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The Hugo Awards, first presented in 1953, are science fiction’s most prestigious award. It’s an interesting process since anyone who is a member of the World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) is allowed to nominate up to five people or works from the previous year. In the 15 or so catego…

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I hope everyone enjoyed the festivities of National Library Week last week. We were honored to have community leaders send videos that were posted on Facebook about the importance of libraries. I kicked off the week with a proclamation, then we heard from Mark Drnek, Jill Basile, Luke Murphy…

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The Huntington Park Project continues with a much delayed timeline. In January, the Stimson Landscape Architects presented Phase 1 of the project to the Library Board Park Committee with costs that far exceeded the grant money. They were asked to rethink the design with the goal of creating …

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Thanks to the Friends of HML, we now have Niche Academy, a training tool in the form of an online learning platform that can help you learn to use library apps, software like Microsoft Office Suite and social media platforms. There is also a General Internet Help folder as well as one for Ca…

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Today marks the one-year anniversary of the day we closed the library because of the pandemic. It has been a year marked by uncertainty and stress. It has been a year when we have modified services, adjusted them, restored them, then altered them again. I am grateful that the staff at the li…

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It’s Women’s History Month and I applaud the women authors who write about nature. Credit goes to Dez for curating this wonderful list of books for the Women and Nature display at the library.

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The Horror Writers Association was created in 1987 and immediately established the Bram Stoker Award for superior achievement in the genre of horror and dark fiction. Rather than select a single winner, they select titles based on superior achievement in 12 categories: novel, first novel, sh…

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Are you ready to get creative with video editing? The library has been offering digital literacy classes for many years and the reason we call our programs STEAM, (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) instead of STEM, is so we can include Arts; the creative arm of the make…

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Why not read a romance novel during Library Lovers Month? Romance readers love happy endings and right now I think we could all benefit from that. Booklist published a list of the Top 10 Romance Fiction titles published in the past year so be sure to check them out.

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It’s Library Lovers Month and there is much to love at HML. This month, as well as all year long, library staff provide services that reach the very young to the very old and everyone in-between. Our doors are open to all as long as you wear a mask!

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The Alex Awards, named after a young adult librarian who worked for many years at the Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore, is an unusual award. Ten books are chosen as winners that were written for adults but have a special appeal to young adults. The Alex Awards were first presented in 1998 an…

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As the temperatures drop, planning for improvements in Huntington Park has kept me warm.

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Since April, the library has been hosting a virtual book club using Zoom. We have read all types of books, covering several genres. Books are chosen at the end of each meeting from the Hoopla Book Club Hub. Hoopla, our year-old streaming service, has been wonderful to have so that ebooks, au…

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Library patrons read a lot of books in 2020 and there were some favorites that were read by many. A total of 95 adults checked out “Winter Garden” by Kristin Hannah. The second most checked out fiction book was “The Brutal Telling” by Louise Penny. The remaining top 10 were, in order, “Deliv…

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Library programs have come to an end for 2020 and the program staff and I always gather to discuss what worked and what didn’t and to plan for the coming year. I invite you to send us your feedback by using the suggestion form on our website: https://hmloneonta.org/suggestions/

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My pandemic survival plan to get through the winter includes reading — lots and lots of reading. I know there are others who are prolific readers in the community because I see them at the library on a regular basis. I also know that the more you read, the more information you need to help y…

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Earlier this year and throughout the months of library closure, I was busy consulting with ReThinking Libraries to review the building and space needs. As a result, we now have recommendations that will insure the future success of the library. Rob Cullin, principal at ReThinking Libraries, …

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In May, the U.S. government estimated the unemployment rate to be as high as 16% but Pew Research Center states that the rate is comparable to the Great Depression of the 1930s. It’s higher for women and immigrants and lower among workers with higher levels of education. The youngest workers…

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Since patrons can’t access Makerspace at the library right now, we’ve extended lending privileges to include Makerspace items. The Makerspace To Go Kits are great for giving kids (and kids-at-heart) plenty of time and space to explore concepts on their own while playing with some fun toys.

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November is Native American Heritage Month and the Four County Library System has a good selection of some great books for you. One of the silver linings of the pandemic is that we now have a page on the library website called Your Next Read that highlights books and has reading lists. It ev…

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As we settle in to the reality of another winter in pandemic mode, I’ve been reflecting on the changes in library services in the past seven months. Uppermost in my mind is how proud I am of the staff at the library. They have truly risen to the challenges and continuously adapted so that th…

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The National Book Award winners will be announced on Nov. 18, at an online awards ceremony. The best books will be selected in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translated literature and young people’s literature. Publishers submitted a total of 1,692 books for consideration and, somehow, the jud…

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As new books arrive in the library, I’m careful not to jump the line and take one that someone else has already reserved. It was a real surprise to find that no one had reserved “Troubled Blood,” the latest in the Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith. It was extra special because it’s …

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The presentation of the Huntington Park Project was an exciting final step in the development of the design that will be implemented this spring. If you missed it, you can find it posted on the library website and the YouTube channel.

