Did You Buy A Lot of Girl Scout Cookies?


If you bought Girl Scout cookies and now don’t know what to do with them, here are some webpages which have recipies using them.






Faith and the 2016 Campaign

Pew Research Center  Religion & Public Life

The conventional wisdom in American politics has long been that someone who is not religious cannot be elected president of the United States. Most Americans have consistently said that it is important to them that the president have strong religious beliefs. And a new Pew Research Center survey finds that being an atheist remains one of the biggest liabilities that a presidential candidate can have; fully half of American adults say they would be less likely to vote for a hypothetical presidential candidate who does not believe in God, while just 6% say they would be more likely to vote for a nonbeliever.

The new survey shows that among religious groups, fully half of white evangelical Protestant voters (including both Republicans and those who identify with the Democratic Party or as political independents) think Trump would make a “good” or a “great” president. Evangelicals – who are among the most reliably Republican religious constituencies in the electorate – express a similar degree of confidence that Carson and Cruz would be successful presidents.

On the Democratic side, the view that Sanders and Clinton would be good presidents is most common among two reliably Democratic religious constituencies – black Protestants and religiously unaffiliated voters (i.e., religious “nones”). Read more here.

Air Bag Recall Information

NHTSA Releases List of All Makes and Models Affected by Takata Air Bag Recalls

NHTSA has released the full list of vehicles (by model year, make and model) affected by the Takata air bag recalls. Consumers can also use NHTSA’s VIN look-up tool to see if their Vehicle Identification Number matches one of the approximately 19 million vehicles from 12 auto manufacturers involved in the recall.  For more information, or to look up your car by VIN number, go here.

 Read an updated article from Car and Driver HERE.

This Is The World’s First Official ‘Jewish Tartan’

The design, created by a Scottish rabbi, celebrates both Scotland’s history and Jewish values.

Dominique Mosbergen  Senior Writer, The Huffington Post

In case you missed it: The world’s first official “Jewish tartan” is really a thing. Yes, it’s kosher and yes, you can buy it online in many forms, including as a prayer shawl, a skull cap and — of course — a kilt.

Created by Mendel Jacobs and officially registered with the Scottish Tartans Authority, the tartan boasts a distinctive pattern of blue, white, red and gold.

Read more and see the tartan HERE.


The South Isn’t The Reason Schools Are Still Segregated, New York Is

New York City might be a liberal hub, but that doesn’t mean white parents want their children going to school with black kids.

Rebecca KleinRebecca Klein  Editor, HuffPost Education

New York City didn’t experience school desegregation in the 1960s and ‘70s like other metropolitan areas. Unlike in Little Rock, Arkansas, the National Guard was never brought in to make sure black students could safely enter an all-white school. Unlike closer hubs, like Boston, resistance to school desegregation never escalated to a citywide crisis. New York never saw a large-scale integration program, and it was never ordered by courts to make its schools more racially balanced.  In historian Matthew F. Delmont’s new book, Why Busing Failed: Race, Media, and the National Resistance to School Desegregationhe explains how New York City drove the rhetoric and resistance that allowed school desegregation to falter nationwide. In the late 1950s, years before any serious action was taken to desegregate most schools, New York City parents created the language that would lead opposition to racially mixed schools. This language — which emphasizes the importance of neighborhood schools and opposition to citywide busing — remains the weapon of choice for communities who fight integrated schools today.  Read more HERE.

College Financial Aid


Thinking About College? Need financial aid? Start here.

Things to Remember

Apply for the FAFSA via www.fafsa.ed.gov because it is the U.S. Department of Education’s website. FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid therefore there is NO CHARGE.

The 2016 College Goal Event sites, where students/parents will be assisted with the completion of the 2016-2017 FAFSA Form by Student Financial Aid professionals are accessible via http://www.collegegoalsundayusa.org/studentsFamilies/   For more information, click HERE.

STEM Programs for Teens

Interested in STEM, teens? Hartford Public Library has programs just for you!

YOUmedia is where teens ages 13 to 19 go to Hang Out, Mess Around, and Geek Out!

Tricia George, Director of YOUMedia & Teen Services, and Gabbie Barnes, Teen Librarian, spent the first week of January in Austin, Tex., meeting with other YOUmedia specialists from libraries, museums, and community organizations across the US. They returned to do a week of planning for the future of YOUmedia Hartford. “We are bolstering our workshop offerings to include a more structured orientation to the space for youth and additional tech workshops in graphic design, Photoshop, and Illustrator,” George says.

Click here to view the YOUmedia program calendar