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WSL Updates for December 7, 2017

December 6th, 2017 Will Stuivenga Posted in For Libraries, Grants and Funding, Letters About Literature, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates Comments Off on WSL Updates for December 7, 2017

Volume 13, December 7, 2017 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE 2018

2) EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE WORKSHOPS

3) ZINES CONTEST DEADLINE NEAR

4) EVALUATE HEALTH APPS

5) IMLS GRANT OPPORTUNITY

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE 2018

The Letters About Literature contest encourages young readers in grades 4-12 to read a book and write a letter to the author about how the book changed their view of the world or themselves. Students can write about works of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. Entries in Spanish are accepted and will be translated for the Washington State judges.

Letter writers compete at three levels: Level 1: grades 4-6; Level 2: grades 7-8; Level 3: grades 9-12. State judges select the top letter writer in each level and the three winning letters advance to the national competition. The three state champions will each receive a $125 cash prize and the champions, runners up, and honorable mentions will be honored at an awards ceremony. State semifinalists will receive an award certificate in the mail. National winners receive a $1,000 cash prize and national honor winners receive a $200 cash prize.

Entries may be submitted through a school or library, or individually. Individual entries must be signed by a parent or guardian. The entry deadline for this year’s contest is January 12, 2018 for all levels. For more information and entry forms: sos.wa.gov/q/LAL2018.

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2) EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE WORKSHOPS

Work that is focused on public service can be both rewarding and costly. Being mindful of our own work narrative and understanding how we deal with conflict are two key areas that require our attention. Participants in this 3-hour workshop will learn how to: identify and adjust their self-talk; understand their personal work mission; develop awareness of cycles of conflict; and improve clarity and effectiveness of communication.

Registration is now open for “Self-Talk and Emotional Intelligence: Improving your Work Narrative.” Workshops are offered January through March 2018 in Vancouver, Tacoma, Marysville, Seattle and Richland. For more information and to register, visit sos.wa.gov/q/EI.

This workshop is sponsored by the Washington State Library and is funded in part by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

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3) ZINES CONTEST DEADLINE NEAR

The deadline for the Washington Historical Zine contest is fast approaching but it’s still not too late to create your Historical Zine! All entries must be postmarked by December 15th. For more information and the entry form, go to sos.wa.gov/q/Zine.

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4) EVALUATE HEALTH APPS

Today mobile applications connect more people to health, wellness, and fitness information than ever before. How can librarians help consumers and patients navigate the growing field of wellness applications? Across all mobile platforms, fitness and health applications are some of the most popular and most frequently downloaded. By better understanding how to evaluate applications, librarians can help patients and patrons make informed decisions about the apps that they choose to download.

“There’s an App for That! Consumer Apps for Health & Fitness” is the next session of the PNR Rendezvous monthly webinar from NNLM PNR. No registration is required.

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5) IMLS GRANT OPPORTUNITY

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is accepting applications for the second cycle of the FY 2018 National Leadership Grants for Libraries (NLG-L) and Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program (LB21). This is the final opportunity to apply for the FY 2018 NLG-L and LB21 grant programs.

The NLG-L program invests in projects that address challenges faced by the library and archive fields and generate results such as new tools, research findings, or models that can be widely used. The LB21 program supports professional development and training projects for libraries and archives.

From the preliminary proposals received by the February 1 deadline, IMLS will select applicants and invite them to submit full proposals by June 8, 2018. Informational webinars will be held Tuesday, December 12 at 11:00 p.m. PST and (repeated) on Thursday, December 14, 12:00 p.m. PST with program staff to answer questions from potential applicants. Recordings of the webinars will also be made available on the IMLS website. For information about how to participate in the webinars or to access the webinar recordings, visit the IMLS webinar webpage, which includes information about system compatibility.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Monday, December 11

Tuesday, December 12

Wednesday, December 13

Thursday, December 14

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WSL Updates for October 19, 2017

October 18th, 2017 Will Stuivenga Posted in For Libraries, Grants and Funding, Letters About Literature, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates, Washington Center for the Book Comments Off on WSL Updates for October 19, 2017

Volume 13, October 19, 2017 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE

2) THINK, DO, SHOW – LAST CHANCE

3) ORDERING FREE BOOKS FROM WSL

4) ALA POLICY CORPS

5) MORE IMLS MUSEUM GRANTS

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE

The 2018 Letters About Literature (LAL) contest has launched. LAL is a nationwide competition which encourages young readers in grades 4-12 to read a book and write a letter to the author about how the book changed their view of the world or themselves. Students write about works of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. The deadline for this year’s contest is January 12, 2018.

