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LAND O'LAKES LIBRARY

Hours:Noon to 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes. (813) 929-1214.

Homework Help Center: 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays through Feb. 27.

SCORE Business Workshop: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Discussion: How To Do a Business Plan.

Toddler Storytime: 10 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Affordable housing is moving from talking stages to an action plan and Pasco County needs some help.

Under 2007 state law, Pasco County must rejuvenate its Affordable Housing Advisory Committee, a panel that dissolved seven years ago as other county groups, notably the Citizens Ordinance Review Committee and the Impact Fee Advisory Committee, absorbed its workload.

The new 11-member committee is scheduled to meet for six months and present recommendations to county commissioners in October for an affordable housing incentive plan. Among the issues to be considered: expediting permits, modifying impact fees and altering density restrictions for affordable housing projects.

The committee must include members of the building, banking, affordable housing, and real estate industries, a member of the local planning agency, an advocate for low-income residents, representatives of employers and essential support personnel, and an interested county resident. Volunteers should contact the county's Community Development Division or Growth Management Department .

The application deadline is Feb. 12 and response for requested volunteers has been light. That shouldn't be the case. It is an important mission in light of the five-year run-up on property values, high insurance rates and, despite efforts to the contrary, the county's continued identification as a service-based economy whose work force needs affordable housing options.

The inability to provide the incentive plan to the state by the end of the year will result in the suspension of state funding to the county's existing affordable housing programs. It is an unacceptable option.

Fridays through Feb. 29. For children ages 1 to 2. Registration requested.

Preschool Storytime: 11:30 a.m. Fridays through Feb. 29.Stories and activities for children ages 3 to 5. Registration requested.

Book Lover's Speed Dating: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. Are you single? Want to meet other folks? This program is for adults 18 years and older. Call and register.

Teen Advisory Board: Meets to make suggestions on teen programs, books and other materials. Call for meeting dates and times.

Hugh Embry Branch Library

Hours: Noon to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City. (352) 567-3576.

Toddler Storytime: 10:15 a.m. Wednesdays through Feb. 27. For children ages 1 to 2.

Preschool Storytime: 11 a.m. Wednesdays through Feb. 27. Stories and activities for children ages 3 to 5.

Weekend Craft Corner: 10:15 a.m. Saturday. Seasonal crafts.

Teen Advisory Board: Meets to make suggestions on teen programs, books and other materials. Bring a friend and join the fun! Call for meeting dates and times.

New River Branch Library

Hours: Noon to 9 p.m. Monday and Thursday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 34043 State Road 54, Zephyrhills. (813) 788-6375.

Computer Skills: 10 a.m. Monday. Basic Computer Skills I.

Family Storytime: 6:45 p.m. Mondays through Feb. 25.

Preschool Storytime: 10:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. Wednesdays through Feb. 27. Stories and activities for children ages 3 to 5.

Teen Anime and Manga Club: 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Kids Book Club: 7 p.m. Thursday. Calling all elementary school aged kids!

Teen Advisory Board: Meets to make suggestions on teen programs, books and other materials. Call for meeting dates and times.

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