Library Offers Homeless People Mental Health Services, And It’s Working | HuffPo #mentalhealth #libraries #outreach #homeless


Of the 5,000 people who visit the San Francisco Public Library every day, about 15 percent of them are homeless, PBS reported. After years of watching this underserved demographic float through to get Internet access, a restroom and often, just refuge from the cold, the library realized it was in an auspicious position to stage effective interventions.

So, in 2009, the library hired Leah Esguerra, who is believed to be the nation’s first psychiatric social worker to be employed full time at a library, SFGate reported. Since the program started, about 150 homeless people have received permanent housing, and another 800 have enrolled in social and mental health services, according to PBS. READ MORE: Library Offers Homeless People Mental Health Services, And It’s Working | HuffPo

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#LadiesLearningCode code:mobile #Mobile #Coding Truck #Canada #2016 #tech #education #kids #fundraising #startups


The code:mobile is Ladies Learning Code’s newest and biggest initiative to inspire and educate Canadian girls and boys to become passionate builders — not just consumers of technology. Think: a travelling computer lab on wheels that will make a cross-Canada journey in 2016 teaching 10,000+ kids to code along the way.

But, it’s more than just a truck or a computer lab. It’s a cross-Canada journey that will bring hands-on, interactive technology education to Canadian youth. We believe that computer programming and other technical skills are a tool of empowerment, and it is our mission at Ladies Learning Code to ensure that all Canadians — particularly women and youth — have access to these learning opportunities.

SUPPORT THE INITIATIVE: The code:mobile – Canada’s First Coding Truck | Ladies Learning Code

10+ Free #Workshops to Keep #Kids Busy This Summer | LifeHacker


List of workshops relates mainly to residents living in the USA. Broken out into the following categories: technology, crafts and building, and lastly outdoor and indoor sports. At least provides parents and caregivers living in other countries workshop/project/camp ideas. I suggest looking at summer programming at your local community library!

School’s out, but that doesn’t mean kids have to stop learning or being creative. The free workshops and activities below will keep kids from getting bored and parents from wondering what to do with them every day or weekend. MORE: 10+ Free Workshops to Keep Kids Busy This Summer | LifeHacker

Connecting #Inmates With Their #Children Through #Books | Marketplace.org #prisons #communication #tech #libraries


As part of our series about technology in prisons called “Jailbreak,” we paid a visit to a new program that uses technology to fill an important role in the development of the children of those who are incarcerated.

Organizers say the TeleStory program the first of its kind in the country. At the main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library in New York, families of inmates bring their children to a special room filled with toys and books. Even more unique: the room is virtually connected to a prison on Rikers Island. via Connecting inmates with their children through books | Marketplace.org.

This Girl Taught Her Local Library A Lesson After They Blocked Her From A Robotics Class | BuzzFeed News #STEM #genderequality


Cash Cayen spends a lot of time at the local library in Timmins, Ontario. She was excited when she saw it was going to offer a session about robotics, and went to sign up. But the library said she wasn’t allowed — it’s for boys only. READ MORE: This Girl Taught Her Local Library A Lesson After They Blocked Her From A Robotics Class | BuzzFeed News

The Future Of #Museums Is Reaching Way Beyond Their Walls | Co.Exist #AMNH


The American Museum of Natural History has always been one of the most popular destinations in New York City. With about 5 million visitors a year, an increase from 3 million in the 1990s, it—along with the nearby Metropolitan Museum of Art—is among the top 10 most-visited museums in the world.

Even with this influx of people coming to its doorstep, however, the museum is now equally focused on drawing a crowd beyond its campus.

“In the old days, a visit to a museum like ours would be a one-off. You come, you visit you go home,” says Futter. “Now people have a relationships with us very often before they get here. They come, and [their visit] is like a giant exclamation point—and then they return home and continue to engage with us wherever they are.”

AMNH today is a sprawling outreach institution that is using apps, social media, and educational programs to slowly grow its reach. READ MORE: The Future Of Museums Is Reaching Way Beyond Their Walls | Co.Exist | ideas + impact.

26 Contemporary Books That Should Be Taught In High School | BuzzFeed


We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us what contemporary book should be taught in high school. Here are the brilliant results. READ MORE: 26 Contemporary Books That Should Be Taught In High School | BuzzFeed

Absolutely fabulist: The computer program that writes fables | CNET


Forget a thousand monkeys at a thousand typewriters, researchers have created a computer program that writes fables by itself.

It might be a long way from “A Tale of Two Cities”, but researchers at Australia’s University of New South Wales have developed a computer program that is capable of writing its own fables.

The Moral Storytelling System, known as MOSS, has been developed by Margaret Sarlej, a PhD candidate at the School of Computer Science and Engineering at UNSW, led by Australian Research Fellow and artificial intelligence expert Dr Malcolm Ryan.

While humans are capable of creating simple or complex stories without a second thought, Sarlej said this is a skill that computers can’t easily emulate.

READ MORE: Absolutely fabulist: The computer program that writes fables | CNET.

You Can Grab Software That Helped Pixar Make Wall-E For Free Soon | Gizmodo


If youre an aspiring animator, this might be the best news youll hear this month: Pixar is giving away—thats right, giving away—a version of RenderMan, its in-house rendering software. Gratis. No catch. Youll be able to download the program some time in August. READ MORE: You Can Grab Software That Helped Pixar Make Wall-E For Free Soon | Gizmodo

An “All You Can Eat” College Degree Could Be The Future Of Higher Education | Co.Exist


Wisconsin’s public university system will start granting some degrees based on testing instead of credits, and letting you use as much of the school as you want for a flat fee. Schools around the country are watching.

Read: An “All You Can Eat” College Degree Could Be The Future Of Higher Education | Co.Exist | ideas + impact.