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The library is now open without appointment but with limited capacity. If you would like to pick up your holds without contact, please ring the doorbell and we will set your materials in the vestibule for you. We ask that everyone wear masks, wash their hands and keep six feet away from othe…

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Earlier this summer, I reported on some of the HML staff’s favorite books in the time of COVID and now it’s time to hear from the rest of us.

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To more readily provide services to our community, the library will be open for browsing and computer reservations without appointments beginning this week as we strive to provide full service in the safest way possible. The number of people in the building will be limited so that physical d…

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As libraries and museums began planning to reopen during the pandemic, information was needed to determine the proper handling of materials. The REALM Project (Reopening Archives, Libraries and Museums) is a research project developed by the Online Computer Library Center, a worldwide, membe…

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We’re all getting Zoom fatigue these days but I highly recommend some of the library’s new adult programs. Last week I participated in the Local Author Summer Series with Alice Lichtenstein. Wow. She began with a reading of the most intense part of her latest work, “The Crime of Being.” Even…

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The library continues to offer a full menu of services and programs during these difficult times. If you would like the most updated information, click on the red banner at the top of our website or go to hmloneonta.org/covid-19/.

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HML’s Summer Reading Program is still going strong in its fifth week and there are three wonderful weeks still ahead. It’s not too late to register your family for HML’s Summer Reading Program. Register now at bit.ly/hmlr2 to log reading and participate in programs, activities and raffles. S…

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During the height of the Stay-at-Home era of the pandemic, I did a considerable amount of reading and so did other library staff. Allow me to share some of the morning book chat from the Circulation Room with you.

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One hundred years ago, Huntington Park and Library opened to the public thanks to Henry Huntington who generously donated his parent’s home and surrounding grounds. While I had hoped to have a grand celebration this month, the ongoing pandemic has made that impossible. Instead, let me reflec…

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It has been made clear I think by recent events that racism still exists in this country and it is not well understood by the entire population. Nothing is more important than keeping an open mind and educating yourself. There are many books in the library that address the issue and give inf…

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This year continues to be challenging but with careful planning we have continued to provide library services. The Mohawk Valley has entered into NYS Phase 4 and the library has begun Chapter 3 in the Reopening Plan. You can call the library to set up an appointment for browsing and computer…

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In spite of the pandemic, the Summer Reading Program at HML will be better than ever. You’ll find a wide variety of resources for in-real-life and online activities. This summer the theme is Imagine Your Story. All programs for youths may be found online at READsquared. You can register now …

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Curbside service just got easier! Books may be reserved through the online catalog just like they could in the good old days. For now though you will only be able to reserve library materials that are in the HML collection. The Four County Library System interlibrary loan service will resume…

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The Four County Library System Steering Committee has been meeting weekly to develop recommendations for the best way to begin providing library services. Reopening is dependent upon the implementation of specific protocols required by the state. First, each library must complete a Business …

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We’re all inundated with information from unknown sources about the novel coronavirus. We’re all making choices about how to navigate the pandemic in a way that reduces harm. We’re all doing our best in the face of quarantine fatigue. One thing I know for sure is that nothing is black and wh…

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Google will provide you with information but if evaluating websites is difficult for some, the Four County Library System databases can be counted on to provide vetted, expert information. Some of the databases available with your library card are provided by Novel NY (New York Online Virtua…

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Information about COVID-19 is everywhere these days but constantly watching social media sites isn’t good for your mental health and will lead to loads of misinformation. In fact, news literacy education consultant Michael Spikes recommends that you “go to a trusted source of information a f…

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The first-ever HML virtual book club discussion will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 28. For those of you interested in participating in another one, please let us know what you would like to read. It’s so easy with Hoopla because multiple people can read the same book at the same time. Hoo…

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I’ve always liked to listen to audiobooks but with changes brought on by the pandemic, I have increased my use of Libby/Overdrive and Hoopla. I’ve found that the narrator contributes to an enjoyable experience sometimes more than the story itself. Audiofile Magazine even has a list called Go…

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Now that you’re home you finally have the time to organize your bookshelves! If you need inspiration look at #showusyourshelves on Twitter and Instagram. You’ll see people from all over the world showing off their bookshelves. You’ll find color-coded books, books turned so the spines are fac…

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