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New Library Art Exhibit Makes Hope Visible

By Brian Hero, February 4, 2020, CSUSM Alessandra Colfi is an expressive arts therapist who worked with patients at the San Diego Cancer Research Institute. She also is a practicing Buddhist fascinated with Eastern culture. So, one day about eight years ago, Colfi stumbled upon the idea of borrowing the concept of the Tibetan prayer flag – a colorful rectangular cloth often found strung among trails and peaks high in the Himalayas – and incorporating it into her sessions with cancer...

Prison reentry program to launch at Paterson library this month (newjersey.com)

By Joe Malinconico, January 8, 2020, Paterson Press By the end of this month, library officials plan to begin offering prison reentry services at their main branch on Broadway after a discussion about community concerns at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. The “Fresh Start@Your Library” program, funded through a federal grant, would include classes to help dropouts get their high school diplomas, social workers providing job services, and referrals to social service agencies. “The word is...

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