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Follow up on your New Year’s Resolution with edX

If you’ve resolved that this is the year that you’ll finally learn to speak Japanese, or learn to program with python, or acquire that Master’s Degree in Analytics, you may be interested in edX. So, what is edX?

edX is a massive open online course provider which gives its users the ability to learn about a plethora of subjects digitally. These classes range in topic from Icelandic Sagas to Sustainability in Architecture and beyond. Many classes are free, although they often have a paid option which provides its user with a verified certificate upon completion of the course. 

These classes can bolster a resume, yield a promotion, or provide university credit for your Bachelor’s or Master’s program! If you’re interested, check out their website, here.

Learn a New Skill in the New Year with Coursera

To inaugurate a new year of learning and self improvement, you might consider checking out Coursera. Coursera is a learning platform which provides its users with online classes, which are often free, for learning new skills and even obtaining certifications and degrees. The site works with a host of educational institutions and organizations to deliver a quality educational experience. Users can choose from over 3,600 classes in topics ranging from graphic design, to game theory, to even acquiring a TESOL certificate. If you’re interested in pursuing these online classes check out their website, here.

NPR’s Book Concierge

If you’re interested in looking back on the best reads of 2019 at the start of this new year, check out NPR’s Book Concierge. Their site allows you to take a look at more than 2000 titles recommended by NPR staff and trusted critics. You can sort through these books with a number of genre filters to find exactly what you are looking for. And the fun doesn’t stop at 2019, NPR’s yearly top literature picks go back to 2013, so you can review nearly a decade’s worth of good reads. Take a look here, and start the year off right.

Library closing at 4 pm today, 12/30/19

The Library is closing at 4 pm today, 12/30/19, and will reopen Thursday 1/2/2020 at noon.Wishing  everyone  a  safe  and  happy  holiday!

Embrace the Holiday Spirit with Donationtown.org!

If you’re hoping to do something charitable this holiday season, but you’re unsure where to start, Donationtown.org is a great place to begin enacting good will on Earth. The site provides a nationwide directory of charitable organizations, which you can narrow down based upon your location and the items which you are looking to donate. The site also provides comprehensive information about what items can and cannot be donated. You can even schedule a pickup for your donation at no cost! So bring some joy to the world and head over to the site by clicking here!

Find Your Next Favorite Book with Goodreads.com

Have you just finished an excellent book series, but find yourself longing for something similar? Perhaps you’re looking to dip your toes into an entirely new genre, but you’re not sure where to start. Or maybe you need to find the perfect holiday gift for a reader you know. If you find yourself facing any of these dilemmas, Goodreads.com may hold the answer for you. 

 

Goodreads allows you to make a list of the books which you’ve read and rate them according to your tastes. Based on this information, the site will generate a list of recommended books mapped according to what titles you’ve read and how you’ve enjoyed them. Goodreads is a social cataloging website, so, if your friends are on it, you can also take a look at what they’re reading to get some ideas for the gift giving season. Besides this, Goodreads acts as an online forum for book related discussion, surveys, polls and blogs. Give it a try by clicking here.

What is #eBooksforAll?

As of November 1, 2019, Macmillan Publishers has changed their policies to allow libraries to purchase only one copy of new e-books for the first eight weeks of their release. Obviously, this change has the potential to significantly limit our patrons’ access to new e-book materials, but if you want to make a difference you are not without recourse. 

 

By clicking this link you can learn about the American Library Association’s petition called #eBooksforAll, which aims to convince Macmillan publishers to reverse their policies and make their electronic resources readily available to library patrons. If you feel so inclined, you can sign the petition and make your voice heard!

Not Receiving E-mails From the Library? Fear Not!

It’s likely that you actually are receiving our e-mails, but they are not being stored in an obvious place. 

Two ways to solve this issue are:

  1. Add noreplyuls@midhudson.org (or your home library’s e-mail) to your e-mail contacts. 
  2. Look for the e-mail in your spam or junk folder.

Big Green Box Recycling Service

Do you have batteries cluttering up your drawers at home because you’re unsure of how to dispose of them? If so, head to the Town of Ulster Library and make use of the Big Green Box Recycling Service. You can dispose of everything from batteries to cell phones, tablets, mp3 players, hand held power tools and more in the box. We simply ask that you bring your batteries in plastic bags!

 

 Almost all consumer batteries and electronic devices can be recycled in the Big Green Box, but certain items including car and motorcycle batteries, or those that are leaking or damaged cannot be recycled at the library. If you have questions about the service, feel free to ask the library staff before dropping off your recyclables.

Research Your Family’s Military Service with Fold3

Veterans Day is coming up, and if you are looking to pay homage to members of your family who served in the military, the library is here to help. Through our website you can access Fold3, which provides convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos and documents of the men and women who served. You can find Fold3 by clicking on the Stop Searching Start Finding link on our website and selecting the History and Genealogy tab at the top of the page (or click here) Once there you will have access to various exclusive military records, ranging from the Revolutionary War to Operation New Dawn. 

Also, don’t forget that the Town of Ulster Library will be open this Monday, November 11th, on Veterans Day! Free coffee, bagels, story hour and  crafts will be available.