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AtoZ World Travel Database

AtoZ world travel

The AtoZ World Travel database is now available on the Syosset Public Library’s website:

  • Contains Over 200 World City Travel Guides
  • 60+ Topics for Each City Including City Guides, Attractions, Travel Essentials, City & Regional Maps & Transportation
  • 56 World Travel Resources including World Dialing Guide, Emergency Resources, Living Abroad Information & Money Saving Tips

For access visit www.SyossetLibrary.org. The AtoZ World Travel database can be found under Research > Articles & Databases.  Type your library barcode in where it says Library Login and start planning your next vacation.

-posted by Alisa, Reference Services

 

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Introducing Lynda.com

lynda-com-logoSyosset Public Library would like to announce that Lynda.com, a great training platform with an expansive library of over 128,000 instructional videos covering 2900 courses, is now available to patrons.

There are a variety of levels covering technical skills, creative techniques, business strategies and more.  There are curated playlists in all subjects to help you decide what videos to watch first.  You will need a valid Syosset Public Library card to gain access to Lynda.com.  Try it, you’ll like it!

If you are not a Syosset Public Library patron and would like to know more, you can learn about Lynda.com on youtube here.

– posted by Alisa, Reference Services

November is National Diabetes Month

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Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. If it’s not controlled, diabetes can cause blindness, nerve damage, kidney disease, and other health problems.  One in 12 Americans has diabetes – that’s more than 25 million people. And another 79 million adults in the United States are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.  Here are some facts you might like to know about the disease:

  • Prevalence
     Nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes.
     Another 86 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
     Recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we take steps to Stop Diabetes.
  • The Toll on Health
     People with diabetes are nearly twice as likely to be hospitalized for a heart attack or stroke.
     Diabetes causes nearly 50% of all cases of kidney failure.
     More than half of all amputations in adults occur in people with diabetes.
     More than half a million American adults have advanced diabetic retinopathy,greatly increasing their risk for severe vision loss.
  • Cost of Diabetes
     The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States
    is $245 billion.
    o Direct medical costs reach $176 billion and the average medical expenditure among people with diabetes is 2.3
    times higher than those without the disease.
    o Indirect costs amount to $69 billion (disability, work loss, premature mortality).
     One in 10 health care dollars is spent treating diabetes and its complications.
     One in five health care dollars is spent caring for people with diabetes.

American Diabetes Month can make a difference by raising awareness about diabetes risk factors and encouraging  people to make healthy changes.  These changes include: eating healthy,  increasing physical activity, and losing weight.

If you would like to  learn more about diabetes please visit our library either in person or online.  Stop by the National Diabetes Month display on the third floor for materials on the subject.  Our Health Reference librarian is also available to research any questions you may have about the disease.  Online, we have many health related research tools you can use to investigate diabetes. These can be accessed on the Health Reference and/or the Articles & Databases pages of our website.

– posted by Sonia, Health Reference

Research your family tree

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October is Family History Month. That is appropriate since October also celebrates the heritage of German-American, Hispanic-American, Italian-American, and Polish-American groups.

ancestry.com logoThe library subscribes to two databases for your research needs. Ancestry.com (which can only be accessed at the library) and Heritage Quest (which you can access from home using your library barcode). The librarians have also compiled a list of useful websites for heritage quest logoaiding your search.  Feeling overwhelmed by all the information? Individual classes on using these resources can be scheduled by calling the reference desk.

Of course, the Syosset Library also has books for the beginner to the seasoned family historian. Some of my favorites include The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy by Kimberly Powell, The Genealogist’s Companion and Sourcebook by Emily Anne Croom and How to Do Everything Genealogy by George G. Morgan.

Where to start? Begin with yourself! Write down what you know about yourself, your parents and grandparents. Check any available family documents like bibles, scrapbooks, photos, and diaries and official records like birth, marriage and death certificates.

Cheerful Mufti Generation Family enjoying at home.The holidays are coming soon. Take advantage of family gatherings to ask family members about their lives and recollections. Take good notes or record the conversation. And here is where you need to exert real discipline! Each of the stories will pull you in a different direction. Try to focus on one side of the family at a time. Keep good notes of where you have looked and document each source.

But most of all have fun! Great stories are waiting to be captured and retold.

– posted by Brenda, Reference Librarian

Mango Languages database now even better!

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Traveling someplace different for the holidays this year? If you want to speak like the locals, try our Mango Languages database.

Mango offers a unique way of learning, using different colors for different parts of speech, and taking you through full conversations. There are also grammar and culture notes for each different country.

The best part is that Mango has a brand new add-on: Mango Premiere!

Mango Premiere is the first and only language-learning resource to teach through film. Focusing on the four key areas of language learning – vocabulary, phrases, culture and grammar – you not only get a good education, but also all the fun and excitement of watching a movie.

mango premiere laptopThere are some great new movies to watch on Mango Premiere, like the Chinese hit “Kung Fu Dunk,” or the fun Japanese film “Negative Happy Chainsaw Edge.” More movies will be added as time goes on.

Come up to the 3rd floor and ask a librarian how to get started!

– posted by Erica, Reference Librarian

Looking for your next book?

Summer is the time of year when we find we have more time to read: in our backyards, or on a beach, or on route to a vacation destination. If you are looking for something good to read next and can’t come into the library to ask for some recommendations, try searching Novelist Plus, available on the Syosset Public Library website from the comfort of your home.

Novelist Plus is a searchable database that contains information on over 135,000 fiction and nonfiction titles.  You can search by describing a plot or entering a favorite author’s name for read-alikes.  There are lists of award winners or of titles by genres.  Novelist Plus also has over 400 book discussion guides available for your book group.

So, log onto Novelist Plus from our website (don’t forget to have your library card nearby) and find your next great read!

– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services

Sneezing? Itchy, Watery Eyes?

Yes, it’s that time of year- allergy season!

For those of us with seasonal allergies this is the best of times and the worst of times.  We have a love/hate relationship with spring. After a long hard winter it’s wonderful to see buds on the trees, the grass turning green, the magnolia blossoms gently swaying in the breeze.  We want to get outside and garden, take long walks and enjoy the weather, but our bodies betray us.  Instead of enjoying the greening we cough, sneeze, suffer with headaches, feel tired all of the time, and just generally feel awful.

Some resources to help get you outside:

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation has information on seasonal allergies including general information, Gardening with Allergies, Over the Counter Medicines, Pollen & Mold Counts, Rhinitis & Sinusitus, Sinus Problems, Alternative Treatment and so much more.

The American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology has information on pollen counts and current research.

The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology is yet another resource for seasonal allergy sufferers.  A section of its website is dedicated to hay fever which provides links to treatment options.

Visit MedlinePlus for information regarding seasonal allergies symptoms and treatment.  There’s an interesting article Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies.

Need more information?  Visit the Syosset Public Library.  We have books and databases with allergy resources.  Browse the collection in person or online.  For articles about seasonal allergies, see Syosset Public Library’s Online Databases.  Here you can access magazine and journal articles, newspapers, and reference books 24 hours a day using your Syosset Public Library library card.

For the latest news on Health topics visit the NEW Health Reference blog at http://splhealth.wordpress.com/

-posted by Susan, Health Reference Services