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Meeting of the Library’s Budget and Finance Committee

Monday, December 14th at 3:30 PM via Zoom.

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Curbside Hours

If you want to schedule a pick-up feel free to e-mail us at staff@townofulsterlibrary.org or call us at 845-338-7881.

Check Out Our Staff’s Picks for December!

Explore the Chronicles of the Internet with Archive.org

Looking for an ebook or audiobook right now? Maybe a clip from an old TV broadcast or a nostalgic kid’s movie? Or what about a song from a live music collection or an old website? Well, check out Archive.org, it’s a fantastic resource for, well, just about everything!

Archive.org is a free online resource which supports a vast selection of materials from multiple digital collections. This includes everything from over 4 million items from American and Canadian libraries, to a TV Archive consisting of more than 8 million video clips, to even a massive catalog of Grateful Dead recordings. The site also features the ‘Wayback Machine’, a tool which can be used to search through the annals of internet history to see how the digital landscape has changed over the years. 

To borrow materials, you just need to sign up to their website for free with your e-mail address. Once verified, you can borrow ebooks immediately for an hour or join a waiting list to check them out for two weeks. And that’s besides the plethora of other resources which you can view at any time! 

Check Your Record, Reset Your PIN, and Pay Fines Online

If you’re looking for assistance on how to manage your library account online, look no further than our website. We’ll provide you with the links to get where you need to go as well as a set of visual instructions to guide you through online interfacing step by step. Just go to our website and go to the ‘My Account’ tab on the grey menu bar just below our library logo. Alternatively, you can just click here!

From here you will see four links. The first two, ‘Check Your Record’ and ‘Renew Your Items’ will take you to the catalog and prompt you to sign in with your library card number and PIN. Once you’ve signed in,  you will be able to see and manage your checkouts and holds. The last two links, ‘Creating and Resetting Your PIN’ and ‘Paying Fines and Fees Online with Your Credit Card’ will bring you to a straightforward and sequential set of visual instructions guiding you through the process of the respective task. These pages will also have links to the catalog for added ease. It’s a convenient and easy way to manage your library account, so why not try it out?

Check Out the New York State Parent Dashboard

If you’re a parent looking for information about your child’s school, you should take a look at the NYS Education Department’s Parent Dashboard, linked here. So what is the Parent Dashboard? Well, this resource is self described as a ‘user-friendly website created by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) to increase transparency and make it easier for parents to find essential information about the schools their children attend.’

 

Just type in the name of the school you’re interested in, and the parent dashboard will supply you with a plethora of scholastic statistics, including:

  • Student Enrollment and Ethnicity
  • Average Class Size
  • School Climate
  • Accountability Status
  • Assessment Results
  • Financial Transparency
  • Graduation Rate
  • College, Career, and Civic Readiness
  • School/District Location and Contact Information

It’s an excellent gateway for getting involved in building a stronger educational edifice for your community!

Career Help with Tutor.com

If you’re looking for a job, the library is here to help with Tutor.com, linked here. This new program offers job seekers live, one-to-one help from professional career coaches online and on demand. All library card holders can access the service free anywhere from any device with an internet connection. Live online career coaching and resume writing help is available from 2pm-9pm EST. This service also includes 24/7 access to resources such as resume templates, cover letter samples, online job search tools, and local job listings.

 

To get started you can either click on the link at the start of the post, or access the site via our website and click on the Tutor.com icon on the right hand side of our homepage, just below the Ulster County Info Portal. From there, just enter your library card number to create an inquiry under the topic of ‘Job Help’ to begin!

Friends of the Library Book Club

Tuesday, December 1st | 1:00 PM
Online via Zoom

Join the Friends of the Library Book Club in the month of December for an online book discussion about Christmas Cocoa Murder by Carlene O’Connor. Call the library at 845-338-7881 to reserve your copy and register for the meeting link.

Check Out Our Staff’s Picks for November!

Before You Vote, Inform Yourself!

If you haven’t voted yet and want to arm yourself with information there are some excellent online resources to guide you. 

For example, if you’re not sure where your polling place is you can check out Vote 411, linked here, which will not only tell you the location of your polling place, but will also guide you through online voter registration if you haven’t already registered to vote (It’s too late to register to vote for Tuesday’s election, but you’ll get ‘em next time). 

If, on the other hand, you’re looking to be as politically well informed as possible before you cast your ballot, you might head over to Ballotpedia.org, linked here. Here, you can learn which candidates will be vying for your vote on election night and peruse their policies to determine who is best suited to lead our country. Do your research and make sure your voice is heard!