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by Julian Sereno


Shortly after receiving Diana Hales notes from the June 17 meeting of the Chatham County Board of Commissioners, Commissioner Chair Brian Bock emailed me claiming he was misquoted. It occurred at the end of the final item on the agenda, 10. Economic Development Corp (EDC) Board Appointments and politics. More...

  • BOC June 17 Meeting Notes

  • May & June Fracking Report



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    2nd Annual Hispanic Festival in Siler City

    Latino Organizations in Chatham County collaborate to bring Hispanic culture to Siler City’s Third Friday ArtWalk on August , 6 - 9 p.m. It will take place at the corner of Second St. and Chatham Ave. Siler City, NC 27344.

    In a community of approximately 50 percent Hispanic residents, 2nd Annual Hispanic Festival ArtWalk will be an exciting celebration of diversity. Members of the Chatham Latino Collaborative, including Child Care Networks, the Hispanic Liaison, and FVRC, are partnering with the NC Arts Incubator to showcase Hispanic art and culture during the August 16th ArtWalk in Downtown Siler City.

    Dancers from the Peruvian-American Coalition of North Carolina and "Magetsi 4H Club de Danza Folklorica Latina" will entertain the audience with traditional Hispanic dances. A variety of talented Latino artists from the local area and the region will exhibit their work in the NC Arts Incubator galleries. Additionally, there will be food and beverage vendors, including traditional Hispanic food, on West Second Street which will be closed for the event as well as tents featuring displays from Guatemala, El Salvador, Peru, Colombia, and Mexico.



    Chatham Libraries offer 'Fine Amnesty Week' in September

    At their meeting on July 15, the Chatham County Board of Commissioners approved a "fine amnesty" week for all three branches of Chatham County Public Libraries in Pittsboro, Siler City and Goldston. The fine-free week begins Sept. 2 (Labor Day) and runs through Sept. 7, 2013.

    During that time, late fees will not be charged for any past due materials returned, but that must be in good condition to qualify.

    "It does not matter how many late items they return and it can be any type of item, including movies," said Library Director Linda Clarke. "It also does not matter how late the materials are. The key factor is that it is in good enough condition to return to the library for circulation."

    An important benefit of amnesty week is to help recover items that the library does not have to repurchase, allowing the funds to be spent on new items.

    Clarke said two other benefits are encouraging students to start the new school year with a clean library slate and inviting people to return to the library who have been avoiding it due to fines that have accumulated.

    The amnesty week coincides with National Library Card Month in September. "We would like to encourage Chatham County residents whose cards have expired to come in, get new cards, and start using the library again."

    Announcing the fine amnesty week several weeks out gives residents time to look for past due library materials. "If they contact the library at 919-545-8084 we can give them a list of late items," Clarke said.



    Coming Soon to Your e-Reader: Magazines!

    Chatham County library cardholders will soon have access to a popular service that allows them to download free magazines to their computers or e-readers. Zinio (zee-NEE-yo) will include 17 popular magazines covering topics such as news, home décor, finance, pets, and literature. There are also magazines for children and Spanish language magazines. Chatham County Libraries also offers online access to e-books and e-audiobooks on a one-book, one borrower basis through e-iNC Library. By contrast, Zinio allows unlimited, simultaneous access to magazines with no limits on the borrowing period. The new service is made possible by the Friends of the Chatham Community Library.

    According to Chatham County Libraries director Linda Clarke, the service will not replace print copies of magazines but instead will supplement the number of magazines libraries are able to offer patrons. "None of our library branches has the space to significantly expand the number of magazines offered. In any case, only one person at a time can read a print copy of any given magazine. Zinio permits people across Chatham County to read the same magazine at the same time, and to keep it for as long as they want."

    In addition to Zinio, Chatham County Public Libraries will be adding a subscription to OneClick Digital. OneClick allows users to download digital copies of audiobooks to their computers or personal devices such as iPods, MP3 Players, and smart phones. The new services should be available by August 1. For questions about the service or for assistance with downloading library materials to personal devices, contact the reference department at (919) 545-8086.



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