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Library to create community reading program after receiving grant

The Santa Maria Public Library creates a community reading program based on the book “True or False: A CIA Analyst’s Guide to Spotting Fake News” after receiving a grant from the California State Library.

The $4,000 Book to Action grant will help the Santa Maria Library purchase 200 copies of the book, written by Cindy L. Otis, for all participating high school branches and classes. It will also allow the library to offer a range of information literacy programs, including adult and teen literacy skills programs, a teen escape room, and a virtual live event with the author.

According to city staff, the fund will further the library’s goal of developing a series of measurable information literacy programs for teens and adults as part of the Smart City/Safe City initiative, designed to inform and educate the public about the evaluation and evaluation of online information. .

“True or False” will also be featured as the library’s Valley Reads Book Club Pick for the month of May.

For more information about the new reading program, call the library’s youth services division at 805-925-0994.


Donations of Vitalant tests for COVID-19 antibodies

People who donate blood can now find out if they have antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 and whether their plasma can be used to help COVID-19 patients with weakened immune systems.

For a limited time, all donations will be tested and results will be available in donors’ online accounts approximately two weeks later, a Vitalant spokesperson said.

Vitalant can produce convalescent plasma from donations that test high enough for COVID-19 antibodies, while red blood cells and other blood components can help trauma victims, cancer patients and other people with serious health problems.

Antibodies in convalescent plasma can give COVID-19 patients with weakened immune systems an extra boost to help fight the disease, the spokesperson said.

Donating blood has the added benefit of a mini physical exam and full panel of tests that each donor receives, including pulse, blood pressure, hemoglobin and cholesterol checks which can be tracked at each visit to a donor’s secure and confidential online account.

Vitalant has four donation centers along the Central Coast and will collect donations at a blood drive from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, March 28 at Doc Burnstein’s Ice Cream, 1425 19th Ave., Oceano.

The Solvang Vikings will also be sponsoring a Vitalant Blood Drive from 2-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29 at the Solvang Veterans Memorial Building, 1745 Mission Drive.

For more information and to schedule a donation appointment, visit or call toll-free 877-258-4825.


Hancock College encourages short-term courses for students

Hancock College is encouraging students to earn additional college credit by enrolling in short-term spring courses beginning March 28.

Short-term courses this spring include blacksmithing, viticulture, oenology and more. Blacksmithing classes allow students to work on a variety of hands-on projects, while viticulture exposes students to advanced wine evaluation and progressive wine pairings, among other topics.

Enrollment is ongoing for short-term fall courses in English, Sociology, Art, Business, History and more. Several of these are offered as online courses or hybrid options and are completed in eight weeks.

Short-term classes earn between 0.5 and 3 units, and many of them meet general education requirements at nearby four-year universities such as Cal Poly and UCSB.

A complete list of shortterm courses is available at


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