Database Spotlight: Legal Forms Library

This month our featured database is the last of our most recent additions, Legal Forms Library. Over the years many people have come into the library looking for a form, or what you need to get theirย legal actions taken care of. So we purchased this new resource that is free to you, so long as you have a library card. Legal Forms Library is full of thousands of forms that fit inside hundreds of different categories. So here is a quick walk through to help you get started using this resource.

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To get started,you will need to log into our catalog. Under the “Electronic Resources Available to Logged-In Users” section, you will find the button for Legal Forms Library. Once you click, you will be taken to a brand new page where you will be. Given access to all of the legal forms.

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The first section you will probably notice is the most commonly searched for forms. Here you can quickly find forms to help with Divorce, Bankruptcy, Power of Attorney, Wills, Leases, and many more. Simply click on one of these buttons and you will see all the forms available to you (and are good for the state of Indiana). Underneath is a list of all categories of law that you can find forms for.

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Once you find a form you would like, click on the link and you will be given a full description of the form along with the option of how you would like to download it. If you chose the “MS Word” option, a “.doc” file will download to your computer. You will be able to open this file in Microsoft Word and make any changes that you need to make. If you do not have Word (or another program that can read .doc files), you may chose to download the Rich Text version. This form will open up in any text editor on your computer (e.g. Notepad), so you can still make the changes you need.

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Legal Forms Library isn’t just for legal forms (despite the name). You can also find a few tools to help your own understanding of the law (and your newly downloaded form). Three buttons exist on the side. “Definitions” will help you learn what certain legal terms mean. “Law Digest” will help you learn about important legal matters, and people of interest. “Legal Q&A” is full of sample questions and answers of law in various states.

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However, there is only so much you can do on your own. If you need legal counsel, there is a handy directory of attorneys built right into the database. Click the state you live in, and then select what kind of lawyer you need, and Legal Forms Library gives you a list of lawyers that can help you out.

As always, if you have any question do not hesitate to ask. Leave them in the comments, or send us an email throughย ourย website.

Graphic Novels Are NOT Throw Away Literature

Let me start by saying, the goal is to get people reading. It doesn’t matter what the reading material is (it could be the cereal box), just as long as you are reading. By the way, CONGRATULATIONS! You’re reading and I couldn’t be happier. That being said, there is a medium that is being looked down upon as lesser literature; that we can somehow pretend that these books don’t exist, and that they will simply go away because we ignore them. These books (if you haven’t guessed it) are Graphic Novels.

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There is a difference between graphic novels and comic books. Graphic novels are usually longer, and tell a complete story from beginning to end. On the other hand, a comic book comes in installments that can tell a whole story, or is a compilation of several smaller stories. To put it another way, Batman: The Killing Joke is a graphic novel, Garfield at Large is a comic book.

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Since they were first introduced in the late 70’s, graphic novels have been looked at as “for children”. While this is certainly the case for some, there are still others that can reach us in a way that no “regular” book can. That’s the point of literature; to affect as many people as possible, and help them see the world in a different light. How are they regarded as “for children”, you may ask? Simple. They have pictures! Some of them bight and beautiful, while others are dark and gritty.

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Another reason that graphic novels are looked down upon is because a large portion of them are superhero stories. While superhero stories can also be good literature (that is for a later post), this isn’t reflective of the whole group of books. Several of them seek to put us into the shoes of someone else. I recently read a post talking about this. It focused on a graphic novel called The Complete Persepolis byย Marjane Satrapi. The book is the author’s story of growing up in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution in Iran. She uses the pictures to help her audience enter into her world.

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Graphic novels have shown a light on several topics over their years that are beyond the good vs evil motif of superhero stories. Here are just a few:

  • Blankets by Craig Tompson – the adolescent years and questioning faith
  • Maus by Art Spiegelman – stories of Holocaust survivors
  • The Sandman by Neil Gaiman – philosophical conversations between ideas and historical figures
  • Y: The Last Man by Brain K Vaugh – feminism
  • Watchmen by Alan Moore – critique on the superhero genre, capitalism, and the nuclear arms race
  • Pyongyang by Greg Delisle – the culture of North Korea

“Graphic novels are not traditional literature, but that does not mean they are second-rate. Images are a way of writing. When you have the talent to be able to write and to draw, it seems a shame to choose one. I think it’s better to do both.” — Marjane Satrapi

Essentially my claim is that we shouldn’t write off graphic novels because of what they are. Give them a try. They can be just as good as any other “regular” novel. If you need helping picking one out, you can always go to your local library and ask a librarian for some help. Take the opportunity, while libraries across the county do Summer Reading, to try something new.

Summer Reading Preview

Well it’s that time of year again. The time where kids and adults go crazy, and read a TON of books! Of course that isn’t all that happens. So read on and get a bit of a preview over what’s happening this year for the Summer Reading Program (SRP).

