Sunday, September 25, 2016

Consumer Reports : Using researchIT CT for Results!

A Short Story
The East Hampton Public Library is a former subscriber to Consumer Reports. The library dropped its subscription when the Connecticut State Library added it to its list of statewide researchIT CT services (formerly iCONN); i.e., no sense incurring a duplicate expense.

Moving Forward
Though accessing Consumer Reports data takes a few more steps than it used to, there is still a wealth of essential and free consumer-friendly information at the ready and at your finger tips. Here's a how-to if you are using a PC:

Step 1 : Login to EBSCOHost
Click and you will be asked to enter your library barcode number. Your card number is 14 digits long and should be entered without spaces between the digits. After entering your card number, click the login button.

Once you are logged in, you'll see a list of databases from which you may choose.

Step 2 : Choose MasterFILE Premiere
Scroll down through the list of available databases and check the box for MasterFILE Premiere. Press the enter key and you're ready to search and find information from Consumer Reports.

Step 3 : Use the Drop-down Menu to Limit Your Search
Use the 'Journal name' selection in the drop-down menu and enter (not case sensitive) consumer reports in the uppermost search box.

In the second-level box, after the AND, enter the general product you are shopping for and for which you are seeking product reviews.

Give us a call at 860-267-6621 if you need help with a PC query. Tablet and phone advice coming soon...

Friday, September 09, 2016

Alzheimer's Disease : World Alzheimer's Month : September 2016 : Remember Me

Remember Me
According to Alzheimer's Disease International, there are more than 47 million people worldwide living with dementia. Alzheimer's Disease is the most common cause of dementia.

In the U.S., more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's. Whether you or a family member are Generation X (1965-1984), a Boomer (born 1945-1964), a Silent (born 1923-1944), or a Greatest (1910-1925), your family has likely been touched by this devastating disease which cannot yet be prevented or cured.

Links to Useful Resources
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Alzheimer's Association, Connecticut Chapter
MedLine Plus : Alzheimer's Disease, Financial Planning
National Institutes of Health : National Institute on Aging
My Place CT : Long-Term Care Services and Supports
National Council on Aging : Benefits Checkup
Alzheimer's Association : MedicAlert + Safe Return
CT State Department of Aging
researchIT CT : Free online resources as a service of the CT State Library
Town of East Hampton CT : Senior Center, Municipal Agent for the Elderly

Walk to End Alzheimer's
On date of this post, there are four walks scheduled in Connecticut. Plug in your zip code to find September/October walk dates/locations and consider a walk for a cure.

Books & Reading for Adults
A short list of guides and memoirs for individuals or families:

What If It's Not Alzheimer's? A Caregiver's Guide to Dementia edited by Gary & Lisa Radin

The Theft of Memory : Losing My Father One Day at a Time by Jonathan Kozol

The 36-Hour Day, 5th Edition : A Family Guide to Caring for People Who Have Alzheimer Disease, Related Dementias, and Memory Loss by Nancy L. Mace, Peter V. Rabins

The End of Memory :  A Natural History of Aging & Alzheimer's by Jay Ingram

Sum It Up by Pat Summitt (1952-2016)

A Dignified Life: The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer's Care: A Guide for Care Partners, Revised Edition by Virginia Bell, David Troxel

Connecting in the Land of Dementia: Creative Activities to Explore Together (September 2016) by Deborah Shouse

Slow Dancing with a Stranger : Lost & Found in the Age of Alzheimer's by Meryl Comer

For Younger Readers
A family member's condition can effect everyone in the family. A short list of titles for young readers:

Really and Truly by Emile Rivard

The Memory Wall (September 2016) by Lev A.C. Rosen (September 2016)

Forget Me Not by Nancy Van Laan

My New Granny by Elisabeth Steinkellner

Pop by Gordon Korman

Monday, September 05, 2016

September 11 : 15 Years Later

The events of September 11, 2001 changed the world forever. We here recommend a few regarded titles, fiction and non-fiction, for a generation of readers too young to remember that fateful date. As always, choose for yourself and how to inform and/or shield your children.

