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Pearl Harbor Remembrance

Pearl Harbor Remembrance

On December 7, 1941, at 7:48 AM,  Japanese naval forces attacked the United States base at Pearl Harbor. This resulted ...
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Job Search Help

Job Search Help

Are you looking for work?  Get help with your resume and cover letter.  Practice interviewing and get job application assistance.  ...
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Local Food Pantries

Local Food Pantries

THE UPCOMING WESTCHESTER COUNTY MOBILE FOOD PANTRIES  Friday, December 4 9:30-11:30 AM Y-CAP 164 Ashburton Ave. Yonkers Tuesday, December 8 ...
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Pat Quinn

A Reading List Tribute to Pat Quinn

Yonkers Public Library (YPL) is saddened to learn of the death of Yonkers native Pat Quinn at age 37.  Pat ...
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YoFiFest 2020: Indie Films on Kanopy & Hoopla

YoFiFest 2020: Indie Films on Kanopy & Hoopla

I’m Phil, a librarian at the Crestwood branch. This month is the eighth annual YoFiFest, which will host 142 films ...
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Diabetes Awareness Month

Diabetes Awareness Month

November is Diabetes Awareness Month. During this month, there is an emphasis on the disease and those are effected by ...
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YoFiFest 2020: Documentaries on Kanopy

YoFiFest 2020: Documentaries on Kanopy

This month is the eighth annual YoFiFest, which hosts 142 films to stream online until November 22nd. To learn more ...
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Museum Passes, Art Galleries, and Your Health

Museum Passes, Art Galleries, and Your Health

Museums and Art Galleries May Contribute to a Longer Life! We’ve always thought that visiting museums and art galleries could ...
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Veterans Day

Veterans Day

Dominick Cerone was a World War One veteran who earned a silver star for gallantry during the war. This image ...
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YoFiFest 2020 Reading List

YoFiFest 2020 Reading List

I’m Phil, a librarian at the Crestwood branch. This month is the eighth annual YoFiFest, which will host 142 films ...
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Puerto Rican Heritage Month

Puerto Rican Heritage Month

November is Puerto Rican Heritage Month. During this month, we recognize, honor and celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of Puerto ...
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YoFiFest2020

YoFiFest 2020

YoFiFest returns for its eighth year from November 7th through November 22nd. This year the festival features 142 films from ...
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Historical Romance Books

Historical Romance Books

For anyone interested in historical romance books, we have put together a list of novels you will enjoy. All of ...
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Open Enrollment is Here!

Open Enrollment is Here!

If you have lost your job and health coverage or are uninsured, now is a great time to check the ...
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Halloween: Listening, Reading and Watching

Halloween: Listening, Reading and Watching

In the spirit of Halloween, we have complied a list of books, movies, and even CDs with a horror theme ...
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Italian American Heritage Month

Italian American Heritage Month

October is Italian American Heritage Month. During this month, achievements and contributions of Italian Americans are recognized. To help celebrate ...
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Help with Navigating the College Process

Help with Navigating the College Process

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 – 6:30 PM via Zoom Lyde Sizer, of Sarah Lawrence College, will offer tips and tricks ...
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The “It” Bag, 2020, Acrylic on canvas

Riverfront Art Gallery Opening Reception: “From New York to Amman: The Lifeworks of Fares Rizk”

On Saturday, October 3rd from 1-4:30 PM, the Riverfront Art Gallery (located on the fourth floor of the Riverfront Library) ...
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Absentee Ballots and Voting by Mail

Absentee Ballots and Voting by Mail

Late last month, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill allowing voters in New York State to request an ...
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Small Business Assistance

Small Business Assistance

This is an ongoing post that will be regularly updated. Last updated: September 30    The COVID-19 outbreak has resulted ...
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Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week (September 27 – October 3, 2020) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during ...
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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!

Yonkers Public Library (YPL) is proud to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15). The Hispanic community is essential to ...
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Use your voice. Vote!

Use your voice. Vote!

Election Day (Tuesday, November 3rd) is on the horizon! Key Dates for Voting October 9, 2020—Last day to postmark a ...
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Local history resources at YPL

Local history resources at YPL

YPL loves local history! We offer resources for you to learn about your community’s past and discover your own family ...
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Ervin Saunders, 1848-1909

Ervin Saunders, 1848-1909

Ervin Saunders, Herald Statesman, 27 June 1938 Ervin Saunders, who was born on April 3, 1848, was one of the ...
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Charles A. Leale, 1842-1932

Charles A. Leale, 1842-1932

Dr. Charles Augustus Leale, M.D. (March 26, 1842 – June 13, 1932), image courtesy of Wikipedia Not a resident of ...
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William L. Heermance, 1837-1903

