Food for Fines is back! We will be accepting canned or boxed food donations, instead of cash or check, to pay off overdue fines or apply a credit to your account. NO EXPIRED OR CLOSE TO EXPIRING ITEMS. Thank you!
The Richards Library will be offering free programs in the Jeffrey M. Levine Community Room to help people feel more confident with technology. Please reach out to the Circulation Desk with any questions at (518) 623-3011.
Some upcoming classes:
11/12 How to Use Parental Controls, 10:00-11:00a, learn how to set up and use parental controls on Windows PC, Iphone/Ipad, and Netflix/Hulu.
11/16 Computer Basics, 3:30-4:30p, learn to use your computer (mouse and keyboard), find your files, pictures and programs, and browse the internet.
11/30 What’s Inside a Computer, 3:30-4:30p, see the inside of a computer as we open up the tower and examine the components.
12/10 Intro to Tech Talk, 10:00-11:00a, learn to use Tech Talk, a self-guided resource for learning technology, provided by the Library.
12/14 Microsoft Office Basics, 3:30-4:30p, learn basics for Word and Excel.
12/28 What’s Inside a Computer (Kid focused), 3:30-4:30p, see the inside of a computer as we open up the tower and examine the components.
Effective today, Wednesday, March 2, 2022, per current CDC Guidelines, we ask all patrons, visitors, and staff to observe the following while in the library:
- Low Community Level: Mask optional
- Medium Community Level: Mask recommended
- High Community Level: Mask required
(Community levels will be monitored and updated weekly from https://www.cdc.gov/)
- “People may choose to mask at any time. People with symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should wear a mask.”
- Please be mindful of the comfort level of others when in close quarters.
- Please continue to wash/disinfect hands, distance as needed, and monitor your health.
Project REALM, which brought us the early information on the Coronavirus and library materials, points libraries to The Smithsonian Institution’s information relating to young people and the virus: https://www.si.edu/vaccinesandus/tools-and-resources
“Vaccines & US: Community Health and Young People To support the recent authorization of vaccines for young people, 5-11 years old, the Vaccines & US project has collected materials specifically about young people and the COVID-19 pandemic in a special section to help: Discuss COVID-19 and vaccination with young children and teens Young people cope with pandemic related anxiety
Navigate COVID-19 information and disinformation and debunk some common myths All of the material can be freely used by library/museum/archival staff and the general public. Vaccines & US is a project led by the Smithsonian Institution that provides science-based information and resource about COVID-19 and addresses vaccine hesitancy.
The Richards Library is continuing its “That’s My Brick Legacy Project” fundraising program. The library has partnered with “That’s My Brick”, a company that produces decorative/ commemorative 4″ x 8″ bricks, to create a Legacy Platform/Walkway around the flagpole that stands in front of The Richards Library.
Any person who wishes to purchase one of these bricks can have them inscribed with a person’s name, a family name, in memoriam of a loved one or even a favorite family pet. They can also have a graphic included as part of the inscription. The bricks cost $50 apiece, graphic included or not, and would make great gifts for birthdays, holidays, anniversaries, or graduations. Additionally, if a business or organization would like to have a specific logo inscribed on the brick, the company will need a photo-ready, black and white copy of the logo, and they will need to fill out a disclaimer located on the on-line order form. There is an added $15 cost for this service.
Go to the library’s web page, www.therichardslibrary.com, then go to the Public Resources tab, and proceed to the bottom of the page. There you will find a link to the on-line order form and a link to all the FREE graphics that you can have put on the bricks. You may also go to: www.thatsmybrick.com/richardslibrary and order there.
If you do not wish to order on-line, the library has paper forms you may use to order. There is no deadline as this will be an on-going fundraiser for the library. If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to call the library at 518-623-3011.
Good Afternoon Patrons and Friends!, The library has purchased a license for a NEW database that we know will improve our patrons’ computer savvy. It is called Tech-Talk and you can get to it by coming here to our web page and on the sidebar, located to the right is an automatic link to Tech-Talk (it looks like the picture above). Tech-Talk is a web page database that has tutorials on just about all things related to computers and how to use the various programs such as Word, Excel, Power Point, etc. The videos are easy to understand and follow along. It provides tools for you to do things, like clean up the backgrounds of pictures or even make your own newsletter. The information provided is free for us to use, but please be aware, that some of the products provided may have a minimum cost to use, BUT, there are still plenty of FREE tools for you to use. Tech-Talk is for all ages (if you know the basics of computers, like turning one on!). Also, there are tutorials to show you how to use Tech-Talk…how simple is that??? On the Tech-Talk page you can sign up for a FREE newsletter that will be delivered to your e-mail address weekly with new information for you to try! The best way to learn is come here to our web page, click on the Tech-Talk picture and explore. Also, Tech-Talk can be accessed from any computer by going to: www.Tech-Talk.com and click on the Member Login and enter: richards for the user name and password. Go explore and learn new ways for you to make your computer knowledge grow every week!