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Health Plan Sign-Up Event March 8; Exhibit Highlights Missouri Immigrant Experience; iPads Coming to Story Times

If you or someone you know still needs to sign up for a health plan through the Missouri Health Insurance Marketplace, help will be available at a day-long event on Saturday, March 8, at three library branches. Open enrollment ends March 31.

Six organizations will staff a Marketplace Enrollment from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Library Center, Library Station and Midtown Carnegie Branch Library. Certified counselors, federal navigators and marketplace experts will provide free enrollment support. Walk-ins are welcome, or call ahead for appointments with representatives from AIDs Project of the Ozarks, CoxHealth, Mercy, Primaris, Small Business Majority and the Southwest Missouri Office on Aging.

For details on what documents to bring, call 616-0542.
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The First Friday, March 7, Art Walk reception and exhibit at the Park Central Branch Library will feature “The Missouri Immigrant Experience: Faces and Places, Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates.” The exhibit features photography by Juan Montana, Amela Sinangic, Oscar Pedroza and Rita Chu, and historical images curated by Danny Gonzales of the Missouri Historical Society.

It kicks off a series of related events at the Park Central Branch. At 3 p.m. Saturday, March 8, you can hear the story behind “The Missouri Immigrant Experience” with curator Danny Gonzales. On March 14 at 6:30 p.m., watch the thought-provoking documentary “Welcome to Shelbyville,” rated PG, about one community’s struggle to integrate immigrant culture with American identity. A panel discussion will follow. The series concludes with a 3 p.m. March 15 event of folkloric dancing by Grupo Latinoamericano.
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Watch for iPads to show up during occasional children’s story times this spring and summer.

Why do it? To model appropriate ways for parents and caregivers to use technology with children, says Nancee Dahms-Stinson, youth services manager. “We know that kids learn early literacy skills from a variety of sources, including picture books, environmental print and digital print.” Parents can learn how to introduce sounds, pictures, letter knowledge and vocabulary with their children as they play on iPads and similar devices, she says.


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