On June 19th, New York unanimously passed a bill legalizing the use of eBikes and eScooters statewide. While there are some exceptions, these vehicles are now an option for many New Yorkers. Read on for a breakdown of eBikes and eScooters, information on purchasing and using one, and some local tips.[Read more…]
The Library has published a brand-new website for the Celia M. Hastings Local History Room, https://history.pmlib.org, showing the Room, its collections, its services, its policies, and its history, and with a scope including the history of Patchogue, Medford, Brookhaven Town, Suffolk County, Long Island, and New York State.
Curious about what happened here in the past? In East Patchogue, Medford, North Patchogue, Patchogue, the Pat-Med Area, in Brookhaven Town, in Suffolk County, on Long Island (as a region), or in New York State? This website is a great place to start, browse, read, explore, answer questions, do a little research…
- New York State History, including information on census, naturalization, vital & related records; colleges & universities of New York State; county histories; cities of New York State (New York City and its boroughs); Governors (Colonial & State); and U.S. leaders from New York State (Presidents, First Ladies, Vice Presidents, and Supreme Court Justices).
- Long Island History, including Indian prehistory & history, county histories, town histories & records, and village histories.
- Patchogue-Medford Area History, including histories of local Associations; biographies; business & industrial history; educational history; Fire Department history; historic buildings & structures; literary history; maritime history; Police (Constabulary) history; and religious history.
- Library History, including period histories, chronologies, directories, images, haunts (Library locations), and a walking tour of Library history.
- General Research Tools, including Digital PML, the subject headings in the Room's Vertical File, links to where to find historic newspapers, and our index to the Long Island Forum.
- Specialized Research Tools, including lists of Long Island Genealogy Reference works; our birth, marriage and death index to the Long Island Advance; information on researching the history of your house; subject guides to Long Island history; historical commemorations & celebrations; and information on Long Island Espionage & Long Island in the Revolution.
- Other Useful Contacts, including where to explore more about Patchogue-Medford Area history, Brookhaven Town history, Suffolk County history, New York State history, and Long Island history.
For more detailed information about what's on the site, visit this overview of the site.
Any questions or comments? Contact us.
Digital Movies, Music and More – Instantly Available – 24/7 – Free with your Library Card!
Thank you for being a loyal library cardholder of Patchogue-Medford Library! We are excited to announce hoopla digital: a new digital media service provided to you, our patron, through which you may access and enjoy over 600,000 titles, from six different formats: Movies, TV, Music Albums, eAudiobooks, eBooks, and Comics/Graphic Novels. All in one location, from your computer, tablet or Smartphone!
With hoopla, there are no hold lists, no extra apps or accounts needed or special steps to use it.
It just works!
On a mobile device, borrowed content may be temporarily downloaded and accessed offline or, in either the app or on a computer, all borrowed content may be enjoyed while connected to the internet by streaming.
Come see what all the hoopla’s about:
- To register for and enjoy hoopla digital for free with your library card, please download the hoopla digital app from your Apple or Google Play store on your mobile device. Look for the hoopla app from Midwest Tape. If you are using a computer, you may visit https://www.hoopladigital.com/ and click on the blue “GET STARTED” button. In the apps look for the “Sign Up” link.
- Once you have downloaded the app to your device(s) and/or clicked on the hoopla digital link on our website, you will be prompted to choose Patchogue-Medford Library as your home library, then to enter your your library card barcode number or username AND your library card PIN/Password. Finally you will be asked to enter an email address and create a password for the Hoopla digital service. The system will validate that you are in good standing with the library, so that you may begin to browse, borrow, and enjoy the content.
- Once you borrow a title on one device it is automatically available via all devices with the hoopla digital app and via your PC web browsers (IE 8+, Firefox 12+, Safari 5+, Chrome 19+).
- When using hoopla you will be able to begin streaming the content immediately. You can also download content to view at a later date (in case you won’t have Wi-Fi on that camping trip).
- You will be allowed to borrow 5 titles each month. On the first of every month your count will reset to 5
- Video lends for 72 hours
- Music lends for 7 days
- Audiobooks lend for 21 days
- You are able to access (view/listen to) borrowed content as often as you want during the checkout period and you can return any borrowed title whenever you want.
We really love this service. It is easy to use and provides our library patrons instant access (again, with no waiting!!) to any titles they want. As a Patchogue-Medford Library cardholder, you may borrow up to 5 titles per month.
Thanks again for your patronage and support over the years! We hope you enjoy hoopla digital and look forward to your feedback!
If you are of a certain age, as a child you probably owned (or really wanted to own) a View-Master. Remember that chunky red plastic slide viewer with the circular slide disks that had all of your favorite cartoons? There were educational reels too that took you on a field trip of sorts. I had a ton of different disks but Seven Wonders of the World was my personal favorite. The View-Master’s 3D effects were really amazing, and you really felt like you were going on a journey. In some ways, the View-Master was the first virtual reality experience for many people.
Fast forward to 2016 where the technology behind virtual reality has advanced rapidly in the past couple of years. Right now, virtual reality is really taking off in the gaming world and several major companies including Facebook, Samsung, and PlayStation have developed virtual reality headsets. While these headsets are really cool, they are also pretty pricey, with the lower end Samsung Gear VR starting at $99.99.
If you want to experience virtual reality without breaking the bank, good news. You can do so with Google Cardboard. Simple, cheap, and good fun, Google Cardboard is a complete virtual reality platform that you can purchase for as little as $15 or even make yourself.
Cardboard works much like the View-Master but instead of using picture disks, it uses a smartphone. The phone is placed in a viewer at an optimal distance from the lenses and a 3D effect is created when the viewer is held up to your eyes. You can move your head around and the images will respond as if you’re in the same place as what is displayed on your screen. Plug in headphones and you can add 3D audio for a more immersive experience.
Cardboard works with both Android and Apple phones and there are numerous apps for games, videos, and more. You can get a taste of what Cardboard is capable of with the Cardboard app. This app comes with demos like Google Earth, where you can fly wherever you would like. You can also try Cardboard with YouTube and view popular videos on a seemingly massive screen.
Here’s one of the best things about Google Cardboard. Patchogue-Medford Library now offers Google Cardboard for a seven day loan. Check one out, take it home, and experience virtual reality for yourself! Visit the Adult Reference Desk to get for more information.