This week is National Library Week! This year’s theme, “Welcome to Your Library,” promotes the idea that your library exists beyond the confines of the building itself, and that all are welcome to its services. With that in mind, here are some ways for you to celebrate National Library Week from the comfort of your home:
- Listen to ‘A National Library Week Conversation with Dan Rather’, where you’ll hear longtime journalist and author Dan Rather discuss his newest book, What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism, in celebration of Take Action for Libraries Day. This discussion will be held today, via Zoom, at 7:30 PM EST, so make sure you register soon! Here is the link to register.
- Head over to Hoopla, where you’ll find e-books, audiobooks, movies and so much more. You can access it by either clicking on the Hoopla link on our website, or clicking this link.
- Download and print activity sheets, courtesy of the American Library Association. You can find a National Library Week themed coloring page by clicking here (there is also a version in Spanish.) You can also try this National Library Week word search by clicking this link (here are the answers.)
Call 845-338-7881 or email email@example.com to register.
Looking for some food for thought? How about Mango?
Mango is a free language service brought to you by your library. There, you can learn over 70 languages, all broken down into easily digestible chapters, like “Salutations and Small Talk” or “Compliments and Corrections”. If you’re using the Mango app (available through the Apple Store, Google Play, and the Amazon app store), you can also download lessons and take them anywhere, even if you don’t have internet!
To get started, follow this link, enter your library card and pin, set up your account, and get learning!
March is Women’s History Month, and what better way to celebrate than by telling your child stories (both true and fictional) of female empowerment? That’s exactly what Hoopla’s digital collection, ‘Girl Power’, aims to do. This collection features e-books ranging from Sarah Eason’s Women Warriors Hidden in History to Thanhhà Lai’s award winning story inspired by her childhood experience as a refugee-fleeing Vietnam and immigrating to Alabama, Inside Out and Back Again. There are plenty of tales of feminine feats to engage young readers, so why not take a look, here?
Eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine is updating all the time, so to keep up and find out if you are authorized for vaccination take a look at the official NYS ‘Am I Eligible’ tool. From here you’ll be able to not only determine if you are able to receive a vaccine, but also to see which New York State-operated vaccination locations have openings, and even schedule an appointment at an available state-run location. You can find the link to the tool, here.
And for weekend e-mail updates on Coronavirus and vaccination from New York State, head over to this link and sign up.
If you are looking to close out this year’s Black History Month with some heartfelt entertainment, then head over to Hoopla! There you’ll find ‘The Black Family’, one of Hoopla’s curated collections of media celebrating African American heritage and identity. This list includes e-books, audiobooks, movies, and shows which explore the everyday experiences, struggles, and growth of Black American families including everything from Kelly Starling Lyon’s e-book Going Down Home with Daddy to Barry Jenkins’ movie Moonlight. You can check out Hoopla’s Black History Month picks here.