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.
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)
This week’s Tip shares titles that were most borrowed from our library throughout the year during 2016. If you are looking for a good read (or listen!), check out the LibGuide described in the full Tip, which covers items in all categories and collections! You’re bound to find something of interest!
“If you aren’t part of the solution, you’re part of the problem”… This famous old saying is a bit brash, but there is a LOT to be said in favor of volunteering your services in the community! This week’s Tip steers you to some of the possibilities in the Hudson Valley area. It is amazing how thinking and giving of yourself to others can actually come back to you with benefits for your own well-being. Perhaps a kinder, gentler saying–“it is better to give than to receive” is more apt.
Those looking to obtain their High School Equivalency credentials in New York need to pass the TASC exam. Our library has many resources to help. We have print study guides, and a database with practice tests and online tutoring which are outlined in the Tip below. We also partner with the BOCES Office of Adult Continuing Education to host study classes right here in the library (Tuesdays & Thursdays from 9:00am-1:00pm)! They’re announced under the Learn to Earn heading in our newsletter “The Rotunda“. Registration is required and done through BOCES at 845-483-3640 x 6108. Tuesdays Tip January 31, 2017 (TASC)
Was that picture you snapped with your phone while taking a hike last week backlit, leaving your visiting relative a mere silhouette? You can retrieve their smiling face in ‘post production’ if you have an editing App downloaded to your phone. Give these a look, and it you like the features, they can be yours–for free!
If you are looking for a way to feel hopeful about the future, you might find some words of inspiration or comfort in the collected speeches of some renowned people who are admired by many, sharing their words of encouragement with new college graduates setting out to meet their futures. Take a peek at the Commencement speeches in this database–or watch some recorded live–and you just might feel like going out to meet the challenges of a new day with renewed spirit! tuesdays-tip-january-10-2017-commencement-speech-database
Need to measure something quickly at your desk–but can’t find a ruler? Well, there’s a virtual one at your fingertips when you’re near a computer… Our Tip shows you how to conjure one up on your desktop!
They’re not just for Christmas… They are ubiquitous in most grocery stores and a convenient last-minute choice, or way to give something from a known favorite store–leaving the particular item choice to the recipient. Gift cards can be mighty handy. This week’s Tip gives you the 411 on the pros and cons of giving and receiving them. tuesdays-tip-december-27-2016-gift-card-information
Are you curious about word origins or usage? Google has a tool that traces the popularity (determined by usage) of various words and phrases, so you can see, in graphic form, when terms came into use and the rise and fall of their appearance in written documents. Word nerds, check this out!
With the Holidays fast approaching, we understand that many in the community will be shopping for gifts to share with family members around the Christmas tree or latke platter. In recognition of the gift-giving tradition celebrated by several cultural groups in our region–and that Amazon is one of the largest online shopping outlets, this handy guide is intended to help you reach the free shipping threshold if you will be ordering from them (This Tip is not an endorsement or recommendation). For another site offering ‘fillers’ for several online shopping sites, you can also visit Superfillers.com Of course the best gifts of all are completely free — Love and kindness!