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Badges, internships, best sellers, book sale, living at home, brain science, the Olympics, Dunbar Melodrama

<b>Badges are a hot topic in education.</b> Imagine a marriage between the Girl Scouts and LinkedIn. Prognosticators expect that within a few years, every résume will have badges on it that signify expertise or competency in relevant skills. The badges serve as a hyperlink to details (relevant coursework, honors won, etc.) Read more about it at <a href="http://tinyurl.com/orz3t8v">http://tinyurl.com/orz3t8v</a>.

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<b>Work experience during high school is playing a key role in admissions to highly selective colleges these days, as well as quick and relevant employment after graduation from college, according to a recent survey of businesses and students.</b> More and more students are looking for work experience through internships or volunteering. Hiring companies state the most important factors for them in hiring students are the reputation of the high school, high academic performance and references. Go to <a href="http://tinyurl.com/kc3hwbd">http://tinyurl.com/kc3hwbd</a>.

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<b>With the Olympics underway, there are a lot of great ways to incorporate learning into watching.</b> At NBC Learn, students can learn about the science of the games (the physics of aerial skiing, what competition suits are made of for speed skaters, etc.). The videos are short and compelling, at <a href="nbclearn.com/olympics">nbclearn.com/olympics</a>.

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<b>The next Sonoma Valley Public Library Book Sale is Feb. 19 to 22.</b> Drop off donations behind the library anytime or a volunteer can pick up your books (call 938-9248 to arrange). It should be a great sale, with no items over $2, and educators can stock their libraries with free books at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. Students can choose a free book any time. The last sale raised more than $11,000 for the library.

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<b>Other stats about our public library</b> – approximately 100 new books are added to its collection each month (half fiction, half non-fiction). In December, there were 8,346 visitors, 14 programs/presentations, 466 attendees, 18,619 items checked in, 17,355 items checked out, and 2,711 items pulled from shelves.

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