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Tuesday’s Tip — Download e-Books Right from the Online Catalog

With our new ‘Encore” online catalog, the Overdrive e-Book and Audiobook supplier used by the Mid-Hudson Library System has been integrated, and the borrowing process streamlined.  Now while searching in the catalog, if you identify a book you’re interested in as an e-Book, you can download it with just a few clicks after logging into your user account.  Any title with an available format “OverDrive Read” requires no app or software download, and can be viewed in any e-Reader or PC browser screen.   Read on to learn more… Tuesday’s Tip — July 8, 2014 (e-Books in the catalog)

‘The Goldfinch,’ ‘The Bully Pulpit’ win Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

The American Library Association (ALA) recently announced this year’s recipients of the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. “The Goldfinch,” by Donna Tartt received the medal for fiction, and “The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism,” by Doris Kearns Goodwin received the medal for nonfiction. The selections were announced on June 28 during the ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas. The awards, established in 2012, recognize the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. in the previous year and serve as a guide to help adults select quality reading material.

Doctors Recommend Reading Aloud to Babies

Under a new policy that the American Academy of Pediatrics announced on Tuesday, June 24, doctors will tell parents to read aloud to their infants from birth. With the increased recognition that an important part of brain development occurs within the first three years of a child’s life, and that reading to children enhances vocabulary and other important communication skills, the group, which represents 62,000 pediatricians across the country, is asking its members to become powerful advocates for reading aloud, every time a baby visits the doctor.

“It should be there each time we touch bases with children,” said Dr. Pamela High, who wrote the new policy. It recommends that doctors tell parents they should be “reading together as a daily fun family activity” from infancy. This is the first time the academy has officially weighed in on early literacy education.

“The reality of today’s world is that we’re competing with portable digital media,” said Dr. Alanna Levine, a pediatrician in Orangeburg, N.Y. “So you really want to arm parents with the tools and rationale behind it about why it’s important to stick to the basics of things like books.”

Big Read News: Teen Art Contest Winners Announced

Adriance Memorial Library hosted a reception of local civic, business, education and community leaders on Thursday, June 10, to celebrate the news of The Big Read grant received by the Poughkeepsie Public Library District and showcase the diverse talent of thirty-six local high school artists.

Each year the National Endowment for the Arts selects communities to receive funding for Big Read literacy projects based on a specific list of literature.  The Poughkeepsie Public Library District is honored to be one of 77 communities to receive a Big Read grant.  The Library District is awarded $15,000 for a program focused on Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 in the fall of 2014. This will be Poughkeepsie’s eighth annual Big Read.

“The NEA requires that their grant is matched by local support,” says Development Officer Gareth Davies. “This is why the funding provided by local banks and other sponsors is so important.”  Local sponsors supporting The Big Read in 2014 include the Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, Riverside Bank, TD Bank, Norman and Jeannie Greene, and the Friends of PPLD.

Libraries and Makerspaces

Public libraries are increasingly transforming their library spaces, resources and programming to offer “makerspaces” that provide opportunities for library patrons to engage with others in hands-on learning and creation. On Wednesday, June 18, the White House will host its first Maker Faire on a day which will be observed as a national Day of Making.

Makerspaces in libraries allow patrons to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills; they facilitate opportunities for collaboration and community engagement that will aid in entrepreneurial thinking as well as the next generation of jobs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Reflecting this rising interest, the Library District will formally open its new Teen Media Lab on Thursday, June 26 at 1:30 pm. The Lab will provide our youth with a space and the technology with which to create and discuss their own interest-driven projects.

Taylor Swift Says “READ!”

Taylor Swift Says “READ!”

Joining the nearly 200 actors, musicians, and cultural icons who have participated in the American Library Association’s READ poster campaign, seven-time GRAMMY winner Taylor Swift appears on a new READ poster. A passionate supporter of literacy and libraries, she has partnered with Scholastic Books to make generous book donations to the public library in her home town of Reading, Penn., as well as in Nashville, Tenn. where she currently resides. Besides being named Billboard’s reigning “Artist of the Year,” Swift is also accomplished in film and TV, having voiced the character of Audrey in “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax,” contributed two songs to the soundtrack of “The Hunger Games,” guest-starred on “CSI,” and hosted “Saturday Night Live.”

Tuesday’s Tip — America’s Favorite Pastime

With the First Year Draft right around the corner, and summer unofficially begun, many among us start feeling the urge to watch our national sport–on the tube, or live at the stadium, with the aroma of hotdogs and beer permeating the air.  Today marks the anniversary of the publication of the famous poem “Casey at the Bat”, by Ernest Thayer, on of the most well-known baseball poems ever penned.       

Tuesday’s Tip –June 3, 2014 (Baseball History and Facts)