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Lloyd the Geek: Tuesday, December 18th 3-5pm

Do you need help with your laptop, smartphone, tablet, or other device? Then sign up for a one-on-one session with Tech Expert Heather Lloyd! Call the library and schedule a half hour appointment for Tuesday, December 18th, 3:00-5:00pm. 
Call to register: 518-392-3666
Heather Lloyd has enjoyed a long career in Information Technology. Having worked for large corporations and start-ups in the Financial, Internet, and Telecommunication sectors for 35+ years, Heather has advanced expertise in multiple fields, such as emerging device technologies, consumer apps for Smart phone, Tablets, and the Internet, the Cloud, and more!

Escape the Winter at the Library!

Winter blues? Come and read under the library’s new full spectrum light!

Acorn TV: Best in British TV and Film

With your Chatham or Canaan Public Library card you have access to Acorn TV, hailed as “glorious streaming service…an essential must-have” by The Hollywood Reporter. With 80+ shows, hours of commercial-free programming, and new shows added weekly, there’s always something to watch!

See them first: Acorn streams the latest seasons of fan favorites like Doc Martin, Midsomer Murders, George Gently, Vera, Murdoch Mysteries and many more.

Add shows to your personal watchlist for later viewing and share your favorite shows and episodes!

All you need is an internet connection and a desktop or device to watch online. Acorn TV is currently available on laptops, desktops, and tablets via browser

Sign up for a 7-day pass to watch as much as you want. When that pass expires, you can get another one.

kanopy: film streaming service with your Library Card

Watch over over 26,000 films on Kanopy! Just launched,  Chatham and Canaan Library users can now watch must-see classic film from The Criterion Collection, learn about every subject imaginable from The Great Courses and PBS or indulge in festival indie or world cinema sourced from award-winning filmmakers globally. Kanopy makes it easy to watch any time, to share and discuss films. Check out their Film Columbia collection!

Films can be streamed through smart TVs, Rokus, on tablets, computers, or smart phones. You can watch up to 10 films per month.

 

DIGITAL MAGAZINES–check it out!

Our patrons now have digital access to 94 magazines, including People, The Economist, Cooks Illustrated, ESPN, Taste of Home, Yoga Journal, and more!

  • Always available–unlimited simultaneous readers
  • Read on your tablet, computer or smart phone
  • Check them out once, and they are yours forever
  • The entire magazine is available, cover to cover
  • Includes a year’s worth of back issues for each title

Here’s the link to our digital magazine collection:
https://www.rbdigital.com/midhudsonlibsysny/service/magazines/landing?

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Get Fresh Produce and Support the Friends of the Chatham Public Library

Thanks to the Friends of the Chatham Public Library, locally grown fruits and vegetables are available every Thursday through Field Goods:

  • Field Goods is a year-round local produce delivery service; customers receive 5-8 different fruit and vegetables (depending on bag size), plus optional add-ons.
  • Bags cost $16 to $32 per week, and can be put on hold at any time. It’s flexible!
  • Field Goods purchases everything directly from over 80 small farms in the region.
  • All of the produce is non-GMO, and most is organically grown.
  • Order deadline for a Thursday delivery is Monday at 11:59 pm

TO SIGN UP
1. Go to Field-Goods.com
2. Click “Order Now”
3. Select “Public Locations” and pull down the menu for “Chatham”
4. Click the “Find Location”
5. Choose “Chatham Public Library” and follow the prompts.

Sign up through April 25 and receive a $10 credit in your account!

Sign up now for Library Elf

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Library Elf is a free personal assistant who keeps track of your library holds and loans for you.

 Elf can tell you: 

  • Upcoming due dates
  • Holds ready for pickup
  • Overdue materials

Elf can send you: 

  • Text messages
  • Email notices
  • Online calendar updates

You decide: 

  • When Elf contacts you
  • Which notifications you receive
  • What kind of message Elf sends

You can add multiple cards to one Elf account. Perfect for families!

All you need to sign up for Library Elf is your email address, library card number and PIN.

Head to this link for more information about Library Elf and sign up!

 

Consumer Reports available to library patrons

Thanks to the Mid-Hudson Library System, all Chatham and Canaan patrons have free access to the full Consumer Reports website. Click on the link, enter your library barcode number, and you’re in!

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Columbia Pathways to Recovery

Together with Columbia Pathways to Recovery we are starting a collection of books and dvds around the topics of addiction and recovery. Would you like to help us build this collection? Here is our wishlist. Thanks!

Talking Book Reader

stdplayersmIf you have low vision or any other physical handicap that keeps you from reading books the traditional way, there’s a FREE audio-book player just waiting for an invitation to come to your home.  Through a federally mandated program run by the state, the Talking Book and Braille Library in Albany will send eligible participants a digital machine player.  You can then order books free of charge from the state library.  You can even set up the program so that they send you audio books without individual requests.  Just mark off your preferences on your application (e.g., Sue Grafton; biography; history; comedy) and your cartridges will arrive via USPS.  When you finish each book, return it the same way – and remember, there are no postage costs.  But what if you want to ask for a specific book?   No problem – you can do that too.  Nice, right?

Have a smart phone or a tablet?  You can download the BARD app and download books directly to your machine.   Or, you can download books from the BARD website onto a special blank cartridge and use it in your digital player.  There are so many options.  And we can help you get started.

Come to the library and ask for a demo and we’ll show you how the machine works – you’ll be impressed!  We’ll help you complete your application (there are separate applications for the machine and the app), set up your user profile and get it out the door.

If you have low vision or have some other obstacle that’s preventing you from enjoying reading and learning, this little machine can change your life.  You’re fine?  Good!  But think – do you know anyone who could benefit from this service?  Elderly neighbor, a niece or nephew?  Mom or Dad?  Someone in your life may need you to tell them about this.