The unpredictable seesaw of American government has seen its previous course on the census reversed, as, according to NPR, the Supreme Court has decided, in response to a last minute executive emergency request, to end the census on 10/15. This decision was reported by NPR and other news outlets last evening, 10/13. That gives you only a handful of hours to complete your census if you haven’t already. As the sole dissenting Justice stated “…meeting the deadline at the expense of the accuracy of the census is not a cost worth paying…”, so please, make sure that you and your community are represented accurately by heading over to the 2020 census website to complete your survey. You have until 11:59 p.m. Hawaii time (5:59 a.m. 10/16 EST) to complete the survey online.
This free online workshop will teach you tips and tricks for starting to build your family tree. Take advantage of free access to Ancestry.com from the library. This program will take place on Zoom with genealogist Sarah Gutmann. Please email email@example.com to register.
It’s not too late to respond to the census, even if the census bureau itself hasn’t exactly been clear on the matter. According to the Associated Press, a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction on September 25th which required the census bureau to extend the national tally through the end of the month. This ruling was made to ensure that there was enough time to secure an accurate population count, which will determine how 1.5 trillion dollars in federal spending will be distributed as well as how many congressional seats will be accorded to each state.
So please, make sure you and your community are being represented, and fill out the census if you haven’t already! You have until October 31st to complete the 2020 census; you can find a link to fill out your census information here.
This week is Banned Books Week, and what better way to honor those intellectual trailblazers whose works were censored than to fight against information suppression yourself? That’s where the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom comes into play. This Office of the ALA offers a ‘Challenge Reporting’ tool, which empowers individuals with the ability to report acts of censorship with the aim of challenging that practice. You can find a link to this tool on the ALA’s website here. All personal and institutional information submitted in these Challenge Reports are kept confidential. So, if you can, take a moment to defend the public’s right to the freedom of information.
As of yesterday, September 23, 2020, e-books and audiobooks will begin moving from RBDigital to the Libby app. You will still be able to access both ebooks and audiobooks from RBDigital in the next coming weeks during the transition to Libby. You will receive an update from RBDigital when you need to switch to Libby for these resources.
Only ebooks and audiobooks will be moving to Libby at this time, so you can continue to access magazines and the Great Courses through your RBDigital account.
Take note that your holds and wish list from RBDigital will not transfer to Libby during this transition, so you may want to begin placing holds on Libby to prepare!
If you have any other questions, be sure to check out this FAQ.
In alignment with the NYS Executive Order 202.8, ordered to help limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), Town of Ulster Library is offering curbside pickup starting July 1st.
Curbside pickup begins July 1st! Read our post below for more information on this service.