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Updated February 16, 2024

TECHNOLOGY CLASSES for adults 60 and older

Technology classes by Senior Planet from AARP are designed to help older adults use technology to learn new skills, save money, get in shapi, and make new friends.

Classes are taught by Lowville Free Library and are intended for adults 60 and older.

UPCOMING Classes:

Online Health Resources Brantingham-Greig Wednesday, 3/6, 10:00 am

Staying Safe Online Croghan Free Library Wednesday, 3/13, 1 pm

New in January 2024

DID YOU KNOW?

As a tribute to our fearless leaders, here are some neat facts about Presidents Day and our parks that honor their life and legacy. Did you know that …

  1. Presidents Day is celebrated on the third Monday in February, thanks to the 1968 Uniform Monday Holiday Act
  2. It was established in 1885 in honor of President George Washington’s birthday
  3. Washington’s birthday was actually on February 22, 1732 (this would be his 282nd birthday!)
  4. Washington’s birthplace is a national monument and is located in Colonial Beach, VA
  5. It is still officially called Washington’s Birthday by the federal government
  6. The government debated renaming the holiday to Presidents Day to include President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, but the proposal failed in committees
  7. Lincoln’s birthday was actually on February 12, 1809 (this would be his 205th birthday!)
  8. Lincoln’s birthplace is a national historical park and is located in Hodgenville, Kentucky
  9. President Ulysses S. Grant established Yellowstone as the first national park
  10. President Theodore Roosevelt has the most national parks named in his honor
  11. Lincoln is a close runner-up for that title
  12. Roosevelt’s birthplace is a national historic site and is located in New York City, NY
  13. Adams National Historical Park was the birthplace of two presidents: John Adams and John Quincy Adams
  14. The most recent presidential birthplace added to the National Park System belonged to William Jefferson Clinton
  15. There are 35 parks named after American Presidents, and one park that celebrates four of them (but it’s named after a New York attorney)

March Holidays and Observances to Celebrate Year After Year

Happy family celebrating St. Patrick's Day.

Easter, St. Patrick’s Day and Women’s History Month are only a few of the March holidays to celebrate in 2024!

In March we welcome spring, along with a tapestry of traditional and unexpected celebrations fit for this (hopefully) warmer month. March holidays include St. Patrick’s Day, a lively affair full of emerald-green festivities, and Women’s History Month, where we spotlight the amazing contributions of women throughout history. And unlike last year, Easter takes a leap forward into March for 2024, adding an early dose of joy and renewal for the month, and the spring.

Overall, March is full of surprising and fun monthly, weekly and daily observances, from Chocolate Chip Cookie Week and International Rescue Cat Day to Popcorn Lover’s Day and World Poetry Day too! Plus, have you heard of Wear a Hat Day? If you’re looking to celebrate the known and lesser-known March holidays this year, search the internet.

a collage of black and white portraits of famous women

Women who broke barriers

It’s hard to imagine a time when women couldn’t be doctors, pilots, business owners, registered voters or even marathon runners. But these achievements are relatively recent and were hard-won by women who faced a significant amount of opposition from a patriarchal society designed to work against them. Often, the first women to break certain barriers weren’t even recognized for their groundbreaking work—because men took credit for it, their contributions were willfully ignored or they simply went unnoticed and, therefore, were never recorded. This was especially true for women of color, as well as those without financial means. Despite facing adversity, these important women in history made it clear that their place was wherever they wanted it to be, and that inspiring sentiment paved the way for all of us today.

From the first female politicians to the first woman to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (which didn’t happen until 1987!) to the recent confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson as the first Black female Supreme Court justice, these are the women who broke the proverbial glass ceiling and wouldn’t take no for an answer. While society still doesn’t treat women as equals to men in some pretty significant ways, these pioneering women remind us that we need to fight for what we want—and what we deserve.

On behalf of the VA and Veterans who are struggling with their mental health, we are sharing the following information about programs for those that may be at risk.

Make The Connection

www.maketheconnection.net

www.facebook.com/veteransmtc

Veterans Crisis Line

www.veteranscrisisline.net

NCLS ONLINE RESOURCES FOR LIBRARY CARD HOLDERS
Whether for research, finding a job, or entertainment, our Online Resources are here to enrich your life. You can access and utilize these library resources online and at your own pace. Depending on the resource, access may require a library card and creation of an account.

Please see our collections of How To Guides and Bookmarks for these resources.

Ancestry: Uncover your heritage with billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more. Available on public computers in your library and over WiFi in some libraries.

ArtistWorks: Learn a musical instrument online! Each instrument has a massive lesson library that covers the fundamentals, advanced techniques, and key learning strategies. Lessons are accessible anywhere, from any device.

JobNow: Offers job seekers immediate and practical help 24 hours a day. Would-be employees can build resumes and brush up their interviewing skills. Job seekers also have access through JobNow to business experts who are available to read and critique resumes.

LawDepot: Print or download your customized legal document in 5-10 minutes or less with LawDepot. Create forms for Real Estate, Business, Estate, and more.

Kanopy: Kanopy is a streaming service with access to thousands of films, documentaries, and television shows. Its selections include film festival winners, classic cinema, foreign films, and much more.

Mometrix: Provides test preparation products for a variety of examinations including interactive sample tests, flashcards, study guides, and more.

Libby (from OverDrive) provides downloadable eBooks and Audiobooks. You can read and listen right in your browser or download the Libby app to get started! 

Universal Class: Over 500 continuing education classes are online and available for FREE to patrons of North Country libraries. The classes meet online, at your convenience, with a real instructor.

Weiss Financial Ratings Whether you’re creating your first budget, keeping tabs on your investments, searching for the best car insurance company, or figuring out the best Medicare supplement insurance plan for retirement, Weiss Financial Ratings Series has something for you!  

With access to more than 40,000 investment ratings on stocks, mutual funds, and exchange traded funds, and 21,000 safety ratings on banks, credit unions, and insurance companies, you’ll enjoy unprecedented coverage of the investments and companies you want to follow

The Brantingham-Greig Reading & Technology Center hosted our automation rollout in November 2023. If you have not registered for a new library card, stop by Tuesday 2-4, Thursday, 2-4 or Saturday 10-Noon to pick up a card and check out a book.

Many thanks to the NCLS staff who assisted in the rollout, our dedicated volunteers, and the hard work from our trustees.

Please note that we are NOT accepting any book donations until our May 2024 book & bake sale. Thank you for past donations.

Stay tuned for more information regarding a solar eclipse event on April 8, 2024.

The Brantingham-Greig Reading and Technology Center is a member of the North Country Library System

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Discount Passes

The Wild Supply Co.

Discount Passes are available to borrow for the Blue Mountain Museum or the Wild Center in Saranac Lake.  You must be a Library member to use the passes.  Savings of up to 50% for families.

You may arrange to use a pass by stopping by the Library when we are open or contact Elinor at 315-513-4521.   Passes MUST be returned immediately after use for the next patron.