It's Germane

The John Jermain Library's Weblog

Leave a comment

New Flipster Titles for 2018

If you’ve been enjoying reading your magazines on Flipster, here are 12 new titles that have been added to the subscription for 2018:

Bloomberg Businessweek
Consumer Reports Buying Guide
Digital Photo
Family Fun
Martha Stewart Living
Men’s Journal
National Geographic Traveler
Ranger Rick
Science News
Taste of Home
The Family Handyman

To see the complete list of magazines available on Flipster go to:

Leave a comment

FEMA’s Winter Preparedness Guide

With winter in full swing, prepare for storms of ice, snow, and bitter cold.

how to prepare for a winter storm

This year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency released an updated How to Prepare for a Winter Storm Guide. The guide includes a preparedness checklist, tips to stay healthy and warm, and a winter weather check for your car. There are also actions to protect your home and reduce property damage.

Share how to prepare for, stay safe during, and recover from a winter storm on your website or social media account. Download the guide today:

Visit the Prepareathon website for more winter preparedness resources.

Leave a comment

Attention Suffolk County Veterans needing assistance for the holidays, Christmas & Thanksgiving

Attention Suffolk County Veterans needing assistance for the holidays, Christmas & Thanksgiving

If you are a Veteran or Military service member residing in Suffolk County NY and will need assistance providing Thanksgiving dinner for you and your family contact us and we will get you a frozen turkey and groceries. No requests will be accepted after 1pmSaturday November 18th. And offers of assistance will be based upon available resources. Please fill out the Veteran request form at 
We will be delivering the frozen turkeys and food on Saturday afternoon.

If you need assistance providing Christmas for your family please contact us by Tuesday November 28th, please send an email stating your circumstances we will be able to assist a few families this year and we will decide on the eve of the 28th who we will be able to assist. We will be helping families this Christmas that we have not helped in previous years and will contact those families during the first week in December. We will be asking you for your children’s Dear Santa letter as well as their clothing sizes.

This is limited to Veterans / Military residing in Suffolk County.

All requests for assistance are confidential and only seen by the BOTGNY board members.

Thank you for your service



If you are in a position to support this cause, gift cards can be mailed to PO BOX 675 Bellport NY 11713, and tax deductible online donations can be made

Thank you for your Support


Frank Bania

Boots on the Ground NY

Leave a comment

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 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

Leave a comment

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.
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

Leave a comment

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.

Important Note:

The library’s geocaches are registered on  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 website. But dont’ worry, 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: 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

Geocaching Apps for Your Smartphone



Leave a comment

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.