Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Mango Languages

We are pleased to announce that we now offer Mango Languages online language-learning system to our patrons.

Mango is free for all library patrons and can be accessed anywhere with an Internet connection. Each lesson combines real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. The courses are presented with an appreciation for cultural nuance and real-world application by focusing on the four key elements of language learning: vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and culture.

Mango offers access to 60 foreign language courses and 17 English courses taught completely in the user's native language. In addition to traditional language courses, Mango also offers the opportunity to learn through foreign film with Mango Premiere™ and access to a variety of specialty mini courses, like Pirate, Medical Spanish and romance courses. Mango can be accessed at the library, remotely, or even on-the-go with apps for iPhone®, Android™, Kindle® and Nook®.

To learn more about Mango, stop by the library and ask a librarian for an introduction. Library card holders can access Mango through the library website at somerslibrary.org. For more information, contact the Library at (914) 232-5717.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Somers Seed Lending Library News

Happy spring! Now that spring has officially arrived, now is the time to gather your seeds and get growing! The Somers Seed Lending Library is a good place to start!
For the last 4 years, the Somers Seed Lending Library has been a wonderful addition to our library and to this community. The Somers Seed Lending Library is a free community heirloom seed lending project, demonstrating that libraries check out more than books! The idea is simple. Growers get enough seeds to grow 5-6 plants from the seed catalog.  They record what seeds they are taking, and complete a basic contact info sheet. Then they grow their plants during the season, and at the end of the growing season, the grower saves some of the seed for next season, and returns a portion (usually 2-3 times the starting amount or more) to the seed library to continue the cycle.
Our hope is that you will enjoy gardening and picking the fruits of your hard labor. Along with saving seeds, consider checking out some great books on gardening and cooking to experience a true culinary treat!
Donations are gratefully accepted to help grow our seed library. On our wish list: new packets of heirloom and/or organic seeds.
Lastly, we have a free seminar coming up in April that offers a wonderful opportunity to educate patrons on seeds:
Seed Choices: The Relevance of Seeds and Our Local Food System: Saturday, April 15 @ 10:30 - This exploratory discussion offers a wonderful opportunity to explore the idea that we all—gardeners and eaters alike—play a role in stewarding one of our most valuable natural resources: seeds. Shanyn Siegel will lead this informative conversation about seeds and the seed industry, and how they both impact one of the things most essential to our everyday lives—our food. Shanyn will explain the different types of garden seeds available and share options for selecting the best seeds for organic gardens—and a resilient regional food system. Participants will leave with a better understanding of the significance of our seed choices and some unusual heirloom seeds to try. Information about Community Seeds and the Community Seed Resource program will be shared.  Whether you're a homesteader, a gardener, or simply a person who cares about sustainable food and agriculture systems, this class provide a wonderful opportunity to experience the source of it all: seeds.  
So, please come and visit the Somers Seed Lending Library the next time you are in the library.  This is your chance to get heirloom quality seeds to grow quality plants, to learn about the importance of seed as a vital natural resource, and to get into the spirit of the season of spring! Follow Somers Seed Lending Library on Facebook.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

New Travel and Cooking DVDs

We are pleased to offer two new series to our growing DVD collection. If you are interested in travel or cooking, then come on in and check out these new sets.

Planet Food 
Follow travelers as they take you on a culinary journey exploring planet earth's food cultures in some of the world's most delicious destinations.

Israel and the Palestinian Territories
Southern China
Southern Spain

Destinations: The America

This travel series invites discovery of the most significant destinations in all of the America's. Each major travel destination reveals the most popular "must see" sites, events, and attractions. Many of the destinations also spotlight surrounding areas to further enrich the experience.

Florida: South & West
Florida: Key West and Everglades
San Francisco & North California
Philadelphia & Washington DC
Boston & New England
Calgary and Canadian Rockies
Montreal & Quebec
New York City

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Lynda.com and Other Learning Resources

Lynda.com is leading online learning company that helps anyone learn software, technology, creative and business skills (and a lot more) to achieve personal and professional goals through a video library of engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts. Their website is designed exceptionally well, and helps you keep track of what you want to learn and what you have already learned. Using their free online video tutorials lets you work at your own pace. Resources such as worksheets and templates are frequently included. You will need to create a user profile, and then you may access Lynda.com using your library card number and password.

