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This month, a new assessment test has been testing in several states that will replace state mandated assessments of student’s learning in English literacy and mathematics.  For NJ, this will replace the NJ ASK and replace it with the PARCC.  The PARCC, which stands for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, is computer based and a new format for students to learn.  The new test is currently being field tested, and will have another round of field testing in May.  It is supposed to replace state tests in 2015, so this is the last year your student will take the NJ ASK.

NJ Spotlight has written an article about it that helps explain April’s field test and some of the concerns with the test.  More information on the test itself and practice exams for your child can be found at PARCC’s website.

Remember to find us on Facebook, Twitter, and/or to follow our blog for more updates on the PARCC and other events that might impact you.

On Monday, April 28 and Saturday, May 3, the Library is holding a free class on Microsoft’s Power Point 2007 at 10:30 am – 12:00 pm (both days) in the Community Room.

Learn the basics of this popular slide-based presentation program. During this class, students will create a fun presentation while becoming familiar with the general tools of the program.

Although this class will cover only the basics, registrants must be able to use a mouse and be familiar with basic computer concepts such as opening, closing, and resizing windows in order to attend.

Space is strictly limited and registration is required. PLEASE NOTE: This class is a repeat of the one offered on Monday, April 7th.  Registrants will be limited to one of two sessions.

Please sign up here for April 28 and here for May 3rd.

 

Remember to find us on Facebook, Twitter, and to follow our blog to find out about more great events at FTPL!

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As you can see when you walk in and look at our latest display, April is National Poetry Month.  If a whole book seems like too much work, why not try the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day website?

Or if you are in grades 3-12 why not share your poems with other poets at Poet-to-Poet?  Watch award winning poets from the Academy of American Poets’ read their poems, which are fun and accessible, then let them inspire you to write your own! You can email the poems to poet2poet@poets.org with your name and which poem/poet inspired you by April 30.  Some will be posted on the website in May!  If you’re a teacher, the website also comes with Common Core lesson plans for the project.

If you LOVE poetry, April 24th is Poem in Your Pocket Day! Carry a poem with you in your pocket and share it throughout the day.

Don’t forget, we have a great selection of poetry year round.  Find us on Facebook, Twitter, and our blog via WordPress.

By now you’ve probably heard about the Heartbleed Bug that has caused an uproar over the last few days.  Apparently over the last two years, this bug has affected an unknown number of websites.  The good news is that many major websites like Google, Facebook, Yahoo and Tumblr are patched at this point.   But the professionals recommended you change your passwords for banking, finance, email and social media sites.

Avoid using the same password for multiple sites; that is the main way to limit the damage these kinds of hacks will cause.

To test a website to see if it has been patched, please go here.

Information on the bug itself can be found in several places, but these are some useful sites:  BBC, TechCrunch,  Heartbleed.

Some articles with advice on what to do can be found here and here.

Don’t forget to follow us on social media, and change your passwords.

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It’s safe to say that many poets are creative. In honor of National Poetry Month, here’s a look at some of some characteristics that creative people possess according to Huffington Post.  Taking the time for “solitude” and “getting out of their own heads” translates well to reading something new, trying something different, maybe watching a movie by yourself to fully absorb it and get inspired.  Are you creative? Tell us what you do!

If you want to be creative in a structured setting you could always sign up for one of our classes like jewelry making, yarn club, bookclub, bobbin lacemaking… or one of the other great programs we offer.

Find us on Facebook for more ideas.