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August 2017

It’s Time to Nominate Your Favorite Children’s Book Titles!

Starting September 1st, St. Lawrence County children and teens can nominate their favorite books for the 3 Apples Book Award, an annual award sponsored by the New York Library Association. Launched in 2007, the award was developed to encourage the joys of reading for pleasure. The nominated titles are selected, and eventually voted on, entirely by participating youth throughout the state. A book by any author, in any genre, may be nominated as long as it hasn’t been a winner in previous years of the contest. Children are often encouraged to read based on book displays, school assignments, or their… Read More »It’s Time to Nominate Your Favorite Children’s Book Titles!

100 Years Ago, A. Barton Hepburn Offers Lisbon the Gift of a Library

In mid-1917, philanthropist and financier, Alonzo Barton Hepburn approached the Town of Lisbon with a proposal to build a library for its residents. Mr. Hepburn was a locally born philanthropist and banker from Colton who gifted libraries to seven St. Lawrence County communities: Colton, Madrid, Lisbon, Hermon, Norfolk, Waddington, and Edwards. The conditions of the gift were quite simple: Mr Hepburn would pay to erect a “substantial and credible Library building”, furnish and equip the Library, and provide a small endowment. In exchange, the Town of Lisbon would need to pass the proposition by a two-thirds majority of its residents,… Read More »100 Years Ago, A. Barton Hepburn Offers Lisbon the Gift of a Library

Libraries Offer Online Music and Art Instruction

The North Country Library System offers a program entitled “ArtistWorks for Libraries” which provides St. Lawrence County library patrons with self-paced online video lessons from music and artistic professionals. Lessons are geared for novice to intermediate users, all at no charge with your library card.  Classes are suitable for youth and adults, with beginner to advanced lessons covering an array of instruments, music theory, scratching, and art. Classical music topics include piano, guitar, flute, clarinet, french horn, trumpet, and violin lessons. Bass lessons include electric bass, jazz bass, and bluegrass bass. Additional bluegrass classes include banjo, mandolin, fiddle, and bluegrass… Read More »Libraries Offer Online Music and Art Instruction

Library Users Have a New E-Reader App Available

St. Lawrence County library users have access to downloadable e-books and audio books via Overdrive, a service we implemented in 2011 that allows users to read (or listen to) books on their mobile phones, tablets, Kindles, and dedicated e-reader devices. All you need is a device, a library card, and your PIN number to sign up for Overdrive or access your account. Overdrive has recently added a new application (app) to their offerings – users now have a choice between the original Overdrive app and the new Libby app. Both apps are developed by Overdrive, provide users access to all… Read More »Library Users Have a New E-Reader App Available