Library closed Friday, 12/14 for Staff Training Day

The Library is closed Friday, 12/14 for Staff Training Day. No fines are accrued on dates that the library is closed. We reopen on Saturday at 10 am. See you soon.

Price Watch with Camelcamelcamel

Do you like getting the lowest price?

Camelcamelcamel is here to help. They’re an online price tracker. Paste the URL of the product you’re interested in, name your preferred price and it will alert you when the price falls.

You can also see the history of a product’s prices to see if you’re getting a good deal. They even have a browser extension so you can add items to track and see price histories without switching between camelcamelcamel and Amazon.

‘Tis the Season…

…To give back to your community! The holiday season is the perfect time to lend a helping hand. You never truly know how many people in your community rely on food donations to make it through this Most Wonderful Time of the Year.

You can find good places to volunteer and donate through the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York‘s website!

The Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York’s website details the food pantries and soup kitchens in your area where you can donate food, money, and/or volunteer to help those in need. You can search by zip code, and they’ll show you the closest locations on a map. You can also get a list of all the places in your county. Contact the food pantries to find out how you can help. You can also donate and volunteer with the bank directly. There’s no shortage of opportunities!

Check them out, and help to make sure holiday cheer is not limited by financial standing. Hopefully, we can make sure everyone has a happy holiday!

How to Fact Check 13: Watch out for Sponsored Content!

So, you’re looking at a news story, and you see a juicy, clickbait-y title popping out at you from the sidebar. Should you click it?

Probably not!

Often, websites will import advertisements from other websites and promote them near news stories. They’ll look a lot like the regular articles from the website in question, but they won’t necessarily conform to the same editorial standards and journalistic processes which articles published by reputable news organizations do.

So how can you tell if the article you’re looking at is sponsored? Make sure you look for the word “sponsored” either above or below the article, and be wary of headlines you find under sections like “Around the Web.” It doesn’t mean that the article is bad, per se, but you should make sure to exercise caution if you plan to click.

For more information, be sure to check out The free Web Literacy for Student Fact Checkers, as well as our numerous other posts on the topic.

Take Flight with Kapwing

Feeling frustrated with iMovie or other basic video editing software?

Try Kapwing!

Kapwing is a free online video editor that touts itself as being “Faster… simpler… [and] more accessible” than other editors, like iMovie. It’s a great way for people of all skill levels to have fun editing their favorite videos in a variety of different ways. You can filter it, reverse it, add music, add text, change the video speed, and more!

Oh yeah, it also allows you to make memes:

Know Your Judicial Candidates

So, you probably know your congressional candidates, but do you know your New York Judicial candidates?

Make sure with NYcourts.gov/vote!

NYcourts.gov shows you New York judicial candidates, ordered by county. They’ll also give you any information candidates have chosen to provide, including a biography and party stances. It can be a good quick resource to go to, even if it’s not quite exhaustive.

Remember to vote on Tuesday, November 6th. Polls open at 6AM and stay open until 9PM.

Remember to check the back of your ballot! Special Referendum for Ulster County

Just in case you haven’t heard, there’s going to be a special referendum for Ulster County residents this coming midterm: The opportunity to make redistricting efforts for the Ulster County Legislature nonpartisan! The purpose of nonpartisan redistricting is to prevent gerrymandering.

According to Wikipedia, gerrymandering “is a practice intended to establish a political advantage for a particular party or group by manipulating district boundaries.” If this resolution is successful, Ulster County would be the first county in the state to combat this issue. Regardless of your political stances, this referendum is just another reason why it is important for you to go out and vote on Tuesday, November 6th.

For more information on this referendum, check out this Daily Freeman article, or see the referendum for yourself at the Ulster County board of elections website.

Annual Halloween Party

 

Town of Ulster Library

Annual Halloween Party

Friday, October 26th, 6-8 PM

Wear your costume! Prepare to eat treats! Stories! Music!

Crafts! Games! Fun times!

 

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 Part 12: 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!