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Tuesday’s Tip — Scientific Perspective on Climate Change

Scientific consensus is clear on the subject of global warming.  Here are a few of the better factual sources– straight from experts — to clarify this issue for those who may be confused by ‘alternative facts’ they have heard or read…

Critical thinking, as defined in Wikipedia, is the objective analysis of facts to form a judgment. The subject is complex, and there are several different definitions which generally include the rational, skeptical, unbiased analysis or evaluation of factual evidence.

Tuesday’s Tip — August 8, 2017 (Climate Change Science)

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Tuesday’s Tip — AnnualReports.com

For investors and job seekers, one of the best ways to get information about a company is through its annual report.  You’ll find not only financial data, but also get a sense of size, mission and culture of a business organization by looking at its annual report!  This week we profile a great free website where you can find tens of thousands of company reports conveniently gathered in one place.

Tuesday’s Tip — July 18, 2017 (AnnualReports.com)

Library District Seeks Trustee Candidates
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Library District Seeks Trustee Candidates

Petitions for individuals interesting in standing for election to the Library District’s Board of Trustees may begin to circulate for signatures today, July 11.  Information on the the election can be found here.  Petitions can be downloaded here.  Trustees will be elected on Election Day and will be on the General Election ballot.

Completed petitions must be filed at the Library District’s Administrative Office at Adriance Memorial Library at 93 Market Street in the City of Poughkeepsie starting Tuesday, August 15 and running through Tuesday, August 22 (weekdays only from 9 am until 5 pm).

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.”

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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.”