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Comics Plus: Library Edition is the new digital revolution bringing thousands of digital graphic novels and comics are only a click away!

April 1st, 2014 No comments

We have some fantastic news for you: our library now has thousands digital graphic novels and comics available to read on any web-connected device.  We have recently partnered with iVerse Media to provide you with an incredible collection of titles via their Comics Plus: Library Edition.  This revolutionary digital collection includes every genre you could wish for: fiction, non-fiction, fantasy, thrillers, romance, indie comics, Sunday funnies, and mangaCPLE Standard Logo Web Image.gif

How do you find these books?  Simply click on the Comics Plus: Library Edition logo on our home page and activate your account.  From there you can fill your virtual bookshelf with any title you choose to read.  When you do place titles onto your bookshelf, you will see an orange banner running diagonally across the upper right corner of the cover.  This tells you how many days you have left to read the title.   When the seven days are completed, the book is automatically returned-and you don’t have to do a thing!

Please feel free to browse the collection as we are sure you will discover an entire world of storytelling you never knew existed!  Of course there are hundreds of titles and series that you will recognize:  Adventure Time, Lego Ninjago, Doonesbury, Bleach, Archie, Sonic the Hedgehog, Naruto, Dilbert, Cathy, Garfield, Red Sonja, The Shadow- it is a virtual tidal wave of digital graphic novels and comics.  Among the many publishers we have are Archie Comics, BOOM! Studios, Papercutz, Andrews McMeel, VIZ Media, Ape Entertainment, Dynamite, Graphic Classics and many, many more!

What’s even better is that you can read them from any place you have a web connection and on any device: tablet, pc, smart phone, you can even read them on gaming systems!

Be sure to log in to our Comics Plus: Library Edition collection today and get your collection created!

Multi-language Book Fair coming to Westchester County

March 20th, 2014 No comments

Plan to attend the Multi-language Book Fair on Thursday, April 3rd!

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This free event, sponsored by the Westchester Library System, will take place at the White Plains Public Library, 100 Martine Avenue, White Plains from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. No registration is necessary.

The Fair will showcase materials in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, French, Hindi and Japanese. Peruse and purchase adult and children’s titles of fiction, non-fiction, audiobooks and DVDs as well as electronic material. Remember, a personal contact with a book distributor will provide direct access to acquiring material in a specific focus, subject genre, or format to better reflect your multi-language community.

Nancy_BookFairOther activities include local food tasting; song, poetry and dance; and free raffles. Be sure to sample the multicultural cuisine from the countries represented! Food provides a wonderful way to introduce and share culture.

Parking is available in the parking garage underneath the library. The fee is $1 per hour and may be paid at the pay stations in the garage or the library lobby.

 

For more information, call or email Nancy Coradin, 914-231-3259; ncoradin@wlsmail.org

 

A special thank you to our sponsors:

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Library Advocacy Day – February 26, 2014

March 6th, 2014 No comments

Library Advocacy Day – February 26, 2014

Pictured: Back Row (L-R): Robert Cartolano, President, Eastchester Public Library; Senator George Latimer, 37th District; Haina Just-Michael, President, New Rochelle Public Library; Tom Geoffino, Director, New Rochelle Public Library; Front Row (L-R): Patricia Fontanella, Trustee, Westchester Library System & Library Trustees Association of New York State; Sue Neale, Trustee, Westchester Library System; Pam Bernstein, Librarian, Irvington Public Library; Elise Burke, Executive Assistant, Westchester Library System

Pictured: Back Row (L-R): Robert Cartolano, President, Eastchester Public Library; Senator George Latimer, 37th District; Haina Just-Michael, President, New Rochelle Public Library; Tom Geoffino, Director, New Rochelle Public Library; Front Row (L-R): Patricia Fontanella, Trustee, Westchester Library System & Library Trustees Association of New York State; Sue Neale, Trustee, Westchester Library System; Pam Bernstein, Librarian, Irvington Public Library; Elise Burke, Executive Assistant, Westchester Library System

A group of 14 library supporters from Westchester drove up to Albany to join the New York Library Association’s (NYLA) Library Advocacy Day on Wednesday, February 26.

