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The new teen services and digital creativity center at the Monroe County Public Library is set to open in a matter of days. Kevin MacDowell, the manager of the center, gave an update on the status of the center at a Library Board meeting yesterday. MacDowell said the space would be virtually ready for a Friends of the Library event on Saturday. He says the space will be all in place by this Saturday, and completely functional within the next week.
The center has been in the works for years and it has been a big part of the renovations happening at the Library in recent months. MacDowell actually started at the Library in May. He said much of his work so far has been establishing partnerships in the community. He said he also started a program called Drop In and Hang Out. He says this will give teens an opportunity to give their feedback on what they would like to see in this space.
The teen services and digital creativity center will be open to youth ages 12 to 19. MacDowell said much of his staff’s focus will be on establishing connections with the teens who use the center. He says mentors that visit with the teens will be able to give better feedback on what to include in the center.
There will be books in the teen center as well. MacDowell said other library patrons will be able to access those books.
Some Indiana lawmakers want to do away with the state’s current five-year time limit for filing rape charges. The change was proposed in two separate bills introduced by Indiana Senator Michael Crider, a Republican, and Representative Christina Hale, a Democrat. According to an article in the Indianapolis Star, the lawmakers were inspired by a case in which a man confessed to committing a rape eight years after the crime but couldn’t be prosecuted because of the statute of limitations. Jenny’s Law is named for the victim in that case, Jenny Wendt Ewing, who was assaulted when she was a nursing student at IU Purdue University in Indianapolis. Jenny went public about her assault back in February and has since made herself an advocate for rape victims. Crider told the Star that some Indiana lawmakers are reluctant to change the criminal code because a revised version of the code was passed just last year. But so far the legislation has moved forward fairly quickly. Crider’s bill was approved yesterday by the Senate’s Corrections and Criminal Law Committee and now awaits a vote by the full Senate.
This week on Ecoreport, we hear an interview from 2012 with journalist Will Potter, which took place prior to Potter
speaking at the I-U campus. Potter has written extensively on the “Green Scare” and the U.S.
government’s efforts to criminalize environmental and animal rights activists — and even label them as terrorists.
EcoReport is a weekly program providing independent media coverage of environmental and ecological issues with a
focus on local, state and regional people, issues, and events in order to foster open discussion of human relationships
with nature and the Earth and to encourage you to take personal responsibility for the world in which we live. Each
program features timely eco-related headline news, a feature interview or event recording, and a calendar of events of
interest to the environmentally conscious.
Anchors: Alyce Miller, Dan Young
This week’s news stories were written by Linda Greene, Norm Holy, Susan Northleaf, and and Cathi Norton. Our
feature and broadcast engineer is Dan Withered. This week’s calendar was compiled by Catherine Anders.
EcoReport is produced by Dan Young and Gillian Wilson. Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.
The Monroe County Public Library has been awarded the Indiana Library Federation Programming Award. The Indiana Library Federation is a member-driven organization that promotes the professional growth of Indiana libraries and is made up of librarians, library staff, administrators and trustees. According to an Federation’s press release, the Monroe County Public Library won the 2014 Programming Award for its successful, creative, and contemporary program efforts. In particular, the library’s programming during Disability Awareness Month during March, 2014 was the culmination of two years of focused efforts by library staff and others to better serve those in the community with disabilities as well as their families and received honorable mention. In the library’s 2015-2017 Strategic Plan the library pledged to improve services to the underserved disabilities audience. This was an effort conducted in partnership with the City of Bloomington,The Indiana University Center for Disabilities and Community, The IU Health Bloomington Hospital Children’s Therapy Center, StoneBelt ARC and local disability services agencies. A working group of library staff, approved by the library trustees, was established to conduct research, collect feedback and make recommendations as to how to expand the library’s capacity to serve patrons with disabilities. They addressed such issues as physical barriers to the library, creating a web page focused on disabilities services, and coordinating staff development on such issues.
Maqube Reese introduces the new community campaign Within Our Lifetime, dedicated to ending racism. As the community organizer for WOL, Maqube explains how the start up is starting up and building a base of support – including volunteers for upcoming events in 2015! Also, Volunteer Connection offers opportunities to work for civil rights in our community.
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Though CO 2 emissions in the atmosphere continue to rise, Indiana’s senior politicians are working hard to resist any carbon restrictions by the environmental protection agency. Last week, the World Meteorological Organization released findings that the level of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the atmosphere rose at a record-shattering pace last year. The scientists from this U.N. advisory body also expressed surprise at their findings and fear of the consequent acceleration of global warming and attendant climate change. The report went on to note that concentrations of nearly all the major greenhouse gases reached historic highs in 2013, reflecting ever-rising emissions from automobiles and smokestacks but also a diminishing ability of the world’s oceans and plant life to soak up the excess carbon put into the atmosphere by humans.
Also last week, Indiana Governor Pence released a letter that he signed, along with 14 other state governors, addressed to President Obama asking him to veto new green house gas regulations proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency. These measures would reduce the permitted amount of green-house gas emissions from power plants. They are specially focused on coal burning plants which produce more CO2 than any other fuels. In order to comply, most older coal plants would have to undergo major upgrades, switch to cleaner fuels, or shut down. Governor Pence also dispatched Tom Easterley, the Commissioner of Indiana’s Department of Environmental Management, to tell the Subcommittee on Energy and Power of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Energy and Commerce that the new EPA regulations would, qoute, cause significant harm to Hoosiers without providing any measurable offsetting benefits.
Meanwhile, Indiana’s Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly and Republican Senator Dan Coates, along with 50 other senators, published letters to similar affect. The Senators’ requested a 60-day extension of the public comment period on the EPA’s proposed rule. This extension would be on top of the current 120 day comment period. Senator Donnelly’s announcement states that this extension is, “critical to ensure that state regulatory agencies and other stakeholders have adequate time to fully analyze and comment on the proposal.” Senator Coates’ announcement is more direct, stating that the proposed rules will, “restructure our entire electricity sector, kill reliable coal power and raise energy prices.” In response to the bipartisan petitions the Obama administration added another 45 days of comment period. Meanwhile, global climate scientists think that the world’s oceans have reached their capacity to absorb carbon, which means that levels in the atmosphere will increase at an even faster pace.