Tens of thousands of students from across the country enter Letters About Literature each year. Washington has historically had one of the highest participation rates in the United States. The letters our students write are thoughtful and powerful. Help spread the word about this contest which gets our young students not only reading, but thinking about literature. The contest is sponsored by the Washington Center for the Book, a partnership of the Seattle Public Library and the Washington State Library. For more information, visit sos.wa.gov/q/LAL2018.

The Library of Congress is holding a special webinar for educators to learn more about the Letters About Literature contest. This webinar will explore 25 years of best practices of the program. Details:

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2) THINK, DO, SHOW – LAST CHANCE

There are a few spots left in the all-day Think, Do, Show: Practical Techniques for Using Evaluation to Improve Practice and Demonstrate Impact workshops scheduled for November dates at Timberland, Whitman County, and King County libraries and sponsored by the Washington State Library. Registration and more details are available at sos.wa.gov/q/ThinkDoShow.

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3) ORDERING FREE BOOKS FROM WSL

The Washington State Library has made a change in how to request books from the Community Book Project. We have created a “bookshop” where everything is free, and you can order as many copies of a book as you want, up to the available quantity. When all the available copies have been ordered, the book will drop off the page. This will eliminate the back and forth emails that currently happen, as well as the time it can take to get the books mailed out to you. Once you place an order, you will receive a confirmation email.

Our hope for this change is that it will make this process easier for both you and our staff. Please use this link blogs.sos.wa.gov/book-sharing to go out and “shop.” For more information on the Community Book Project please read the “About” page. The project redistributes donated books which were left over from community reads to libraries in Washington State for use as community read titles elsewhere, as classroom sets, or book club kits.

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4) ALA POLICY CORPS

ALA President Jim Neal announced the start of an ALA Policy Corps of advocates to work on national (and state/local) policy:

ALA is launching a new Policy Corps to expand our ability to advocate on key policy issues on behalf of the library community. Participants in the Corps will focus on issues for which deep and sustained knowledge are necessary to advance ALA policy goals and library values among policymakers. Training and opportunities to participate in targeted policy advocacy work will be provided to participants. State library staff and local librarians are asked to consider the opportunity.

More information and how to apply (between October 4 and November 3) can be found at: www.ala.org/advocacy/ala-policy-corps. Questions about the Corps should be directed to Alan Inouye ainouye@alawash.org or Larra Clark lclark@alawash.org.

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5) MORE IMLS MUSEUM GRANTS

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is now accepting applications for two museum grant programs: the African American History and Culture and the Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services. The application deadline for both programs is December 1, 2017.

Potential grant applicants are invited to view two pre-recorded webinars, which can help provide information on how to choose the appropriate funding opportunity and navigate the required IMLS forms. IMLS also invites potential applicants to view a live webinar offered for each grant program. Details are available on the IMLS website. For more information about these grants, visit sos.wa.gov/q/IMLS-grants.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Monday, October 23

Tuesday, October 24

Wednesday, October 25

Thursday, October 26

Friday, October 27

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WSL Updates for December 8, 2016

December 8th, 2016 Shirley Lewis Posted in For Libraries, Letters About Literature, News, Updates Comments Off on WSL Updates for December 8, 2016

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Topics include:

1) 2ND ANNUAL HISTORICAL ZINE CONTEST DEADLINE

2) LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE CONTEST

3) 2015 WASHINGTON PUBLIC LIBRARY STATISTICAL REPORT – NOW AVAILABLE

4) NATIONAL ARTS AND HUMANITIES YOUTH PROGRAM AWARDS

5) STARNET WEBINAR

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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WSL Updates for November 17, 2016

November 17th, 2016 Shirley Lewis Posted in Digital Collections, For Libraries, Grants and Funding, Letters About Literature, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates Comments Off on WSL Updates for November 17, 2016

Volume 12, November 17, 2016 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) UPCOMING PROQUEST TRAINING

2) WASHINGTON RURAL HERITAGE NAMED A BEST SITE

3) LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE CONTEST

4) 2ND ANNUAL HISTORICAL ZINE CONTEST

5) NEA BIG READ ACCEPTING GRANT APPLICATIONS

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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WSL Updates for October 27, 2016

October 27th, 2016 Shirley Lewis Posted in For Libraries, Grants and Funding, Letters About Literature, News, Updates Comments Off on WSL Updates for October 27, 2016

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Topics include:

1) WHAT’S NEW IN THE CENSUS WEBINAR

2) 2015 WASHINGTON PUBLIC LIBRARY STATISTICAL REPORT – NOW AVAILABLE!

