This weekend marks the ‘unofficial’ start of summer with the Memorial Day Holiday, and many families are thinking of the last days of the school year and thinking of exciting family vacations! To help you make your plans, consider a trip to one of our amazing National Parks and/or Historic Sites. Many are right here in our backyard and surrounding region. Our Tip will guide you to the site and show a few of the features available.
***Is there a FOURTH Grader in your household? If so, you can get a FREE pass for your whole family to explore National parks for an entire year! https://www.everykidinapark.gov/
Tuesday’s Tip — May 23, 2017 (National Park Service)
They’re baaaack! The migratory birds, that is. If nature tickles your fancy, there is a lot of fun to be had in bird watching. We are lucky in our area to have a diverse array of wild birds that breed here for the summer season–and if you keep your eyes sharp, you just may see some of the beautiful, colorful warblers, and others, that pass through in the spring and fall during rest stops along their northward–and then southward journeys. Here’s a great resource and App to take in the field. If you prefer a paper field guide to look through–or study before/after an outing–the library has a great collection of regional print field guides to birds that you can check out, too! (just browse the stacks at 598.097 )
Tuesday’s Tip — May 16, 2017 (Guide to North America Birds)
Citizen engagement is pretty high these days, and more folks are taking their role as participants in our American democracy more seriously than ever before. Town Halls are increasingly the venue for communities to meet their Representatives face-to-face to ensure that the will of “The People” is being done. Letters, phone calls, and faxes can let your elected officials know what you think–but to get their responses, nothing beats a meeting! The Town Hall Meeting Project is a resource to help keep you informed of opportunities in your area.
Tuesday’s Tip — May 9, 2017 (Town Hall Project )
Libraries would be remiss if they did not encourage their communities to read! There are a lot of wonderful sites to help you find something great to suit your interests! We have highlighted several in past Tips… but today we share Literary Hub, a blog that will put you in touch with many a great literary work appearing in a library collection near you! Happy reading!
Tuesday’s Tip — May 2, 2017 (Literary Hub)
If you can’t easily make an appointment to visit our Local History collection, there are a lot of wonderful resources you can access 24/7 from our virtual collection of photographs and postcards! Click by and check it out. Details are in this week’s Tip.
Tuesday’s Tip — April 25, 2017 (Main and Market Website)
What?! You still haven’t filed your taxes?! Well, you aren’t alone! Many leave the tax filing to the very last minute. If you, or a loved one, engage in this specific procrastination, today’s Tip will help you out…at least until 11:59 p.m. TODAY!
Tuesday’s Tip — April 18, 2017 (Tax extension links)
This week, we give you some resources to bring you peace of mind. Life can be overwhelming, but the library has so many resources for self-care, you can combat the chaos with some simplification. We show you some ways to do it, and our collection is filled with great resources to make your life better!
Tuesday’s Tip — April 11, 2017 (Stress less resources)
This week’s Tip contains sources for some common NYS legal forms–and you’ll also find contacts for all of the courts in the State. Hopefully you won’t have a need to tangle with the legal system –for good or bad reasons– since it’s a complicated arena, but if you do, it’s good to have a reliable place to turn for needed information! Tuesday’s Tip — April 4, 2017 (Legal Forms)
If you’re looking for a new place to explore art on the Web, give this site a try! There are works new and old in every medium…
Tuesday’s Tip — March 28, 2017 (Artsy)
The story of the amazing African-American women who worked behind the scenes for the U.S. Space Program has certainly ignited a lot of interest! If Hidden Figures caught your interest, you can learn all you want to know about the agency, its programs, and its personnel at the NASA.gov site. To explore more material on African-American scientists, you can discover them here.
Tuesday’s Tip — March 21, 2017 (NASA.GOV)
However you voted in this past election, more people than ever are taking an interest in how our national government is operating.
If you have decided to be more actively involved in participatory democracy, this site gives you the tools to keep track of your elected officials in Congress–so you can thank them for well serving you–or hold them accountable for decisions that cause you harm. Tuesday’s Tip –March 7, 2017 (GovTrack.us)
Capping off the library’s month-long display celebrating Black History Month, this Tip showcases books about some lesser-known people who made their mark upon society. The link at the end is really worth a look–uncovering fascinating photographs in the NYT archive, and chronicling many unknown events involving some of our country’s most prominent African-American citizens. Tuesday’s Tip — February 21, 2017 (Books for Black History Month)