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Making Sense of Tragedy by Rebecca Howard

I always find it interesting to know why a person reads.  Is she reading for information, enlightenment or escape?  Generally speaking, I read in order to make sense or to make meaning.  While I am often nothing like the characters about which I read, they teach me or help me understand something in a new way.  Walking around in another character’s head for a while helps me develop greater empathy for my fellow humans.  It may even help me be kinder to myself.  I think this why I so frequently read b

I need to cool off from this summer heat. Where can I find a list of local public pools?

You’re in luck! The library’s Tulsa Organizations and Services database (or TOS) has a list of city and county pools that are open this summer. To find the list from our home page, move your cursor over the Research and Learn tab, then select Tulsa Organizations and Services from the drop down menu. Once you're on the TOS page, select ‘Subject’ and perform a search for 'swimming pools'.

Continuing Education for ESL Tutors

Every Friday at 3:00 (CST), the American TESOL Institute conducts a free 30 minute webinar on a topic of interest for ESL teachers and tutors. Visit http://www.livebinders.com/play/present?id=292127 for more information and to access archives of previous webinars. If you complete a webinar, be sure to turn in a short summary to the literacy office for continuing education credit. 

Can a federally recognized tribe qualify as a charitable organization exempt from taxation under IRC section 501(c)(3)?

This question gets asked frequently in the Nonprofit Resource Center. It is true that not all organizations qualify for 501(c)(3) status, including Indian Tribal Governments.  "A federally recognized tribe that exercises sovereign powers generally will not qualify for exemption as a charitable organization under IRC section 501(c)(3) because the exercise of sovereign powers is not a charitable purpose as defined by IRC section 501(c)(3)."  Read more about this topic on the IRS web site at http://www.irs.gov/govt/tribes/a

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