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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:

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20 New Titles Added to Flipster

flipster_squareTwenty new titles have just been added to Flipster, our digital magazine service. Flipster can be accessed on a computer or mobile device. Offline viewing is available using the Flipster app for Ipad or Ipad mini. Among the new titles added are Boating, Food & Wine, GQ, New Yorker, Organic Life, Scientific American, Popular Photography and Writer’s Digest.
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Temperatures Dropping….it’s really cold out there!

Do you know how to prevent your water pipes from freezing? Visit the library’s Home Improvement Center Online Database. Here you’ll find articles and how-to videos on home maintenance, electrical work, plumbing and much more. Go to, then log in with your library card number and pin. Explore our Home Improvement Center without going out into the cold.

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Heard Any Good Books Lately?

audiobooks If you enjoy listening to audiobooks, the library is the place for you. We offer books on CD, downloadable audiobooks and Playaways. If you don’t find what you want on the shelf, remember we have access to the audiobook collections of all Suffolk County Library System member libraries. When searching the catalog, select “All Libraries” to browse the collections of these libraries. You can search for downloadable audiobooks through the Live-brary – Free Downloads link on John Jermain’s Home Page: Please call Sue at the Reference desk for additional information 631-725-0049 ext. 232.

For an interesting article on audiobooks in The New York Times see:
If you cannot access it through the above NYTs link, try using the library’s copy at (requires your barcode and pin)

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What Would You Call It?

Online Reference is one of the richest, and most amazing resources available at the library. It is also one of the most underused. We, the library staff, are  confounded by this paradox…now more than ever.  JJML Home PageYou see, we have all just attended a staff training course to better familiarize us with the wealth of information available to library users  on our website.  What we discovered, or rediscovered, is that a wealth of surprising, informative, practical facts and services are freely and easily accessible there.
Here are a few things you can find or do in the online reference section of our website (Note: some of these links require you to login with your library card barcode number and JJML account password*):

and so much more it would be impossible to list it all here.

So what’s the problem?  Why aren’t more people taking advantage of the availability of this free service?  We’re not sure, but we think one issue might be the name we gave it on our website: “Online Reference.” It’s just not a very friendly name. We suspect that very few people know what it means, or are aware of the incredibly useful stuff that is hidden there. We also think the word “reference” may put some people off. It sounds like it’s only for students, scholars, professors, or others who are into serious research.  So we’re planning to rename the section, but…

We’ve been down this road before (it used to be called “Virtual Reference” and we’ve also referred to it as our “Virtual Branch,” which is even less clear). Given that history, we know that our ideas about what to call it probably won’t improve things much. We think a better plan is to ask you, our loyal customers, blog readers and Facebook fans. What do you think we should name this section of our website to make it more user-friendly? What would get people to actually click on the link?

Let us know your ideas for a new name for the Online/Virtual Reference section of our website. Please leave your suggestions in the comment section of this blog post, or on our Facebook page. To thank you for your help, if we pick your suggestion to be used on our website, you’ll get your choice of either a 32GB USB flash drive, or a wireless mouse. Please get your suggestions to us by April 30, 2013.

*If you don’t currently have a JJML password, click here to create one.

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Times Change…So Does Your Library

Kids at iPad Tableipad table in children's area iPads have replaced computers in our children’s area. We think they provide a better experience all around, and so, apparently, do these guys. We’ve added three permanently mounted iPads to the two “circulating” iPads we have in the children’s department, all loaded with games and educational software. All five are for kids only and do not have internet access. The “circulating” iPads require an adult library card holder to check them out for the kids (for in-library use only). The three that are secured to the table do not require a library card for use.