The group was made up of directors, trustees, staff, friends and advocates representing the libraries listed below:

Armonk-North Castle Public Library

Bedford Free Library

Briarcliff Manor Public Library

Eastchester Public Library

Irvington Public Library

Larchmont Public Library

Mamaroneck Public Library

Mount Pleasant Public Library

New Rochelle Public Library

Ossining Public Library

Pound Ridge Library District

Scarsdale Public Library

The Warner Library (Tarrytown)

Westchester Library System

We visited the offices all of the 14 legislators who represent Westchester County in the following order:

Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer [90th District]

Senator George Latimer [37th District]

Assemblywoman Sandy Galef [95th District]

Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson [36th District]

Assemblyman Steve Katz [94th District]

Senator Greg Ball [40th District]

Senator Jeffrey Klein [34th District]

Assemblyman Thomas Abinanti [92nd District]

Assemblyman Gary Pretlow [89th District]

Senator David Carlucci [38th District]

Assemblyman David Buchwald [93rd District]

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins [35th District]

Assemblywoman Amy Paulin [88th District]

Assemblyman Steven Otis [91st District]

This year Governor Cuomo’s proposed Executive Budget for FY2014-2015 included $81.6 Million in Library Aid, an amount which reflects levels from 1996.  Library visits have increased 46% since 1996, and libraries have been keeping pace with the technological changes and information needs of their communities.  Additional funding is necessary as libraries continue to expand their role to provide workforce development resources and provide essential portals, along with guidance, to the increasingly important world of digital information.

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Pictured: Back (L-R): Kate Meyer, Westchester Library System; Lucinda Manning, Trustee, Ossining Public Library; Claudia Mausner, Ph.D., Environmental Psychology Consultant & Adjunct Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, Pace University, and Westchester Library User & Advocate; Front (L-R): Patricia Kaufman, Retired Director, Mahopac Public Library, Westchester Library User & Advocate; Julie Ann Polasko, Westchester Library System; Assemblywoman Sandra Galef, 95th District; Elaine Sozzi, Westchester Library System

In addition, users from the libraries noted below signed a letter of support calling for a 4% increase for Library Aid (same as the increase proposed for School Aid).  A total of 971 signatures were collected and the signed letters of support were delivered to the Legislators.

Briarcliff Manor Public Library

Bronxville Public Library

Dobbs Ferry Public Library

Irvington Public Library

The Field Library (Peekskill)

Tuckahoe Public Library

John C. Hart Memorial Library (Shrub Oak/Yorktown)

A special thank you is due to this year’s great group of Library Advocates.  All contributed in some way—sharing insightful success stories from their libraries, taking pictures, driving, writing, tweeting, participating.

Thanks to those who signed on in support of library funding and to those who sent messages to their legislators via other means.

And special thanks goes to New Rochelle Public Library for providing this year’s transportation to Albany!

The deadline for an on-time budget is March 31st, so there is still time to contact your legislator via NYLA’s Online Advocacy page per the link below:

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Meanwhile, libraries will continue to provide the essential services that are an investment in New York’s educational and cultural infrastructure, shaping a brighter future for all New Yorkers.

New York Health Exchange for you or your small business

January 22nd, 2014 No comments

Small business owners and consumers across New York have have been enrolling in the New York Health Exchange.

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The Business Council of Westchester (BCW) will continue its outreach to educate businesses on the implantation of the Federal Health Care Act by holding presentations at their office and at different libraries in the County.

 

Partnering with the Westchester Library System, the BCW will hold workshops during the day for businesses to take advantage of. Businesses will receive information about the availability of small business ACA tax credits, health insurance and care options for small business and their employees.

 

In addition, participants will also receive information about the availability of small business ACA tax credits, health insurance and care options for small business and their employees.

