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In partnership with and in support of Summer Reading at New York Libraries, myON is providing free, unlimited, 24/7 access to myON’s Digital Library and Middle School Classics for children from birth through Grade 8. Access is available from May through September 2018. Students that already have a myON login will continue to use that login to access the myON digital library and continue reading throughout the summer. This handout contains information on how to get started with myON. Este folleto contiene información en español sobre cómo usar myON.

Students who do not have a myON login can use the following logins to access the grade-appropriate collections:

PreK – Grade 5

  • Username: wlsstudent1
  • Password: read

Grades 6 – 8

  • Username: wlsstudent6
  • Password: read

HSE Connect! (also known as TASC Connect!)

H S E Connect

HSE Connect! is available to help you reach your educational goals. Here’s what we do:

  1. Explain the three available paths to a diploma.
  2. Review study options – from prep classes to self-study tools that are online and in print.
  3. Help you figure out where to get started.

Your next step? Talk to us!

  • Attend an HSE Information Session to learn about the test and how you can prepare. The Fall 2018 schedule of Information Sessions is available below
  • Call or email – Leave your name and a contact number and time you can be reached at 914-231-3264 or HSE@wlsmail.org
  • Go to our websiteFirstFind.org has all the information we would share at an Information Session and links to free study resources you can use today. Explore our site now and then feel free to ask us questions using the ASK US feature on the site.
  • You can also go to one of the two libraries – New Rochelle and Yonkers Riverfront – that have weekly on-site help to answer your questions about getting a high school diploma and help you learn to use online study resources. They’ll even provide some tutoring!

    A full schedule of Information Session and library Resource Center hours is available below.

    La información está disponible en español por cita en todos los sitios. Llame al 914.231.3264.

Centros de Información sobre los Beneficios para Personas Mayores

Los Centros de Información sobre los Beneficios para Personas Mayores (SBICs) ayudan a adultos mayores de 60 años de edad y a las personas q ue cuidan los ancianos lograr un mejor conocimiento de los planes de salud de Medicare y la cobertura de medicamentos con receta médica. Usted puede adquirir información acerca de distintos tipos de beneficios que ofrece el gobierno.

Reúnase con asesores capacitados en un ambiente privado para obtener información sobre:

  • Medicare
  • Cobertura de medicamentos Parte D
  • Planes de ahorros Medicare para ancianos de bajos ingresos
  • HEAP, cupones de alimentos y otros programas de beneficios

Asesoramiento y traductores en español están disponibles con cita previa en todos los sitios. Llame (914) 231-3259 para programar una sesión de consejería en español.

Lugares y horarios convenientes para servirle:

Greenburgh Public Library
300 Tarrytown Road, Elmsford
Los consejeros están disponibles:
lunes: 10am – 1pm
(914) 269-7129

Mount Kisco Public Library
100 Main Street, Mt. Kisco
Los consejeros están disponibles:
miércoles: 11am – 2pm
(914) 269-7764

New Rochelle Public Library
1 Library Plaza, New Rochelle
Los consejeros están disponibles:
viernes: 10am – 1pm
(914) 265-5287

Biblioteca Publica Ossining
53 Croton Avenue, Ossining
Los consejeros están disponibles:
viernes: 1:30 – 3:00 pm
*Todos los jueves, excepto el 1º & 2º martes del mes*

The Field Library en Peekskill
4 Nelson Avenue, Peekskill
Los consejeros están disponibles:
jueves: 10am – 1pm
(914) 265-5286

Port Chester – Rye Brook Public Library
1 Haseco Avenue, Port Chester
Los consejeros están disponibles:
jueves: 11am – 2pm
(914) 269-7131

John C. Hart Memorial Library en Shrub Oak
1130 Main Street, Shrub Oak
Los consejeros están disponibles:
martes: 10am – 1pm
(914) 269-7137

The Warner Library en Tarrytown
121 N. Broadway, Tarrytown
Los consejeros están disponibles:
miércoles: 10am – 1pm
(914) 269-7765

Grinton I. Will Library en Yonkers
Yonkers Public Library

1500 Central Park Avenue, Yonkers
Los consejeros están disponibles:
martes: 10am – 1pm
jueves: 11am – 3pm
(914) 269-7138

Biblioteca Riverfront en Yonkers
1 Larkin Center, Yonkers
*El último Martes del mes*
Una cita es necesario
Por favor llame a 231-3260 para especificar una fecha y hora.
Deje su nombre y un número para regresar su llamada.

Contacta con Elena Falcone, Director de la Oficina de Community Connections para más información – elena@wlsmail.org.