3) NEW PUBLIC LIBRARY TRUSTEE TRAINING GRANTS

4) LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE CONTEST OPEN

5) LOCATING INFORMATION ON DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES WEBINAR

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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WSL Updates for October 6, 2016

October 6th, 2016 Shirley Lewis Posted in For Libraries, Letters About Literature, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates Comments Off on WSL Updates for October 6, 2016

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Topics include:

1) HOSTING AN HOUR OF CODE WEBINAR

2) DPLA METADATA APPLICATION PROFILE WEBINAR

3) APPLY FOR A POSITION ON THE LIBRARY COUNCIL OF WASHINGTON

4) LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE CONTEST OPENS

5) GALE PUBLIC LIBRARY RENEWAL

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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WSL Updates for September 15, 2016

September 15th, 2016 Shirley Lewis Posted in For Libraries, Letters About Literature, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates Comments Off on WSL Updates for September 15, 2016

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Please note: There will be no WSL Updates published September 22, 2016.  The next regularly scheduled WSL Updates will be published September 29, 2016.

Topics include:

1) APPLY FOR A POSITION ON THE LIBRARY COUNCIL OF WASHINGTON

2) LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE CONTEST OPENS

3) 2ND ANNUAL HISTORICIAL ZINE CONTEST

4) ONLINE LIBRARY COURSES BEGIN THIS MONTH

5) NATIONAL NOVEL WRITING MONTH

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) APPLY FOR A POSITION ON THE LIBRARY COUNCIL OF WASHINGTON

Applications are currently being accepted for three Library Council of Washington positions. The positions are designed to represent these three different library constituencies in the state:

  • Academic Libraries – Two-Year Colleges
  • Special Libraries – Non-corporate
  • Public Libraries under 100,000

The Library Council of Washington advises the State Librarian and the Office of the Secretary of State on statewide library issues and the expenditure of federal LSTA funding.

  • Applications must be postmarked by Friday, October 21, 2016.

Members are chosen for a three-year term. A second three-year term is possible. The first three-year term for these positions will begin in January 2017. The first in-person meeting will be March 2017.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact Jeff Martin at 360.704.5248, jeff.martin@sos.wa.gov or Maura Walsh at 360.704.5246, maura.walsh@sos.wa.gov.

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2) LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE CONTEST OPENS

The annual Letters About Literature contest has begun! Please encourage teachers and students in grades 4 – 12 at your school or in your library service area to participate. Homeschoolers are welcome as well.

  • Level 3 (grades 9-12) entries must be postmarked by December 2, 2016.
  • Level 1 (grades 4-6) and Level 2 (grades 7-8) entries must be postmarked by January 9, 2017.

To learn more about this year’s contest and/or to print the entry form and participation guidelines for your library patrons, please visit the Letters about Literature 2017 contest page.

The 24th annual writing contest for young readers is made possible by a generous grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, with additional support from gifts to the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, which promotes the contest through its affiliate Centers for the Book, State Libraries and other organizations. This is the 12th year that Washington State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State, has sponsored Letters About Literature as part of Washington Reads.

For additional information, contact Crystal Lentz at crystal.lentz@sos.wa.gov or 360-704-5275.

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3) 2ND ANNUAL HISTORICIAL ZINE CONTEST

Washington State Library is sponsoring the 2nd Annual Historical Zine Contest. Participants are asked to create a Zine about some aspect of Washington History using primary resources.

Entries will be accepted from four age groups:

  • Grades 4-6
  • Grades 7-9
  • Grades 10-12
  • Adults of all ages

Entries will be accepted from September 1 – December 15, 2016. See the Zine webpage for more information and a video about how to make a zine.

Questions? Contact Judy Pitchford at judy.pitchford@sos.wa.gov. Washington State Library is a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

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4) ONLINE LIBRARY COURSES BEGIN THIS MONTH

Highline College is offering two online library courses during Fall Quarter 2016:

LIBR 132 “Serving Diverse Communities” ONLINE for 5 credits. “Examination of library services to diverse populations including, but not limited to, ethnicity, national origin, language, gender, age, disability (human exceptionalities), and sexual orientation. Focuses on proactively developing collections and services that foster an atmosphere of inclusion and which meet the needs of all the library’s users.”

LIBR 122 “Public Services” ONLINE for 5 credits this fall. “Explores the policies, procedures, and tools used in public services, with a focus on customer service. Students learn about patron privacy issues, collection management, and library safety & security. Communication, customer relations, and problem solving will be explored in depth.”

Register now – classes begin September 26. Contact lisinquiry@highline.edu for more information.

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5) NATIONAL NOVEL WRITING MONTH

National Novel Writing Month believes in the transformational power of creativity. The nonprofit organization provides the structure, community, and encouragement to help people find their voices, achieve creative goals, and build new worlds—on and off the page.