Trying to determine how many people you can hire in the coming year while covering health insurance benefits?  Want to know more about tax credits for which you may be eligible?

Come to any of these free sessions and get the information you need:

January 27th, 6 PM – BCW, 108 Corporate Park Dr., Suite 101, White Plains

January 30th, 4 PMBronxville Public Library, 201 Pondfield Road, Bronxville

February 6th, 1:30 PMMamaroneck Public Library, 135 Prospect Avenue, Mamaroneck

February 13th, 1:30 PMHarrison Public Library, Bruce Avenue, Harrison

February 20th, 1:30 PM Town of Pelham Public Library, 530 Colonial Avenue, Pelham

February 27th, 1:30 PMTuckahoe Public Library, 71 Columbus Avenue, Tuckahoe

Presentations given by Glen Ganaway, Outreach Manager for the Business Council of Westchester and former financial manager for a physicians group.

Click HERE to download a flyer.

In Addition, health-related information is available by clicking on the link below:

Health Insurance Marketplace: Have health insurance questions? Get Quick Answers

Want to make aspirations a reality? Dialog, Listen, Act.

November 8th, 2013 No comments

Just back from a 3-day training with The Harwood Institute’s Public Innovation Lab. http://www.theharwoodinstitute.org/be-a-public-innovator/

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Key take-aways:

A community dialog on shared aspirations creates new possibilities, particularly a way to identify where small actions can begin to (re)build trust among community members.

Taking these small actions begins to allow us to tell a different story about ourselves. Imagine changing the narrative from how no one cares, to one where we talk about the good that emerged when several did care and act.

There are tools to do this and chief among them is community conversation about the things that matter to a community’s members – a dialog libraries and librarians are well placed to host.

The American Library Association is behind this program in a significant way as a means to inform the continuing evolution of libraries.

For a taste of some of the dialog to come, consider how you would respond to the four questions below. Want to be part of this discussion? Send me your email address and I’ll let you know when we schedule Community Conversations in 2014.

 

1. What kinds of community do you want to live in?

2. Why is that important to you?

3. How is this different from how you see things now?

4. What are some of the things that need to happen to create that kind of community?

 

Here’s to discovering our shared aspirations and fulfilling them together.

Celebrating the 2013 Teen Learning Ambassadors

November 4th, 2013 No comments

On November 2, we gathered at the Yonkers Public Library to honor 21 very special kids who participated in the 2013 Teen Learning Ambassadors Program.

It was hard not to be moved by the Learning Ambassador celebration. Parents shared stories about how excited their kids were to go to work each day.  Many called their coordinator Francine Vernon – the brains behind this initiative – the next day to offer their thanks for having made such a significant investment in their children.  As Francine just noted to me, the kids had likely not shared with their parents what they were doing day-to-day, so this was a chance for them to be dazzled.

In truth, the parents absolutely glowed.  The teens, initially a bit tongue-tied during the interview, warmed to their subject. Then the librarian mentors added their perspectives, which were a mix of pride in their teen ambassadors and delight in what they accomplished.

A special thanks goes out to Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (35th S.D.) for joining us. We would also like to thank our supporters, without them there wouldn’t be a program like this:

  • New York State Library Summer Reading Funds
  • TD Charitable Foundation
  • The Thomas and Agnes Carvel Foundation
  • Great Potential/Liberty Partnership Program at Purchase College, SUNY
  • Wheelabrator Westchester

 

To learn more about the WLS Learning Ambassadors Program, and how you can support it, click here.

 

Sen. Andrea Stewart Cousins with WLS Ambassadors

Six Things To Know About Individual Health Insurance In New York

September 30th, 2013 No comments

ACA1. PLANS, RATES AND MORE.  Health insurance plans sold in the NY State Health Insurance Marketplace are known as Qualified Health Plans (QHPs). Initial information on plans, rates, and updated information on how to enroll is available at www.nystateofhealth.ny.gov.  Starting October 1, you can enroll for coverage that begins January 1, 2014.

