The Nighttime Sky with Bob Berman

The Nighttime Sky with Bob Berman

Saturday, July 1 at 8:00pm; Boardman Road Branch Library
Noted astronomer Bob Berman joins us for a look at the nighttime sky, including our new telescopes which can be borrowed for a week. Indoor presentation followed by an interactive look at the sky. Registration required, please register here.

Cloud date is Sunday, July 2.

Not Your Mama’s Book Group

Not Your Mama’s Book Group

Thursday, June 29 at 6:30pm – 7:30pm; Boardman Road Branch Library

Join us to discuss A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan. This Pulitzer Prize-winner chronicles the lives and music of an aging punk rocker and record executive, and his troubled female employee.

New! TumbleBooks App for Android and iPhone!

New! TumbleBooks App for Android and iPhone!

TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love. Now TumbleBooks can be enjoyed via a Android or iPhone app! Simply install the app on your favorite mobile device, and then enter your Library Card barcode and pin. Click the icon below to get the app.

Library District Trustee Election Information

Click on the links to learn more about the Library District’s tentative trustee election.

Election Resolution:  Identifies the number and type of positions up for election this year.

Nominating Petitions:

Please refer any questions to the Library District’s Administrative Office at (845) 485-3445 x 3306.

NY Public Library Opens Up Its Special Collections

On Wednesday, January 6, the New York Public Library released more than 180,000 photographs, postcards, maps and other public-domain items from the library’s special collections in downloadable high-resolution files — along with an invitation to users to grab them and do with them whatever they please.

Most items in the public-domain release have already been visible at the library’s digital collections portal. The difference is that the highest-quality files will now be available for free and immediate download.

Street View, Then & Now, for example, allows users to wander up and down Fifth Avenue, comparing a current image of any location from Google Streetview with wide-angle shots taken by the photographer Burton Welles in 1911.

Tuesday’s Tip — New Year’s Eve, Time’s Square WebCam

10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, … Happy New Year!!!

If you’ve dropped your paid cable TV subscription, but still have Internet,  here’s a way to get in on the fun of watching “The Ball”  drop, signifying the years changing.  Past celebrations and international events are streamed here too!  Get more details with a click on the link to the Tip below.

Tuesday’s Tip — December 29, 2015 (Times Square Live Feed New Year’s Eve)

NYE Ball

Story Time is a Hot Ticket!

A recent article in the New York Times discussed the soaring popularity of story times in public libraries. At some libraries, parents start lining up an hour before the doors open and staff members have to deal with double and triple-parked strollers. “Story time is drawing capacity crowds at public libraries across New York and across the country at a time when, more than ever, educators are emphasizing the importance of early literacy in preparing children for school and for developing critical thinking skills,” reads the article. “The demand crosses economic lines, with parents at all income levels vying to get in. And many parents have made story time a fixture in their family routines alongside school pickups and playground outings.”

E-Book Sales Slip, and Print Recovers

According to an article in the New York Times this week, the prediction that e-books would overtake print within a few years shows no sign of coming true. “There are signs that some e-book adopters are returning to print, or becoming hybrid readers, who juggle devices and paper. E-book sales fell by 10 percent in the first five months of this year, according to the Association of American Publishers. Digital books accounted last year for around 20 percent of the market, roughly the same as they did a few years ago.”

This is good news for booksellers. “Independent bookstores, which were battered by the recession and competition from Amazon, are showing strong signs of resurgence. The American Booksellers Association counted 1,712 member stores in 2,227 locations in 2015, up from 1,410 in 1,660 locations five years ago.”