SEED SONG FARM POP-UP FARM STAND, Saturday, July 14th, 12-3pm

 

SEED SONG FARM POP-UP FARM STAND!

Saturday, July 14, 2018

12:00 pm – 3 pm

Stop by for delicious locally grown vegetables, information on the farm and look over books about gardens and farming!

BIKE FEST! @ the Town of Ulster Library, Saturday, July 21st, 11- 2 pm

 

How to Fact Check! Part 2

Okay, so you’ve got some reliable websites from which you can check claims, but those sites have a LOT of information. How do you find exactly what you’re looking for?

Popular search engines like Google or Bing allow you to search specific terms within websites, cutting right to the relevant fact checking sources.

For example, if you want to see whether that recent bear attack picture that went viral has any shred of truth to it, you might type “bear attack site:snopes.com ” to go right to results from Snopes.

You can even search through multiple fact-checking sites at once! Just separate them with an “OR” boolean marker and watch the results come in. For example, if you typed in “wild claim site:snopes.com OR site:Politifact.com,” you will only turn up articles on the wild claim from either Snopes or Politifact.

No more looking through dozens of bogus results or articles talking about the picture or headline in question. Try it out!

How to Fact Check! Part 1

Sometimes, when reading the news, it’s hard to tell the truth from the chaff. Whenever you read something that sounds suspect, make sure to run them through some of these non-partisan fact-checking sources.

Snopes.com– The original fact-checking website. They have a huge database of articles checking the objectivity of everything from news to urban legends.

Politifact.com– Home of the “Truth-O-Meter,” this site rates the statements of politicians on a sliding scale, backed up with credible sources.

Factcheck.org– Run by the Annenburg Public Policy Center, Factcheck aims to provide factual information in order “to give citizens the information they need to govern themselves in a democracy.”

Washington Post Fact Checker– Home of the “Pinocchio test,” the Washington Post Fact Checker rates politicians’ claims on a scale of one to five, based on truthfulness.

Remember to fact check before you share!

American Panorama

Do you love maps? Are you a history buff looking to increase your pool of knowledge?

American Panorama is a project created by the Digital Scholarship Lab at the University of Richmond to explore the history of the United States in an engaging 21-century context. According to the website, “American Panorama is an historical atlas of the United States for the twenty-first century. It combines cutting-edge research with innovative interactive mapping techniques, designed to appeal to anyone with an interest in American history or a love of maps.”

Essentially, it’s a service that allows you to view a ton of American historical data using interactive maps. You can get a broad view of the situations depicted, but the maps also allow you to zoom in, literally bringing you closer to the history. As you hone in on more specific parts of the map, the data itself becomes more localized, granting a personal touch to historical data only possible in the 21 century.

A world of discovery awaits right beneath the one we all know and love. Go discover it!

Hiking in the Hudson Valley, Part 2: Topo Maps+! *Updated 6/22/18*

screenshot of appSo you’ve caught the hiking bug, but you need guides you can take with you on the trails. Luckily, there are plenty of apps to help you do just that!

Topo Maps+ is one such option. Topo Maps+ is a service that allows you to look through and download topographic maps so they can be available even when there’s no data available. In addition, you can record the routes you walk, creating a personalized map of your favorite hiking or walking trails. It’s a great way to check the terrain you’re going to walk on, and create a personalized path through your favorite hiking spots. It even comes with a built-in compass! You don’t need to worry about getting lost.

You can download the Topo Maps+ app for free on your smartphone or tablet.

Hiking in the Hudson Valley, Part 1

The sun is (finally) shining on New York! It’s a perfect time to get out there and explore the natural wonders available in the Hudson Valley.

Hikethehudsonvalley is a website set up to provide an informative, casual hiking guide to more than 70 hikes available in the Hudson Valley. Each of the hikes has rankings based on both beauty and difficulty, as well as tons of pictures taken along the trail so you can judge for yourself. There’s a bunch of other information as well: the website provides the length of the hike, elevation, approximate time it takes to be completed, a trail guide and more!

Get out there and explore!

an image of a man with his child at the top of a hiking trail

How to Find and Compare Colleges

 

Are you lost looking for colleges? Running around to different websites? Trudging through an enormous directory?

 

College Scorecard is a service provided by the Department of Education that allows you to look up the important statistics of colleges in the United States. With it, you can:

  • See schools’ average annual cost, graduation rate, salary after attending, financial aid/debt, graduation/retention, location, student body, academic programs
  • Search for schools by program, location, size, public/private, and/or name
  • Choose schools to compare against each other
  • Filter results by average annual cost, graduation rate, salary after attending
  • Share findings via email, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn

Library Trustee Petitions are now available at the library!

Candidate petitions for the position of library trustee are available at the Town of Ulster Library beginning June 4, 2018.  The library is located at 860 Ulster Ave.  There are two trustee positions up for election for three year terms.  The election is on Thursday, September 6, 2018.

Anyone who is a resident of the Town of Ulster is eligible to run.  Petitions must be signed by at least 25 Town of Ulster residents who are registered to vote in the town.  Petitions must be returned to the library by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 in order to be on the September ballot. 

 Library trustees attend at least one board meeting a month and serve on one or more committees.  The role of a library trustee is to set policy for operation of the public library, and to oversee the fiscal health of the organization. 

 Residents who would like more information about serving on the Board of Trustees can contact the Library !

Explore Wonderopolis!

Why are there so many different pasta shapes?” “What happens inside a butterfly’s cocoon?

Wonderopolis is your go-to site for those nagging questions you (or your children) just can’t seem to find a straight answer to. They have a huge database of articles on various issues, written in a way both children and adults can understand, based on submitted questions. Think How Stuff Works but geared more toward accessibility.

Whether you want to know what dog food is made of or how somebody becomes homeless, Wonderopolis offers an answer in a concise, easy-to-understand format. Every article also offers a Try It Out section, where you can apply the knowledge you just gained to your everyday life, and explore places to find more information!

They answer a new question every day, so there’s no shortage of educational avenues to go down. Get learning!