Who?

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The SRP is designed for all ages. The Tadpoles group is meant for children from birth to preschool. They will have sheets designed to increase their early literacy skills with the help of parents. The Frogs group will be for school age children (up to children going into 5th grade). These children will have time-logs to fill out, to designate the hours they’ve put into their books. The Teens have their own program too! This is open to all young people from entering 6th grade to going into 12th (if they have graduated high school, they aren’t teens anymore). They have to keep track of their time as well, but in order to qualify for the Super Reader prize they must turn in a small book review. The final group is the Adults. The adult program is for everyone from after High School till you can’t read anymore.

What? (The Super Reader Prize)

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Each group has it’s own super reader prize!

  • Tadpoles: Leap Pad Ultra XDI w/ Get Ready for Kindergarten bundle
  • Frogs: iPad Mini
  • Teens: Beats Headphones
  • Adults: Kindle Fire HDX Tablet

When?

SRP Calendar

May 27: Sign-up Day

On May 27th, registration for the SRP will officially open up. Come in anytime after we open and register. This applies to all of the programs.

May 30: Superhero Saturday

Keeping up with the theme of this year’s SRP, our big kickoff party will be Superhero Saturday! Meet us at Pleasantview Elementary School between 11am-1pm. There will be a bounce house, Super Hero training, Super Hero masks, as well as a photo booth to take your own heroic picture.

June 3rd: Snakehead Ed (Tadpoles & Frogs) / Masked Marshmallow Men (Teens)

June 10th: CR Ryan Magic Show / Frankentoy Friends

June 17th: Ruditoonz / Caped Crusader Cubies

June 24th: Jill’s Giant Adventure / Comic Collages

July 8th: The Water Show / Masquerade

July 11th: Final day to pick up weekly prizes

If you would like anymore information about the events of the SRP, please contact our Youth Librarian.

Where?


All programming (except Superhero Saturday) is scheduled to take place at Morrow’s Meadow. The Tadpoles & Frogs programming will begin at 2pm and the Teen programming will be right after at 3. If the weather disagrees with us, our rain location is the PVE gym.

How to get prizes?

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Tadpoles will have a sheet full of early literacy activities. Once they do all they activities on 1 sheet they can turn it in and receive a prize. Want to earn more? You child can turn in up to 3 sheets a week for a prize! In order to be entered for the Super Reader prize you must turn in 10 pages for 1 ticket. So keep the pages coming in all summer long.

Frogs will have a time log they will have to use to keep track of their time reading. Once they reach a total of 1 hour reading, they get a prize! Just like the Tadpoles, your child can turn in up to 3 hours per week for a prize. For 1 ticket in the Super Reader prize your child must read 20 hours.

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Teens will have a time log as well, but we’ve raised their reading requirement. Teens will have to read 8 hours a week to be entered into the weekly prize drawings. 8 hours will equal 1 ticket, so read more to get more tickets in the weekly drawing. In order to get tickets in the Super Reader prize drawing, you must turn in a small book review of a book at your reading level.

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Adults will have weekly prizes as well. Simply turn in a small review of a book and get a ticket placed into the drawing. All tickets are kept to be put into the Super Reader drawing. So the more books you read, the better your chances at getting that Kindle Fire!

If you want to stay on top of what is going on with the SRP you can always check out our Facebook page, or there is a page dedicated to the Summer Reading Program. Make sure to start coming in on May 27 (that’s this Wednesday) to sign up.

Any questions? Never be afraid to contact us or leave a comment!

Top 5 Ways to Keep Kids Reading Outside of School

As we approach the summer months, and the time kids are out of school, one question seems to pop up on parents’ minds; how do we keep our kids reading? We all have heard the many reasons why reading is so important: do better in school, improves imagination, boosts creativity, and is a great easy way to relax! Yet still, we need to figure out a way to motivate kids to read (and learn to love it) without an impending book report. Here are just a few ways that we have found.

1. Find a story that interests them

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DUH, this one is a no brainer. Who wants to read something that they have no interest in? We certainly don’t, so why should we make our kids do it outside of school. From the months of August through May, they are told what they have to read, so why not let them pick out something that interests them for a change.

2. Keep around plenty to read

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You can’t be expected to read, if you have no reading material. Make sure to have plenty of stuff lying around the house. Books, newspapers, magazines, even video game strategy guides are all things that they could be reading; which is the whole point. Having stuff to read, doesn’t have to break the bank either. You can visit thrift stores, used book stores, and even your local library to pick up plenty to keep your kids reading all summer long.

