Thursday, June 11 I Cleaned and Organized, Now What Do I Do With Unwanted Items?
**Right now there are a number of places that usually collect gently used items that are not accepting donations yet. Be sure to call ahead and see if the organization you're thinking of is open.
In preparation of donation stations reopening, here are some things to consider-
Items you should never donate:
How to Hold a Garage Sale:
Other ways to rehome, repurpose, or recyle:
Take items to Monroe County's EcoPark:
Thursday, June 4 Take a Look Around You- Local History Resources
The only official Historical Society in town, provides information on the people, places, industries and institutions of our hometown, including searchable PDFs of over 20 years of their quarterly newsletter-journal.
Landmark Society of Western New York
The website of one of the nation’s oldest and most active historic preservation organizations. Dedicated to helping our region’s communities preserve and capitalize on their rich architectural, historical, and cultural heritage. The Landmark Society’s service area covers nine counties in western New York including the town of Brighton. They own and operate Brighton’s Stone-Tolan House, the oldest existing structure in Monroe County
Local History Division of the Rochester Public Library
This scholarly institution holds the largest collection of primary and secondary source materials about the history of Rochester and the Genesee Valley in the region and their website is large and expansive and includes:
A database that includes thousands of historical and contemporary images from Rochester and Monroe County
Rochester City Directories 1820’s through 1920’s and the Suburban Directories including Brighton from 1930-1940, scrapbooks, newspapers and magazines and so much more.
School Heritage Collection
A digital collection of hundreds of Rochester City High School yearbooks from the late 19th and early 20th century.
Digitized pdf versions of the quarterly pamphlet focusing on Rochester and western New York that has been published quarterly since 1939
Local History Rocs
This is the Rochester Public Library’s Local History blog with fun little history bites from bicycles to sewers to early environmentalists
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle Archive
Brighton Library provides access to this comprehensive newspaper database of dozens of newspapers throughout the Northeastern U.S. To just limit to the D&C you need to go to go under the Publications Tab and select either the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (1871-1884) or Democrat and Chronicle (1884-2011). You'll need your library card number to access, but it’s well worth it.
Old Fulton Postcards/History
Tom Tryniski, of Fulton, New York began this site circa 1999 with a collection of old postcards of Fulton, it has expanded to become one of the nation’s largest digital collection of newspapers including the Rochester Times-Union. Huge amounts of information on any topic, but surprisingly easy to use.
Called “The People’s Guide to Rochester” there is a history section with many links and some original content that’s a “crazy quilt” of information. Not very well organized, but full of interesting tidbits, including short articles on Brighton’s neighborhoods and some quirky institutions unlikely to be covered in more official sources.
Although it’s main focus is on the old Rochester subway (who ‘s eastern terminus was actually in Brighton, near today’s Charbroil House), a team of young contributors makes this perhaps the funkiest local history resource. Great graphics and images will bathe you in nostalgia, and one of the few local history websites with a gift shop.
Talker of the Town
Brightonian David Kramer’s eclectic blog, often focuses on local history topics, especially those with a hometown bent.
Rochester History Alive
Warren Kling, amateur historian and author of: America’s First Boomtown-Rochester, NY has a website that covers a gamut of Local History topics including, Brighton, its pioneers, and the Brighton Cemetery
Rochester: A City of Quality
This 1963 civic booster film made by the Jim Handy Company for Rochester Gas and Electric gives those of us not born yet, a glimpse into an idealized past, and those that were born a trip down “memory lane”
Thursday, May 28 Healthy You Resources
From the National Library of Medicine
"Our mission is to present high-quality, relevant health and wellness information that is trusted, easy to understand, and free of advertising, in both English and Spanish. Anywhere, anytime, on any device—for free."
Penn Medicine for Women FB
A Facebook page geared specifically for health issues of women from the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center.
University of Washington Medical Center Health resources
(includes a topic library as well as videos on certain medical conditions)
A wealth of science resources for k-8 including videos, experiments, STEM lessons, magazines, etc from the Baylor College of Medicine.
The Cleveland Clinic's Health Essentials- research topics and sign up for their weekly newsletter.
The Clinic also has a mobile "Stress Free App"
Physical Therapy via Youtube- have a diagnosed issue and need to brush up on your physical therapy techniques to find relief? These physical therapists have hundreds of thousands of followers on their YouTube Channels:
Ask Dr. Jo- a Physical Therapist and Doctor of Physical Therapy. "Subscribe to my channel to easily access a slew of Physical Therapy videos featuring demo videos of stretches and exercises for common injuries and syndromes" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0eAYFpVqX8
Bob & Brad
"The Newest and Greatest Introduction for the Famous Physical Therapists Bob Schrupp and Brad Heineck. They offer great advice, tips, and information on how to stay healthy, fit, and pain-free. Together they have over 50 years of experience and knowledge as physical therapists and fitness experts."
