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Magazines- Anytime, Anywhere

Did you know you can check out magazines online for free using your library card?

Try Zinio!

Zinio is a digital magazine collection provided through the library that you can access from anywhere! Enjoy access to magazines like the New Yorker, Billboard, Elle,  Highlights, and more! You can also download the app on your smartphone or tablet to access the titles you’ve checked out anytime, from anywhere.

To get started, go to our catalog and click on the button in the upper right-hand corner that says “New Online Magazines.” From there, enter your library card, create an account, and enjoy your favorite magazines!

For more information, check out our previous post on this subject.

Expand Your Universe with Universal Class

Continuing your education can be tough, particularly when you don’t know where to start. There are countless free online learning opportunities out there, but many charge money for homework feedback, help, scoring, and certificates.

Universal Class can help!

Universal Class is an online education tool, offering hundreds of classes with the option for credit. The classes offered cover a huge range of topics, including everything from HTML and Excel courses to Wedding Planning 101. The courses themselves are worded in accessible language, allowing anybody to take part, and you can choose between being graded for credit and just looking at their informational videos. The best part? it’s all free with your library card! No need to worry about taking expensive classes from your local college.

To access Universal Class, click this link, enter your library card, go through the steps provided to create an account, and start learning. Expand your life, expand your career, or just have fun!

“Making Every Moment Count”, An Informative Talk with Nikki Weisman, LMSW Hudson Valley Hospice







An Informative Talk with Nikki Weisman, LMSW

Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 10:30 AM

Dispel the myths associated with “hospice”.

Learn what you need to know now, before a crisis.

Think about advance care planning using tools to help talk to your loved ones.

For more information, please call: 485-2273

Start your New Year With a New Language!

It can be hard to turn New Year resolutions into reality. A lot of people try to learn a new language but have no idea where to start.

Mango can help!

Mango is a free language service brought to you by your library. You can learn over 70 languages, all offered through specific lesson plans, like “conversations,” “legal” “medical,” and more! Our favorite is, of course, “Spanish for Librarians.” If you’re using the Mango app (available through the Apple Store, Google Play, and the Amazon app store), you can also download lessons and take them anywhere, even if you don’t have internet!

To get started, follow this link, enter your library card and pin, set up your account, and get learning! And Happy New Year!

Ukers Meet Again

Our Free Ukulele Program starts in the new year on Saturday, January 5th at 9:30am and meets every other Saturday.

This is an Intergenerational program, ages 10 and up. Beginners are welcome and encouraged!

This is a group that shares learning with each other. We usually do some folk music, popular music and anything else anyone might want to play… remember beginners are welcome and encouraged!

Direct your questions to Uke Coordinator LYNDA at

Start your Year off Right with Consumer Reports

If you’re looking to buy something big (or small), Consumer Reports is a good first stop. They have great product overviews regarding what to look for as well as recommended products and ratings.  Their in-depth analyses of various products and brands allow you to make informed decisions on any major purchase. Whether you’re looking for a new computer,  mattress, or snow tires, Consumer Reports should be your go-to website to compare prices and functionality.

The best part? You can access Consumer Reports right from our website! Just click the Consumer Reports Logo on the right-hand side of our home page and enter your library card number to get started.


Live Better, GiveWell!

Looking for somewhere to give this holiday season?

Consider checking out GiveWell!

from their website:

“GiveWell is a nonprofit dedicated to finding outstanding giving opportunities and publishing the full details of our analysis to help donors decide where to give. Our goal is to help donors have the greatest impact for every dollar donated.”

Essentially, they’re a service that shows you how effective giving organizations are in, well, giving. Not all charitable organizations are equally effective, and GiveWell can help you put your money in the right hands to help the most people possible.

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.