3. Give them praise when you see them reading

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Everyone loves getting a little acknowledgment for what they do, and so do our kids. Especially if reading has long been a struggle, make sure you recognize when they choose a book over television. It doesn’t have to be some loud, extravagant shout of praise, but maybe sit with them and ask about what they are reading. Which leads us to the next suggestion.

4. Family Book Club

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Everyone band together and pick a book that interests everyone. Now we know that this isn’t always possible, but maybe let the kids get a little more weight in the decision making. Not only is this a good way to motivate everyone to read, but it can even encourage conversation between you and your young ones. Have a big life event coming (like starting high school)? Pick a book about that topic, read it together, and have a discussion preparing both of you for the time to come.

5. Model it

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It has long been said that children learn the most by watching their parents. So if you want to raise readers in your family, guess what you have to do! Make sure you don’t read only when they are down for a nap, or after bedtime. The idea is that we want them to see you reading, so they will pick up a book for themselves because that’s what mom/dad does. Having trouble finding something to read? Ask a librarian or someone in a bookstore for help. It’s important that you like what you are reading, so you can show your kids just how fun it can be.

There are obviously many more ways to keep your kids reading. If you have any suggestions make sure to leave them in the comments, or message us through our website, Facebook, or Twitter pages.

Staff Picks: At the Water’s Edge

Adult Collection/Local History Librarian: Becky Bray
Adult Collection/Local History Librarian: Becky Bray

In this week’s post, I thought I would ask a fellow staff member about what they are reading. So I sat down with the lady in charge of the Adult Collection to find out what book she’s into at the moment.

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What book are you reading?

At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen which came out in March of 2015

What other books is the author known for?

She has written several books, but is probably most known for Water for Elephants.

What is the book about?

This is a novel of secrets, relationships, betrayal, and monsters — both real and imagined. The novel begins in Philadelphia in 1944 and ends in Scotland, where the main characters are in search of the Loch Ness monster. The two main male characters are both wealthy and have lead a sheltered life of privilege, and have been deemed ineligible to serve in the military. One has married beneath his station in life, and she reluctantly follows the two across the Atlantic in a time of war. While the female character learns to appreciate the beauty of the Scottish Highlands and the people (becoming stronger in character as time goes by), the men are treated with contempt by the locals. Thus begins the deterioration of their relationships and while searching for the elusive Loch Ness monster, other monsters are revealed.

What have you liked (or disliked) about this book?

I enjoyed this novel and I would recommend this for anyone who wanted a good read that did not require a lot of attention toย detail. I enjoyed the main female character and I felt the author described the paths she had to walk to survive, whether of her own choosing or not, very realistically. I’m not usually drawn to novels that take place during WWII. The author included many rich details of the daily struggles of life in Scotland during the war, but it was secondary to the main story line.

ย โ€œA daring story of adventure, friendship, and love in the shadow of WWII.โ€ — Harper’s Bazaar

Tell us what you think. Does this book sound interesting to you? Let us know in the comments.ย You can grab the book from our catalog in either Large Print or eBook. Need help navigating the catalog? Be sure to check out one of our previous posts.

Database Spotlight: Price It! Antiques & Collectibles

Every month, we attempt to highlight a different database you get access to with a library card from the Yorktown Public Library.

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Do you have antiques lying around at home that you are curious about their worth? Or are you trying to figure out prices for a garage sale? We recently acquired a new database called Price It!: Antiques & Collectibles. Price It! pulls in data from several different sources to insure that you get accurate information. You can see information from Ebay, GoAntiques, and Tias.

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To access this database, all you have to do is log into our catalog page, then look at the “Electronic Resources toย Logged-In Users” section. Under this heading is an icon for Price It!. Clicking this icon will open up another tab, and give you access. Simply search what you are looking for, and Price It! will pull up the results.

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However, Price It! isn’t just for pricing. It is also full of great articles to help you figure out how to fix and restore any of your antiques or collectibles. You can browse the articles by subject, or even search for something specific.

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As always, you can call or come into the Library for help. We hope that you can enjoy this resource that is available to you for FREE, with a library card.

Tell A Story Day

A few days ago my 3-year-old daughter told me a story before I left for work.

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The way all good fairy tales begin

“Once upon a time, there was a witch. She lived in a house. There were ghosts. Then there was a BIG storm (she even spread her arms wide to show how big)! Then they all lived happily ever after.”

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They way they all end

Today is Tell a Story Day! This day is meant to celebrate the art of story telling. Please share a story with us. You can share it with usย in our comments, make your own blog post (and tell us), or even post it to our Facebook page. Either way, it doesn’t have to be some big thing. Just tell a story today. It could be yours, it could be real events, it could be someone else’s story, it could even simply be your favorite story you’ve read. Just take the time to tell a story.

You can also make sure to go to your local library or a bookstore to get a new story. Talk to an employee, and try to get something you’ve never read before.

Happy Tell A Story Day!