Fiction for Older Children & Tweens
Nine, Ten: a September 11 Story by Nora Raleigh Baskin

Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes

All We Have Left by Wendy Mills

Shooting Kabul by N.H. Senzai

For Early Elementary School Kids
Fireboat : the Heroic Adventures of John J. Harvey by Maira Kalman

14 Cows for America written by Carmen Agra Deedy ; in collaboration with Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah ; illustrated by Thomas Gonzalez

Seven and a Half Tons of Steel by Janet Nolan ; illustrated by Thomas Gonzalez

A Look Back : Family Discussion Titles
America is Under Attack : September 2001 : the Day the Towers Fell by Don Brown

What Were the Twin Towers? by Jim O'Connor ; illustrated by Ted Hammond

September 11, 2001 : Attack on New York City by Wilborn Hampton

These and many other titles about the subject with recommendations at the front and Children's Services desks.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Library Card Power : Online Learning with

Learn Something New
Use your East Hampton Public Library card as a key to open the door to a high quality online learning resource. offers over 3,000 interactive video courses taught by experts. Learn a new skill for work or just for fun. Lessons are for all skill levels and include a wide variety of topic areas including business skills and software, web design and development, music, photo and video editing, and 3D design and animation.

How to Use
Use your library card to access at the East Hampton Public Library or at home through an Internet browser. If you don't remember you pin number, give us a call @ 860-267-6621.

When you log in the first time, you will be required to set up a account. This account will keep track of your course progress. For help, check out this tutorial: How to use or, search for a course of interest and get started.

The library version of provides access to all the same courses provided to company and individual subscribers, and all are free to East Hampton Public Library CT resident cardholders.

'Tis the Season

Hurricane Season
The Atlantic Hurricane Season officially started on June 1 and ends on November 30. Safe to say no one is ever looking to be impacted by a hurricane. However, weather happens and in the case of any storm warning, it's a very good idea to keep informed and to think Boy Scout motto : be prepared.

Recommended Web Sites
Here's a range of web sites worth consulting during hurricane season. The list includes links to storm-tracking sites; sites with storm preparedness and family safety information, and educational web videos that may or may not alarm your kids (use your judgement).

There is certainly some duplication across sites but this is not a bad thing...

National Hurricane Center : National Weather Service
Atlantic Storm Names : 2012's Atlantic storm names and the safety reasons for naming procedures
Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale : Rates a hurricane's intensity using wind speed

Hurricane Preparedness : Advice from the American Red Cross
CT Guide to Emergency Preparedness : Tips from the CT Dept of Emergency Services and Public Protection
Be Ready : Hurricane advice from FEMA with tabs for Before, During and After
Caring for Animals : Includes a pet-ready brochure from FEMA; also link to the Humane Society
Preparing for Disasters : Tips from the IRS about safeguarding your financial records
Be Ready Kids : The kid-friendly version of Be-Ready, above.

How Stuff Works : Hurricanes and from NASA/NOAA SciJinks: How Does a Hurricane Work?

Keeping In Touch Locally
If you have not yet done so, please do consider signing up to receive East Hampton ALERTS. Signing up will help you keep informed about a range of safety and emergency issues of concern to you and your family. Click here to login or create an account.

Town Manager Mike Maniscalco's Twitter page is also a very useful stop for mobile users looking for up-to-date status on local emergency management topics. You do not need to have a Twitter account to view this page.

Storm Safety
Take some time to view an educational video developed by Eversource CT. The video provides life saving information for anyone who encounters an unsafe electrical hazard.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Popular Gardening Books
By all appearances, spring finally seems to have sprung! Here's a a quick list of in-demand titles we hope will inspire your next garden adventure.

Garden made: a year of seasonal projects to beautify your garden and your life / Stephanie Rose 
Gardening with less water: low-tech, low-cost techniques for using up to 90% less water in your garden / David A. Bainbridge Cultivating chaos: how to enrich landscapes with self-seeding plants / Jonas Reif, Christian Kress • Plants from pits: pots of plants for the whole family to enjoy / Holly Farrell

Year-round indoor salad gardening: how to grow nutrient-dense, soil-sprouted greens in less than ten days /  Peter Burke Blue ribbon vegetable gardening: the secrets to growing the biggest and best prizewinning produce / Jodi Torpey • The gardener's year: grow, care for crops and flowers season by season / DK • The allergy-fighting garden: start asthma and allergies with smart landscaping / Thomas Leo Ogren

Terrariums: gardens under glass; designing, creating, and planting indoor gardens / Maria Colletti • Container theme gardens: 42 combinations, each using 5 perfectly matched plants / Nancy A. OndraRight-size flower garden / Kerry Ann Mendez • Growing vegetables, herbs & fruit: a step-by-step guide to kitchen and allotment gardening / Richard Bird and Jessica Houdret

Cool Books For Kids
Super simple fairy gardens: a kid's guide to gardening / Alex Kuskowski • The little gardener / Emily Hughes • The budding gardener / Mary B. Rein • If you plant a seed / Kadir Nelson • Up in the garden and down in the dirt / Kate Messner

Friday, November 06, 2015

OneClick Digital: New Combined App

One App to Rule Them All
If you're a fan of electronic content, RBDigital has made our OneClick service easier to use. The new OneClickdigital app offers you the ability to view all of your digital content in one place. Search, checkout, place holds, listen and read, all from the app. Additionally, an Adobe ID is no longer required to access eBook content. To all of this, we say hooray!

If you had been using the original OneClickdigital eReader app for e-Books, you will need to install and use the new combined app. There is messaging to indicate the shut-off date within the existing eReader app, as well as links to the new app in the app store(s).

If you are using the original OneClickdigital app for e-audio, you should have already received the required update for the new, combined app, and will not need to delete anything or make any additional modifications.

Instructional Video
Here's a brief instructional video on how to use the new combined app. We hope you enjoy these latest improvements. Start reading and listening today!

New OneClickdigital Combined App from RBdigital from Recorded Books on Vimeo.

Learning Opportunity: The Great Courses

The Great Courses @ your library
Check out our new and growing collection of The Great Courses on CD audio. The Great Courses offer an excellent way to educate yourself on a topic, be it to satisfy a mild curiosity or a burning desire for knowledge. Each title features lectures taught by the best professors that leading colleges and universities have to offer. You can learn at your own pace, press pause or rewind if necessary, with no pressure and no grades!

Here's a quick list of The Great Courses ready for checkout:

1066: The Year That Changed Everything
If you were to look back at hundreds of years of history in search of the one critical moment after which the history of the English-speaking world would never be the same again, it would undoubtedly be the year 1066. It was during this pivotal time that an event occurred that would have untold ramifications for the European continent: the Norman Conquest of England.

A History of Hitler's Empire
Know thy enemy. That's what the wisdom of history teaches us. And Adolf Hitler was surely the greatest enemy ever faced by modern civilization. Over half a century later, the horror and fascination still linger.

Elements of Jazz: From Cakewalks to Fusion
The uniquely American music and art form, jazz, is one of America's great contributions to world culture. Now you can learn the basics of jazz and its history in a course as free-flowing and original as jazz itself.

The Myths of Nutrition and Fitness
More than anything else, the cornerstone of a long, healthy, and happy life is the scientifically proven link between fitness and nutrition. When you take advantage of this powerful link—by practicing good nutritional eating habits and by keeping your body active—you're improving your chances of success in meeting your personal wellness goals, whether it's losing a few pounds or maintaining a balanced lifestyle.

Thinking Like and Economist: A Guide to Rational Decision Making
Economic forces are everywhere around you. You're made aware of that whenever you reach for your wallet, apply for a loan, shop for health care, or try to figure out the best credit card to carry. But that doesn't mean you need to passively accept whatever outcome those forces might press upon you. Instead, you can learn how to use a small handful of basic nuts-and-bolts principles to turn those same forces to your own advantage.$

Course descriptions courtesy of The Great Courses

Sunday, October 11, 2015

October 2015: National Bullying Prevention Month

Image Courtesy of Learners Edge
Be Aware: Learn About It, Read About It, Think About It, Talk About It
October is National Bullying Prevention Month and we've been rounding up titles of great books that speak to the subject and which may help open a kid-to-kid -- or a much larger family or community conversation. A quick list of suggested titles about this tough subject follows, with direct and more nuanced titles recommended for later elementary and early middle school grade readers and their families.

Books for Later Elementary and Early Middle School Grades
Cyber Bullying by Nick Hunter • Wonder by R.J. Palacio • Jake & Lily by Jerry Spinelli • Pack of Dorks by Beth Vrabel  Blubber by Judy Blume • The Truth About Truman School by Dori Hillstad Butler

Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai • Where I Belong by Mary Downing Hahn • Set the Record Straight by Rachel Wise • Hoot by Carl Hiaasen • The Survival Guide to Bullying by Aija Mayrock • Hokey Pokey by Jerry Spinelli

The Bully Book by Eric Kahn Gale • Bully on Campus & Online by Kim Etingoff • Chrissa by Mary Casanova • Hot Hand by Mike Lupica • I'm Even Funnier: a Middle School Story by James Patterson • Max Quigley: Technically Not a Bully by James Roy

Later This Week During National Bullying Prevention Month, 2015: 
Books for Young Adults

Friday, October 09, 2015

An Evening With Sydney Sherman, Spiritual Medium & Author

Sydney Sherman
Author! Author! An Evening with Sydney Sherman
Sydney Sherman, author of You Are Not Alone, returns to the library for an evening presentation that delves into the subject of the afterlife.

Program Overview
Ms. Sherman will discuss how all cultures to some degree believe in an afterlife; how the media effects our beliefs, and why and what we believe about the paranormal and the afterlife in a reality beyond her own.

Ms. Sherman's talk will approach the idea of the afterlife -- and the subjects of spirits and ghosts -- with a healthy dose of common sense which encourages skepticism of paranormal claims unless or until they can be substantiated. She will also draw distinctions between myths and the paranormal; recount experiences with spirits, and offer hints to avoid falling prey to the frauds in the paranormal field.

Program Schedule
Wednesday, October 21, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Advanced Registration Required
The program starts earlier than most evening library programs to allow time for Q&A and conversation with the author. Register for the program by phoning the library at 860.267.6621 or register online.

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Stand Up! National Bullying Prevention Month, 2015

October 2015: National Bullying Prevention Month
October is National Bullying Prevention Month and a great time to share and discuss books about what can be a sensitive, complex and painful subject. We here offer a quick list of books for young children which may help forward conversation with kids who have been bullied -- or kids who may be bullies themselves -- and the overriding power of friendship.

Books for the Very Young Through Early Elementary Grades
You're Mean, Lily Jean! by Frieda Wishinsky
The Recess Queen by Alexis O'Neill
The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade by Justin Roberts   My Secret Bully by Trudy LudwigPinduli by Janell CannonMarlene, Marlene, Queen of Mean by Jane Lynch

The Bully Goat Grim: a Maynard Moose Tale as told to Willy Clafin
Red by Jan De Kinder
Lion vs. Rabbit by Alex Latimer  Hooway for Wodney Wat by Helen LesterBetter Than You by Trudy LudwigThe Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig

My Heart is Laughing by Rose LagercrantzStick & Stone by Beth PerryBully by Patricia Polacco • Llama • Bullying by Lucia RaatmaHow Can I Deal With Bullying?: a Book about Respect by Sandy Donovan

Later This Week During National Bullying Prevention Month, 2015: 
Books for Later Elementary and Early Middle School Grades

Friday, October 02, 2015

October Concert Features Instrumental Guitarist Peter Biedermann

Peter Biedermann
Love Music? Find It Here!
The East Hampton Public Library is proud to present another in its 2015-2016 Saturday Afternoon Concert Series. All concerts are free, open to the public, and held in the library Community Room. Join us!

Instrumental Guitarist Peter Biedermann
Saturday, October 10, 2PM
Peter Biedermann performs original acoustic finger-style pieces in unique tunings on various 6 and 12 string guitars. The architecture of the music is melodic and rhythmic; combining compositional structure and improvisation that embraces the influences of the last 50+ years of finger style acoustic guitar playing. Fans of artists such as Alex de Grassi, John Fahey, Bert Jansch, Leo Kottke, Ralph Towner and Michael Hedges will enjoy this music.

About Mr. Biedermann
Peter has been writing and performing original instrumental music for over 30 years covering a number of genres in the electronic and acoustic fields. His background includes stints in various group settings; most notably the bands PING, White Light, Serious Fun, Magic Spot and Amalgamation. The common thread throughout his career is crossing the boundaries of various genres including jazz, world, folk, and rock, while using acoustic and electronic instrumentation in unique ways. Mr. Biedermann began focusing on performing original solo instrumentals in 2000.

Give a Listen

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Summer Reading 2015: Every Hero Has a Story, Unmask! or Escape the Ordinary!

Every Hero Has a Story! What Will Your Story Be?
Summer reading season at the East Hampton Public Library CT, 2015 edition, officially opens on Saturday, June 20, 10 a.m. sharp. Join us and welcome a summer filled with great books, a BIG board game and incentive program for kids; a school supply incentive program for middle-grade readers, and yes, an incentive program for high school and adult readers.

Our Board Game
Make your way through a cityscape using a chance roll of the die plus strategy. Move to 'make it' spaces and show what you can do! Small prizes and tickets to a Barnes & Noble gift card giveaway will be awarded along the way with drawing for four $50 Barnes & Noble gift cards scheduled on Saturday, August 15.

Summer Reading Lists
This year, East Hampton Public School students at all levels are invited to consult one consolidated list of recommended summer reading titles compiled for the Connecticut State Department of Education by Linda Williams, Connecticut State Library.

Grades K-2 -- Grades 3-4 -- Grades 5-6 -- Grades 7-8 -- Grades 9-12

Each grade-level list gives plot summaries for featured books, including favorites and classics, plus a list of series titles you might like to read your way through over the summer. You can find copies of the list(s) plus additional information about the Governor's Summer Reading Challenge at the library or by clicking here.

2016 Nutmeg Book Nominees
Do you know about Nutmeg Books? If you've inadvertently missed this cruise to great summer reads, here's an all aboard pass to a selection of titles nominated by school and public librarians and yes, student readers! And the nominees are:

Elementary 2016 Nominees -- Intermediate 2016 Nominees -- Teen 2016 Nominees -- High School 2016 Nominees

You can find copies of the Nutmeg lists, which include plot summaries, at the library or you can click here.

The Joy of Summer? Read as a Family and Register Today!
Register for the program here then use the site to track your personal success at making reading for pleasure -- and just because you want to -- a part of your summer.

Throughout the summer, we'll be posting here and on our library Facebook page about how to connect to your next great read -- suggested, required, or maybe -- just your choice.

We'll also keep you informed about regarded titles in a different format (e-book and e-audio), all sure to strike your fancy.

Friday, May 08, 2015

East Hampton CT: Power Down, Solar Up Campaign, 2015

Energy Efficiency Matters
The Town of East Hampton has endorsed the East Hampton Power Down, Solar Up campaign in line with our community's continuous commitment to improving quality of life by promoting energy efficiency and clean, renewable energy.

Power Down/Solar Up: FREE Workshop
Join your fellow energy curious and conscious neighbors and friends for a free workshop hosted by the Town's Clean Energy Task Force. The workshop will be held at the East Hampton Public Library on Thursday, May 14, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

If you did not receive a by mail flyer outlining workshop details or if you set it aside for later review, click here to put workshop details at the top of your must see list!

Workshop Details
During the workshop you can meet with approved energy experts, discuss your energy concerns, and explore the how to make your home or business more energy efficient. These experts can also provide guidance on how to take advantage of federal tax credits, Energize Connecticut rebates, loan and lease options.

Also on hand will be representatives from Aegis Solar and New England Conservation Services.

Register for the FREE Workshop
Yes, it would be good to let the Clean Energy Task Force know if you plan to attend the workshop. Click here to register.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Saturday Afternoon Concert with Caryn Lin

Bach 2 Rock!
Join us at the library for an afternoon concert and a unique musical experience on Saturday, April 25, in the library Community Room. We are so proud to be welcoming Caryn Lin to East Hampton!

Welcome Caryn Lyn
Bach was a master of harmony and counterpoint but he had to rely on other musicians to create the full effect of his music. Thanks to modern technology, Caryn Lin doesn't have that problem. Caryn uses the five string electric violin and sound effects to transcend that "solo" sound by doing what is called "looping," creating sound loops live that she adds to and embellishes. In essence, she plays live duos and trios with herself  -- but not without some help from the audience!

Concert Start Time
The concert begins at 2 p.m. in the library Community Room. All are welcomed and for seating purposes, please let us know if you plan to attend.
Click to register:

More about Caryn Lin here.

Friday, April 17, 2015

"Dash for the Stash" Financial Literacy Program at the EHPLCT

Take a Chance to Win a $1,000 IRA!
Public libraries and other institutions in the District of Columbia and five states -- Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Nebraska -- are participating in the DASH for the STASH investor education/protection program and contest taking place April 15 through May 15, 2015. The East Hampton Public Library CT is one of the participating libraries.

Why DASH for the STASH?
The primary goal of the program is to arm investors, particularly young investors age 20-35, with unbiased, non-commercial information needed to make crucial investing decisions. DASH for the STASH focuses on four areas – financial fraud, building a nest egg, selecting financial advisers, and the cost of investment fees – all topics about which many investors need to learn more.

