Summertime is one of the peak times for outdoor DIY projects. If you are planning any changes to your landscape that involve breaking ground, you should be aware of this important safety site. Get the details here in our “Dig Safely” Tip: Tuesday’s Tip — July 11, 2017 (Dig Safely New York)
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water…..Bom, bom, bom, bom….
Some of you may recognize the line from the movie “Jaws“. This week’s Tip will show you how to track shark activity in waters around the world. This will help you decide which beaches to go to–or not!– depending on how you feel about our finned friends! Tuesday’s Tip — June 20, 2017 (Shark Tracker)
Looking for something fun to do with the family this weekend? We’ve compiled a few resources that highlight area goings on for you. Whether your interests are sports, music, drama or farmers’ markets, you’ll find something to do out in the community. Get out and meet your neighbors!
Public libraries serve many diverse groups within our communities and it seems fitting, as June is National Pride Month, to show our LGBT friends, family and neighbors how to locate materials in our collections that might be of special interest to them.
For many, summertime is travel time and when that travel takes you to a foreign country it’s always fun to study the language of your host country– at least a few standard phrases, simple directions to find your way around, and how to reference common objects. This Tip will show you two great sites/Apps that make language learning fun through interactive exercises. Check them out! Aloha.
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/
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 )
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!