Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Now Available Through Hoopla!

Did you know that The Great Courses lecture series are now available to borrow for free on Hoopla? The Great Courses are a video series presented by award-winning experts from respected institutions that are selected for their ability to teach. Lectures are available on a comprehensive variety of topics, including history, art, science, literature and more. The Great Courses take the best of university lectures on fascinating topics, but without the stress of having to do homework and take exams.
Simply visit our website at www.somerslibrary.org, and select Hoopla from the icons you will see under our Digital Collections. Log in with your library card, and you are good to go! Here are just a few of the many lecture series available through Hoopla:
•        World’s Greatest Geological Wonders
•        The Everyday Gourmet
•        Wonders of the National Parks
•        History’s Great Military Blunders and the Lessons They Teach
•        Practicing Mindfulness
•        How to Draw
•        How Great Science Fiction Works
•        Fundamentals of Photography
•        Secrets of Mental Math
•        Learning Spanish
•        The Surveillance State
•        Our Night Sky
•        Stress and Your Body
•        How to Read and Understand Shakespeare
•        Black Holes, Tides, and Curved Spacetime: Understanding Gravity
•        Turning Points in Modern History
•        Lost Worlds of South America
•        History of the Ancient World

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

We are a PokéStop!!!

We are a PokéStop!!! You can collect one from Reis Park, and one from the Library. The Somers Library among other locations, is a PokéStop, where you can stock up on Pokéballs, Potions,and other items to help you “catch ‘em all!” Post pictures of the Pokémon you find at the Somers Library to our Facebook page! Each participant will receive a FREE paperback from our book sale. Remember, the picture must involve the Library in order to qualify.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Day Trips Around NY (NYC, Hudson Valley, Catskills, & Adirondacks)

If you decide to take some needed time off, and have little time or money to spend, you might want to consider a short trip that allows you to get away without breaking the bank or spending all day in the car. Even though you may have explored parts of New York City, the Hudson Valley, the Catskills, or the Adirondack areas previously, there are many things just waiting to be discovered. It's amazing how we take for granted the abundant beauty in our own backyard. If you'd like to explore the majestic beauty and quirky nature that our great state of New York has to offer, Somers Library can help by providing a wide variety of travel resources. Here are some great books to help you decide where to explore next.
  • The Enchantment of New York: 75 of Manhattan’s Most Magical and Unique Attractions by Willem Post
  • Hidden Waters of New York City: A History and Guide to 101 Forgotten Lakes, Ponds, Creeks and Streams in the Five Boroughs by Sergey Kadinsky
  • 25 Mountain Bike Tours in the Hudson Valley by Peter Kick
  • Queens: A Culinary Passport: Exploring Ethnic Cuisine in New York City’s Most Diverse Borough by Andrea Lynn
  • Exploring Historic Dutch New York: New York City, Hudson Valley, New Jersey, and Delaware
  • Catskill Region Waterfall Guide: Cool Cascades of the Catskills and Shawangunks by Russell Dunn
  • Artwalks in New York: Delightful Discoveries of Public Art and Gardens in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island by Marina Harrison
  • Cycling Along the Canals of New York State: Scenic Rides on the Historic Waterways of the Empire State by Louis Rossi
  • AMC's Best Day Hikes in the Catskills and Hudson Valley: Four-Season Guide to 60 of the Best Trails from the Hudson Highlands to Albany by Peter Kick
  • Discovering Vintage New York: A Guide to the City 's Timeless Shops, Bars, Delis & More by Mitch Broder
  • Let's Take the Kids!: Great Places to Go in New York's Hudson Valley by Joanne Michaels
  • Weekend Walks in Dutchess and Putnam Counties by Peggy Turco
  • New York City Landmarks by Jake Rajs and Francis Morrone
  • The Bronx: The Ultimate Guide to New York City's Beautiful Borough by Lloyd Ultan
  • Architecture Walks: The Best Outings Near New York City by Lucy Rosenfeld
  • The Historic Shops & Restaurants of New York: A Guide to Century-Old Establishments in the City by Ellen Williams
  • Adirondack Waterfall Guide: New York's Cool Cascades by Russell Dunn
  • Insider Brooklyn: A Curated Guide to New York City's Most Stylish Borough by Rachel Felder
  • New York's One-Food Wonders: A Guide to the Big Apple's Unique Single-Food Spots by Mitch Broder
  • Native American and Pioneer Sites of Upstate New York: Westward Trails from Albany to Buffalo by Lorna Czarnota
  • 25 Bicycle tours in the Hudson Valley: Scenic Rides from Saratoga to Northern Westchester County by Howard Stone
  • Catskill Mountain House Trail Guide: In the Footsteps of the Hudson River School by Robert Gildersleeve
  • Waterfalls of New York State by Scott Ensminger
  • Outdoors With Kids New York City: 100 Fun Places to Explore in and Around the City by Cheryl de Jong-Lambert