Space Archaeologist: Using technology to unearth the treasures of the past.

Not only Librarianship is benefiting from technological advances!

Information can now be gathered from satellite imaging to find historical artifacts buried below the surface of the earth. Listen to the NPR podcast here and listen to the TED talk as well to learn more about how this profession has set their sites UP to find the treasures BELOW!

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Gaming: The importance of play

 

Carsten Holler Turns Frieze Booth Into Children's Playground

NPR podcast this morning was all about how gaming and play in general is an important part of EVERYONE’S life http://the1a.org/shows/2017-01-25/how-play-shapes-the-world. Tune in an listen to what has to be said, it may change your mind about giving the stink-eye to the computer games.

Some books that deal with Gaming in the plot:penumbra

Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore :a wonderful mix of an old book store, savy computer characters and a wonderful cult-like group of devotees,

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The Nix a popular title has an extensive sub plot of gaming and its place in people’s lives.

First Ladies: Their role over history

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First Ladies have played an important role in the history of the United States.Recently,  NPR had an interesting interview on this topic :http://the1a.org/shows/2017-01-16/first-ladies-jh. How will Melania  adjust to this new role?  How did previous first ladies adjust to their role?

 

If you keep moving, you’ll keep improving!

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Creating and sticking to your exercise plan Make exercise fun – do things you enjoy. Get a friend to join you. Exercise early in the day. Start slow and know: three 10- minute periods throughout the day has the same benefit as 30 minutes of exercise at one time

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North Castle Public Library will help you keep moving with a new year of programming to keep you in tune with your inner self! Alka Kaminer presents Mid-Day Meditation at 12:15 followed by Chair Yoga on Wednesdays 1:oo in Armonk. Chair Yoga comes to the North White Branch on Mondays at 12:30

Larry Attile presents Tai Chi as he has for the past 5 years Saturday Mornings 10:30AM

Starting on Januarymove-without-pain 14 Move Without Pain series presented by Dominique Daly will start at 2:00PM.

“Increasing your energy Regular, moderate physical activity can help reduce fatigue and even help you manage stress. Once you become active, you’re likely to have more energy than before. As you do more, you also may notice that you can do things more easily, faster, and for longer than before.”

*Remember to always check with your doctor before starting any new exercise regimen. Adapted from http://www.go4life.nia.nih.gov

 

Is This Real?

Pointers for raising a Red Flag on internet news

When surfing through the internet  especially when trying to unwind after a stressful day it is easy to be duped by false and incorrect information. This guide will be helpful as you read through articles to be wary or wise.

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You can’t judge a book by its digital platform

So you have decided to make the plunge into the e-book realm…So many digital platforms! So many electronic books! What’s a person suppose to do these days to find a book to read? How do you get started?

North Castle Public Library has posted links to 4 major platforms that you can choose from, but not all offer the same material. I will try to explain the major differences between the sites we have posted to help you find your next e-book

overdrive logoOverdrive Media Platform : Overdrive has been with Westchester Library System for the quite some time. This platform offers NY Times best sellers and most popular authors in both Mp3 (audio) and e-book. Once an app is installed on your device you can access the catalog directly from your phone, or tablet. It offers formats for Kindle as well as Nook, however additional apps would need to be installed on your device so the material can be opened. Kindle has its own app, nook reader as well. Books remain on your device for 14 days from download. Holds can be placed online and when title is available you will be notified by email. There are no late-fees or penalties as the book “expires” making it unable to open until you either download another license, or delete the image off your device. No worries about shelf space filling up!

  Total BooX Offered through the Westchester Library System, and linked from our website This platform is a GREAT resource for non-fiction / technical books. Marketing, management, professional books as well as Travel books like Fodor’s, Frommers, Lonely Planet and others. Once the book is checked out it goes onto your chosen “shelf” and will stay there until you delete it. No expiration, no returns no fees. If you decide that you do not want it on your shelf any longer, just delete it. This is also an app driven platform, e-books only, no audio at this point

3m Cloud Library: Offered through 9 of the 39 Westchester Libraries at this point. This is a cloud based app-driven platform which is new to the 9 of us. Catalog of NY Times bestsellers is growing by the month and some libraries are starting to purchase audio books as well as. Easy to use and available cross device you never need to worry about not having access to your book, as long as there is wifi to download / stream. Books are borrowed for two weeks, holds will remain available for three days after notification. No fines or fees, book will disappear off your device at the end of the loan period.

one click digitalOne Click Digital: Available through the Westchester Library System . App driven platform that is great for a variety of titles that are more obscure as well as older best selling titles. Favorites that are hard to find may be accessed through this platform. Both Audio as well as e-books are available to download. Developed by Recorded books this is great place to check for some older treasures that may be ready for a re-read!  And like all other platforms,two week loan period , no fees or fines.

This is the link to Westchester Library System’s Listen, Read & Watch tab. One worth mentioning, while you are there check out an out of print and out of copyright classics found in The Gutenberg Collection. One can find texts written in other languages as well.

 

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Edie Martimucci is the Director of Adult Services at the North Castle Public Library. She loves hiking, reading, gardening and knitting, not necessarily in that order, it all depends on the weather.