Presentation Recordings

History of Dreaming

Presented by Jack Kowiak on May 21, 2021

It has been estimated that the average person spends 30% of their lives dreaming. This fun presentation looks at modern, as well as ancient beliefs on the nature of dreaming. We will travel back to ancient Mesopotamia and to the far reaches of China to examine various ideas about a phenomena that still puzzles scientists to this day.

Don't Live for Your [Student] Loans

Presented by Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Rochester on April 27, 2021

The average college students graduates with approximately $27,000 in student loan debt. This session will equip you with the knowledge and power to handle your student loans like a pro! You will learn about the vast benefits of paying off your loans faster, the helpful payoff programs that are available through the federal loan program, and how to maximize your repayment efforts so you won't be buried by your loans. Corresponding materials and handouts will be provided to arm you with useful tools and practice resources. This event is presented by Andrea Colline of Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Rochester.

Building a Strong Financial Future

Presented by Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Rochester on April 13, 2021

In this presentation you will understand how you can create an outlook for your finances that will create motiuvation and discipline, develop specific and attainable financial goals that fit with your values, and develop the necessary tools for maintaining a simple and effective spending plan. Join Andrea Colline of Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Rochester to create a plan for building a strong financial future!

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New York's Holy History: America's Spiritual Soul

Presented by Jack Kowiak on March 12, 2021

Upstate New York was the center of religious activity in America during the country’s first 150 years. Many people are aware of the Mormons and the Spiritualists, but that was only the tip of the iceberg of the religious activity in our backyard.This presentation will discuss some of the fascinating historical figures and events that took place in Western New York in the 19th century that went on to influence our entire nation and the world beyond.

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Stop Fake News: Responsible Sharing on Social Media

Presented by Miranda Stefano on February 6, 2021

Join Miranda Stefano, librarian and information specialist, one last time to discuss the science of misinformation, and how to act intentionally when sharing information online and with others. This presentation will also include activities and examples on spotting misinformation and fake news.

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Defeating Your Debt

Presented by Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Rochester on February 3rd, 2021

It's estimated that the average American household owes almost $10,000 in credit card debt alone, representing minimum payments of almost $400 a month. Covering strategies for negotiating interest rates, negotiating settlements, and developing repayment plans, this class empowers consumers to take charge of their debt and work towards a debt-free lifestyle. 

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Beyond the Headlines: Fact-Checking Information Resources

Presented by Miranda Stefano on January 23rd, 2021

Join Miranda Stefano, librarian and information specialist, once again to dive into fact-checking information that we see and hear. This presentation will cover fact-checking websites and identifying reliable resources in print and digitally. This presentation is the second in this media literacy series.

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Media Literacy: What It is and Why It's Important

Presented by Miranda Stefano on January 9th, 2021

Media is a huge part of our daily lives, maybe even more than we realize. It is vital that we understand how to interact with and interpret the media that we encounter.

Join Miranda Stefano, librarian and information specialist, to learn about media literacy and all it encompasses, including our interactions with it and biases that exist. This presentation is an overview. Two more events on specific media literacy topics will follow.

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Creative Bullet Journaling

Presented by Grace Engelbrecht on December 12th, 2020

Did you just ask "what is a bullet journal?" It is a type of journal, also called bujo, that you can design to fit you: as a planner, a sketchbook, or a goal tracker. Grace, our Adult Services Librarian, goes through a presentation about bullet journaling and designing some spreads and layouts!

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Fun Western NY History

Presented by Jack Kowiak on December 4th, 2020

Learn about a Western New York man that some claim was the ultimate criminal genius, as well as other stories of some lesser known people in Upstate New York history.  After listening to their stories, you will agree that it is a shame they were left out of our history books. 

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