SBIC es una colaboración del Sistema de Bibliotecas de Westchester, El Centro de Derechos de Medicare y el Departamento de Programas y Servicios para Personas Mayores de Edad del Condado de Westchester. SBIC es financiado por el Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos de EE.UU y la Oficina del Estado de Nueva York para el Envejecimiento.

Libraries Are an Economic Engine Supporting Westchester’s Intellectual Capital

INTELLECTUAL CAPITAL

 

Libraries Are Not Just About Books On Shelves!

Every day thousands of Westchester residents visit one of the county’s 38 public libraries. Thousands more utilize the resources and learning tools available online. If you think of the library only in terms of finding a good book to read or to do research, you are missing out on what libraries are all about today. Patrons are downloading e-books, borrowing DVDs and games, and listening to MP3s from the library. Westchester residents turn to their local libraries for free internet access, help in finding and applying for jobs, improving business operations and learning new skills. With the state of the art performance space, galleries and free WiFi, libraries are community cultural centers, offering programs that include film screenings, concerts, art and local history exhibits, artist residencies and so much more – all free and open to the public.

Westchester Library System (WLS) is a cooperative library system, one of 23 in New York State. Serving the county’s public libraries, WLS insures cost savings and expanded levels of service for libraries that would not be possible independently. As a county-wide system, WLS assists libraries in providing quality service and programs to meet the needs of communities throughout the county.

There is little doubt that libraries are the heartbeat of the community they serve – providing information, innovation and inspiration for everyone from toddlers to seniors. But libraries are something more…they are economic engines, creating an industry that supports jobs, provides valuable free services, and insures Westchester’s place as the intellectual capitol of New York State.

With a shift in print media and the economic downturn, it may be tempting to take Westchester Library System for granted. But an investment in our public libraries and the system that supports it is more important than ever. “Libraries provide the public with information and resources,” notes WLS executive director, Terry Kirchner. “All our libraries offer free WiFi and internet access. Today as more job applications and governmental services must be completed online, the assistance provided by the trained library staff is no small public service. At WLS we are able to provide the resources and insure these and many other free and accessible services. We’re providing resources that empower libraries to better serve their communities.”

Economic Impact Of Libraries On The Local Economy

  • Libraries employed 748.46 FTE paid staff members
  • Libraries budgeted $48,026,781 in personnel expenses (including benefits)
  • Libraries spent $4,589,539 for library materials in 2010
  • Libraries will spend over $2 million on capital projects over two years (2011, 2012) pumping much needed dollars in the construction industry

WLS Provides Cost Savings To Libraries:

WLS manages the telecommunications network for all 38 libraries – the largest telecommunications network in the county. WLS staff provides all maintenance and tech service – saving individual libraries the cost of IT managers and service call fees. With 44 free WiFi locations, and 980 public use computers, residents logged in 1,437,136 times last year.

Westchester libraries save $913,000 in ongoing technology maintenance, service and upgrades and $63.7 million by not having to individually purchase Internet access.

WLS provides county-wide delivery service and inter-library loan. If there is a book you want to read or need for research, a county-wide delivery system and inter-library loan program allows patrons to borrow items from other libraries and return them anywhere in Westchester. As local library budgets are reduced, less materials are being purchased, which requires a greater use of the inter-library loan system. You can reserve using our online system, 24/7 and then return them to any Westchester library.

In 2010, over 1 million items were loaned between libraries, saving $2.5 million through the system delivery service.

WLS provides professional development and staff training. Continuing education and professional development is important in any field. In the world of libraries, maintaining customer expectations, keeping up with technology and the latest developments in the publishing world while having your pulse on the needs of the community is no small feat for the library director. With many roles to juggle, the library directors and staff know that WLS is there to provide guidance and best practices to keep them up to date.

Based on the average cost of professional development workshops, the estimated cost savings is over $6600 per library – a total of $254,000 system-wide. Our mobile classroom and webinars reduce travel costs and keep time out of the library to a minimum.

WLS provides efficiencies through cooperative and centralized services. A centralized cataloging service maintains quality control in the central WLS catalog. This means that each new item does not have to be cataloged 38 times by the individual library, at a cost savings of 80%. In addition, El Catalogo en Española, allows individuals to search and retrieve materials using Spanish vocabulary – making library resources more easily available for our Spanish speaking and reading residents.

Over 40,000 new titles were added to the catalog this year and over 20,000 Spanish language titles are available.

