Free ed­u­ca­tion site avail­able through li­braries

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The premier on­line ed­u­ca­tion site, L ynda.com, is now avail­able free for all South­ern Mary­land li­brary users with a valid Calvert, Charles or St. Mary’s li­brary card.

Lynda.com of­fers a large va­ri­ety of video cour­ses in soft­ware, cre­ative and busi­ness skills, which are taught by in­dus­try ex­perts. Li­brary users of Lynda.com will have un­lim­ited ac­cess to all Lynda.com cour­ses.

“L ynda.com is just the lat­est ed­u­ca­tional tool we are pro­vid­ing to li­brary cus­tomers,” Jen­nifer Falkowski, in­for­ma­tion ser­vices man­ager for the South­ern Mary­land Re­gional Li­brary As­so­ci­a­tion, said in a press re­lease. Ac­cord­ing to the Lynda. com web­site, a ba­sic mem­ber­ship would cost $25 per month, per per­son.

All Lynda.com pro­grams can be ac­cessed (with a li­brary card) from any com­puter or hand-held de­vice.

Ac­cess to the free li­brary ver­sion of Lynda.com is avail­able at sm­rla.org/Lynda. The en­tire col­lec­tion of COS­MOS on­line re­sources can be found at cos­mos.somd. lib.md.us or by link from any of the three county li­brary sys­tem web­sites: Calvert Li­brary (calvertli­brary.info); Charles County Pub­lic Li­brary (cc­plon­line.org); and St. Mary’s County Li­brary (stmalib.org).

For more in­for­ma­tion about the col­lec­tion of on­line re­sources or Lynda.com, talk to a li­brar­ian at any lo­cal li­brary.

Health depart­ment of­fers Nalox­one train­ing

The Charles County Depart­ment of Health Divi­sion of Sub­stance Use is spon­sor­ing free Nalox­one over­dose re­sponse train­ings at the Depart­ment of Health of­fice, 4545 Crain High­way, White Plains, dur­ing the months of May and June on Mon­days from 6-8 p.m.

Nalox­one is a medicine that quickly and ef­fec­tively re­verses an opi­oid over­dose. It is a pre­scrip­tion med­i­ca­tion avail­able to peo­ple at risk for over­dose or for those who are likely to be in a po­si­tion to wit­ness and re­spond to one. A Nalox­one kit, in­clud­ing med­i­ca­tion will be given to each par­tic­i­pant at the end of the class.

Reg­is­tra­tion is re­quired. To re­serve a space or for more in­for­ma­tion, call 301609-6661.

Com­mis­sioner-ap­pointed board, com­mit­tee, and com­mis­sion va­can­cies open

The Charles County Com­mis­sion­ers are seek­ing county res­i­dents to fill va­can­cies on the fol­low­ing boards, com­mit­tees, and com­mis­sions, in­clud­ing the Adult Pub­lic Guardian­ship Re­view Board, Alarm Re­view Board, Board of So­cial Ser­vices, Com­mis­sion for Women, Dis­abil­ity Re­view Board — Sher­iff’s Pen­sion Gam­ing Per­mit Re­view Board, Her­itage Com­mis­sion, His­toric Preser­va­tion Com­mis­sion, Home­owner’s As­so­ci­a­tion Dis­pute Re­view Board, and Li­brary Board of Trus­tees.

There is one va­cancy on the Li­brary Board of Trus­tees. The task of the board is to deal with all as­pects of the li­brary, in­clud­ing ser­vices, staff, rules and reg­u­la­tions and other func­tions for the proper de­liv­ery of li­brary ser­vices.

There is one va­cancy on the Dis­abil­ity Re­view Board — Sher­iff’s Pen­sion. This board is tasked with ac­cept­ing and re­view­ing ap­pli­ca­tions in ac­cor­dance with the sher­iff’s dis­abil­ity pen­sion plan and mak­ing a de­ter­mi­na­tion as to the ex­tent of dis­abil­ity and ben­e­fit pay­ment in ac­cor­dance with the plan.

One ap­pli­ca­tion must be sub­mit­ted for each va­cancy. Po­si­tions will re­main open un­til filled. Ap­pli­ca­tions and a de­tailed list of all cur­rent va­can­cies are avail­able on the Charles County Govern­ment web­site at www.CharlesCoun­tyMD.gov or by con­tact­ing Carol DeSoto, com­mis­sioner spe­cial­ist, at 301-645-0691 or De­so­toC@ CharlesCoun­tyMD.gov.

South­ern Mary­land Food­ways to host net­work­ing event

In­ter­act with oth­ers in­ter­ested in di­verse, food-re­lated top­ics at an even­ing of dis­cus­sion hosted by the South­ern Mary­land Food Coun­cil start­ing 6 p.m. Wed­nes­day, May 11, at the Calvert Li­brary Prince Fred­er­ick, meet­ing rooms 1, 2 and 3, 850 Cost­ley Way, Prince Fred­er­ick. The event will con­sist of a net­work­ing ses­sion and then ses­sions of tar­geted dis­cus­sions on spe­cific food-re­lated top­ics.

Ses­sion 1 will be an open net­work­ing op­por­tu­nity to meet with oth­ers in­ter­ested in food-re­lated top­ics.

Ses­sion 2 fea­tures dis­cus­sion and ac­tion groups. Sign up for one of the pre-se­lected top­ics and learn more about what’s go­ing on lo­cally and how to get in­volved. Choose from, “Wasted Food: Food Re­cov­ery in South­ern Mary­land,” “School Gar­den Pro­grams (ed­i­ble gar­dens, tast­ings, cur­ricu­lums, field trips),” “Buy­ing Lo­cal/Eat­ing Lo­cal” or an up­date on the Emerg­ing South­ern Mary­land Ag & Food In­no­va­tion Cen­ter. Reg­is­ter at www.somd­food­coun­cil. com.

To find out more about South­ern Mary­land Food Coun­cil go to www. somd­food­coun­cil.com, email info@somd­food­coun­cil.com, or call SMADC staff at 301-274-1922, ext. 1.

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