing. Today the 6’7″ Hanagarne is an author, speaker, performing strongman, and, despite having an extreme case of Tourette Syndrome, he works as a public librarian in Salt Lake City Utah. His memoir, The World’s Strongest Librarian, is his first book.

 

 

No Greatness Without Goodness (Randy Lewis)

Randy Lewis bet his career that he could create an inclusive no_greatnessworkplace at one of America’s biggest corporations where people with disabilities could not just succeed, but thrive. No Greatness Without Goodness is the powerful story of a corporate executive who, after watching the world through the eyes of his own child with autism, Austin, realized that we all have a greater responsibility to make the world a better place for everyone, including those with disabilities. As the Senior Vice President of Walgreens, Randy Lewis has created thousands of full-time jobs for people with disabilities.

 

Please click HERE for more information or to register for this event.

 

The Westchester Library System is located at 540 White Plains Road, Suite 200, Tarrytown, NY 10591. For a complete list of programs and events throughout the Westchester Library System, visit the WLS website at www.westchesterlibraries.org.

 

About the Westchester Library System
The mission of the Westchester Library System is to ensure that all residents have seamless access to excellent library service throughout Westchester County. The Westchester Library System serves as a center of innovation for the Westchester County library community. WLS provides model programs, affordable and easy-to-use information technology, and support services that enable libraries to continuously improve service to their communities. For more information, please visit www.westchesterlibraries.org.

 

New York Health Exchange for you or your small business

January 22nd, 2014 No comments
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Small business owners and consumers across New York have have been enrolling in the New York Health Exchange.

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The Business Council of Westchester (BCW) will continue its outreach to educate businesses on the implantation of the Federal Health Care Act by holding presentations at their office and at different libraries in the County.

 

Partnering with the Westchester Library System, the BCW will hold workshops during the day for businesses to take advantage of. Businesses will receive information about the availability of small business ACA tax credits, health insurance and care options for small business and their employees.

 

In addition, participants will also receive information about the availability of small business ACA tax credits, health insurance and care options for small business and their employees.

Trying to determine how many people you can hire in the coming year while covering health insurance benefits?  Want to know more about tax credits for which you may be eligible?

Come to any of these free sessions and get the information you need:

January 27th, 6 PM - BCW, 108 Corporate Park Dr., Suite 101, White Plains

January 30th, 4 PMBronxville Public Library, 201 Pondfield Road, Bronxville

February 6th, 1:30 PMMamaroneck Public Library, 135 Prospect Avenue, Mamaroneck

February 13th, 1:30 PMHarrison Public Library, Bruce Avenue, Harrison

February 20th, 1:30 PM - Town of Pelham Public Library, 530 Colonial Avenue, Pelham

February 27th, 1:30 PMTuckahoe Public Library, 71 Columbus Avenue, Tuckahoe

Presentations given by Glen Ganaway, Outreach Manager for the Business Council of Westchester and former financial manager for a physicians group.

Click HERE to download a flyer.

In Addition, health-related information is available by clicking on the link below:

Health Insurance Marketplace: Have health insurance questions? Get Quick Answers

Want to make aspirations a reality? Dialog, Listen, Act.

November 8th, 2013 No comments
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Just back from a 3-day training with The Harwood Institute’s Public Innovation Lab. http://www.theharwoodinstitute.org/be-a-public-innovator/

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Key take-aways:

A community dialog on shared aspirations creates new possibilities, particularly a way to identify where small actions can begin to (re)build trust among community members.

Taking these small actions begins to allow us to tell a different story about ourselves. Imagine changing the narrative from how no one cares, to one where we talk about the good that emerged when several did care and act.

There are tools to do this and chief among them is community conversation about the things that matter to a community’s members – a dialog libraries and librarians are well placed to host.

The American Library Association is behind this program in a significant way as a means to inform the continuing evolution of libraries.

For a taste of some of the dialog to come, consider how you would respond to the four questions below. Want to be part of this discussion? Send me your email address and I’ll let you know when we schedule Community Conversations in 2014.

 

1. What kinds of community do you want to live in?

2. Why is that important to you?

3. How is this different from how you see things now?

4. What are some of the things that need to happen to create that kind of community?

 

Here’s to discovering our shared aspirations and fulfilling them together.

Six Things To Know About Individual Health Insurance In New York

September 30th, 2013 No comments
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ACA1. PLANS, RATES AND MORE.  Health insurance plans sold in the NY State Health Insurance Marketplace are known as Qualified Health Plans (QHPs). Initial information on plans, rates, and updated information on how to enroll is available at www.nystateofhealth.ny.gov.  Starting October 1, you can enroll for coverage that begins January 1, 2014.

2. PLAN COVERAGE.  QHPs offered in the Marketplace will be available in four tiers (platinum, gold, silver and bronze).  Plans will offer comprehensive medical services.  Preventive services will be offered at no cost to the consumer.

3. ENROLLMENT.  Enroll in-person, online, or by phone.

 

In-Person.

Set up an appointment to enroll with the assistance of a Navigator.  This service is free and available throughout the county.  Call one of the groups below to make an appointment and ask about any documents that are needed to help the process.  While some groups may target specific audiences in their outreach, they are available to serve all consumers. 

 a)    Westchester County Department of Health – Call the Navigator Information Line at (914) 813- 5192 or hnav@westchestergov.com.

b)    Westchester Disabilities on the Move – Call (914) 968-4717 ext. 23 or 25

c)    Young Invincibles – Call (914) 979-1747 or (914) 458-2294.

d)    Business Council of Westchester – Call (914) 948-2110 ext. 311 to make an appointment.

