It occurred to us that people might feel intimidated by Zoom, the technology we are using for most of our online programs. Although it was new to most of us, we’ve been using it for staff meetings since we went online on March 13. Even our resident technophobe, Librarian Frank Connelly, has figured it out, so we decided he would be the best person to write instructions. They are included below. Also, we are going to have a practice Zoom meeting today at Read more…
As you may know, the CDC has recommended wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies). A local organization, Masks for NY, is mobilizing community members to cut, sew, and transport cloth face masks to those who need them. If you have the skill to make masks, but don’t have a sewing machine to do so, we can get you one. The Westchester Library System has some portable Brother sewing machines which can be borrowed. Just fill out this form. We will contact you to work out details.
Even before the Current Situation began, we had been spending more money on eBooks than ever before. Since we closed, however, we’ve almost doubled our spending. Even so, some people are having a hard time getting the eBooks they want. Below are a few pointers. More detailed explanations will be posted on our FAQ page.
- Ask for help. Reference staff monitors (914) 734-5362 from their homes every weekday from 10am to 4pm. You can email us any time, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Many titles are available in formats other than Kindle. Unless you are using a black-and-white Amazon eReader like a Paperwhite, you are not stuck with Kindle books.
It’s not to late to read The Alchemist and join librarian Alex Neceda for a Zoom discussion on Thursday at 10am. Our April calendar is full of interesting programs on a wide range of topics. Programs include Librarian Frank Connelly reading from the Sketchbook by Washington Irving on Facebook Live and a discussion of Great Courses: A Skeptic’s Guide to American History on ZOOM with June Hesler. For Children we have weekly online programs including Family Bedtime Stories on Facebook Live Thursdays at 7pm and Activity of the Week with Rebecca and Gordon on YouTube on Mondays at 9am. Plus many more. Click on each program below for more information.
Short and Sweet Book Group with Alex Neceda on ZOOM
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We know the idea of staying entertained seems a bit daunting right now as many of us are ‘stuck at home’ indefinitely. Here is a list of some museums which are offering virtual services such as tours, classes, lectures and tutorials. There is absolutely no way for you to say ‘I’m bored’ anymore!
Take a virtual tour of the museum or learn the history of the iconic blue whale model. There’s a lot to choose from on the museum’s website. There’s an added bonus if you’re checking out that blue whale. The movie, The Squid and the Whale, is available for free on Kanopy.
The Census count determines our share of Federal and State funding for healthcare, education, roads and transportation & parks. Westchester County estimates that each undercounted resident is a loss of $2,500 in funding each year. The Census is used to determine each State’s representation in Congress for the next ten years. It also determines our share of State and Local Sales Tax. You can respond online or by phone (in 14 different languages). Click on Read more… for a fun, census-related literary fact. Read more…