During September, libraries across the nation celebrate Library Card Sign Up Month, and local libraries across the Southern Tier Library System are no exception!
There are 48 STLS libraries located throughout Allegany, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, and Yates counties. Each library offers a unique selection of resources beyond just books. The Cuba Circulating Library recently updated its Library of Things, which includes loanable items like laptops, cake pans, and PockeTalker hearing amplifier devices. The Southeast Steuben County Library offers an in-house makerspace, the Creation Station, which features a Cricut Explore Air, 3-D printers, sewing machines, and more! The library also loans sewing machines, so patrons can check one out and work on sewing projects at home. The Hornell Public Library will soon be adding a Tool Library, where patrons can find loanable tools to borrow and take home.
In addition to these handy items, patrons can also find telehealth kits available at a handful of libraries across the Southern Tier. These kits, provided by the South Central Regional Library Council, with funding from a Technology Improvement Project grant from the Network of the National Library of Medicine Region 7, include a Chromebook, a mobile hotspot, headset, and mouse, along with health literacy materials. They are great for individuals who do not have access to a reliable internet connection at home.
Mary-Carol Lindbloom, executive director of the South Central Regional Library Council, wrote, ‘SCRLC believes telehealth options should be available to everyone as a matter of equity. We are happy to provide the kits for residents to connect with their provider, participate in support groups, or to use for other health and informational needs.’
The kits are available at the Dormann Library in Bath, Dundee Library, Friendship Free Library, Steele Memorial Library in Elmira, Watkins Glen Public Library, and Whitesville Public Library.
“The Watkins Glen Public Library feels fortunate to be a part of this pilot program and can’t wait to see it take off. The Telehealth Kit is an excellent resource for a variety of reasons. The kit includes a mobile hotspot which we’ve seen an increased need for in Schuyler County over the last three years. Access to the Internet remains a struggle in many households. The kit also provides security and privacy for individuals who may be uncomfortable visiting offices in person, attending support group meetings, and doing research on health issues and other medical needs. Our hope is that the Telehealth Kit encourages mobilization of similar projects on a larger scale so that people across the Southern Tier can benefit from all that it offers,” said Kelly Povero, director of the Watkins Glen Public Library.
Celebrate Library Card Sign Up Month with Southern Tier libraries. You can register for a digital library card from home (https://www.stls.org/digital-library- card/)! A digital card gets you immediate access to over 32,000 ebook, audiobook, and magazine titles in the digital library (https://stls.overdrive. com/), along with access to databases to help with resume writing, job searching, unemployment applications, college preparation, and more (https://stls.libguides.com/databases). With an STLS library card, users can also access the Virtual Reference Desk from the Chemung County Library District Steele Memorial Library. As the Central Library of the Southern Tier Library System, patrons across the Southern Tier can get help with research questions through the form (https://ccld.lib.ny.us/edesk/).
Check the map (https:// www.stls.org/find-your-library/) to find your local STLS library, and stop by to register for a library card this September!