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Printer out of ink again?

Mobile Printing is now available!

Mobile printing.. what is that?

BEFORE if you were to come into the library with your own computer and wanted to print you would have to email yourself the document (or save it to a USB) and login to our computers, find your document in your email, and lastly send it to the printer.

NOW, no more hassle! You can use Printeron to send the documents to our printer. This can be done in the library, home your own home or even your mobile phone! There are two ways of doing so:

  • Use this link to upload the document
  • Email us the document
    • Black & White copies (10 cents per page): lml-main-bw@printspots.com
    • Color copies (50 cents per page): lml-main-color@printspots.com

When you come in to library to pick it up, go directly to the Print Release Station to pay. That’s it!

The next time your printer runs out of ink, don’t panic send it to us.

 

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Don’t be Ashamed.

Read what you want to read. Don’t be afraid to ask about erotic novels, mental health, LGBT books, etc. The public library is for everyone. If you really don’t want to ask me, or my co-workers you can look them up on our online catalog.

For this reason libraries all our the world celebrate “Banned Book Week” which is an annual awareness campaign that celebrates the freedom to read, draws attention to banned and challenged books, and highlights persecuted individuals. Its goal is “to teach the importance of our First Amendment rights and the power of literature, and to draw attention to the danger that exists when restraints are imposed on the availability of information in a free society” (See the ALA).

Libraries and librarians attempt to ensure the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them. We strive to keep material publicly available so that people can develop their own conclusions and opinions. So don’t judge and don’t be ashamed. Read what you want. 

Are you Reading this Summer?

When I think about summer I think of going to the beach, enjoying the outdoors, vacations, pools and delicious food at BBQs. My summer was spent going to the beach, boating and going on a few mini vacations which included Boston and upstate New York. I have a few “firsts” that happened to me. First time on a sailboat, first time whale watching and the first time in a cavern. It was also the first time I didn’t bring a book to read other than travel guides!

Others, however have been busy catching up on assigned summer reading. This year’s theme seems to be classic literature as many people have been asking for To Kill a Mockingbird, Great Expectations and The Grapes of Wrath to name a few. Summer reading is a rite of passage, and believe it or not some of these classics are actually good! Great Expectations by Charles Dickens has the most memorable characters in literature and if you have not read it I suggest you start there. You can also check out this list.

What time of the year do you read most? For me when the temperatures start to drop I’m sure I will pick up a few books along the way. Nevertheless, if you follow me on GoodReads a book or two will appear on my list even in the summer months.

Long Island Fiction

I recently did a Long Island Fiction book display. The books seemed to be pretty popular, because I had to refill the display a few times. One of the authors that I featured on this display is none other than Nelson Demille. For those of you who haven’t read any of his works I would suggest the John Corey series.

The first book in this series which I have read is called Plum Island. In this book you meet a very charismatic protagonist. He’s a brilliant detective, but he is also funny and sarcastic. His inner monologues really makes the book a pleasure to read, even though you are reading about a vicious double murder. Another thing Demille does very well is describe the sights and sounds of Long Island.

A series sounds like a lot of commitment, but don’t worry book two The Lion’s Game is just as good as the first if not better. In an interview Demille stated that he never intended on making Plum Island a series so the The Lion’s Game has the same sarcastic main character, but without a prolonged continuous plot line. In other words you can pick up any book in the series and not miss out. In this second book Corey is on the hunt for an international terrorist. Although this was published before the events of 9/11 the story line is eerily similar to the political situation we have now. Demille explains in his introduction that the similarity is due to all of the research and interviews he conducted with law enforcement in preparation of writing the book.

If you’ve flown from Long Island MacArthur airport or have been to the Cradle of Aviation Museum you’ll be delighted to find out how Demille sneaks these Long Island places into his book.