2. PLAN COVERAGE.  QHPs offered in the Marketplace will be available in four tiers (platinum, gold, silver and bronze).  Plans will offer comprehensive medical services.  Preventive services will be offered at no cost to the consumer.

3. ENROLLMENT.  Enroll in-person, online, or by phone.

 

In-Person.

Set up an appointment to enroll with the assistance of a Navigator.  This service is free and available throughout the county.  Call one of the groups below to make an appointment and ask about any documents that are needed to help the process.  While some groups may target specific audiences in their outreach, they are available to serve all consumers. 

 a)    Westchester County Department of Health – Call the Navigator Information Line at (914) 813- 5192 or hnav@westchestergov.com.

b)    Westchester Disabilities on the Move – Call (914) 968-4717 ext. 23 or 25

c)    Young Invincibles – Call (914) 979-1747 or (914) 458-2294.

d)    Business Council of Westchester – Call (914) 948-2110 ext. 311 to make an appointment.

Additionally, clients of selected local health centers can receive assistance in enrollment. Centers include: The Open Door, Hudson River Health Care, and Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center.

Online.

Use the information and tools available at the NYS web site after October 1.

By Phone.

The NY State information and enrollment hotline is (855) 355-5777. Hours are Monday through Friday 8am to 8pm, Saturday 9am to 1pm.

4. IMMIGRANTS.  Immigrants can participate in the marketplace. More information is available at the New York State website available at www.nystateofhealth.ny.gov.

5. FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE.  Those earning less than $45,960 as an individual, or $94,200 for a family of 4, may be eligible for financial assistance that will make coverage more affordable. Assistance such as tax credits will not be available to those on Medicare or Medicaid.

6. SENIORS.  Anyone approaching 65 should enroll in Medicare as soon as eligible, which will cost the individual less than a marketplace plan. For assistance in selecting among Medicare plans, contact the Senior Benefit Information Center Helpline at (914) 231-3260.

 

LIBRARY SUPPORT AND ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

LIBRARY SUPPORT:

Navigators will be meeting with consumers by appointment at several public libraries.  Limited walk-in service will be provided as schedules permit. Library locations confirmed so far include:

  • Mount Kisco Public Library – Tuesdays, 11am-6pm and Saturdays, 10am-4pm
  • New Rochelle Public Library – Tuesdays, 10am to 12pm
  • Ossining Public Library – Fridays, 10am to 1pm
  • Somers Library– Saturdays, 12pm-5pm
  • Yonkers Riverfront Library – Thursdays 9am-12pm, Fridays, 1pm-3pm
  • Yonkers Grinton I. Will Library – Thursday 3pm-6pm 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month, 11am-3pm

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

CMS Marketplace website – http://marketplace.cms.gov Their information line is available 24/7 at (800) 318-2596)

Federal Government Health Reform website –http://www.healthcare.gov.

 

This document was prepared for the Westchester Library System and its patrons.

Updates are available at wikis.westchesterlibraries.org/sbic

Questions?  Contact elena@wlsmail.org

September 30, 2013

Westchester Library System partners with Total Boox: A New E-Book Service

September 26th, 2013 No comments

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Westchester County, NY (September 26, 2013)—Library card holders in Westchester County now have access to Total Boox, a new e-book service with the following features:

  • Unlimited Access – All books are immediately available to all patrons. No need to wait.
  • Unlimited Downloading – Download as many books as you want to your mobile device.
  • Unlimited reading – No expiration. Books stay on your device for as long as you wish.
  • Unlimited freedom – all books can be read online and offline.

There is a large selection of over 17,000 quality books on the Total Boox platform, in all categories and genres.  Cardholders can access Total Boox on the WLS homepage by simply registering with their library card number, and PIN. Just browse through the Total Boox site and select books of interest to add to your collection.

