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Free Online Caregiver Courses

The VA and PsychArmor Institute have created a series of FREE courses specifically tailored to meet your needs. These engaging and interactive courses are available on-line and on-demand. No registration process – one click and you start learning. The courses are short and easy to watch.

ABC’s of Respite Part 1

Check out this list of courses offered:

  • ABC’s of Respite
  • Focusing on the Forgotten – Me
  • Good Grief: Finding Hope
  • Goodbye to Going it Alone: Learning to Ask for Help
  • Creating a Space for You: Caring for a Loved One at Home
  • Choosing your Words: The Power of Communication
  • Mantram Repetition
  • How to Connect with your Checked Out Veteran
  • Introduction to Invisible Wounds of War
  • Invisible Wounds of War at Home: What is PTSD
  • Invisible Wounds of War: Symptoms of PTSD
  • Invisible Wounds of War at Home: What Family Members can do about PTSD
  • Invisible Wounds of War at Home: What is TBI
  • Invisible Wounds of War at Home: What Family Members can do about TBI
  • Invisible Wounds of War at Home: Substance Use Disorder
  • Invisible Wounds of War at Home: Understanding Depression

Visit Caregiver training courses to start your FREE learning!

New Classes Coming – From courses on intimate partner violence to understanding the VA for Caregivers, we continue to add new content to our Caregiver School to help you navigate the caregiver world.


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Congratulations Tom Clavin

Tom’s latest book Dodge City: Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the Wickedest Town in the American West is currently on the New York Times Bestsellers list. Revisit the wild west through Tom’s lively narrative of Dodge City and its infamous residents. The book is available at the library in print as well as CD audiobook. Dodge City is also accessible as a downloadable ebook or audiobook: https://livebrary.overdrive.com/search?query=dodge+city+


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Library is closed today due to weather conditions

201 Main Street is closed but library online services are always available. Get onboard and visit the library! Read or listen to a good book, browse magazines, study a language, do research and much more. Thousands of downloadable ebooks and audio books can be found at https://livebrary.overdrive.com; hundreds of magazines and newspapers (current and historic) are available at https://www.livebrary.com/magazines-newspapers. Discover all of the library’s online services at https://www.livebrary.com.
So, come on in and enjoy your virtual library.
We hope to be open tomorrow; call or check our website
https://www.johnjermain.org to be sure we are open.


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Parent University

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East End SEPTO Presents Parent University 2017 at the John Jermain Memorial Library

This free series is open to all parents, professionals, and community members.

Wednesdays, 6:00pm to 7:00pm
March 1 to April 5

March 8: Holistic Stress Relief Panel with Doreen Corwith-Eckert, Holistic Health Educator & Kevin Menard, Licensed Acupuncturist, LAc
Our daily lives are filled with stress and it is important to learn how to manage stress in a healthy way. This allows us to be able to care for ourselves and our loved ones at the highest level. Holistic health educator Doreen Corwith-Eckert and acupuncturist Kevin Menard will be speaking about the role and benefits Reiki, massage, yoga meditation
and acupuncture can play in managing stress in our daily lives.

March 15: Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder with
Award Winning Author/Educator Mariah Bruehl Discover playful ways to harness children’s curiosity and channel it into a love of learning.

March 22: Special Education Q & A for Parents and Educators with Mary Johnsen, Special Education Coordinator
South Fork Bakery: Come meet the successful employees from South Fork Bakery
South Fork Bakery is dedicated to providing meaningful and supportive employment to South Fork residents with special needs.

March 29: Effective Communication with Children & Teens with Shirley Ruch, Speech/Language Pathologist M.A., CCC-SLP.  Parents and professionals will learn simple, yet effective communication strategies to use with children of all ages that will help them encourage cooperation, improve conversation, reduce stress, encourage independence, improve listening and teach problem solving.

April 5: Parental Concerns Q & A with Carl Brandl, Mental Health Counselor & Theresa Roden, Founder of I-Tri Girls. Need answers to address the challenges facing our children in the world today. Our expert panel will facilitate a discussion about a variety of topics including: self-esteem, depression/anxiety, body image, and drug & alcohol use.


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This Day in Music History – February 3, 1959

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On February 3rd 1959, Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson were killed in a tragic plan crash. Rock & Roll, which was still in it’s infancy, lost three of it’s most promising performers.

Don McLean alludes to the tragedy in his classic song American Pie – it was “the day the music died.”


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Kids, Teens and Screens

The library had a fantastic turn-out for the recent film screening and discussion panel related to kids, teens and screen addiction (computer, smart-phone, games, etc). The film Screenagers explored some of the dangers of technology and the developing brain. If you want to learn more about the topic, here are some of the resources available to you:

Books: (click the title to place a hold)

The App Generation: How Today’s Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy, and Imagination in a Digital World, by Howard Gardner

Digital Kids: How to Balance Screen Time, and Why it Matters, by Martin L. Kutscher

Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction is Hijacking Our Kids–and How to Break the Trance, by Nicholas Kardaras

Internet and Social Media Addiction, by Andrea C. Nakaya

Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age by Sherry Turkle

Sites/Articles:

American Academy of Pediatrics: Kids & Tech: Tips for Parents in the Digital Age

Common Sense Media: What Parents Need to Know About Technology Addiction

Screenagers: Screenagersmovie.com  & Parenting Guide


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New Year Reading Challenge

rhc_cover_pinterestHappy New Year! Are you making resolutions? I’ve noticed the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge that has come out the past couple of years. Each year it asks people to stretch their reading habits and try something out of their comfort zone. I usually gravitate toward one or two specific genres that I find enjoyment in and infrequently try something new. Maybe this year I’ll give it a go? What about you? How would you like to try this challenge and read something out of your norm?