Podcasts to listen to (click on the link below or go to your app store on your device)
Happier with Gretchen Rubin
The #1 bestselling author of The Happiness Project and Better Than Before gets more personal than ever as she brings her practical, manageable advice about happiness and good habits to this lively, thought-provoking podcast.
The Hidden Brain
Shankar Vedantam uses science and storytelling to reveal the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, shape our choices and direct our relationships.
The Doctor's Kitchen
Covering a range of topics from the principles of healthy eating to how to prevent and treat illness, Dr Rupy and his panel of experts draw on the latest research to give you actionable tips to help supercharge your health.
Mental Ilness Happy Hour
The Mental Illness Happy Hour is a weekly online podcast that interviews comedians, artists, friends, and the occasional doctor. Each episode explores mental illness, trauma, addiction and negative thinking.
The Wellness Mama Podcast
The Wellness Mama Podcast is a weekly series covering the topics of holistic health, real food, stress, sleep, fitness, toxins, natural living, DIY, parenting, motherhood, and other health tips to give you actionable solutions to improve your family’s life!
Thursday, May 21, 2020 Tech to Know
Seven Apps That Put Privacy First
The Best Video Streaming Services for 2020
18 Social Media Apps and Sites Kids Are Using Right Now
From Netflix Party to Zoom: The internet apps getting us through quarantine
PCWorld – Reviews & articles on TVs, Computers, Phones, Tablets and More -
Digital Trends – Articles and Best of Digital Technology
Interesting YouTube Series about technology and science:
Our librarian, Katie says one App that you should know about but may never have heard of is:
This app stores articles without the ads so that reading is cleaner and easier.
From Pocket's website: "Save content from everywhere - Save articles, videos and stories from any publication, page or app. Curate your own space filled with everything you can’t wait to learn."
May 14, 2020 Resources for the Job Search
Rochester Works – Tool and Resources
Here you’ll find job search & career information, resume & cover letter writing and disabled job veteran’s services resources.
Career Tools JobZone
NYS Department of Labor career tools for adults.
Resume Writing Tips
“We’ll explain the ins and outs of writing a great resume so you can spend less time applying and more time making money.”
How To Write A Resume
“We’ll take you through all the essential steps of crafting this career document, from how to structure its many sections to how to make sure a spelling error doesn’t sneak in.”
Professional Resume Writing Services
If you’re thinking of paying someone else to craft your resume, consider these options.
No endorsement by the library is implied.
Job Search Engines
Search for employment through one of these job listing websites.
TED Talks To Listen To Before An Interview
Watch these videos to boost your interviewing skills!
Interview Questions and Answers 101
Build your confidence by exploring these common interview questions and be ready with some questions of your own.
Podcasts To Find Your Next Big Thing
"These seven podcasts are designed to help you find your next big thing with confidence and ease. The episodes are filled with helpful job searching tips and insightful interviews bound to make the entire job searching experience a little less painful." Laura Garnett on Inc.com
May 7, 2020 Getting Your Hands Dirty- Gardening tips for all levels of Gardeners
Starting your garden with compost:
How to Make Compost Faster (and Know When It's Ready!) [Quick Start to Composting Part 3]
Learn how to decompose compost faster with 3 tips for setting up perfect conditions. And how do you know when compost is ready? We'll show you what to look for in finished compost.
All things Gardening Podcast followed by much more:
All Things Gardening : NPR
April 26, 2020 Enjoy A Micro-Harvest While Slow-Maturing Plants Get Started. April 26, 2020 •
Here's an opportunity to garden together- Grow an herb Garden
Learn the basics of botany and plant growth by growing an herb garden with your child.
Butterfly Gardens, Ponds, and Edibles- Oh, My!
On Nashville Public Television’s Volunteer Gardener, we visit with a gardener who plants his front yard for hummingbirds, bees and butterflies. We talk home ponds and the 5 essentials to keep it in balance. We meet an energetic gardener who spent time, effort but not a lot of money to transform the entrance of his neighborhood from an eyesore to a diverse landscape of edibles and ornamentals.
Raised Beds Guide for Beginners- by Garden Answer (this YouTube channel has lots of good Gardening information on numberous topics)!
How To Harvest Herbs -
Grab a clean pair of sharp scissors and learn how to harvest basil, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, and thyme from your herb garden. In this video, we'll show you the keys to herb growing ...
Tour the Gardens at Monticello