August 14, 2019

New Launchpads for Children

There's a lot of concern about screen time for children and rightfully so. When we did some remodeling in the Trove, and created a more secure area for pre-K programs, we removed all the computers from that area--they were just too much of a distraction.

Still, children—like their parents—love technology. One way for kids to go online that is both safe and educational is with the Playaway Launchpads that can be borrowed from the Trove. In fact, we just added over 30 new Playaway Launchpads.

The new Launchpads are sorted into two types – video content (blue Launchpads) and apps (orange Launchpads) on various themes. We added several that are language-learning focused (ESL, learning Spanish, and learning Chinese), STEM concepts, and early literacy.

Every Playaway Launchpad is pre-loaded with high-quality, ad-free learning apps and games, providing hours of interactive learning and play. Apps are grouped onto Launchpads by subject area, theme, grade level, and age. Featuring popular characters and brands, apps content spans subject areas from math and science to critical thinking and creativity, and themes from animals to princesses, fantasy, nature and more.

Check one out today or ask at the Compass Desk for more information!

Brian Kenney
Library Director

Spanish for Beginners

Our popular Spanish for Beginners class returns next month. Classes will meet every Monday from September 16 - December 16 at 7:00 p.m. Due to its popularity, this class cannot be repeated. Students must attend all classes. There is no waiting list. Registration is required and opens next Monday, August 19th at 10:00 a.m. To register, visit our online calendar or call us (914) 422-1480 after 10:00 a.m. No early registration is permitted.

Kindergarten Pathfinder

Is your child starting Kindergarten this year? Check out this list of picture books about the first day of school and/or adjustment to Kindergarten. Some of the titles are currently on display in the Trove and all reside in the Picture Book section under the author's last name. If you need any help finding one of these titles, or any other titles, be sure to ask a Trove Librarian for assistance.

International Film Festival

Our popular annual International Film Festival continues through the end of this month, now with additional evening screenings! Our festival is held every Wednesday in August at 2:00 p.m. and now also at 6:30 p.m. A schedule of screenings is listed below:

August 14th: Life is Beautiful (Italy)
August 21st: Tsotsi (South Africa)
August 28th: 102 Not Out (India)

Web Literacy: Cookies, Trackers,
and Data Privacy

Want to see who's tracking you online and learn how to stop them? Learn how to use tools that show how you're being tracked and strategies that limit your exposure when you're online at this workshop on Thursday, August 22nd at 7:30 p.m. Registration is required; to register, visit our online calendar here. If you have a laptop, bring it if you can.

Volunteer Orientation

Interested in volunteering with us at the Library? Make sure to attend the required orientation this Saturday, August 17th at 2:00 p.m. This session will provide an overview of volunteer opportunities for adults (18+) at the library, the roles and responsibilities of volunteers, and relevant policies and procedures. All prospective volunteers are required to attend an orientation session.

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Photo of The Week

Above: A toddler playing at Toddler Tuesday in the Trove. Photo by Staff.

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