Lynda.com and other learning resources may be accessed by clicking here.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

New Kits at the Library

Just in time for spring! New kits have been added to our collection, and are available for you to borrow.  
  • Bird Watching (Binoculars, book, CD)
  • Star Gazing (Telescope, DVD)
  • Learn to Play the Triangle/Tambourine (Triangle/Tambourine, Book)
These kits were funded by The Friends of Somers Library. Come on in and check it out! Also available - Wilton Cake Pans, Knitting Kits, and Crochet Kits. Coming soon...Bongo Drum kits, and Ukelele kits! 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Let's Get Crafting

If you're like many of us, you may experience the "winter blues" even in March. You're ready for spring, but the weather doesn't always comply. What to do? Why not check out the amazing selection of crafting books that we have at Somers Library, and learn something new? 
  • Turning Toys by Richard Raffan
  • Bring on the Bling! : Bracelets, Anklets and Rings for All Occasions by Debbie Kachidurian
  • Wooden Boxes: Skill Building Techniques for 7 Unique Projects by Dennis Zongker
  • Complete Photo Guide to Doll Making by Nancy Hoerner
  • You Can Knit That: Foolproof Instructions for Fabulous Sweaters by Amy Herzog
  • Custom Socks: Knit to Fit Your Feet by Kate Atherley
  • Making Scented Soap: 60 Fragrant Soaps and Bath Bombes to Make at Home by Linda Hamblen
  • Complete Photo Guide to Cardmaking by Judy Wantanbe
  • A to Z of Wool Embroidery (Search Press)
  • The Practical Illustrated Encyclopedia of Origami by Rick Beech
  • Modern Baby Crochet by Sharon Zientara
  • Birdhouses: A Step by Step Guide to Building Attractive Homes for Your Feathered Friends by John Kelsey
  • Creative Beaded Jewelry by Carolyn Schultz
  • Whittling Handbook by Peter Benson
  • Making Furniture for American Girl and Other 18" Dolls by Dennis Simmons
  • Stickmaking: A Complete Course by Andrew Jones
  • Get Started Quilting by Jessica Alexandrakis
  • Making Candles: Ideas for Home-Made Candles and Creative Displays in 130 Photographs by Gloria Nichol
  • The Needlepoint Book by Jo Christensen
  • Polymer Clay Projects by Fransie Snyman
Find additional titles on this topic and many others by visiting our Pinterest boards. You may also place a hold on books by clicking here

Thursday, January 26, 2017

College Information On Our Website

On the Somers Library website (www.somerslibrary.org), we have links to websites to help with the college search process. If you go to our teen section, and look under College / Career, you will find the following:
Career Zone -- CareerZone is an innovative online career exploration and planning system designed especially for today's high-tech youth in New York State. CareerZone presents current and relevant occupational and labor market Information in a clear and interesting way, making career exploration and planning fun and easy.  Youth in grades 6 -12 most often use CareerZone to start their career exploration journey by beginning with the Interest, Work Values and Skill assessment tools to explore potential careers. A middle school and high school career portfolio are available to help youth create a meaningful plan for their future education and career choices.
Pell Grants – This link takes users to the U.S Department of Education (ED.com) where parents and students can get information on Pell Grants.  ED.com mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.   
College Board -- The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT and the Advanced Placement Program. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools.
Technical Schools -- Find info on schools and colleges offering Technical programs by state
College Navigator – offers users the following information about colleges in the U. S.:  General Information, Tuition, Fees, and Estimated Student Expenses, Financial Aid, Net Price, Enrollment, Admissions, Retention and Graduation Rates, Programs/Majors, Varsity Athletic Teams, Accreditation, and Campus Security.
Technical Careers -- Individuals interested in a career in the field of technology may want further information on the various specialties before making a decision on which is the best fit for them.  The information found on this site will help provide a wealth of information on all facets of the IT field. The first step to getting a start in this field is earning your degree in IT. To find a school and degree program that best suit your individual needs, use this site’s large directory of schools
Federal Student Aid – website for the free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
U.S. College Database --  this website provides accurate information to ease the decision making process for post-secondary education for high school students, college students and adult learners. Drawing only from reliable data sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau, American Fact Finder, The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), and The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, this site publishes only data that is backed by the United States federal government.
Mapping Your Future -- Mapping Your Future is a national collaborative, public-service, nonprofit organization providing career, college, financial aid, and financial literacy information and services for students, families, and schools.
U.S. Department of Education
New York State: HESC – Higher Education Services Corporation
Also, the Somers Library has a collection of Young Adult College and Career books located in the lower level.  Please come in to visit our collection!