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UPDATE: THE LIBRARY is CLOSED TODAY FOR SEWER REPAIRS (6/11/2019)

We plan to reopen Wednesday at 10 am. No fines are accrued on days that the library is closed.

 

Please check the website, Facebook or call the library for updates. Thank you!

BIKE FEST! ​@ the Town of Ulster Library

Stream Movies and Series in Spanish

“Disfruta de las mejores telenovelas, series y películas en español”

Experience even more from RBDigital with the Pongalo channel. Watch Spanish language television series, telenovelas, movies and originally-in-English movies.

In their words:

“Pongalo NovelaClub is a subscription service that curates the best Latino-focused film and TV shows from Latin America, the United States, and Spain. Our content library includes over 13,000 hours of major U.S. studio content, classics, and originals, and is one of the largest, most diverse collections of Spanish-languages digital rights in the world.”

As with all RBDigital services, you can check out the Pongalo channel for one week, with up to two checkouts a month, shared among all your RBDigital channels.

June is Pride Month

Celebrate and learn with your library card– through both the library itself and our various online resources!

Looking for something light? Try Andrew Sean Greer’s Less, available on Overdrive and through our library. Or maybe you could try something by Rita Mae Brown, Oscar Wilde, or Tony Kushner.

If you’re looking for something a little more serious, you could try out Rat Bohemia, by Sarah Schulman. Otherwise, try something by Jeannette Winterson, or Charlie Jane Anders, or James Baldwin, or Dorothy Allison, to name a few.

Looking for some videos? Kanopy has entire sections dedicated to LGBTQ cinema, both in terms of documentaries and fiction. Here are some highlights, in no particular order:

The best part of Pride month is that no matter how many recommendations we give, we barely scratch the surface of fantastic LGBTQ contributions to art, literature, and life. For more information on Pride, and to see what events are happening this month, check out the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center on Facebook, or other local organizations.

Ultimately, though, just have fun, be safe, and open yourself up to learning something new this Pride season.

Watch Independent Films

Here’s even more from RBDigital, courtesy of Ulster County Library Association: IndieFlix!

IndieFlix is a great place to stream independent films. Watch shorts, award winners, social impact films, foreign, documentary, horror, series, romance, classics, cult favorites and more! Access anywhere you can connect to the web.

As with our other RBDigital options, you can check out a channel for one week with a max of two checkouts a month. Choose your channels wisely.

To recap (and preview), there are many kinds of videos and many ways to stream them through the library:

Introducing– Auto Renewal!

Let your memory relax, Auto Renewals are here. This means pretty much exactly what it sounds like: If you’ve got a book out, and available for renewal, it’ll do so automatically!

Here’s how it works: Two days before your item is due, you will receive an email letting you know your items have been renewed. If you don’t have an email on file with us, your items will still renew, but we won’t be able to contact you!

Your item is eligible for Auto Renewal as long as:

  • Your card is not expired
  • You owe less than $10.00 in fines
  • Your item has not been renewed too many times, and
  • Your item does not have holds on it

Enjoy your extra time with your items and fewer late fines! It’s the Mid-Hudson Library System’s way of saying we care about our patrons.

These Courses are Certifiably Great

As part of the Ulster County Library Association’s expanded deal with RBDigital, we are very happy to announce that Great Courses are now available online for free!

Great Courses are video lectures, given by university professors on a wide variety of subjects, from The Islamic Golden Age to Baking Pastries and Desserts. It’s perfect for any expanding mind, and it’s available at home or on the go! You can access this collection anywhere with an internet connection.

As with AcornTV, You get access to two channels a month with your library card, and each channel is active for one week each. In the context of Great Courses, a “channel” actually gives you access to the whole site for a week-long period, which means you potentially have access to our entire Online Courses selection for two weeks a month. It’s perfect for the knowledge-hungry on a budget.

So, whether you’re in the mood to learn something new, or you just want to brush up on an old topic, our online Great Courses selection available through RBDigital is a great place to start.  For even more Great Courses, check out the library’s physical collection of video and audio courses.

Sleuth out AcornTV…

Right from your computer!

Our subscription to RBDigital just got expanded again! In addition to offering free magazines, comics, and audiobooks, the online service also gives you access to AcornTV, a premier source of British television for American audiences. You can stream hundreds of fantastic British TV shows on any device with an internet connection. Plus, if you’ve already taken advantage of RBDigital’s other offerings, you don’t even need to create a new account! it’s all covered under the same login.

Your library card allows access to two RBDigital channels a month, which in this case would refer to your acornTV Subscription. You can check out a channel for one week.

So, if you’re in the mood for a nail-biting mystery, a classic work of Russian literature brought to life, or a deep dive into the search for Scotland’s most famous cryptid, RBDigital and AcornTV have you covered.

Remember to stay tuned! There’s even more yet to come from RBDigital. Next week: Great Courses!

Escape the Tyranny of the PDF

Have you ever needed to change your resume, only to find that, because it was a PDF, you couldn’t edit it?

With PDFescape, you can.

It’s a free, online program that allows you to edit PDFs. Whiteout things you don’t want, add text where you do, highlight, underline, and add shapes. Move pages, change their orientation, and add new pages.

PDFescape is a great solution for image PDFs. If it’s a text-based PDF (where you can copy and paste text), you can also try Smallpdf where you can convert it into and out of a Word document, a JPEG, a Powerpoint, and many more. See our previous post on it here.

Fear the PDF no more!

Read Free with Project Gutenberg

Want to catch up on the Classics, free of cost?

Go to the library!

Alternatively, visit Gutenberg.org!

Project Gutenberg is a free online service collecting and digitizing tens of thousands of books in the public domain into a single place! You can download these books in ePub or Kindle format, and then read them anywhere you’d like! No more waiting to read the next chapter of Wuthering Heights, or Dubliners, or Pride and Prejudice.

All of this work has been painstakingly put together by volunteers. If you feel as though you’d like to join the movement preserving the classics in the digital age, see how you can help!