In This Issue: Grab-and-Go Service, Customized Reading Lists, Employment Programs, Trivia, Summer Reading, and More
We are happy to announce that the library is once again open to the public! Beginning this week, our new Grab-and-Go service allows patrons to browse and borrow from the adult, teen, and children’s circulating collections. We ask that you keep your visit short (15-30 minutes), that you wear a mask, and that you keep a six-foot distance from staff and other visitors. The library will be open at limited capacity at first, allowing 10 people at a time. For more information about Grab-and-Go, see our FAQ flyeror visit our website.
In this issue of Greenbush Bookmark for Adults, we present a new personalized reading list service, announce our Summer Reading Challenge and other great programs, and share how our library tag line, Inspiring Ideas, Strengthening Community, Enriching Lives, guides our service.
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Happy Independence Day! With warm wishes from the East Greenbush Community Library Adult Services librarians,
A hilarious and touching memoir from New York Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni traces the unlikely path to his profession and offers a searingly honest exploration of this lifelong struggle with food.
Hiding the truth about her HIV-positive status when she moves to a new school, a teen pursues new interests and works to keep her viral load controlled before an anonymous blackmailer threatens to expose her unless she breaks up with her new boyfriend.
Emerging from a life-threatening illness, a fiercely organized but unfulfilled computer geek recruits a mysterious artist to help her establish meaning in her life, before finding herself engaged in reckless but thrilling activities.
An uproarious hardboiled mystery inspired by Shakespeare's most-performed play finds The Serpent of Venice's Pocket of Dog Snogging assuming the duties of a murdered Puck to identify hidden adversaries who have complicated an arranged marriage.
Monday Night Book Chat Weekly. Monday evenings, 7-9 p.m. Facebook What have you been reading lately? Join our Monday night Facebook book chat. While our library is closed it’s even more important for us to stay connected, so we will be here every Monday night 7-9 PM!
Join us for trivia night (ages 18 and up). Teams are encouraged! Only one person may register for each team. Choose a captain and create a fun and unique team name! The captain will be the main contact and the person communicating with the hosts. Registrants will receive login information with their confirmation email. Please Register.
Ask-A-Lawyer Virtual Legal Clinic Wednesday, July 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Co-sponsored by the library and The Legal Project, for Rensselaer County residents only! Get help with civil legal questions including: Bankruptcy, Foreclosure, Tenant/Landlord rights, Estate planning, Unemployment, Family Law/Matrimonial Law.
To reserve your appointment, call The Legal Project Coordinator at 518-435-1770. Participants can attend the appointment by phone if they do not have a computer.
More from The Legal Project:
Small Business Legal Network Clinic. Free legal consultations for non profits, small businesses, and entrepreneurs. 30-minute, private, confidential appointments with an attorney. August 6, 6:00-8:30 pm via Zoom. Schedule an appointment by contacting Laurie Allen at email@example.com.
Morning Book Discussion Group Monday, July 20, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Zoom
Join us for a virtual book discussion via Zoom. Register with your email to receive a link to join the discussion via video call or by phone.
Our book for July 20 is An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. Copies are available for download on Hoopla.
Job Search Workshop: Uncover Opportunities and Open Doors!
Join us on Zoom from your computer, tablet or smart phone.
Marsha Lazarus, MBA, of Your Career Fit Matters, will lead a workshop on how to conduct a successful job search. Uncover opportunities and open doors! Here's your opportunity to get assistance with a seasoned workforce development professional.
Once you register, login information and password to the Zoom workshop will be sent in a separate email.
The library's tag line, appended to our Mission Statement in 2016, is Inspiring Ideas, Strengthening Community, Enriching Lives. This phrase is so much more than a tag line; it is also a road map, and we approach each decision, each interaction, each priority with the goal of strengthening and enriching our community to the greatest extent possible.
This month, we seek to inspire ideas, strengthen community, and enrich lives in the following ways:
Advancing racial equity, amplifying Black voices, and sharing anti-racist reading available through the library
Encouraging residents to respond to the 2020 US Census in order to receive the federal funding and legislative representation that our community deserves
Documenting and sharing our experiences through initiatives such as the COVID-19 Community Archival Project.
Essential Reading for Activists, Allies, Friends, Neighbors, Humans To request a book from this list, click on the image below to open a flyer with links to the library catalog.
More in Black Lives Matter and Anti-Racism
Free Anti-Racism Trainingfrom the Diversity and Resiliency Institute of El Paso. Registration for the August session begins July 17.
Overdrive's Black Lives Matter Community Read program provides library patrons with simultaneous access to important titles on social justice and anti-racism, immediately available with no holds, no wait. Available titles include:
Did you know? Over 73% of East Greenbush households have already responded to the 2020 US Census. Schodack is close with 70% of households responding. Compared to the New York statewide response rate of 57.2% and the Rensselaer County response rate of 59%, we're going strong. Still, we can do better! Can we make it to 100%? Encourage family, friends, and neighbors in East Greenbush, Rensselaer County, and throughout New York State to respond and be counted.
The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities every year for the next decade. That funding shapes many different aspects of every community, no matter the size, no matter the location. Census data is used to:
Determine representation in Congress and the Electoral College;
Redistrict boundaries of congressional and state legislative districts;
We're collecting photographs, recipes, artwork, drawings, typed or handwritten journals and reflections that depict our strength, resilience, and enduring response to the global pandemic. If you’d like to take part, visit our website to get started. Be sure to get the kids involved too! Submit your materials online or mail them to us at:
COVID 19 Archival Project East Greenbush Community Library 10 Community Way East Greenbush, NY 12061
From Our Partner Organizations
Many of the library's programs depend on partnerships with valued community organizations. We cannot co-host our partner's programs in the library at this time, but we will keep you informed of other ways to participate in the opportunities they provide. Below, see offerings from AARP and the Alzheimer's Association of Northeastern New York, as well as a new employment website by CareerOneStop that responds to the challenges brought about by COVID-19.
AARP: TaxAide and Driver Safety
AARP TaxAide service will be unavailable for the remainder of the tax season. Instead, TaxAide is offering online support to help you prepare your tax return.
AARP Smart DriverCourse is available online. No in-person courses are currently scheduled.
Get a 25% discount by using discount code: DRIVINGSKILLS
TheAlzheimer's Association of NENY has notified us of several upcoming programs for caregivers, delivered online July through September, that are free and open to everyone.
Online educational and caregiver programs. See the schedule of upcoming events, including Understanding Alzheimer's and Dementia, Recognizing and Coping with Caregiver Stress, and Coffee with a Consultant: 1:1 Conversation.
The folks at CareerOneStop have created a COVID-19 Employment Recovery site, featuring information on unemployment and other benefits, exploring careers, and finding a job fast. CareerOneStop resources are among the best for job seekers, and are highly recommended by our librarians.