William L. Heermance, 1837-1903

William L. Heermance, 1837-1903 The Congressional Medal of Honor has been awarded to one, and only one, Yonkers resident, Colonel ...
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Rev. Albert A. Lings, 1844-1915

Rev. Albert A. Lings, 1844-1915

Clergymen of Yonkers, from Charles Allison’s History of Yonkers, 1896. Born in the German duchy of Baden, but brought to ...
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Charles E. Gorton, 1845-1922

Charles E. Gorton, 1845-1922

Charles Eugene Gorton died on June 5, 1922, after a career of 50 years’ service to the Yonkers public schools, ...
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Thomas Ewing, Jr., 1829-1896

Thomas Ewing, Jr., 1829-1896

Thomas Ewing, Jr., 1829-1896 Thomas Ewing, Jr., who among his many other civic services served for a time on the ...
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Rt. Rev. James E. Freeman, 1866-1943

Rt. Rev. James E. Freeman, 1866-1943

Rt. Rev. James E. Freeman 1866-1943, third bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, D.C. The funeral for the Right ...
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Thomas C. Cornell, 1819-1894

Thomas C. Cornell, 1819-1894

Thomas Clapp Cornell, after whom a Yonkers public school is named, came to Yonkers as a young man of 28 ...
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Rev. Charles E. Allison, 1847-1908

Rev. Charles E. Allison, 1847-1908

Author of a history of Yonkers that is still—almost 125 years after its publication—an indispensable resource for local historical research, ...
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Grants, eBooks and Other Resources

Grants, eBooks and Other Resources

  Do you want to search for grants from home? During the COVID-19 crisis, CANDID, formerly the Foundation Center, is ...
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Thomas Cole (American, 1801-1848). Scene from “The Last of the Mohicans,” Cora Kneeling at the Feet of Tamenund.

Landscape Art and Virtual Travel

Image citation: Scene from “The Last of the Mohicans,” Cora Kneeling at the Feet of Tamenund. Thomas Cole, 1827. Beginning ...
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Food Resources for all Westchester Residents

Food Resources for all Westchester Residents

Please see below for upcoming mobile food pantries in Westchester County, followed by a list of food pantries and hot ...
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Celebrating the Centennial of Women's Right to Vote!

Celebrating the Centennial of Women’s Right to Vote!

“The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States ...
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Westchester County Creates Program To Help Local Restaurants Who Are In Need During The Covid-19 Pandemic

Westchester County Creates Program To Help Local Restaurants Who Are In Need During The Covid-19 Pandemic

Community Table Partnership Program Awards 17 Grants to Nonprofits serving 21 Communities Recognizing that the restaurant industry is both a ...
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Information about Unemployment Benefits

Information about Unemployment Benefits

This is an ongoing post that will be regularly updated. Last updated: August 11, 2020  Updates from the NYS Department ...
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Shark Week

Shark Week

For Shark Week, we have decided to put together a list of books and movies about sharks. These materials are ...
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NY State of Health Is Here For You

NY State of Health Is Here For You

During these challenging times, NY State of Health, New York’s official health plan marketplace, remains committed to ensuring access to ...
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SPOTLIGHT: CENSUS 2020 : MAKE US COUNT

SPOTLIGHT: CENSUS 2020 : MAKE US COUNT

April 1, 2020, is Census Day. Data from the Census will be used for the next ten years for many ...
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Rent Relief in NY State

Rent Relief in NY State

To help people who are struggling to pay their rent, the New York State government has established an emergency rental ...
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Food Assistance Bulletin Board

Food Assistance Bulletin Board

We want to ensure that none of our neighbors go hungry. The following are food resources in our community. Westchester ...
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July 4, 1776

July 4, 1776

July 4, 1776 is often thought of as the day that the Continental Congress declared independence from Great Britain. In ...
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About Pandemic-EBT

About Pandemic-EBT

Pandemic-EBT is a new crisis response nutrition program activated as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will provide ...
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Coming of Age

Coming of Age

Coming of age is a young person’s transition from childhood to adulthood. This transitional period varies between cultures, societies and ...
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LGBTQ Pride Reading List

LGBTQ Pride Reading List

LGBTQ Pride Month is celebrated in June to honor the Stonewall Uprising, which occurred from June 28, 1969 to July ...
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Happy Juneteenth!

Happy Juneteenth!

Juneteenth is the commemoration of the official ending of slavery in the United States. Though the Emancipation Proclamation was announced ...
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Know Your Rights!

Know Your Rights!

