Starting on 3/2/2021 Computer Appointments Will Be Available

Curbside Update starting 12/19/20!

The Town of Ulster Library is currently open for curbside pickup only.

Wintry weather is upon us, so we are moving our curbside pick location up to inside of the library’s main entrance starting on 12/19/20 (On the former Pizza Hut side of building).

Please enter the library’s parking lot entrance mindfully and with caution. Look out for your fellow patrons and pedestrians as they may be crossing to enter the vestibule to pick up items. Masks must be worn and physical distancing practiced when on library property. Cross carefully and enter the library’s vestibule one person at a time. Check out the cork board in the entryway for information and program offerings.

Please do not enter the main library. Continue to use outside drop box for returns.

Call us at 845-338-7881 or email staff@townofulsterlibrary.org for questions or to schedule a pickup. 

 

Virtual Musical Storytime for Families

Saturday, March 13th at 11:00AM 
Online via Zoom

Spring is almost here! Ms. Kelley will read aloud books, sing songs and plant a flower (Plant a Flower Day is on March 12th.) You can register for this storytime and pick up a Take & Make Plant a Flower Kit. Email children@townofulsterlibrary.org to receive a link on Zoom and reserve your kit.

Experience Black History Month with Hoopla

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.

NYS Tax Forms Have Arrived at the Library

Tax season is upon us, and if you’re looking for New York State tax forms, head over to the library! During our curbside hours, you can pick up your NYS tax forms on the table in the library’s vestibule. Commonly sought after NYS forms will be found in the magazine holder, while others will be inside the manila envelope labeled ‘Additional NYS Tax Documents’. There will also be a manila envelope containing some 1040 forms.  If you have any questions, give us a call at 845-338-7881.

Please note that Federal tax forms have not arrived yet, but should be sent out soon.

Edit Images and Create Your Own Graphic Designs with Photopea

If you’re interested in making advanced graphic designs with software akin to photoshop, but without the price tag, then check out Photopea. This is a free web-based graphics editor used for image editing, making illustrations, web design, or converting between different image formats. Photopea is functional on multiple browsers, including Chrome and Firefox, and supports a range of file types ranging from JPG, PNG, SVG, or PSD. It has a number of editing features, including spot healing, a clone stamp healing brush, and a patch tool. To get started, head over to their website, linked here.

Check Out Our Staff’s Picks for February!

e-Magazines Are Moving to OverDrive

Changes are coming to the library’s collection of e-magazines. As of today, February 1st, 2021, e-magazines will be available in Overdrive. Though MHLS is transitioning away from RBDigital, the MHLS RBDigital platform will continue to be available through March 31st. During this time, RBDigital will contain newly added titles and our historical titles.

A Text-to-Speech Tool for Reading and Review

Whether you’re having difficulty reading a text online, or if you’re looking for a quick and easy proofread of something you’ve written, Natural Reader is the resource for you. Natural Reader is a free Text-to-Speech converter which allows you to have a text read to you quickly and easily.

All you need to do is head over to their site, linked here, and then copy+paste the text you want to hear into the dialogue box. Just make sure to clear the text in the dialogue box first by clicking on the small ‘X’ in the top right corner of the box. Then hit the blue play button and listen to the text being read to you. If you have a text file which you’d like to have read to you, just select the ‘Open Document(s)’ option just below the text box and pick the file you want to listen to. Then just hit play, and listen away!

Find PDFs of Books, Academic Articles, and Textbooks with Z-Library!

Returning college students, are you looking for a free and easy way to access textbooks and academic articles from your computer? If so, Z-Library may be the place for you! Z-lib is a shadow library with a focus on file sharing of academic texts, though plenty of general interest books are also available. This online project provides access to more than 6 million books as well as more than 80 million articles, all for free!

Getting started is easy, just go to Z-Library’s site, linked here, and select either book or article. From there you can search for your article or textbook by title, author, ISBN, publisher, etc. to search for the text you need. Once you’ve found your text, select download, and from there you can view your textbook or article in PDF form on your browser. For students, downloading the text in PDF form is a great way to quickly search for information using the Find Function (Ctrl +F). Whether you’re a student or a reader, Z-Library is an excellent, highly intuitive online resource!