In This Issue: Black History Month, Library Lover's Month, Ancestry from Home, Tax Season Resources, Upcoming Programs
For a short month, February has many celebrations and observances: Black History Month, Library Lover's Month, Groundhog Day, Super Bowl, Valentine's Day and Presidents Day, along with the lesser known Sweet Potato Month and Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month.
After you've returned your stash of shopping carts, visit the library to browse this month's book and movie displays featuring Black Authors & Screenwriters and Libraries & Librarians.
In this issue of Greenbush Bookmark for Adults, we offer you a rundown of current library services, lots of reading recommendations, an extensive list of upcoming programs offered by the library and our trusted community partners, updates on tax season resources, news about extended home access to the Ancestry genealogy resource and the new Black Freedom Struggle in the United States primary source collection, and encouragement to participate in the Pen to Pandemic Short Story Contest and Adult Winter Reading Challenge, both of which run through February and into early March. We hope you join us!
Warm wishes from your Adult Services Librarians,
~ Elizabeth, Catherine, Jody, Barbara, & Lauren
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Basic federal tax forms in stock (state forms expected soon)
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Warmth of Other Suns identifies the qualifying characteristics of historical caste systems to reveal how a rigid hierarchy of human rankings, enforced by religious views, heritage and stigma, impact everyday American lives.
Recommended by Catherine | Also available onOverdrive
The wife of Martin Luther King Jr., founder of the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change and singular 20th-century American civil rights activist presents her full life story, as told before her death to one of her closest confidants.
Winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Jericho Brown's poetic concerns are both broad and intimate, and at their very core a distillation of the incredibly human: What is safety? Who is this nation? Where does freedom truly lie? The Tradition is a cutting and necessary collection, relentless in its quest for survival while reveling in a celebration of contradiction.
A Virginia slave narrowly escapes a drowning death through the intervention of a mysterious force that compels his escape and personal underground war against slavery. By the National Book Award-winning author of Between the World and Me.
Recommended by Elizabeth | Also available onOverdrive
Describes the author’s upbringing in a New Orleans East shotgun house as the unruly 13th child of a widowed mother, tracing a century of family history and the impact of class, race and Hurricane Katrina on her sense of identity.
Recommended by Elizabeth | Also available onOverdrive
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The 2021 Adult Winter Reading Challenge, Fun & Games, or, Just Roll with It! continues through February. Let us keep you entertained this winter with great books, programs, games, and prizes!Register on our website to participate online through Beanstack, which allows you to track your reading, complete challenge activities, and enter raffle drawings, all in one place. Or stop by the library to pick up a print game card.See our website for more winter reading details.
Grab-and-Go Craft: Fox in Sox
Registerto reserve this month's craft kit, "Fox in Sox" felt animal pins. Kits include instructions, patterns to make a fox, a penguin, and an owl, felt, pin backs, and glue. Kits will include enough fabric to make at least one cute little critter. Please be sure to register to claim your kit.
Monday Night Book Chat Weekly. Monday evenings, 7:00-9:00 pm Facebook What have you been reading lately? Join our Monday night Facebook book chat to tell us about it and gather recommendations from librarians and other readers.
We're making heart-healthy dishes- join the fun! Felisha Chandler of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County makes learning to cook entertaining as well as educational. Appropriate for all ages!
Join us on Zoom from your own kitchen. Register with your email to receive the list of ingredients, directions, and a Zoom link.
Join us for a Virtual Trivia Night on Zoom. Our theme this month is TV Shows.Teams are encouraged! Chose a captain and a fun and unique team name and register your team to receive Zoom login information before the event. (Only one person should register for each team.)
Join us for Virtual TV Show Bingo for Adults. You must register for this program to reserve your bingo card, which can be picked up at the drive-thru window starting February 13th. One card per person.
From Our Partner Organizations
Let's Get to Work Workshop Series Multiple dates, Winter and Spring 2021
Online The Upper Hudson Library System has teamed up with librarian and technology trainer Nate Heyer to offer a series of free career and technology class. Visit our Education & Employment page to see the full class list with descriptions, and register here.
02/04/2021 / 7 pm / Power Your Job Search with Google Tools
02/06/2021 / 1 pm / Sharing and Saving Files with the Cloud
02/13/2021 / 1 pm / Grow Your Business with YouTube
02/18/2021 / 7 pm / Polling, Quizzing, Signups: Google Forms
02/25/2021 / 7 pm / Introduction to Microsoft Excel
Small Business Legal Network Clinic Thursday, February 18, 6:00-8:30 pm
The Legal Project announces the 2021 kick-off for their Small Business Legal Network Clinic offerings in partnership with Albany Law School and the Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region. The clinic will offer free legal advice to small businesses via Zoom. By appointment only. To schedule an appointment or to receive additional information contact The Legal Project, 518-435-1770 x345 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
AARP Driver Safety
AARP Smart DriverCourse isavailable online. No in-person courses are currently scheduled.
Get a 25% discount by using discount code: DRIVINGSKILLS
We are sorry to announce that TaxAide services will not be offered in our area this year. See the section below for alternate services and helpful online resources.
Resources for Tax Season
VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) programs will be available in the Capital District area this year. This program provides free tax preparation service to those with lower incomes (contact VITA for income limits). Services will be provided on a drop-off/pick-up basis (drop off your information, return to sign your completed return). To find a VITA location and make an appointment, contact United Way’s 2-1-1 call center beginning January 29, 2021. Simply pick up your phone and dial the numbers 2-1-1.
Jackson Hewitt Tax Service, located in the Rensselaer Country Plaza Walmart, is offering a discounted, flat-fee service to those who have used TaxAide or VITA in previous years but are unable to get an appointment this year. Appointments recommended, call (518) 810-3136 orbook online. (To receive discount rate, must provide proof of eligibility for VITA/TaxAide, ex: prior year tax return. Contact Jackson Hewitt for details.)
Forms and Online Resources
The library now has Federal forms 1040, 1040SR, and instructions in stock. We expect to receive NYS tax forms this year as well. Check our Tax Information page for updates on available forms.
Advocate for libraries! February 26 is The New York Library Association (NYLA) Annual Library Advocacy Day. NYLA's Online Advocacy Center makes it easy to learn about the issues affecting libraries and contact your elected officials to voice your support, now and throughout the year. NYLA is also asking library patrons to fill out this form to tell them "What Makes Your Library Special." Please consider responding!
Contact us to share your thoughts about what you love about your library or what you feel we need to improve on. Your suggestions and feedback are essential to us.
Thank you, and remember, we're pretty sweet on you, too!
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
*Please note: Flipster digital magazine service is no longer available and has been replaced by the increased number of digital magazines that are now available through Overdrive.
New Resource: ProQuest Black Freedom Struggle in the US
Newly available from ProQuest, Black Freedom Struggle in the United States features select primary source documents related to critical people and events in African American history. The collection supports a wide range of students (see examples for use in teaching and learning), as well independent researchers and anyone interested in learning more about the foundation of ongoing racial injustice in the U.S. – and the fights against it. (Click the image above to use this resource; no log-in required.)
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 athttps://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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