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Message from the Morton Board

Dear Friends,

As all of you know, the Morton Memorial Library and Community House is much more than a beautiful and historic home for books, music and audio recordings. Our library is a jewel of the Hudson Valley, a social hub where friends, visitors and neighbors, young and old, come together to enrich what is already such a remarkable community.

Along with a wide variety of books (paper or electronic) ranging from Chaucer to Dr. Seuss, we offer programs for everyone from toddlers (Friday morning story hour!) to preteens (coding lessons for girls in 3rd through 5th grades) to grown ups. Our calendar is packed with movies; the ongoing Sustainability series; monthly acoustic shows; concerts by the Mid-Hudson Classical Guitar Society; weekly Lacan seminars; ARTalks; and the Annual Talent Show, a celebration of local creativity that always brings a packed house.

Our new window-lined reading room offers stacks of cookbooks as well as up-to-date periodicals. We welcome visitors to bring along a laptop and tap into our free Wi-Fi— or the Mid-Hudson Library System’s Overdrive which offers e-books—and read or work without distraction.

Taxpayer funds, grants and special events comprise much of our financing, but we still need and rely on the generosity of our friends and neighbors to help us meet expenses, make improvements and keep this wonderful place running.  In this past year, your support has contributed to the renovation of the downstairs into a proper sewing center/seed library and game area and to an enlarged audio/visual collection.

Please consider a donation to Morton at any time this season. We welcome a single gift, monthly contributions, and of course, if you have access to them, matching donations.

Contributions can be sent to our PO Box or via PayPal’s secure site, accessed at mortonrhinecliff.org.

Many thanks for your generosity and support. You are what makes the Morton Memorial Library and community House the treasure that it is.

With warm regards,

The Morton Board

Tuesday’s Tip

Online Shopping Safety         December 10th, 2019

More than ever people are shopping online and this time of year sales and deals encourage even those who don’t purchase merchandise online to explore the option. Shopping online can be convenient and cost effective, but you should always be aware of the risks and how to keep your information safe.

The U.S. Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has created a series of short videos with helpful tips for a safe & secure online shopping experience. Feel free to share these with anyone who may be new to the experience, and have a safe and happy holiday!

Tip #1: Check Your Devices

Tip #2: Only Shop Through Trusted Sources

Tip #3: Use Safe Methods for Purchase

For more tips on how to shop safely and securely, you could also check out this 2018 listicle from PC Mag:

Morton Board Meeting Dates

The meetings of the Morton Board are held on the first Thursday of every month at 5:30 p.m.

January 3, 2019, February 12, 2019, March 7, 2019, April 4, 2019, May 2, 2019, June 6, 2019, August 1, 2019, September 5, 2019, October 3, 2019, November 7, 2019, December 5, 2019.

eBooks for Kids!

Overdrive for Kids

The library has expanded services with a new digital collection website experience just for kids. The main MHLS Digital Download Collection now has a separate site to provide a safe and easy browsing experience for kids.

Libraries recognize the need to provide a safe environment for kids to browse library materials. Just as the children’s section of the physical library has its own place, the same experience is now available in the digital collection for kids eBooks and audiobooks. Browsing can be done by subject, reading level or interest level. Check out the Kid’s eReading Room.