But then again we may not have the most objective opinions on the matter . . .
If you want to experiment with a desktop image editor, give Pixlr a try. It’s a great way to get used to some editing features before going to the expense of purchasing software–and may be all you need to create the flier you’re working on, or a filter effect for that special photo.
Ancestry.com. You’ve seen it advertised on TV! Maybe you’ve been curious about what this database has to offer. Maybe you have already come into the Adriance Memorial Library to check out the full version. If you haven’t yet, and you have ancestors that lived in New York State, you might want to see what resources the New York State Archives has made available to conduct family research. Click on the link to the Tip, and you can start to shake your family tree! Tuesday’s Tip — August 18, 2015 (Ancestry.com NY Resources)
If you’re looking for help finding good quality media for your kids, you should give Common Sense Media a try! It can be tailored by age, genre and format, and parental guidance for material for young adults lets you know what to expect in terms of explicitness of sexual situations and/or violence. Open the Tip to learn more!
For a live look at history-making events in “reel” time, look no further than the Movietone site! This week’s Tip introduces you to this rich media resource. Tuesday’s Tip — August 4, 2015 (Movietone on YouTube)
Check out this fantastic exploration tool to learn all about practically any occupation you might want to try your hand at! Approach your workforce exducation with an awareness of the skills you’ll need, and the types of working environments you’ll encounter. Wage information rounds out the picture…
Most non-profits seeking grants, and anyone exploring education, housing or health in the area, will want a reliable and current source of demographic information. Mid-Hudson Valley Community Profiles provides just that sort of useful and informative data! Explore this week’s Tip, using the link below, to learn more about it.
Scholastic has published the fifth edition of its popular Kids & Family Reading Report that gauges how children and their parents view reading in their daily lives. Of the children surveyed, 51% were currently reading a book for fun, and an additional 20% had recently completed one. 31% of the children polled identify as frequent readers, down from 37% in 2010. The report suggests that the reason for this decline is, “the increasing prevalence of other activities…, most notably, spending time using devices such as smartphones, tablets, and computers.” One positive finding was that children are far more likely to enjoy reading when they are given the freedom to choose their own books.
The New York State Library has a special program to bring the joy of reading to people of all ages with visual impairments that prevent them from reading printed words. Find out how you can help a loved one who can’t see find satisfying ‘reading’ material in this week’s Tip below.
Is that hand-me-down child safety seat really safe? Did you hear the tail-end of a story involving your car make and model—and something about brakes? Keep yourself, and your family, safe by staying on top of consumer product recalls. Get help from Recalls.gov. For more information, check out this week’s Tip! Tuesday’s Tip — July 7, 2015 (recalls.gov)
If you’re interested in checking out the real estate market in your area, or thinking of moving, make sure you visit trulia.com to see what’s available and learn the going rates!
The New York Times reports that Mary Badham, the actress who played the young Scout in the 1962 movie adaptation of Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird,” will give voice to that character again to celebrate the publication of Ms. Lee’s second novel, “Go Set a Watchman.”
Ms. Badham will appear at the 92nd Street Y’s Poetry Center in Manhattan on July 14, when the new book goes on sale. She will read from both “To Kill a Mockingbird,” which is narrated by Scout and set in Depression-era Alabama, and “Go Set a Watchman,” which features Scout 20 years later, returning home from New York. The event, which will be streamed at 92Y.org/harperlee, is one of dozens of “Watchman” celebrations taking place in bookstores, theaters and libraries across the country on July 14.
For a little bit of ‘homespun’, take a look at the Old Farmer’s Almanac! It’s full of folklore and helpful tips for a sustainable lifestyle, with an emphasis on living on the land and following the seasons. It also includes recipes for enjoying your harvest. For the complete experience, check out the print edition at the library! Or, explore the online version highlighted in this week’s Tip: Tuesday’s Tip – June 23,2015 (Old Farmer’s Almanac)