In this Issue: Pen to Pandemic Winners, May Events,
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, & More
We are thrilled to share the winners of the Pen to Pandemic short story contest! Word from the judges is that they were impressed by the range of offerings and had a hard time narrowing down to the winners.
Keep an eye out for information about a reception and story-reading event to be held in June.
In May we celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage. See our reading and viewing recommendations below.
Enjoy yoga? Trivia? Cooking? Talking about books? Visiting museums? We've got you covered with some great May programs and events.
Please note that we've added some additional morning hours: the library now opens at 9 a.m. on Mondays and 10 a.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays. Come visit!
Best wishes from your Adult Services Librarians,
~ Elizabeth, Catherine, Jody, Barbara, & Lauren
Congratulations, Story Contest Winners!
At the East Greenbush Community Library, we love our local authors! In support of our home-grown talent, the Library, in partnership with the Town of East Greenbush and the Hart Cluett Museum, hosted a short story competition in March 2021. The theme, “Pen to Pandemic," enticed over 40 writers to submit their unpublished, original works of fiction set in Rensselaer County during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Stories were judged anonymously by a joint committee which included Roberta (Bobbie) Reno, East Greenbush Town Historian, Kathy T. Sheehan, County & City Historian at the Hart Cluett Museum, and Frankie Y. Bailey, Professor at the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Albany (SUNY) and published author.
We thank everyone who participated. This was a very hard decision for the judges to make. All the eligible entrees told a tale of survival of the COVID 19 Pandemic in Rensselaer County. The stories showed our area has many talented writers.
Two winners and two runners-up were chosen (one from each age group; 18-49 and 50+). Winners will present their stories at a reception in their honor and will be included in the publication New Authors Journal.
1st Place Winners
Eva Dacier 18-49 Category: "When Maddie Met Hazel"
James Chicoine 50+ Category: "Things Have Gone Crazy in the Manor"
Recounts the author's experiences as a French bookshop owner in Berlin in the years preceding the second World War, discussing her story of survival and resilience as she traveled through Europe evading Nazi persecution
Recommended by Marianne | Also available on Overdrive
Helping run her boyfriend’s small Greek island hotel, a homesick London editor is irresistibly drawn to the story of a murder on the Suffolk coast and the wrongful incarceration of an innocent immigrant.
Recommended by Roseann | Also available on Overdrive
What would happen if you quit your life for a year? The Wheelan family decided to find out, leaving behind work, school, and even the family dogs to travel the world on a modest budget. Equal parts "how-to" and "how-not-to," We Came, We Saw, We Left is the insightful and often hilarious account of one family's gap-year experiment across six continents with three teenagers. What could go wrong?
Recommended by Catherine | Also available on Overdrive
Libraries have a long history of connecting people to the information they seek. A modern twist on this tradition, now necessary in our age of information overload, has libraries sifting through the information noise to find and highlight the best material. Here's our most Helpful-to-Know Info for May.
This accessible digital flip-book version features photos, amenities, information on how to reserve a stay, a statewide map, and more!
Emergency Broadband Benefit Enrollment Begins May 12
The Emergency Broadband Benefit is aFederal Communications Commission programto provide temporary assistance to households who do not have or cannot afford high speed broadband in their place of residence. Eligible households will be able to receive up to a $50/month discount on an eligible internet service plan. Some Internet Service Providers (ISPs) participating in this program are also offering discount on the purchase of certain devices.
American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA) Economic Impact Payments are currently being distributed through the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to eligible recipients. But there are still millions of people who haven’t received the first or second payments and may not receive the third because the IRS does not have their account information or address. If you haven’t received one or multiple payments, you still have an opportunity to claim the financial relief you’re eligible for, but you must take action by filing a tax return or filing for an extension by May 17, 2021.
NoveList Plus Book database and reading recommendations
*Requires an East Greenbush/Schodack card
Overdrive & Libby Ebooks, audiobooks, magazines
Hoopla Ebooks, audiobooks, movies, music, comics
*Requires an East Greenbush/Schodack card
Tech-Talk Learn technology skills!
User & PW: eglibrary
Self-paced tech classes. Call the library for access code.
Research Databases Search for journal, magazine, encyclopedia, and newspaper articles
Ancestry from Home
Good news! Remote accessto Ancestry has been extended for East Greenbush/Schodack residents. Not a resident? Devices connected to the library's Wi-Fi network can also access content at https://ancestrylibrary.com. And for all New York State residents, portions of Ancestry content are available from home with a freeAncestry.com New Yorkaccount.
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