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Cooking While in Quarantine

I find cooking shows interesting and distracting from what’s going on in the news, And since we are all staying in and cooking more these shows have been useful adding interest to my menus.
  •  Lidia Bastianich –  her many shows are excellent for Italian cooking skills and recipes.
  • America’s Test Kitchen with hosts Julia Collins Davidson and Bridget Lancaster  Is basically a how to cooking skills and testing of recipe, foods and kitchen equipment.
  • Good Eats with Alton Brown – tell the science of foods and their history, fun and interesting show
  • Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmerman on the travel channel. Travels the world and tries exotic foods and gives the back story of their origin.

While the library is closed you can still find cookbooks and cooking videos on our our website using the Overdrive, Hoopla, Creativebug or RBDigital platforms.  All you need is a library card!

Bon Appetit!

-posted by Marie V.,  Circulation Services and Sonia, Reference Services

50th Anniversary of Earth Day

“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.”                                                  — Chief Seattle, 1854

Fifty years ago, on April 22, 1970 10% of the US population demonstrated throughout the country to protest environmental pollution. They had witnessed increased devastation caused by oil spills, smog and polluted waterways. They demanded that new ways be found and implemented to protect our Planet.

The protests launched a wave of action creating the passage of landmark legislation such as the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts, and establishing the Environmental Protection Agency.

This year’s them is Climate Action. However, celebrations can’t be carried out as planned because of the coronavirus. So, the Earth Day Network, the coordinating organization, is calling for participation in a 24-hour digital call for action.

Recognizing that the world is distracted from the original theme by the overwhelming concern over the coronavirus pandemic, here are some environmentally friendly actions that people can undertake. The suggestions include reading eBooks instead of streaming to save energy, switching light bulbs to more energy-efficient ones, planning that garden that normally you are too busy to have (preparing the soil for planting is a great way to get rid of that restless energy. Get the kids to dig up the rocks and then paint them as garden decorations). You can make everyday Earth Day with some simple actions. Many of these ideas you can implement now and make a habit once life returns to normal: recycle (maybe use that old t-shirt or pillowcase to make a face mask), stop using plastics, keep your car running efficiently (or walk instead of drive!), set your printer to print on two sides.

When social distancing is no longer the norm, think about joining a beach cleanup!

Looking for activities to engage the children? There are some fun ideas online. Check out the Happy Hooligans blog  or the Romper Blog.  National Geographic offers some family-oriented activities  including a neighborhood safari. Learn about endangered animals, color pictures of them and then put them in your window (much like the poplar rainbows-in-the-window project). NASA has some fun and informative resources about climate change.

Normally, I would invite you to your library to check out the book display we created. Instead, try some eBooks. You can download copies of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring. The book had a tremendous influence on the environmental movement. You can also download a biography of Rachel Carson, On a Farther Shore. When you search ‘earth day’ in our library eBooks, you will find many books for children including ones starring Fancy Nancy and the Berenstain Bears. Check out the selections offered by World Book eBooks: you can search by such terms as “earth day” “climate” or pollution. Or “endangered.” There’s something for everyone!

Together, we can SAVE the Earth:

S-peak up

A-ct

V-ote

E-ducate

-posted by Brenda, Reference Services

Exciting Harry Potter News

Overdrive, in connection with Pottermore Publishing, announced on April 1 that Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling in both ebook and audio formats, will be made available on Overdrive for simultaneous and immediate access for all patrons.

According to the press release, “This update is part of the #HarryPotterAtHome program running April 1-30 to bring magic to our readers of all ages during these uncertain times.”

Here are the reactions of some of our staff members:

“Harry Potter was the only book, and book series, that I didn’t skim through.  For those who have read the whole series, I am hoping that all of my lost socks went to Dobbys colleagues.”
– Stacey F., Reference Librarian
“When the first Harry Potter book came out, my son was in sixth grade and required to do book reports. I’d never been able to get his to read a fiction book; so I offered a compromise, we would do the book together.  Since then I became an avid Harry Potter follower; and he found his genre. He hasn’t stopped reading since then.”
-Rosanne, Head of Circulation
“I started reading Harry Potter around the time that the fourth book came out. I remember sitting on the subway and seeing at least five other people in the same car reading it too! I truly felt like a part of something special.”
-Jessikah, Head of Community Engagement
“Reading the Harry Potter books with my children opened up a whole new world for us to explore together!”
-Rosalia, Acquisitions Clerk
“I read the first three books just before the fourth came out, I was fully caught up and had the fever by then!”
-Sonia, Reference Librarian

Readers can also visit harrypotterathome.com for additional information and activities to do at home – unlock the magic!

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

 

Introduction to Overdrive

Introduction to Overdrive

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

1:30 PM

Have you been missing out on all of the fun?

Want to read FREE eBooks on your eReader or listen to audiobooks on your Smartphone but you’re not sure how?

Join the Readers’ Services Department for a live demonstration that will teach you how to download free eBooks and Audiobooks to your personal devices using your library card. We will guide you through the process of downloading and transferring books to your    smart device, laptop, or Kindle.  Nook Simple Touch and Glowlight by appointment only.

You are welcome to bring your own fully charged devices, as well as any necessary cords and passwords.

No registration required. Free.

 Photographs and videos taken during library programs may be used for library publicity.

-posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

 

 

How to Download Free eBooks

Friday, May 10, 2019 –11 AM

Have you been missing out on all of the fun? Want to read FREE eBooks on your eReader or listen to audiobooks on your Smartphone but you’re not sure how?

Join the Readers’ Services Department for a live demonstration that will teach you how to download free eBooks and Audiobooks to your personal devices using your library card. We will guide you through the process of downloading and transferring books to your smart  devices, Kindle and Nook eReaders.

You are welcome to bring your own fully charged devices, as well as any necessary cords and passwords.

No registration required. Free.

Photographs and videos taken during library programs may be used for library publicity.

-posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

 

Good News for Kindle Owners!!!

According to the Wall Street Journal, our Patrons who now own Amazon’s ever-popular Kindle electronic readers may soon be able to borrow digital books from our Overdrive collection.  Amazon is planning to launch compatible software later this year although no firm date has been set.  We will all have to wait and see how negotiations progress.

Currently, Simon and Schuster and Macmillan do not sell their digital works to libraries.  Never-the-less kindle users may have access to more than 300,000 eBooks and audio-books, depending on the deal struck with the parties involved.

Keep checking back on this blog and our homepage.  We will keep our Syosset Kindle owners as up to date as we can!

– posted by Jill, Readers’ Services