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At Your Library 04.14.22

North Greenbush Public Library Update

Need ideas for Spring Break fun? Bring the kids to the North Greenbush Library on Tuesday, April 19, between 11 AM and 1 PM for outdoor fun on the library lawn (weather permitting). Immerse yourself in a bird watch scavenger hunt – make a binoculars craft, Earth Day arts and crafts, and indulge you and your child’s inner artist by decorating the sidewalk with plenty of chalk.

Then pick up one of our Spring Take-Home Craft Kits, which includes a clothespin bird, a cute little chick craft, and a bunny magnet. Kits are available at the circulation desk while supplies last.

Our Virtual Book Club will celebrate National Poetry Month at its monthly meeting, April 26 at 6:30 PM via Zoom. Join us in a lively discussion; request a copy of the poems and meeting link by emailing library@nullnorthgreenbushlibrary.org.

Get onto the internet at home with one of our WiFi hotspots available for loan. The hotspots are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and can be checked out for seven days. Questions about hotspots? Call us at 518-283-0303.

The monthly meeting of the library’s Board of Trustees will be held on Thursday, April 28 at 7 PM, in the meeting room at Eastwyck Village, 1 Eastwyck Circle (off Best Road). The public is welcome to attend.

Library hours are Monday-Friday, 10 AM to 7 PM; Saturday, 10 AM to 2 PM; Grab ‘N’ Go is available. Masks are strongly encouraged for all patrons.

Sand Lake Town Library News

Tech Help Sessions are back! Call 518-674-5050 to reserve a time slot to bring in your device & get your questions answered. Wednesday, April 13 & April 27, 2 – 3pm. Let us know if there are specific classes you’d like to see scheduled.

We will be closed Saturday, April 16 for the Easter weekend.

Earth Day Kids Art Cart, Wednesday, April 20 at 2pm, ages 6 – 12 can decorate a paperback hedgehog, or make a robot out of assorted items. Let your imagination run wild! Please call to register.

Farm Animals Storytime, Thursday, April 21, 11:30! Stories, fun and a simple craft. Please call to register.

Pick up kids’ Take & Make kits at the circulation desk.

Seed Swap: new flower seeds are here. Help yourself and please share any extra seeds you may have.

Did you know that the library has wi-fi hotspots to loan for up to 14 days plus 3 day loans of museum passes to The Clark, MASS MoCA, or the USS Slater.

Check the Community Calendar at sandlaketownlibrary.org for events around town. Submit events to info@nullsandlaketownlibrary.org.

Library Hours: M-TH 11 – 8; F 11 – 3; Sat 10 – 2. Masks strongly encouraged. Call 518-674-5050 for more information.

6 Tips to Reduce Digital Eye Strain

Have you experienced digital eye strain? Symptoms include blurry vision or burning, itching, and tired eyes after using a digital device such as a computer, tablet, or cell phone. In America, it is estimated that digital eye strain affects nearly 2/3 of adults and up to 80% of children ages 10-17.

Here are six tips from Cornell Cooperative Extensions Digital Literacy Program to help you take care of your eyes and reduce the symptoms of digital eye strain:

1.Practice the 20-20-20 rule 

For every 20 minutes using a digital device, take a brief screen break for at least 20 seconds, and focus your eyes on something 20 feet or more into the distance.

2.Take longer breaks during longer screen time sessions

For every 2 hours of screen time, users should take a longer break from all screens for at least 10-15 minutes

3.Blink, blink, blink.

Make an effort to blink often, and try squeezing your eyes closed extra tight every now and again. A tight squeeze instead of a quick blink can help release additional lubricating oils to soothe your eyes.

4.Consider blue light filtering glasses

The lenses of blue light filtering glasses are thought to help with sleeplessness and overall eye health. 

5.Adjust your angles

Avoid glare from windows and overhead lighting on your screen by adjusting the angle of your monitor. Gently tip the screen up or down slightly.

6.Adjust your device settings

Use dark mode, comfort lighting settings, and lower your brightness. 

If you are having difficulty finding or changing your display settings, stop by a free Cornell Cooperative Extension “Bring Your Own Device Tech Help” event offered at many local public libraries, or call (518) 272-410.

Adult Book Group

TROY – Our monthly book group meets the first Monday of every month at 6:30 pm to discuss a wide range of book selections. New members are always welcomed. Monthly participation is not necessary, come for the books that interest you! This is a hybrid program, you may attend in person or via Zoom according to your preference.

Here are our upcoming book selections:

•May 2nd – The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Shwalbe

•June 6th – Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism by Amanda Montell

•July 11th – Cuba: An American History by Ada Frerrer, Chapters 1-21

•August 8th – Cuba: An American History by Ada Frerrer, Chapters 22-33

•September 5th – The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri

This discussion is free and open to the public. Registration is required. To register call the library at 518-274-7071 or online at www.thetroylibrary.org Troy Public Library is located at 100 Second Street, Troy, NY.

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