Digital Services @ your library

What does a library have to offer? Traditional answers include books, movies, community space, and programs. Libraries have evolved to include emerging technologies such as eBooks, but did you know we also offer other great digital services?

flipsterFlipster is a digital magazine service that makes it easy for you to read your favorite magazines on your computer or mobile device. It’s especially beautiful and convenient for iPad users. To access it click on the Flipster link from the library’s research page found under the Magazines & Newspaper section. Sign in using your valid library card! From the main Flipster page you can then click on a magazine to view it within your browser. Some popular titles include: People Weekly, Car and Driver, HGTV magazine, and many others.

indieflix With your library card you also have access to a free movie streaming service. Indieflix features unlimited access to over 4,500 selections of independent films which include the best of Sundance, Cannes, and Tribeca film festivals. To access this service click the link from the library’s research page and find it under the Arts & Humanities subject heading. This service works on  all internet devices and even on Roku.

To access any of our digital services including eBooks, you will need a valid library card. If you don’t have a library card (yet)  You can apply for a temporary card online here, but you must visit the library within the next 30 days to complete registration. If it has been a long time since you’ve used your card renew it by coming down to the library. If you have outstanding fines to be paid you can do so in person, or online here.

A Week of Light Reading

Our library was closed for several days for asbestos abatement. Now that everything is back to normal I’d like to share with you what I’ve read!

JacketBride of New France by Suzanne Desrochers

Recommended for lovers of historical fiction, this book follows the life of Laure Beasejour, a young, French orphan who is transported to the Canadian colony as part of a program sponsored by King Louis XIV that sent eight hundred young women abroad to marry settlers.

Jacket (1)Off the Record (Record Book 1) by K.A. Linde

Liz Dougherty’s a college newspaper reporter finds herself covering a state senator’s impromptu press conference. Although his politics rubs Liz the wrong way, their relationship turns into a secret, high-stakes romance that could destroy the careers they each hold dear. Recommended for fans of erotic novels, new adult books and contemporary romance.

dfgOn the Record (Record Book 2) by K.A. Linde

For Liz Dougherty, election day is a day of looking toward the future and saying goodbye to the past. But feelings for her former flame still linger. Find out how the romance drama ensues in the second book in the series.

Fall TV Update!

TV shows come and go, but a few that I previously mentioned are still going strong. Madam Secretary (CBS) has Tea Leoni as a former CIA agent who takes on the role of Secretary of State after an accident claims the life of the office’s previous occupant. A recent episode that just aired was filmed in Massapequa and Massapequa’s Nautilus diner!

Another hit The Affair (Showtime) has been renewed for a second season. The show is based on an extramarital relationship between two troubled married people a New York City teacher and a young waitress. The best part of the show is how it is told. It is split into two perspectives, one from the teacher’s side and the other the waitress’. If you are a fan of drama and romance tune in!

State of Affairs - Season 1My other two picks were unfortunately not so long-lasting.  Say goodbye to Fox’s Utopia and ABC’s Manhattan Love Story.

The last show I recommended State of Affairs (NBC) just premiered this Monday night. According to several media outlets, Katherine Heigl is notoriously difficult to work with and doesn’t have many fans in the film industry. How will this bad press affect the popularity of the show? Time will only tell.

I would like to announce another TV show you should check out, The Librarians (TNT)! TNT ordered a 10-episode weekly series version of The Librarian, following the original cast that includes Noah Wyle, Bob Newhart and Jane Curtin, as well as four new characters who work for The Library. Here are some new characters:

  •  Eve Baird (Rebecca Romijn), who is a counter-terrorism agent who protects the group.
  • Jake Stone (Christian Kane), who has an IQ of 190 and extensive knowledge of Art History.
  • Cassandra (Lindy Booth), who has the special gift of auditory and sensory hallucinations linked to memory retrieval.
  • Ezekiel Jones (John Kim), “a master of technologies” and fan of classic crimes who enjoys playing the role of international man of mystery.
  • Jenkins (John Larroquette) will serve as the reluctant,  caretaker; he’s worked at The Library’s branch office “for longer than anyone knows” and has extensive knowledge of ancient lore.

The series is set to premiere on December 7th. You can see the trailer here: