Sunday, October 21, 2007

Museum Pass Adventures from Our Friends to You

Friends on the Go Museum Adventure Passes
The Friends of the East Hampton Public Library fund circulating passes to 13 premiere museums in our area. Passes provide free or discounted admission and circulate for 2 days. Reserves are accepted by phone or in person, up to 24 hours in advance of the day you plan to check out or use the pass. All reserves are on a first-come, first-served basis. One pass at a time, per household please.

Which museums may I visit using a Museum Adventure Pass?
Children's Museum of CT (West Hartford)
Children's Museum of Southeastern CT (Niantic)
CT River Museum (Essex)
Florence Griswold Museum (Old Lyme)
Lutz Museum (Manchester)
Maritime Aquarium & IMAX Theater (Norwalk)
Mashantucket Pequot Museum (Mashantucket/Ledyard)
Mystic Aquarium (Mystic)
Mystic Seaport (Mystic)
New Britain Museum of American Art (New Britain)
Peabody Museum (New Haven)
Roaring Brook Nature Center (Canton)
Roger Williams Park Zoo (Providence, RI)
Wadsworth Atheneum (Hartford)

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Email Notices: Opt In Today

Saving Your Money
The library runs overdue notices every Thursday and mails them every Friday. The process includes the costs of paper, envelopes, staff time, and postage. Not to mention the annoyance we cause you when notices cross in the mail.

Saving Your Time
What we can offer you is the option to receive your overdue notices via your email. Via email we can notify you more quickly about an overdue and both you and we save time -- not to mention a couple of trees. The e-notice might also serve as a reminder to renew items (online or by phone) and help minimize overdue fines. Using your email address, we can also immediately notify you if an item you have placed on reserve is ready for checkout!

Opt In to Email Today
If you would like to opt in to email notices and reminders, you may use Contact Us to send us an email; use the suggestion box to tell us you'd like to opt in to email service. Or you may log into our online catalog, click My Account and input your email address. We'll do the rest and we'll both enjoy saving your money, your time, and everyone's trees.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Does Civics Still Rock?

Decide for Yourself
There's much ado being made by conventional news outlets and in the blogosphere about what we'd best describe as the Great American Civics Test.

"In fall 2005, researchers at the University of Connecticut’s Department of Public Policy (UConnDPP), commissioned by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute’s (ISI) National Civic Literacy Board, conducted a survey of some 14,000 freshmen and seniors at 50 colleges and universities. Students were asked 60 multiple-choice questions to measure their knowledge in four subject areas: America’s history, government, international relations, and market economy."

The result were disappointing: college seniors, on average, failed all four subjects, and their overall average score was 53.2%.

Try the quiz yourself and no matter how well you fare, taking the quiz is a great way to review topics still discussed in our local schools and referred to in our contemporary media. Rock on, civics!