A randomly selected DASH for the STASH winner in each participating state and the District of Columbia will be awarded $1,000 to open or add to an Individual Retirement Account (IRA). We suggest you go for it!

How to Play DASH for the STASH
It's easy enough to play DASH for the STASH which works like a scavenger hunt.

Read the 4 posters located in the library lobby. On each poster there is a QR code. Scan the code or enter the URL under the code to go to a quiz question. Each poster leads to a different quiz but you must play the quiz on all four posters to win. Leave your answer (and your email address). That's it!

In Connecticut, DASH for the STASH is sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Banking and the Investor Protection Institute.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

National Car Care Month

Squeaky Wheels?
Your car has a way of telling you when there might be a problem. We're certainly not mechanics but some preliminary car care questions may be answered with help from your local library, using your trusty East Hampton Public Library card.

Use your library card to find out about a car care problem you may have or if you are automobile-handy, to determine whether you can fix it yourself or need to visit your car care center.

Your local library card has access to the same information used by professional shops -- including labor times -- all a few online clicks away when you connect to ChiltonLibrary. Enter your library card barcode number to get started.

  1. Enter the year, make and model of your vehicle.
  2. Navigate to the labor estimating tool.
  3. Click select, then use "Search Operations" to enter a query or use "Standard Operations" to access pull-down menus by topic.
The "Standard Operations" click will look like this:

So maybe you can do it yourself; or maybe this is job is best left to the pros. Either way, ChiltonLibrary is good tool to help you understand a problem, confirm estimates, and make informed car care decisions. The better informed we are as consumers, the better service we can expect.

Happy Car Care Month and hope your vehicle is working well and taking you where you want to be, East Hampton Public Library included...

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Celebrate the 'Tweets' During February 2015

Bird Month at the Library
Birds bring a welcome splash of color, flash of motion, gentle sounds, and dreams of spring into our lives, especially during the winter months. This February, join us for a celebration of our feathered friends. Throughout the month, we'll connect you to bird-lover resources, events, regional and national efforts, and local programs.

Birders: The Central Park Effect
Documentary Film Screening
Wednesday, February 11, 6:30 p.m.
Enjoy this magical documentary about the extraordinary variety of wild birds that can be observed both seasonally and year-round in Central Park, the only 'wild' piece of territory in the New York City area along the migratory route.

Featuring spectacular wildlife footage capturing the changing seasons, the film reveals that Central Park acts as a magnet for the millions and millions of birds migrating along the Eastern Seaboard twice every year.  Desperate for a rest-stop, the tiny birds funnel in to this oasis of nature amid a sea of steel and concrete – a phenomenon known as the “Central Park Effect.”

Watch the trailer then enjoy the full film in the company of fellow bird lovers.

The Secret Lives of Owls
Presented by Horizon Wings
Tuesday, February 17, 1:00 p.m.
Owls have always been surrounded by an air of mystery, probably because most are nocturnal and not easily spotted in the wild. This is your chance to be only a few feet away from two eastern screech owls, a barn owl, a barred owl, and a great-horned owl! Discover the extraordinary features of owls, including exceptional eyesight, hearing, and ability to fly silently.

Take Your Child to the Library Day, 2015 Edition
Saturday, February 7, 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Among many other activities, give an early tip of the hat to owls by crafting an owl corner-page bookmark. The owl is exceptional, sturdy, and ready to read the field, just like you! Do drop in for our 'Owl Love You Forever' bookmark craft, 11:30 - 12:30 p.m., and for other Take Your Child to the Library Day events scheduled throughout the day. Registration where noted.

Nature Connections
Since 1989, the National Bird Feeding Society has recognized February as the month to feed wild birds. Visit All About Birds, a service of the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology, for information about feeding basics, including the vitals of keeping your feeders clean, healthy, and safe.

The Audubon Society also offers information about backyard feeders with recommendations about which type of feeder you might use to create a refuge for different birds.

Watch for upcoming book and web site recommendations -- new, regarded, and essential -- about how to enjoy the tweets in your life through the remaining winter months if not all year round.

Great Backyard Bird Count
February 13-16, 2015
Participating in the 'count' is a great family activity and also a great way to get to know other bird-loving families in your community. Learn about how to participate by counting birds in your backyards and neighborhoods. The purpose is to learn more about birds and how to protect them and the environment we share. We'll be offering info and bird-friendly stories to support the effort and we'll be counting at the library, too! Be there for the 18th Annual Backyard Bird Count!