Additionally, clients of selected local health centers can receive assistance in enrollment. Centers include: The Open Door, Hudson River Health Care, and Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center.

Online.

Use the information and tools available at the NYS web site after October 1.

By Phone.

The NY State information and enrollment hotline is (855) 355-5777. Hours are Monday through Friday 8am to 8pm, Saturday 9am to 1pm.

4. IMMIGRANTS.  Immigrants can participate in the marketplace. More information is available at the New York State website available at www.nystateofhealth.ny.gov.

5. FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE.  Those earning less than $45,960 as an individual, or $94,200 for a family of 4, may be eligible for financial assistance that will make coverage more affordable. Assistance such as tax credits will not be available to those on Medicare or Medicaid.

6. SENIORS.  Anyone approaching 65 should enroll in Medicare as soon as eligible, which will cost the individual less than a marketplace plan. For assistance in selecting among Medicare plans, contact the Senior Benefit Information Center Helpline at (914) 231-3260.

 

LIBRARY SUPPORT AND ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

LIBRARY SUPPORT:

Navigators will be meeting with consumers by appointment at several public libraries.  Limited walk-in service will be provided as schedules permit. Library locations confirmed so far include:

  • Mount Kisco Public Library – Tuesdays, 11am-6pm and Saturdays, 10am-4pm
  • New Rochelle Public Library – Tuesdays, 10am to 12pm
  • Ossining Public Library – Fridays, 10am to 1pm
  • Somers Library– Saturdays, 12pm-5pm
  • Yonkers Riverfront Library – Thursdays 9am-12pm, Fridays, 1pm-3pm
  • Yonkers Grinton I. Will Library – Thursday 3pm-6pm 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month, 11am-3pm

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

CMS Marketplace website – http://marketplace.cms.gov Their information line is available 24/7 at (800) 318-2596)

Federal Government Health Reform website –http://www.healthcare.gov.

 

This document was prepared for the Westchester Library System and its patrons.

Updates are available at wikis.westchesterlibraries.org/sbic

Questions?  Contact elena@wlsmail.org

September 30, 2013

FREE Seminar – Managing Your Career in Changing Times

September 20th, 2013 No comments
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Need to get your carer back on track?

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Westchester Library System’s WEBS Career and Educational Counseling Service presents Managing Your Career in Changing Times.

 

 

 

 

Led by a professional career counselor, this 8-week seminar will help to:

  • Evaluate your skills, interests, personality
  • Learn how to use online career information
  • Explore career alternatives
  • Find out about educational/training programs in Westchester
  • Learn about the latest trends in resumes and job search

This seminar will meet once a week beginning in the fall at three library locations:

  • New Rochelle Public Library
  • Ossining Public Library
  • White Plains Public Library

Attendance at an orientation session prior to the seminar is required. For dates, times and to register for this seminar, please call (914) 674-3612. For more information on WEBS Career & Educational Counseling Service, click here.

This program is funded in part with support from New York State Library Funds, Westchester County Government, and Con Edison.

FREE Seminar – Take Charge! Career/Life Planning After 50

September 20th, 2013 No comments
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Are you over 50, and thinking about options for the future?

Westchester Library System’s WEBS Career and Educational Counseling Service presents Take Charge! Career/Life Planning After 50.

 

Led by a professional career counselor, this 8-week seminar will help to:

  • Assess yourself and get a clear direction for the next stage of life
  • Gain access to a variety of informational resources
  • Explore new ways of working in a high-tech world
  • Enhance your skills through learning and volunteer options

This seminar will meet once a week beginning in the fall at two library locations:

  • Chappaqua Public Library
  • Yonkers Public Library – Grinton I. Will Branch

Attendance at an orientation session prior to the seminar is required. For dates, times and to register for this seminar, please call (914) 674-3612. For more information on WEBS Career & Educational Counseling Service, click here.

This program is funded in part with support from New York State Library Funds, Westchester County Government, and Con Edison.

BCW & WLS Take Healthcare Workshops on the “Road”

September 10th, 2013 No comments
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BCW & WLS Take Healthcare Workshops on the “Road”
September Workshops

With the recent delays in some provisions of the law, solo entrepreneurs and small businesses must still get ready to enroll in the New York State Healthcare Benefit Exchange which starts October 1st.

The Business Council of Westchester will continue its outreach to educate businesses on the implantation of the Federal Health Care Act by holding numerous presentations at our office and different libraries in the County.

Partnering with Westchester Library Systems, the BCW will hold workshops during the day for businesses to take advantage of. Businesses will receive information about the availability of small business ACA tax credits, health insurance and care options for small business and their employees.

In addition, participants will also receive information about the availability of small business ACA tax credits, health insurance and care options for small business and their employees.

RSVP with John Ravitz at jravitz@westchesterny.org or call 914-948-2110.

 

September 16th: The Business Council of Westchester
White Plains, NYhealthcare
6:00 PM

September 19th: Pound Ridge Library
271 Westchester Avenue, Pound Ridge, NY
11:00 AM

September 23rd: The Business Council of Westchester
White Plains, NY
6:00 PM

September 27th: Westchester Library Systems Headquarters
540 White Plains Road, Suite 200 Tarrytown, NY
12:00 PM

 

Westchester Business Roundtable At WLS

October 1st, 2012 No comments
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In an attempt to better connect with the business community of Westchester County, the Westchester Library System holds regular meetings with key members of the community.  These meetings provide an opportunity to share some of the valuable initiatives developed by the Westchester Library System designed specifically for business.

Here is a copy of the presentation from our meeting this past summer.