Baby and me Story Hour is cancelled for tomorrow 3/11/2020. Ms. Kelley is off this week, but we hope to be back to our regular schedule next week. Thank you!
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If you’ve ever found yourself browsing Amazon or Goodreads for a new book to read but dreaded looking at the total price tag of your cart, Library Extension may be the browser extension for you!
This extension will check your library’s catalog for the items which you are looking to buy on Amazon, so you can borrow them instead! Library Extension is free and easy to use and can be installed on Google Chrome and Firefox. Just install the extension and select your library(s) from their list of more than 5000 library systems. You can use this extension on a number of sites including Goodreads, RBDigital and Fantastic Fiction, but it is most well integrated with Amazon. Why buy when you can borrow? Check out Library Extension, here.
March is nearly upon us, and with it comes the census. But what exactly does that mean? Is the census just another chore? Is it a portend of doom… After all, the census starts in mid-March, and aren’t we supposed to be wary of the Ides of March?
Well, if you’re curious about what the 2020 census holds in store for you, then check out its official government website, here. The site details the purpose, important dates and methods of response for the 2020 census. It even provides information on the security systems in place to ensure that your census data is protected as well as the community benefits that result from participating. You count, so make sure you’re counted!
This week kicked off with President’s day, and if you’re finding yourself getting into the executive spirit, why not take a virtual tour of a presidential library? Why tour a presidential library? Well, these locations are not only repositories for historical documents related to their associated presidents (including presidential papers) but also museums exhibiting episodes of their executive’s administration.
If you visit this link, here, you can take a look into all presidential libraries, from Hoover to Obama, with the ability to take a tour, field a question to a curator, and even acquire educational resources all from the comfort of home. It’s an excellent opportunity to learn from our government’s past in order to make sound judgments about its future.
Recently the 2020-2021 Executive Budget proposal for New York State was released, and for the fourth consecutive year the governor is attempting to slash the budget of our libraries. The current proposal would see approximately 5 million dollars cut from Library Aid and 20 million dollars cut from Library Construction Aid. Needless to say, if these suggestions are finalized, our libraries will be limited in their capacity to serve their patrons needs.
But there is something that you can do to help your local library, right now! If you go to this link, you will be presented with a pre-constructed letter by the American Library Association calling for the restoration of funding to our libraries. All you need to do is provide your name, address, and e-mail to become a champion of your library. So make your voice heard and let New York know that you stand by your library!
The Town of Ulster Public Library will expand its program offerings for teens/tweens! Teen program activities will include Tech, Maker Lab and Art/Craft projects. The first program will take place on Thursday, February 20th at 5:30 PM. Please see flyer below for details.
*Parents and guardians must either be present at the start of the program or sign in with contact information.*
February is here, which of course, means a return to Black History Month. And while there are a plethora of resources on the topic available here at the library, if you’re looking for more of an experience you should check out Black History Month Kingston, here. This site provides information on the various activities celebrating Black History hosted in Kingston this year. Events include the Sankofa, a day for traditional African Arts featuring basket-weaving activities, as well as Workshops for Teens by Teens! which focuses on educating audiences grades 9-12 on the history of slavery in Ulster County and even the Nubian Cafe where a panel of extraordinary African American will discuss salient women’s issues.
Take a chance on love this February and stop by the library for a “Blind Date with a Book”! You pick and choose a wrapped book based on clues alluding to its contents. Read it, return it, and tell us how your date went!