Manager's Report - June 20, 2014

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Alexandria Library’s New Mobile App

The Alexandria Library has introduced its first interactive mobile application, just in time for summer reading. Alexandria Library customers can access the library and their accounts via Apple iOS and Google Android devices. Library users can place holds, renew library materials, browse databases, and search online catalog content, all from a smart phone or tablet. Other features include bestseller lists that link to the Alexandria Library online catalog for fast hold placement and barcode scanning that allows users to snap a picture of the barcode on any book and check the library for availability. The Alexandria Library Mobile App also highlights events the library promotes throughout the year and integrates with Facebook, Twitter, as well as Goodreads, for sharing favorite reads and online book clubs. Visit the Alexandria Library website for more information, download instructions, and video tutorials.

City’s Office of Housing Attends Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers Meeting

Staff from the Office of Housing attended the Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers 2014 annual meeting on June 16.  More than 1,200 nonprofit and private affordable housing developers, lenders, investors and staff from local government and housing authorities attended. Housing Director Mildrilyn Davis was part of a panel, including representatives from Prince George’s County, the District of Columbia, Montgomery County, Fairfax County and Arlington County, to address issues affordable housing issues facing the region. 

Discover Space at the Beatley Central Library!

The Beatley Central Library will be hosting a traveling exhibit, “Discover Space.” The exhibit will officially open on Sunday, June 22 with a screening of two episodes of Cosmos A Space Time Odyssey, beginning at 2 p.m. The Library is located at 5005 Duke Street. The exhibit includes Visions of the Universe, a Planet Families touch table, and more. Discover Space is made possible by STAR_Net, which is a national program led by the Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning and with funding from the National Science Foundation. Partners include the American Library Association, Lunar and Planetary Institute, Space Science Institute, and the Space Telescope Science Institute.

Alexandria Health Department Makes a “Business Case for Breastfeeding”

On May 30, the Alexandria Health Department (AHD), with the Alexandria Childhood Obesity Action Network (ACOAN), conducted a “Business Case for Breastfeeding” luncheon training event for the Alexandria business community at Northern Virginia Community College – Alexandria Campus. Dr. Jane Balkam, a pioneer in corporate and federal agency lactation programs in the Washington, D.C. area, presented on methods to successfully implement a business breastfeeding support program in order to comply with new laws in the Affordable Care Act and to improve the business’ return on investment by saving money on health care and employee expenses. After the presentation attendees toured Northern Virginia Community College Women Center’s lactation lounge, and left with supplies to help establish and support a lactation room within their business. AHD and ACOAN plan to continue reaching out to local Alexandria businesses to help them develop breastfeeding support programs and lactation lounges for employees.

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