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NYS Tax Forms Have Arrived at the Library

Tax season is upon us, and if you’re looking for New York State tax forms, head over to the library! During our curbside hours, you can pick up your NYS tax forms on the table in the library’s vestibule. Commonly sought after NYS forms will be found in the magazine holder, while others will be inside the manila envelope labeled ‘Additional NYS Tax Documents’. There will also be a manila envelope containing some 1040 forms.  If you have any questions, give us a call at 845-338-7881.

Please note that Federal tax forms have not arrived yet, but should be sent out soon.

Edit Images and Create Your Own Graphic Designs with Photopea

If you’re interested in making advanced graphic designs with software akin to photoshop, but without the price tag, then check out Photopea. This is a free web-based graphics editor used for image editing, making illustrations, web design, or converting between different image formats. Photopea is functional on multiple browsers, including Chrome and Firefox, and supports a range of file types ranging from JPG, PNG, SVG, or PSD. It has a number of editing features, including spot healing, a clone stamp healing brush, and a patch tool. To get started, head over to their website, linked here.

Check Out Our Staff’s Picks for February!

e-Magazines Are Moving to OverDrive

Changes are coming to the library’s collection of e-magazines. As of today, February 1st, 2021, e-magazines will be available in Overdrive. Though MHLS is transitioning away from RBDigital, the MHLS RBDigital platform will continue to be available through March 31st. During this time, RBDigital will contain newly added titles and our historical titles.

A Text-to-Speech Tool for Reading and Review

Whether you’re having difficulty reading a text online, or if you’re looking for a quick and easy proofread of something you’ve written, Natural Reader is the resource for you. Natural Reader is a free Text-to-Speech converter which allows you to have a text read to you quickly and easily.

All you need to do is head over to their site, linked here, and then copy+paste the text you want to hear into the dialogue box. Just make sure to clear the text in the dialogue box first by clicking on the small ‘X’ in the top right corner of the box. Then hit the blue play button and listen to the text being read to you. If you have a text file which you’d like to have read to you, just select the ‘Open Document(s)’ option just below the text box and pick the file you want to listen to. Then just hit play, and listen away!

Find PDFs of Books, Academic Articles, and Textbooks with Z-Library!

Returning college students, are you looking for a free and easy way to access textbooks and academic articles from your computer? If so, Z-Library may be the place for you! Z-lib is a shadow library with a focus on file sharing of academic texts, though plenty of general interest books are also available. This online project provides access to more than 6 million books as well as more than 80 million articles, all for free!

Getting started is easy, just go to Z-Library’s site, linked here, and select either book or article. From there you can search for your article or textbook by title, author, ISBN, publisher, etc. to search for the text you need. Once you’ve found your text, select download, and from there you can view your textbook or article in PDF form on your browser. For students, downloading the text in PDF form is a great way to quickly search for information using the Find Function (Ctrl +F). Whether you’re a student or a reader, Z-Library is an excellent, highly intuitive online resource!

Request Books to Pick-Up at the Library Online with our Catalog!

Don’t forget that you can search for items, place holds, and even pay fines all online through the online MHLS catalog. You can find the link to the catalog on our website (on the right side of the grey menu bar just below our library logo) or just by clicking this link.

From the catalog, you can search whatever you’re looking for, then narrow it by using any of the options in the “Refine By” bar on the left-hand side. You can narrow your search by format, subject, title, author, library item is located at, or any of the many other useful options available.

Click on an item, and see where it’s located, whether it’s checked in, publishing information, summary, and subject(s). Scroll down further and see other books like it.

Request it with the “Request It” icon to the right of the title, then enter your library card number and pin, and choose your pick-up location. Order multiple books at once by putting them in your cart with the shopping basket icon under “Additional actions;” then click “My Cart” in the upper right-hand corner to order them or save them for future use by adding them to a list.

Delve Through History with the Help of /r/AskHistorians!

It’s at last 2021, a new year, and if you’re feeling retrospective /r/AskHistorians may be the place for you. AskHistorians is a subreddit (basically a sub-forum on the site reddit.com) where moderator verified academic experts from a variety of fields answer questions about history. You can choose to either browse the vast archive of existing questions or create a reddit account to ask your own questions, all for free.

 

Flaired experts exist in every category of historical inquiry, from Tudor-Stuart Politics & Society, to Heian – Edo Japanese Arms & Armor, and beyond. These academics will answer questions in painstaking detail and cite sources in support of their statements, in case you were in doubt. If you’d like to see how intricate and interesting these discussions can be, check out Professor Alex Wellerstein’s video lecture on ‘The Atomic Bomb and Visions of the New Post War Order’, found on the /r/AskHistorians Youtube channel as part of their first digital conference.

 

But if you’re more interested in plumbing the depths of human history by reading on your own, /r/AskHistorians still has you covered. Their booklist provides a catalogue of starting points for any historical journey, from a dive into Icelandic Sagas to an exploration of Zimbabwean independence. There’s more history to look back on now than ever before, so why not enlist professional aid to guide your search?

 

Check Out Our Staff’s Picks for the Year of 2020!

Make Images, Videos, and Web Stories with Adobe Spark

Want to make a collage of images like this one? You can do so for free with Adobe Spark. The site provides over 34,000 templates and tools for creating social media posts, presentations, and more. Check it out, here!