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9/12/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

UA’s Bierce Library celebrates anniversary

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Tomorrow, Sept. 13, The University of Akron’s (UA) Bierce Library will celebrate its 50th year of providing free public access to federal government information.

In 1963, Bierce Library was selected to participate in the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), a national network of libraries allowing the public free access to federal government documents.

Resources available through the University Libraries include speeches made by President Barack Obama during his first year in office, the 9/11 Commission Report, Congressional hearings regarding the space shuttle Challenger accident, reports and data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, NASA and the Department of Energy, and more.

According to UA officials, official government documents are ideal for academic research and can benefit the public.

Shari Laster, associate professor of bibliography and government documents and reference librarian at Bierce Library, will lead the hour-long celebration tomorrow, Sept. 13, at 10:30 a.m. on the first floor of Bierce Library. The event is free and open to the public and will be followed by refreshments.


Formation of Summit County Fatherhood Initiative announced

AKRON — The Summit County Fatherhood Initiative (SCFI), a partnership among three organizations that provide resources to help men become better fathers — Fame Fathers, Fathers and Sons and Man 2 Man, has been created.

A public launch is planned for Sept. 19 in conjunction with the annual Father’s Walk event, organized by FameFathers. This event encourages fathers to take an active role in the education of children by taking their children to school that day. Employers are asked to allow fathers and other male caregivers to arrange their schedule in order to accompany their children to school and help get the school year started right. Men and their children should arrive 15-30 minutes before the starting bell. At official Fame Fathers Walk sites, they will be welcomed, given a lapel sticker to show they participated and asked to complete the sign-in sheet. Some schools will have information and activities available. Fathers and other men will only go into schools if school staff invites them in. Otherwise, they will leave after their children enter the building.

For more information on the walk, visit www.famefathers.org/walk/index.asp, call 330-329-2472 or email walk@famefathers.org.

A new central phone number associated with InfoLine and a new website are expected to be announced Sept. 19.


Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.

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