WLS’ Office of Community Connections offers literacy services to traditionally underserved populations. Doing more with less is standard operational procedure for many libraries today. Limited library budgets don’t always allow library staff to provide for those in most need of services. WLS helps individual libraries identify community needs and specific programs to empower their communities. Services include programs for new Americans, senior information and enrichment programs, youth and teen programs, job readiness and counseling for youth, the unemployed and individuals in mid-life transition, and learning programs for individuals with disabilities.

WLS Signature Programs Help Strengthen Communities

  • GED Connect! provides tutors and support materials to help individuals secure their GED
  • Learning Ambassadors mentors, trains and employs teens in the summer months
  • Homework Help provides trained volunteers to help students after school in the library
  • Senior Benefit Information Centers help connect seniors to services and benefits that can save them time and money
  • Creative Aging/The Library Project helps seniors ignite their creativity working with trained professional artists in long term residency projects at the library
  • The Westchester Educational Brokering Service (WEBS) a career and educational counseling service has conducted seminars and individual counseling sessions for job seekers at all levels, providing free career counseling to thousands of adults, helping them to advance their careers, change fields, re-enter the job market, return to school and plan for later years. This free service has helped thousands of Westchester residents, saving them hundreds of dollars since the program began over 30 years ago.

Collaborations and Partnerships

Working with our collaborators and partners, we utilize our collective resources to strengthen our ability to serve the residents of Westchester County. We are proud to work with our nonprofit colleagues on the national, state and local level. In education, social services, and the arts, our partners bring added value to the work we do in every corner of the county.

  • Westchester County Department of Aging
  • Lifetime Arts, Inc.
  • Family Services of Westchester
  • Jewish Community Services
  • Westchester Community College
  • Literacy Volunteers
  • Purchase College/Great Potential Program
  • Medicare Rights Center
  • The Volunteer Center
  • Mount Vernon Youth Bureau
  • Yonkers Youth Bureau
  • Westchester One Stop
  • Berkeley College/Federal Work Study

While all WLS programs are free to the public, the cost of running these programs continues to rise and depends on public and private funding. This support is critical to maintaining the level of service Westchester residents deserve and have come to expect. And it is critical to maintaining Westchester’s place as the intellectual capitol of NY. We are grateful to New York State, Westchester County, foundations, corporations and individuals who continue to invest in WLS.

Donor support makes today’s libraries not just repositories of books, but lively community centers for diverse populations and all ages, vibrant centers for the arts, centers of learning for new Americans and safe havens for our youth. And yes, a great place to pick up a good book!

The ROI can be measured not only by financial impact, but also by our collective community pride in opening the door of knowledge, changing a life and making Westchester a better place to live.

Centros de Información sobre los Beneficios para Personas Mayores

Los Centros de Información sobre los Beneficios para Personas Mayores (SBICs) ayudan a adultos mayores de 60 años de edad y a las personas q ue cuidan los ancianos lograr un mejor conocimiento de los planes de salud de Medicare y la cobertura de medicamentos con receta médica. Usted puede adquirir información acerca de distintos tipos de beneficios que ofrece el gobierno.

Reúnase con asesores capacitados en un ambiente privado para obtener información sobre:

  • Medicare
  • Cobertura de medicamentos Parte D
  • Planes de ahorros Medicare para ancianos de bajos ingresos
  • HEAP, cupones de alimentos y otros programas de beneficios

Asesoramiento y traductores en español están disponibles con cita previa en todos los sitios. Llame (914) 231-3259 para programar una sesión de consejería en español.

Lugares y horarios convenientes para servirle:

Greenburgh Public Library
300 Tarrytown Road, Elmsford
Los consejeros están disponibles:
lunes: 10am – 1pm
(914) 269-7129

Mount Kisco Public Library
100 Main Street, Mt. Kisco
Los consejeros están disponibles:
miércoles: 11am – 2pm
(914) 269-7764

New Rochelle Public Library
1 Library Plaza, New Rochelle
Los consejeros están disponibles:
viernes: 10am – 1pm
(914) 265-5287

The Field Library en Peekskill
4 Nelson Avenue, Peekskill
Los consejeros están disponibles:
jueves: 10am – 1pm
(914) 265-5286

Port Chester – Rye Brook Public Library
1 Haseco Avenue, Port Chester
Los consejeros están disponibles:
jueves: 11am – 2pm
(914) 269-7131

John C. Hart Memorial Library en Shrub Oak
1130 Main Street, Shrub Oak
Los consejeros están disponibles:
martes: 10am – 1pm
(914) 269-7137

The Warner Library en Tarrytown
121 N. Broadway, Tarrytown
Los consejeros están disponibles:
miércoles: 10am – 1pm
(914) 269-7765

Grinton I. Will Library en Yonkers
Yonkers Public Library

1500 Central Park Avenue, Yonkers
Los consejeros están disponibles:
martes: 10am – 1pm
jueves: 11am – 3pm
(914) 269-7138

Contacta con Elena Falcone, Director de la Oficina de Community Connections para más información – elena@wlsmail.org.

