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Good News for Test Takers

The Suffolk County Library System has announced that “NLC (National Learning Corporation) exam prep books are now available through Livebrary Downloads. The NLC test prep collection can be found at https://livebrary.overdrive.com/collection/100502. The collection includes exam prep books for Clerk, Clerk Officer, Administrative Assistant, Clerk-Typist, Police Officer and more. Other test prep book collections for the SAT, ACT,LSAT, TEAS, CLEP and ASVAB exams are also available through Overdrive https://livebrary.overdrive.com/.


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Disaster Preparedness Resources

Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can
Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have us asking ourselves—are we ready to respond to a disaster in our community? You are probably asking yourself the same question. To prepare, you must have your own plan in place first. Then you can help members of your community find resources to make their preparedness plans. 
This September, National Preparedness Month focuses on planning, with the theme “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.”
To plan ahead for Hurricane Irma, spend a few minutes reviewing the following information resources from the National Library of Medicine:
 
Week 1 (September 1-9): Make a Plan for Yourself, Family, and Friends
 
Find resources for making personal preparedness plans: 
 
Week 2 (September 10-16): Plan to Help Your Neighbor and Community
Now that you are ready to respond to a disaster, here are resources to help your community prepare: 
Week 3 (September 17-23): Practice and Build Out Your Plans
Practicing and drilling plans are essential activities: 
  • Find over 200 exercises to drill on, from NLM Disaster Lit® Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health
  • Which of your apps will work without internet connectivity? You may not have internet during a disaster. Turn on airplane mode if you have it, or open your settings and turn off both Wi-Fi and cellular data connectivity. Now test your apps to see what functionality they still have, if any. 
  • Bonus: try a new app from the NLM Disaster Apps for Your Digital Go Bag webpage. 
Week 4 (September 24-30): Get Involved! Be a Part of Something Larger
Join the Disaster Information Specialist Network! It includes a discussion listserv, bi-monthly webinars, and free training to bring your skills up to capacity for supporting response efforts in your community. 
https://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/disasterinfospecialist.html
Submitted by Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, MSLIS 
Program Manager, Disaster Information Specialist Program
Disaster Information Management Research Center
6707 Democracy Blvd.  Suite 510
Bethesda, MD 20892


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The Geocache Hunt is Back!

John Jermain Historical and Cutlural Distriict Geocache Hunt Flyer

The Sag Harbor Historic and Cultural District Geocache Hunt is now fully operational again. During our move back to 201 Main Street, a couple of our geocaches went AWOL, and with all the work to get settled into our new digs, we didn’t have time to get the program up and running again. But now it it’s back. All six caches are refurbished and ready for you to find. Find all six, and you’ll get a personalized completion certificate. Stop into the library for a special “passport” on which you can record your finds, and an instruction sheet that has all the information you’ll need to get going.

For those of you who don’t know what geocaching is, we’ve included an explanation below.

opencaching.us

Important Note:

The library’s geocaches are registered on  http://opencaching.us  You must create a free account at this site in order to download the coordinates of the geocaches and play our game. Due to some technical issues, only two of our six caches are listed on the popular geocaching.com website. But dont’ worry, opencaching.us is fully functional, and the only way to find all our caches.

 

Geocaching, and the John Jermain Geocache Hunt Explained

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices [e.g., smartphones]. Participants use an app on their phones to navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. Our hunt adds an additional twist.

Six geocaches are hidden around Sag Harbor. Each one relates to a member organization of the Sag Harbor Cultural District, all of which have cultural or historic significance for Sag Harbor. (We’re not telling which organizations. It’s part of your job to figure that out.) To join in the hunt, stop into the library and pick up a free “passport.”  Then go hunt for the geocaches. Each cache contains a unique rubber stamp. Use the stamp on your passport…then go find another cache. When you’ve found all six caches, bring your passport back to the library and you will receive a certificate of completion.

As mentioned above, all of the geocaches are registered on the geocaching website: http://opencaching.us. This site is a treasure-trove of information on how geocaching works. You’ll need to register in order to get access to the information about our geocaches that is stored there, but both registration, and the app for your smartphone that will lead you to the caches, are free. You’ll find a list of geocaching apps that work with various types of smartphones below. If you don’t own a smartphone but want to play, the library has two dedicated GPS navigation devices that it will loan to library card holders.

Confused? Help is also available from Eric Cohen, Kathleen Comber or Mireille Stürmann at the library. Call 631-725-0049 or send an email to jjlib@johnjermain.org.

Geocaching Apps for Your Smartphone

Android

iPhone


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Tick Season is Here

Don’t be caught uninformed… The Tick-Borne Disease Resource Center of Southampton Hospital is sponsoring a free event – “All About Tick-Borne Diseases” – Saturday July 15th at 10 a.m. at the Southampton Arts Center, 25 Jobs Lane (Old Parish Museum.) For more information call 631-726-TICK.


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New Online Newspaper Resource Available through JJML

The library has recently acquired Newspaper Source Plus, an online database providing a full text digital collection of the world’s major news content. The database contains comprehensive full-text for major newspapers such as Christian Science Monitor, Irish Times (Ireland), San Francisco Chronicle, The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), The Times (UK), Toronto Star, The Washington Post, The Washington Times (DC) and others. In addition, Newspaper Source Plus features more than 857,000 television and radio news transcripts, including ABC News (American Broadcasting Company), ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), CBC Canadian Broadcasting Corporation), CBS News, CNBC, CNN, CNN International, FOX News, MSNBC, National Public Radio, PBS, and more.
You can access Newspaper Source Plus in the library as well as from home with your library card barcode and password. Check it out! https://www.johnjermain.org/OnlineReference.html


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Online Support Group for Veterans Thurs. April 27th

Joseph P. Dwyer Veterans Peer Support Project, a joint initiative of Suffolk County United Veterans and Suffolk County Veteran Service Agency offers an online support group for veterans.

Thursday, April 27th
6:30 – 7:30 pm
Topic Coping Skills

To register visit: www.SupportGroupsCentral.com/mhaw

Advance registration is required.

Confidential & free. Open to all Veterans and service members.

Phone: 631-853-8345
Email: vetspeertopeer@suffolkcountyny.gov
http://www.facebook.com/DwyerProject
www.dwyerproject.org