Two of the programs offered by NaNoWriMo are:

  • The Young Writers Program promotes writing fluency, creative education, and the sheer joy of novel-writing in K-12 classrooms. Free classroom kits, writing workbooks, Common Core-aligned curricula, and virtual class management tools are available to educators from Dubai to Boston.
  • The Come Write In program provides free resources to libraries, community centers, and local bookstores to build writing havens in your neighborhood. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel. 1,012 libraries, bookstores, and community centers across the nation opened their doors to novelists through the Come Write In program in 2015.

Several libraries in Washington already participate in this program. Time may (or may not) be too short to participate in November 2016, but think about participating in next year’s program which will be offered in November 2017.

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that believes stories matter.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

September 19

  • The National Science Foundation: Statistical Data and Grantseeker Resources (North Carolina Library Association); 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. PDT
  • Fold3 Library Edition (ProQuest); 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. PDT

September 20

  • Talent Development in the Digital Age: Designing Learning Environments (InSync Training); 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PDT
  • Integrating User Feedback to Make Changes Big & Small (Colorado State Library); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT
  • Teen Programming: A Mover & Shaker’s Recipe for Impact and Success (WebJunction); 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PDT
  • One Book For Nebraska Kids & One Book For Nebraska Teens (Nebraska Library Commission); 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. PDT
  • Ancestry Library Edition (ProQuest); 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. PDT
  • HeritageQuest Online (ProQuest); 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PDT

September 21

  • Health and Wellness at Your Library (National Network of Libraries of Medicine); 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. PDT
  • Get Big Things Done: Unleash Your Connectional Intelligence (American Management Association); 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. PDT
  • Contagious: Why Things Catch On (Harvard Business Review); 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. PDL
  • PubMed® for Librarians: Automatic Term Mapping (ATM) (National Network of Libraries of Medicine); 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. PDT
  • Does Your Leadership Team Measure Up? (Training Industry); 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PDT
  • 5 Steps to Telling Better Non-Profit Stories (4Good); 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PDT
  • Toddlers Empowered by the 5 R’s: A New Research-Based Framework for Building Language (Early Childhood Investigations); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT
  • Toddlers Empowered by the 5 R’s: A New Research-Based Framework for Building Language (Early Childhood Investigations); 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PDT
  • Health on the Range: Rural Health Issues and Resources (National Network of Libraries of Medicine); 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PDT
  • Weeding the School Library Collection (Wyoming State Library); 9:00 – 10:00 PDT
  • When Push Comes to Shove: Emotional Intelligence and Bullying Behavior (Training Industry); 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PDT
  • TechSoup for Libraries – Maximize Your Technology Services with TechSoup (TechSoup); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT
  • OCLC Member Forum (OCLC); Chemeketa Cooperative Regional Library Service, Salem, Oregon, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. PDT
  • NEW RefWorks in 15 Minutes (ProQuest); 9:00 – 9:30 a.m. PDT
  • Write-N-Cite in New Refworks (ProQuest); 11:00 – 11:30 a.m. PDT
  • Intro to the NEW RefWorks (ProQuest); 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PDT

September 22

  • What’s Cooking for Fall 2016 (Booklist); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT

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For more information and to register (unless otherwise linked above), visit the WSL Training Calendar at sos.wa.gov/q/training.

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WSL Updates for September 1, 2016

September 1st, 2016 Shirley Lewis Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, Grants and Funding, Letters About Literature, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates Comments Off on WSL Updates for September 1, 2016

Volume 12, September 1, 2016 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) MINING THE CSLP MANUAL FOR ADULT PROGRAMMING IDEAS

2) LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE CONTEST OPENS

3) 2ND ANNUAL HISTORICIAL ZINE CONTEST

4) WASHINGTON PUBLIC LIBRARY TRUSTEE TRAINING WORKSHOPS

5) ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR MICROSOFT IMAGINE ACADEMY 2016-2017 GRANTS

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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WSL Updates for May 12, 2016

May 12th, 2016 Shirley Lewis Posted in For Libraries, Grants and Funding, Letters About Literature, News, Updates Comments Off on WSL Updates for May 12, 2016

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Topics include:

1) WASHINGTON RURAL HERITAGE DIGITIZATION GRANTS CLOSE MAY 25

2) DIGITAL LITERACY 2016 GRANT CYCLE CLOSES MAY 25

3) METADATA ENHANCEMENT & REMEDIATION PROJECT GRANTS

4) LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE 2016

5) WHO’LL COUNT THE RAIN?

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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WSL Updates for April 21, 2016

April 21st, 2016 Shirley Lewis Posted in For Libraries, Grants and Funding, Letters About Literature, News, Updates Comments Off on WSL Updates for April 21, 2016

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Topics include:

1) RELEASE THE ROBOTS

2) LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE 2016

3) SUPERCHARGED STORYTIMES – THE VIEWS2 WAY

4) SEE YOU AT WLA

5) US DOE ACCEPTING GRANT PROPOSALS

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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