You have the right to protest. The right to join your fellow citizens in peaceful assembly and to express your ...
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Black Lives Matter Reading List

Black Lives Matter Reading List

To provide context to the recent civil unrest, the Yonkers Public Library has complied a list of books about the ...
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One Way Pen Pal Program for Children and Teens

One Way Pen Pal Program for Children and Teens

YONKERS, NY – May 19, 2020: With the issuance of the “New York State on PAUSE” stay-at-home coronavirus order, the Yonkers ...
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Free Distance Learning Adult Education Classes

Yonkers Public Schools’ (YPS) Pathways to Success is offering free distance learning programs, including: High School Diploma preparation English for ...
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Learning to Run

Learning to Run

Hello, everyone! With so many places closed, there are few places where you can exercise besides a walk down your ...
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Yonkers Census Map

Yonkers and the 2020 Census – May 27th Update

Every Wednesday is Census Day at Yonkers Public Library! We’re more than halfway there! With data collected through Tuesday, May ...
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Removing Safety Gloves

Removing Safety Gloves

Hello, everyone! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic many people are wearing latex gloves to protect themselves and others from getting ...
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Latest Updates Regarding COVID-19 & Federal Nutrition Assistance Programs

Latest Updates Regarding COVID-19 & Federal Nutrition Assistance Programs

Nationwide Waivers Extended for Non-Congregate Meal Distribution  The federal Department of Agriculture (USDA) has extended several nationwide waivers to allow ...
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Yonkers and the 2020 Census - May 20th Update

Yonkers and the 2020 Census – May 20th Update

Every Wednesday is Census Day at Yonkers Public Library! We’re halfway there! With data collected through Tuesday, May 19th, an ...
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Thank You Essential Workers!

Thank You Essential Workers!

Yonkers Public Library Is Thankful for Essential Workers!  There are no words to express our appreciation and gratitude for what ...
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Yonkers Essential Services For Seniors

Yonkers Essential Services For Seniors

Last updated May 15, 2020. During the COVID-19 outbreak, services for older adults – who are thought to be more ...
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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) For Parents

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) For Parents

Stress and Coping  Children and teens react, in part, on what they see from the adults around them. When parents ...
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Yonkers and the 2020 Census - May 13th Update

Yonkers and the 2020 Census – May 13th Update

Every Wednesday is Census Day at Yonkers Public Library! We’re halfway there! With data collected through Tuesday, May 12th, an ...
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Making History in Real Time

Making History in Real Time

Our lives have been immeasurably changed by the COVID-19 pandemic we’re all experiencing right now. Yonkers Public Library (YPL) is ...
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Free Tele-Support Group for Adults with Vision Loss

Free Tele-Support Group for Adults with Vision Loss

Living with vision loss is challenging, but you don’t have to face it alone! The Lighthouse Guild is now operating ...
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Gale Courses for Job Readiness and College Readiness

Gale Courses for Job Readiness and College Readiness

Get your certificate of completion and show professionals that you are self-learning your way to success! Also, get ready for ...
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Medicaid Redesign

Medicaid Redesign

Last month, the New York State Legislature passed a budget which includes new Medicaid rules, scheduled to take effect October ...
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#BeTheDifference for the Teens in Our Lives During COVID-19

#BeTheDifference for the Teens in Our Lives During COVID-19

Teen Tips to Cope during COVID-19 By Rubina Kapil on April 21, 2020 When our world changes quickly and suddenly ...
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Services and Resources for Children and Families

Services and Resources for Children and Families

Last updated: May 7, 2020  Yonkers Public Schools is providing FREE Grab ‘N’ Go breakfast and lunch to all children ...
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Yonkers and the 2020 Census – May 5th Update

Yonkers and the 2020 Census – May 5th Update

Every Wednesday is Census Day at Yonkers Public Library! With data collected through Tuesday, May 4th, an estimated 48.9% of Yonkers ...
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Mental Health Services

Mental Health Services

For anyone suffering from mental health issues, you are not alone. There are several places to which you can reach ...
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Legal Resources in Westchester County

Legal Resources in Westchester County

Last updated: May 5, 2020 Last week, the New York State court system continued to expand the operations of its ...
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Tech Tips

Tech Tips

Do you have a technology question? We just might have answered it already!  Here at YPL, our Information Technology department ...
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Yonkers Historic Sites

Yonkers Historic Sites

Hey everyone! This is Michael from the Will Library. As you know, Yonkers has a rich and interesting history. There ...
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Yonkers and the 2020 Census – April 29th Update

Yonkers and the 2020 Census – April 29th Update

Every Wednesday is Census Day at Yonkers Public Library! With data collected through Monday, 4/27, an estimated 46.3% of Yonkers households ...
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Civil Service Exam Preparation

Civil Service Exam Preparation

Are you studying for a civil service exam? There are books and booklets online to help you prepare for the ...
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Navigating the College Applications Process After Covid-19

Navigating the College Applications Process After Covid-19

It is no secret that we are facing difficult times and most of our usual routines will be changing.  The ...
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Yonkers and the 2020 Census - April 22nd Update

Yonkers and the 2020 Census – April 22nd Update

Every Wednesday is Census Day at Yonkers Public Library! With data collected through Monday, 4/20, an estimated 42.7% of Yonkers ...
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Make your mask!

