Valle Blair, CCLS Youth Services Consultant
Vote for your top ten favorite books of the last year from the list of 26 nominees (found here) on the YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) website until the end of Teen Read Week, October 14th. Each year, a committee of teens chosen from book discussion groups across the country select a list of nominees. Teens everywhere can vote for their favorites!
Valle Blair, CCLS Youth Services Consultant
WASHINGTON, August 10, 2017 — The Audio Description Project, an initiative of the American Council of the Blind (ACB), along with the Mid-Tennessee Council of the Blind, the Tennessee School for the Blind and the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, announces an opportunity for blind people world-wide to experience the upcoming total eclipse of the sun.
On Monday afternoon, August 21, at exactly 1:27 p.m. (CDT), the Sun above Nashville, TN will disappear from view. The sky will go completely dark. But through the use of succinct, imaginative and vivid language – audio description –the event will be accessible to the millions of people who are blind or have low vision, or anyone who wishes to experience a verbal version of the visual.
Between 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. (CDT) on August 21, Dr. Joel Snyder will host “A Total Eclipse — Audio Described!” on ACB Radio. Snyder, the director of ACB’s Audio Description Project, will present an hour of songs (“Ain’t Got No Sunshine,” “Here Comes the Sun,” “Blinded by the Light,” “When The Sun Goes Down,” etc.), interviews and special guests — with the main event being described live from the Tennessee School for the Blind between 1:15 p.m. and 1:45 p.m. (CDT). Trained audio describer, Nashville-based Julia Cawthon, will describe the eclipse as it happens and provide a vivid “translation” of the visual event into words for the benefit of anyone who tunes in.
“Audio description uses the spoken word to provide access to visual images that would otherwise not be accessible to people who are blind or have low vision,” stated Kim Charlson, president of the American Council of the Blind. “Audio describers help make so many aspects of our culture accessible. We’re delighted to sponsor this program on August 21 and help people experience this important event.”
How to access the broadcast: Go to http://www.acbradio.org/interactive and select “Click Here to Play.” Then be sure to select the link that opens the player that you use to listen to music or stream internet radio stations. You can also listen on any telephone by dialing (605) 475-8130 and select option 4. If you are using an iOS device such as an iPad or iPhone, install “ACB Link”; open the app, select the radio tab and then tap on the menu button. Select “live streams” and “ACB Radio Interactive,” select the play button and the stream will launch.
Additional information about ACB’s Audio Description Project is available at:
We are very pleased to announce that the genealogy website Ancestry Library Edition is now available for patron use here at the library. This free resource gives access to many of the same records found on their subscription site, Ancestry.com. Over 30,000 Ancestry.com record collections are included. That’s 11 billion records, including U.S. and international offerings! That number will continue to grow as new records are regularly added.
The site can be accessed on the library’s public computers or on your own laptop or tablet that you bring to the library. The web address is ancestrylibrary.com
Records can be saved from our computers to your external USB memory device or directly to your laptop or tablet. Records can also be printed for .10 a page in black and white or .50 in color.
In addition to records, you will find message boards to connect with other users, a learning center featuring research aides and state information, and printable charts and forms to help organize your research.
Help with the site is available during regular library hours on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and help resources are currently being developed.
This month, book club members will be reading a Christmas book of their choice. Members can choose from a selection of books that have been set aside here at the library or choose one from another source. Anyone interested in joining the book club is encouraged to take part in this holiday tradition.
July 11-August 12
We are looking forward to another fun filled summer at the library. The summer reading program is a great time to motivate children to keep up with their reading skills even though they aren’t in school. This summer we will be focusing on fitness activities. There will be some physical challenges that we would like to incorporate to coincide with the Summer Olympics. We will be teaching some map skills and will work with Pfeiffer Nature Center to put those skills to practice. We will introduce the children to some games that were played by their grandparents that can still be fun today. Along with the fun activities and crafts that will be offered on Monday evenings and Friday mornings, there will be prizes available as motivation for the children to read. These prizes work as a reward for those that enjoy reading and an incentive for those that need a little more encouragement. Children may begin to sign up on July 1. Many parents and grandparents that have attended the program in the past have mentioned that they enjoy the activities as much as the child they bring. We hope to see you here at the library this summer. So… On your mark, get set……
The library has a limited number of federal tax forms and instructions. We have ordered as many as possible.
Forms can be printed from the IRS website and instructions can be viewed there as well or both can be ordered for mail delivery. In addition, you may have them printed here at the library for the usual copy fee (.10 per page). New York State forms will also be available from the library or may be printed online.
Please call the library at 716-933-8441 for up to date information on form availability.
Print forms and view publications: Click Here
Forms and Publications by US Mail: Click here
eNew York State Forms and Instructions: Click Here
Ancestry.com/NY is a free genealogy resource for New York State residents. To watch the video in full screen place your cursor in the bottom right corner of the video and click on the square that appears.
Take a trip back in time through Portville’s historic newspapers! Through the services of the Northern NY Library Network in Potsdam NY, we have digitized our microfilm collection of Portville newspapers. Titles include The Portville Autograph, The Portville Review and The Portville Star and many issues from 1908-1969 are available. They can be viewed at the New York State Historic Newspapers (NYSHN) website. Whether you’re researching your family tree or just enjoy history, you’ll find a lot of interesting reading from days gone by. A link is also available on our homepage in the Quick Links section. Click on “Portville Historic Newspapers”.
Links to each of Portville's papers can be found here, on the Cattaraugus County page.
Video tutorials are available to assist you as you began to explore the newspapers:
How to Use the Search Menu
Conducting a Personal Name Search
How to Use the Results Page
Click here for a list of frequently asked questions.
Help is also available here at the library on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
We are proud to announce that the winner of the Summer 2015 Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Teens Write Competition is our very own Anna Wray! Anna's story,. “Fire in the Sky”, is a humorous science fiction tale of a girl who learns an important lesson about friendship when a lost baby dragon falls from the sky. Miss Wray is the daughter of Shawn and Heather Wray and will be a junior at Portville Central School.
Read "Fire in the Sky":
Anna received a plaque and a gift certificate at a reception hosted by the library.
Join us on Monday, August 10th at 6:30 as we welcome The Roger Tory Peterson Institute and their presentation "For the Birds". The whole family can enjoy learning about naturalist Roger Tory Peterson through his biography, hands-on use of the Peterson Field Guide and a Jeopardy-based quiz game.
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