SBIC es una colaboración del Sistema de Bibliotecas de Westchester, El Centro de Derechos de Medicare y el Departamento de Programas y Servicios para Personas Mayores de Edad del Condado de Westchester. SBIC es financiado por el Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos de EE.UU y la Oficina del Estado de Nueva York para el Envejecimiento.

Research Tools

Library card required Requires a library card

Magazines, Newspapers & Journals
  • PressReader in LibraryPaid for with Central Library funds – delivers an endless stream of top news stories to read, discuss and share. Get full issues of thousands of top newspapers and magazines just as they appear in print.
  • PressReader at Home Library card requiredPaid for with Central Library funds – delivers an endless stream of top news stories to read, discuss and share. Get full issues of thousands of top newspapers and magazines just as they appear in print.
  • Academic OneFileLibrary card required – The premier source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world’s leading journals and reference sources. Extensive coverage of the sciences, technology, medicine, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects.
  • American Physical Society Journals – The American Physical Society is the world’s second largest organization of physicists and publishes more than a dozen scientific journals including the prestigious Physical Review and Physical Review Letters.
  • Directory of Open Access Journals – A service that covers free, full-text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals.
  • General OneFile – A one-stop source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics. Millions of full-text articles, many with images. Updated daily.
  • Google News Archive – Search and explore information from historical archives dating back over 200 years. For a quick how-to on using Google News Archive see this post on the Free Technology for Teachers blog.
  • Infotrac Newsstand (Gale) – Full-text newspaper database has several NY newspapers, including the NY Times from 1985-Present, as well as over fifty national and international newspapers. Click here for a title list. (Full-text)
  • NYS Newspapers – Collection of ten major newspapers published in New York State, searchable by section, keyword or relevance. (Full-text)
Business Research
  • Business Insights: Essentials – Detailed company and industry news that includes profiles, company histories, brand information, rankings and investment reports, etc.
  • Mergent ArchivesPaid for with Central Library funds – Mergent Archives is an online database featuring a vast, indexed collection of more than a century’s worth of global corporate and industry related documents. This collection contains hundreds of thousands of reports covering over 100 countries and industries. Mergent Archives uses a reliable and easy-to-navigate system designed to meet your historical research needs.
  • Mergent IntellectPaid for with Central Library funds – Powered by Hoover’s™, a Dun & Bradstreet Solution, Mergent Intellect is a flexible web-based application that features a deep collection of worldwide business information that enables companies to generate insightful business intelligence.
  • Mergent OnlinePaid for with Central Library funds – This state-of-the-art product provides Internet-based access to the most detailed, accurate and comprehensive global company database available, with the latest in features and functions.

Health
  • ConsumerLab.com – provides comprehensive information about vitamin, herbal and other supplements, and nutritional products. Includes ConsumerLab.com’s independent product evaluations, test results for ConsumerLab.com selected products and Approved Products from ConsumerLab.com’s Quality Certification Program, product recalls, and safety warnings. A science-based encyclopedia of natural products is also provided, including a drug-interaction database. Note: This database is only accessible in the library
  • Health Reference Center Academic – Multi-source database provides access to the full text of nursing and allied health journals, plus the wide variety of personal health information sources in InfoTrac’s award-winning Health Reference Center.
  • The Merck Manuals – Offering both the Professional and Consumer versions, The Merck Manuals are one of the world’s most widely used medical information resources. The Manuals have committed to making the best current medical information accessible by up to 3 billion health care professionals and patients on every continent by 2020.
  • X-Plain Patient Education Health Tutorials – More than 1400 educational videos with basic health information about illnesses or conditions, medical tests and procedures. Versiones en español de este contenido también están disponibles aquí.
Encyclopedias and Genealogy
  • Britannica Academic – Delivers fast and easy access to high-quality, comprehensive information. The rich combination of the venerable Encyclopædia Britannica plus Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, magazines and periodicals, and many other research tools provides the variety of reliable sources that students need to consult when conducting thorough collegiate research.
  • Britannica Elementary – Encyclopedia Britannica for elementary school students. Lets students look for people, places and things, watch and learn with videos and animations, and have fun with games and activities.
  • Britannica High – Encylopedia Britannica for high school students. Helps students get quick facts and in-depth information on a wide variety of subjects. Start research projects with multiple resources in one place and find multimedia to use in projects and presentations.
  • Britannica Middle – Encyclopedia Britannica for middle school students. Helps students find fast answers and get homework help, explore videos and articles on famous people and places as well as discover maps, photos, and illustrations for school projects.
  • Britannica Primaria – Geared towards elementary school students, the leading resource for accurate and age-appropriate content in Spanish. New features make it more valuable than ever for native Spanish speakers, bilingual students, and students learning Spanish.
  • Britannica Secundaria – Geared towards high school students, the leading resource for accurate and age-appropriate content in Spanish. New features make it more valuable than ever for native Spanish speakers, bilingual students, and students learning Spanish.
  • Castle Garden Immigration Center – is an educational project of The Battery Conservancy. This free site offers access to an extraordinary database of information on 11 million immigrants from 1820 through 1892
  • Fulton History – A historic newspaper website which contains archives of over 1000 New York newspapers, and some from other states and Canada.
  • Oxford Islamic Studies Online – Features reference content and commentary by renowned scholars in areas such as global Islamic history, concepts, people, practices, politics, and culture, and is regularly updated as new content is commissioned and approved under the guidance of the Editor in Chief, John L. Esposito. This database has been made possible thanks to the Bridging Cultures Grant. Please note: Home access is not available.
For Students
  • Britannica Academic – Delivers fast and easy access to high-quality, comprehensive information. The rich combination of the venerable Encyclopædia Britannica plus Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, magazines and periodicals, and many other research tools provides the variety of reliable sources that students need to consult when conducting thorough collegiate research.
  • Britannica Elementary – Encyclopedia Britannica for elementary school students. Lets students look for people, places and things, watch and learn with videos and animations, and have fun with games and activities.
  • Britannica High – Encylopedia Britannica for high school students. Helps students get quick facts and in-depth information on a wide variety of subjects. Start research projects with multiple resources in one place and find multimedia to use in projects and presentations.
  • Britannica Middle – Encyclopedia Britannica for middle school students. Helps students find fast answers and get homework help, explore videos and articles on famous people and places as well as discover maps, photos, and illustrations for school projects.
  • Britannica Primaria – Geared towards elementary school students, the leading resource for accurate and age-appropriate content in Spanish. New features make it more valuable than ever for native Spanish speakers, bilingual students, and students learning Spanish.
  • Britannica Secundaria – Geared towards high school students, the leading resource for accurate and age-appropriate content in Spanish. New features make it more valuable than ever for native Spanish speakers, bilingual students, and students learning Spanish.
  • Kids InfoBits – Designed especially for students in kindergarten through grade five. Complete with an engaging, developmentally appropriate graphic interface, premier reference content and the best magazines for elementary students, Kids InfoBits addresses the way kids learn and conduct research.
  • Research In Context – Created specifically for middle school students, Research In Context combines the best of Gale’s reference content with age-appropriate videos, newspapers, magazines, primary sources, and much more.
Readers' Advisory
  • NoveList K-8 PlusPaid for with Central Library funds – Specifically targeting grades K-8, NoveList K-8 Plus provides reader-focused features such as reading recommendations, series information, book reviews, book jackets, and more.
  • NoveList PlusPaid for with Central Library funds – Reader-focused features such as reading recommendations, series information, book reviews, book jackets, and more.
  • Educator’s Reference Complete – A collection of more than 1,100 peridiocals and 200 reports is a great resource for any educator–from the school teacher and administrator to those studying in the field at the collegiate an graduate level. Educator’s Reference Complete seeks to provide full text for titles in the Eric database and covers multiple levels of education from preschool to college, and every educational specialty–such as technology, bilingual education, health education, and testing. It also provides insight on issues in administration, funding, and policy.
  • Informe Académico – Meets the research needs of Spanish-speaking users with a wide range of full-text Spanish- and Portuguese-language scholarly journals and magazines both from and about Latin America. Informe Académico provides quality reference material–not simply translations of English-language materials–on a powerful, easy-to-use interface configured for Spanish-speaking users, allowing researchers to analyze topics and conduct research in Spanish.
  • Secrets of the Sequences: Video series on the Life Sciences – With initial funding from the Pfizer Foundation and the National Academy of Sciences, VCU has assembled 50 of the best videos from the public television series, “Secrets of the Sequence” to assist teachers in the application of genetic research across the biology curriculum. Funding from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute has allowed for the creation of additional videos, which are also included on this site.