Updated April 2, 2024

During the month of April, flowers start to bloom, the sun peeks out, and whoopee cushions begin to appear on the chairs of unsuspecting family members and friends.

Spring is officially in full swing, and this month starts off with April Fool’s Day, which provides ample opportunity to tell jokes and pull pranks to the best of your ability.

Get outside and enjoy the warmer temperatures with outdoorsy holidays like National Walking Day, National Gardening Day, Go Fly a Kite Day, National Exercise Day, and National Picnic Day.

April is especially known for its spring showers, so it’s no coincidence that National Find a Rainbow Day falls during the year’s most rainy month.

If you’d rather stay warm and dry, April also has multiple homey holidays to keep you entertained indoors. Stay warm and cozy on National Self Care Day, National Pajama Day, and National Tea Day, or tackle some crafts and spring cleaning projects on National DIY Day, National Handmade Day, National Laundry Day, and National Get Organized Day.

Bakers, preheat your ovens: April also contains a multitude of delicious dessert holidays, including National Sourdough Bread Day, National Coffee Cake Day, National Peach Cobbler Day, National Zucchini Bread Day, and National Blueberry Pie Day, to name a few. (For those less skilled in the kitchen, National Hostess Twinkie Day offers a convenient store-bought alternative.)

Add these holidays to your calendar for a fun, fabulous April.

NEW BOOKS IN MARCH

“The Secret” by Lee Child (Jack Reacher #28) “When The Jessamine Blooms” by Donna Everhart “The Hunter” by Tana French “The Phoenix Crown” by Kate Quinn Murtagh: “The World of Eragon” #5 YA “Solar Eclipse 2024- Complete Kid’s Guide” “Totality! An Eclipse Guide in Rhythm and Science”

New in January 2024

DID YOU KNOW?

The April 8, 2024, eclipse will be a total solar eclipse, according to NASA. It will be the last total solar eclipse visible from the lower 48 states until 2044.

But what’s key is that “only in the path will you see what’s special about this eclipse — totality,” Rick Fienberg of the American Astronomical Society told Space.com. Totality is when the moon totally blocks the sun during a total solar eclipse.

To view all of the stages of a total solar eclipse, you must watch it from somewhere along that path of totality, NASA said. Viewers outside this narrow, roughly 115-mile wide path will only see a partial eclipse of the sun.

Not every place along the path of totality will provide the same viewing experience, in part because of cloud cover. The sky will darken, as if it were dawn or dusk. “You may be able to see a 360-degree sunset. You may also be able to see some particularly bright stars or planets in the darkened sky. The air temperature will drop and often an eerie silence will settle around you,” NASA said.

People along the path of totality will be able to see the sun’s corona, or outer atmosphere, which is usually obscured by the bright face of the sun.

And also this important reminder: Eclipse glasses are required for the eclipse if you’re looking at it from outside the path of totality. Inside the path, you need the glasses for the moments before and after totality, when the moon is not totally blocking the sun.

The theme for National Library Week 2024 is “Ready, Set, Library!” This theme beautifully captures the essence of libraries in our fast-paced, always-online world. 📚

“Ready, Set, Library!” symbolizes that libraries are more than just repositories of books—they are vibrant spaces where connections are forged, skills are acquired, and meaningful experiences unfold. Here’s what this theme represents:

  1. Connectivity: Libraries give us a green light to something truly special—a place where we can connect with others, share ideas, and build community bonds.
  2. Learning Hub: They offer a sanctuary for learning. Whether it’s attending author talks, workshops, or book clubs, libraries empower us to explore new horizons.
  3. Focus on What Matters: Amid the digital noise, libraries provide a haven where we can focus on what truly matters—whether it’s immersing ourselves in a novel, researching, or simply reflecting.

Meg Medina, the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and an award-winning author, serves as the 2024 Honorary Chair. She beautifully expresses the magic of libraries: “Libraries support us wherever we find ourselves on the roadmap through life’s journey. Join me and the American Library Association in celebrating the gift of libraries everywhere and the adventures and opportunities they unlock for us every day. Ready, Set, Library!” 🌟

So, let’s celebrate the gift of libraries during National Library Week, from April 7th to 13th, 2024. Find your crew, explore, and embrace the wonders that libraries hold!

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

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

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