According to 2017 Gallup data, around 4.5% of Americans are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. This means that around 2,400 people in the Patchogue-Medford district and around 67,000 people in Suffolk County are LGBT (using recent population estimates). Read on for some lifesaving information and local resources supporting LGBTQ+ people and their loved ones.[Read more…]
Governor Cuomo recently announced New York State Department of Labor’s partnership with Coursera, a leading online training provider.
Through this partnership, unemployed New Yorkers have free access to nearly 4,000 online training courses – many of these courses can be pathways to certifications, professional certificates, and new jobs.
To request a no-cost Coursera account, unemployed New Yorkers should visit this website and submit the online form.
Alternatively, Patchogue-Medford Library cardholders have access to Udemy, another leading online training provider. Udemy offers over 6,000 online courses in over 75 categories, including 2,000 courses taught by native speakers of Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, and Japanese. Udemy can be accessed on our ‘Research A to Z‘ page. You will need a Google or Microsoft account to sign up; these services are free and easy to create if you do not already have either. If you need help, contact us!
Launched in the 1980s with help from the American Library Association, Banned Books Week is a celebration of the freedom to read that now reaches nearly 3 billion readers every year.
The freedom to read is a key piece of intellectual freedom – the crucial freedom to hold, receive, and disseminate ideas from all points of view without restriction. Intellectual freedom is very important to libraries – they are committed to providing the ideas and information, in a variety of formats, to allow people to inform themselves.
Despite the success of Banned Books Week, censorship (the suppression of ideas and information that certain persons find objectionable or dangerous) still occurs and books are still being banned and challenged across the United States and the world.
Librarians, teachers, students, and community members must continue to stand up and speak out for the lifelong freedom to read and against censorship.
Read on to learn about some important banned books, some reasons why they were challenged or banned, and how you can read them for yourself![Read more…]