Have Health INSURANCE Questions? Ask Myrna and Eleanor! Tuesday, October 23rd at 5:30 pm

Need Health Insurance? Have Questions? Join us Tuesday, October 23rd at 5:30pm

Come for a general information session with NY State of Health Marketplace Certified Healthcare Navigator Myrna Capaldi and Medicare Outreach Coordinator Eleanor Minsky.

Ask questions regarding:

  • Medicaid 
  • Child Health Plus
  • Essential Plan
  • Qualified Health Plans
  • Medicare
  • Medicare Saving Programs
  • Medicare Advantage Plans.

One to one appointments in the weeks following the presentation might also be available.

How to Fact Check: Campaign Finance

Where do campaigns get their money?

Find out with opensecrets.org!

Open Secrets is a website dedicated to cataloging the breakdown of political candidates’ campaign finances. They also have explanations of terms like PACs, so you can have some idea of what the rest of the website is talking about. You can start with the basics here. No matter your political alignment, this is a vital resource for documenting the monetary interests of your candidates.

According to NPR, this year’s midterm election could hit record voter turnout. In purple districts (like New York District 19, which includes the Town of Ulster) your vote is especially important. This makes it all the more vital that you educate yourself and become an informed voter using all sources available to you. Make your vote count!

Computers and WiFi are now up and running 10/17/18

Get BallotReady!

So you’re looking forward to voting in November, how do you find out who’s on the ballot?

Try BallotReady!

BallotReady is a service that allows you to see the candidates you’ll be voting on this November, separated by federal, state, and local levels. It also offers judicial offices and referendums, though their availability does vary by state and county. All you need to do is enter your address. That, combined with the resources we provided last week, should give you a good start towards being a well-informed voter.

Library closed Monday 10/8

The library will be closed on Monday, October 8 and reopens Tuesday, October 9th at noon. No fines are accrued on days that the library is closed.

Register to Vote!

With Midterm elections coming up in November, it’s important to get registered before October 10th so you can vote! Luckily, New York State offers online voter registration. Click here to get started. We also have paper ballots here at the library. Fun fact: when registering on paper, you only need the last four digits of your Social Security number or your DMV ID number. (Compared to online where you need both.)

If you want to see how your congressperson has voted in the last few years, make sure to check out GovTrack, a website detailing every issue that reaches congress and how your representatives vote on them. Make sure you stay educated!

Only 36.6% of eligible Americans voted in the 2014 midterm elections. Voting is a fundamental right. Exercise it!

Also, make sure you check out our previous voting resources post for information on polling places and other important information.

Book and Bake Sale Fundraiser Saturday, September 29th, 10AM – 3PM

COMIC BOOK READERS, Orkin, 1947

Town of Ulster Library

Used Book and Bake Sale Fundraiser

Saturday, September 29th, 10AM – 3PM

  • 11am -12pm : Special Autumn themed Musical Story Hour with Ms. Kelley
  • Lularoe Jess Negron Three Wishes pop-up truck!
  • Snack bar sale sponsored by the Town of Ulster Kiwanis Club!
  • Grilled hot dogs & hamburgers for sale!
  • Voter registration table
  • Library card sign ups
  • Music from the library’s Ukulele Club at 1:30 pm
  • ALL DAY: Book Sale, Awesome Raffles, Bake Sale!

ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT THE RENOVATION

& REPAIR OF THE LIBRARY BUILDING AND GROUNDS

Take a chance on our Library Fundraiser Raffle! Just $10 per ticket

… and over 30 chances to win, new prizes added weekly and bonus drawings! Limit 10 tickets per customer.  We pull a ticket Monday-Saturday in October. Fridays are a $75 cash prize and Saturdays are a Mystery Prize! Grand Prize is $150! Thank you for your support!

You can buy tickets at the library 🙂

Print a PDF of the flyer here.

 

 

How to Fact Check! Part 11: Spotting Fake Reviews

Do you look at reviews on Amazon? Look harder!

FakeSpot points out bad Amazon, Yelp, Tripadvisor, and Apple App Store reviews of products, letting you know if a large percentage of the reviews are fakes. Sometimes bots flood the reviews with five-star reviews. Sometimes Amazon removes negative reviews. Whatever the reason, the review section is not always the most as reliable as it first seems. Use Fakespot to double check!

From their about page:

How to Fact Check! Part 10: Wikipedia?!

This week, for our ongoing series on digital literacy, we’re going to take a look at the fact-checking power of Wikipedia!

We know what your English teachers are saying, but hear us out: Wikipedia may not be a viable source for academic papers, but when it comes to quickly checking the credibility of a claim or reading laterally to evaluate a website, it’s a good place to start.

Wikipedia has come a long way since its founding to become a reliable source of information. Its editors follow a strict protocol of neutral writing and sourcing for all articles. The quality of individual articles will still vary, however, so make sure to follow the sources they provide at the bottom of any page to investigate further.

As with the other resources we’ve shown off, Wikipedia should not be the only source you use. Reading laterally means, well, reading laterally. Use a breadth of sources in your quest for greater understanding. If you’re looking for more information, remember to check the Web Literacy for Student Factcheckers handbook. They’ve got a great section on the benefits of using Wikipedia.