Make your mask!

As of Friday, April 17, 2020, New Yorkers must wear face coverings when social distancing is not possible, including while on public ...
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Find Your Lost Money

Find Your Lost Money

Did you forget to cash a dividend check?  Does a company owe you a refund? Should you be getting back ...
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Yonkers and the 2020 Census - April 15th Update

Yonkers and the 2020 Census – April 15th Update

Every Wednesday is Census Day at Yonkers Public Library! With data collected through Monday, 4/13, an estimated 39.8% of Yonkers ...
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Information about Health Insurance during the COVID-19 Outbreak

Information about Health Insurance during the COVID-19 Outbreak

This is an ongoing post that will be regularly updated. Last updated: April 14th The COVID-19 outbreak is prompting many ...
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Suggested Podcasts

Suggested Podcasts

What Is a Podcast?  Podcasts are an exciting new format for information and entertainment, rather like radio broadcasts available for ...
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Job Readiness Resources for Yonkers Residents

Job Readiness Resources for Yonkers Residents

This is an ongoing post that will be regularly updated. Last updated: April 8th Whether you are newly unemployed and ...
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Yonkers and the 2020 Census - April 8 Update

Yonkers and the 2020 Census – April 8 Update

Every Wednesday is Census Day at Yonkers Public Library! With data through Monday, 4/6, an estimated 37.2% of Yonkers households ...
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Storytime with Miss Aili

Storytime with Miss Aili

Hi! I’m Miss Aili from the Children’s Department at the Will Branch. I love doing storytime when I’m at the ...
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Assyrian American Oral History Project

Assyrian American Oral History Project

Hello, everyone! I hope everyone is safe and well! This is Michael from the Will Library. I have begun an ...
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Borrowing Ebooks with Your Kindle

Borrowing Ebooks with Your Kindle

The eBook is the first new reading format since Gutenberg’s invention of movable-type printing, and almost as revolutionary. Your public library ...
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Fitness at Home

Fitness at Home

Good day! My name is Aurora and I work at the Yonkers Public Library Will Branch. I love working out ...
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Staff recommendations: VERY foreign travel

Staff recommendations: VERY foreign travel

Hello again from Nina, reference librarian with a strange frame of reference, offering some more suggestions for especially adventurous readers! ...
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Baseball watching, listening, and reading recommendations

Baseball watching, listening, and reading recommendations

This is Michael from the Will Library. For anyone who is missing baseball, I have provided a list of e-books, ...
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Staff recommendations: Days of Steam

Staff recommendations: Days of Steam

Hello to the whole Yonkers cyber-community! My name is Nina, and I’m a reference librarian and unofficial sci-fi geek at ...
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Download eBooks and eAudiobooks with Libby!

While our library buildings are closed, we can’t loan our beloved print and multimedia collections. However, we can provide you ...
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American Civil War Reading List

American Civil War Reading List

Hey Everybody! This is Michael from the Reference Department at the Will Library. I’m a huge Civil War history buff! ...
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Hoopla Film Recommendation: Two Lovers

Hoopla Film Recommendation: Two Lovers

Hi again; this is Biagio from the Yonkers Public Library’s Will branch, and here is a film that I recommend ...
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Kanopy Film Recommendation: Mademoiselle Chambon

Kanopy Film Recommendation: Mademoiselle Chambon

Hi, this is Biagio from the Yonkers Public Library’s Will branch, and here is a film that I recommend you ...
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Fighting misinformation around COVID-19

Fighting misinformation around COVID-19

As Coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads rapidly across the globe, another viral threat follows it: misinformation. Many people are using the panic ...
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YA Books Adapted For Film and Television

YA Books Adapted For Film and Television

Seen the movie? Want to find out if the book was better? Check out these eBooks and eAudiobooks from our ...
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Yonkers and the 2020 Census

What is the 2020 Census and why should I complete It? Confidentiality of response data Tips for filling out the ...
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Virtual Programs @ Your Library

Virtual Programs @ Your Library

We now return you to your regularly scheduled programs! YPL is now adding virtual online programs for you to view ...
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Online Video Tutorials

Online Video Tutorials

Not sure how to register for our Hoopla service?  Want to learn how to use Microsoft Office?  Need help answering ...
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