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Question: Where can we donate used books?

A: The Greensboro Public Library Foundation offers information on donating books for library book sales at greensborolibraryfoundation.org.

The Interactive Resource Center, 407 E. Washington St. in Greensboro, is always accepting books, executive director Kristina Singleton said in an email. The IRC is a day center for people experiencing homelessness or at imminent risk of becoming homeless.

There are also groups that accept donations for their big book sales throughout the year.

Beth David Synagogue in Greensboro held its most recent book sale in March. While there’s no date yet for the 2023 sale, books can be dropped off 24/7 in a bin near the back of the parking lot at the synagogue.

St. Francis Episcopal Church in Greensboro usually takes book donations ahead of the church’s spring sale, with proceeds benefitting community organizations. However, right now, the church said on its website it is not accepting donations ahead of its next sale on June 10-11. But check the church’s website for updates on book donations: www.stfrancisgreensboro.org/book-sale-donations.

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Q: Why does Bill O’Neil from WXII still seem to be working from home? His background his is always either digital or he seems to be from a neighborhood.

A: O’Neil is both working from home and out in the field, said Michelle Butt, the president and general manager of WXII-Channel 12.

Since the pandemic began, “Bill’s role as chief political reporter has morphed and so too has the work environment. During the first 18 months of the pandemic, he was the point person for all of the governor’s news conferences. No reporters were allowed in-person, so Bill worked remotely.

“Now we are in the midst of a traditional political year and Bill’s candidate profiles are being done primarily as a Zoom interview; easier to find time in busy schedules and pre-taped so they feel like “remote” work.

“But Bill is out when the story calls for it. He’s attended political rallies for several candidates and covered the GOP convention to name a few. And even when there’s a non-political need, you can find Bill out live.

“This past Saturday morning (May 7) he was live in Rockingham County after the EF1 touchdown. Just a few weeks ago, it was opening day of baseball season in Greensboro.”

Q: With summer weather and storms coming in, I have a natural gas furnace in my basement. In severe weather and if we’re instructed to take shelter, is it safe to shelter in the basement? What is the best procedure to follow?

A: Jason M. Wheatley, a corporate spokesman at Piedmont Natural Gas, explained natural gas safety.

“Yes, it is safe to take shelter as instructed in your basement with a natural gas furnace. Furnaces and other natural gas appliances and equipment are installed with venting to prevent natural gas or other emissions from entering your home.

“If you have questions or concerns about the venting on your furnace or any other natural gas equipment in your home, please contact Piedmont Natural Gas at 1-800-752-7504 and a trained Piedmont technician will come out to perform a safety inspection.

“If you smell natural gas in your home at any time, leave the area immediately and call Piedmont from a safe location so our technicians can come investigate.

“More natural gas safety information is available at piedmontng.com/safety.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has these tips for sheltering during severe storms:

“Go to the basement or an inside room without windows on the lowest floor (bathroom, closet, center hallway). If possible, avoid sheltering in any room with windows.

“For added protection get under something sturdy (a heavy table or workbench). Cover your body with a blanket, sleeping bag or mattress.”

— Staff writer Jennifer Fernandez

and Melissa Hall, Winston-Salem Journal

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