“We’re very excited to launch our service with WLS”, says Yoav Lorch, Founder and CEO of Total Boox. “This is the first time in the history of libraries where all titles are always available to all patrons, regardless if any titles have been checked out or not. We strongly believe our unique model provides true value to readers, librarians and publishers, and hope to see it in the near future installed in public and academic institutions nationwide.”

“WLS is proud to be the first library system worldwide to integrate this service”, says Terry L. Kirchner, Executive Director.  “Total Boox offers a wide range of e-books, including current titles in computer technology and the sciences, that will help our member libraries better serve the information needs of their communities.”  For more information on Total Boox and other digital collection services, visit our website www.westchesterlibraries.org.

About the Westchester Library System
The Westchester Library System (WLS) includes 38 member public libraries located throughout the County and is one of New York State’s 23 public library systems. WLS and its member libraries have a total collection of 5.3 million items, including 3.8 million books, as well as audio recordings, DVDs, print serials, and other materials. The mission of the Westchester Library System is to ensure that all residents have seamless access to excellent library service throughout Westchester County. The Westchester Library System serves as a center of innovation for the Westchester County library community. WLS provides model programs, affordable and easy-to-use information technology, and support services that enable libraries to continuously improve service to their communities.

About Total Boox

Total Boox (pronounced “books”) is a young company offering a unique patent-pending platform for ebook distribution, where access to all books is free and the cost to the reader reflects the portion of the book that has actually been read. This disruptive approach creates significant advantages in reader-book matching, discoverability, distribution, analytics and more. The company has distribution agreements with many world class publishers, among them Elsevier Science and Technology, O’Reilly Media, Source Books, Constable-Robinson, F+W Media, Other Press, Red-Wheel Wiser, Berrett-Koehler and others. Its services are available to libraries or directly to individual consumers. For more information visit www.totalboox.com.

 

Press Contacts:

Bruce Mason                                                                          Kate Meyer

Total Boox                                                                               Westchester Library System

(917) 541-9014                                                                     914-231-3226

bruce.a.mason@gmail.com                                             kmeyer@wlsmail.org

FREE Seminar – Managing Your Career in Changing Times

September 20th, 2013 No comments

Need to get your carer back on track?

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Westchester Library System’s WEBS Career and Educational Counseling Service presents Managing Your Career in Changing Times.

 

 

 

 

Led by a professional career counselor, this 8-week seminar will help to:

  • Evaluate your skills, interests, personality
  • Learn how to use online career information
  • Explore career alternatives
  • Find out about educational/training programs in Westchester
  • Learn about the latest trends in resumes and job search

This seminar will meet once a week beginning in the fall at three library locations:

  • New Rochelle Public Library
  • Ossining Public Library
  • White Plains Public Library

Attendance at an orientation session prior to the seminar is required. For dates, times and to register for this seminar, please call (914) 674-3612. For more information on WEBS Career & Educational Counseling Service, click here.

This program is funded in part with support from New York State Library Funds, Westchester County Government, and Con Edison.

FREE Seminar – Take Charge! Career/Life Planning After 50

September 20th, 2013 No comments

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Are you over 50, and thinking about options for the future?

Westchester Library System’s WEBS Career and Educational Counseling Service presents Take Charge! Career/Life Planning After 50.

 

Led by a professional career counselor, this 8-week seminar will help to:

  • Assess yourself and get a clear direction for the next stage of life
  • Gain access to a variety of informational resources
  • Explore new ways of working in a high-tech world
  • Enhance your skills through learning and volunteer options

This seminar will meet once a week beginning in the fall at two library locations:

  • Chappaqua Public Library
  • Yonkers Public Library – Grinton I. Will Branch

Attendance at an orientation session prior to the seminar is required. For dates, times and to register for this seminar, please call (914) 674-3612. For more information on WEBS Career & Educational Counseling Service, click here.

This program is funded in part with support from New York State Library Funds, Westchester County Government, and Con Edison.