New Resource: Black Life in America

For the last few weeks, we have been highlighting collections included in the library’s Newsbank subscription. This week’s spotlight is on Black Life in America, a collection of articles that highlights the history of African Americans in the United States as recorded by the news media.

As with most online resources, a keyword search is available if you already know what you’re looking for. If you are just exploring, try one of the suggested searches below the search box:

If you are on a device connected to the library’s network, clicking the link above will take you directly to the unlocked website. If you are not in the library, you will be prompted for your library barcode number. Enter the whole number with no spaces. If your card is rejected, there could be a few reasons:

  • There is a space somewhere in the number entered. Solution: try entering the number again.
  • Your library card has expired. Solution: contact us to renew your card.
  • Your library card is no longer in good standing (too many fines/fees/overdue items). Solution: login to your account and pay any fines/fees accrued. Then try again.
  • You are not a resident of East Greenbush/Schodack. Solution: contact the library where you pay taxes and request Consumer Reports access.
  • You are a resident, but to do not have a resident card. Solution: contact us to prove residency and we will issue a new resident card at no charge.

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Heritage Hub: A Companion to Ancestry

If you’re interested in genealogy, you may already be aware that you have access to Ancestry through the library and have visited other resources on our genealogy page. Now there is a new resource available to East Greenbush/Schodack cardholders called Heritage Hub. This collection contains obituaries in the U.S. going back to 1704 to help you trace your family lines.

If you are on a device connected to the library’s network, clicking the link above will take you directly to the unlocked website. If you are not in the library, you will be prompted for your library barcode number. Enter the whole number with no spaces. If your card is rejected, there could be a few reasons:

  • There is a space somewhere in the number entered. Solution: try entering the number again.
  • Your library card has expired. Solution: contact us to renew your card.
  • Your library card is no longer in good standing (too many fines/fees/overdue items). Solution: login to your account and pay any fines/fees accrued. Then try again.
  • You are not a resident of East Greenbush/Schodack. Solution: contact the library where you pay taxes and request Consumer Reports access.
  • You are a resident, but to do not have a resident card. Solution: contact us to prove residency and we will issue a new resident card at no charge.

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New Resource: America’s News

In addition to the Times Union, our NewsBank subscription for East Greenbush/Schodack resident cardholders includes America’s News. This resource includes local papers from all over the country, including the following papers of local interest: Troy Record, Post Standard (Syracuse), Observer-Dispatch (Utica), and the New York Post. Where available, you can select the image version to view text and images in their original layout. America’s News includes several popular magazines, including NewsWeek, Field and Stream, The Atlantic, Parenting, and more! Find these options in the menu on the right side of the page:

The Troy Record can be found in the USA section.

America’s News also aggregates articles by topic for easy research:

Screenshot of subject area

Select any subject to get started. Ready to try it out for yourself? If you are on a device connected to the library’s network, clicking the links above will take you directly to the unlocked website. If you are not in the library, you will be prompted for your library barcode number. Enter the whole number with no spaces. If your card is rejected, there could be a few reasons:

  • There is a space somewhere in the number entered. Solution: try entering the number again.
  • Your library card has expired. Solution: contact us to renew your card.
  • Your library card is no longer in good standing (too many fines/fees/overdue items). Solution: login to your account and pay any fines/fees accrued. Then try again.
  • You are not a resident of East Greenbush/Schodack. Solution: contact the library where you pay taxes and request Consumer Reports access.
  • You are a resident, but to do not have a resident card. Solution: contact us to prove residency and we will issue a new resident card at no charge.

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Times Union Access: You Asked, We Listened

Library users have been asking for online access to the Times Union newspaper, so we made it happen! Access is available to anyone connected to the library’s Wi-Fi network via this link: https://bit.ly/egtimesunion. If you are an East Greenbush/Schodack resident, you can use this same link to access the Times Union from anywhere! Just enter you library account barcode (without spaces) when prompted. If your card is rejected, there could be a few reasons:

  • There is a space somewhere in the number entered. Solution: try entering the number again.
  • Your library card has expired. Solution: contact us to renew your card.
  • Your library card is no longer in good standing (too many fines/fees/overdue items). Solution: login to your account and pay any fines/fees accrued. Then try again.
  • You are not a resident of East Greenbush/Schodack. Solution: contact the library where you pay taxes and request Times Union online access.
  • You are a resident, but to do not have a resident card. Solution: contact us to prove residency and we will issue a new resident card at no charge.

After login, there are three options listed. Select the middle option to view text and images in a standard newspaper view:

Select a date on the next page to view that day’s issue.

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Access Consumer Reports from Anywhere

If you rely on Consumer Reports for unbiased reviews of consumer products, we have great news for you. Not only are the print and digital versions of the magazine available to all patrons in the library, East Greenbush/Schodack resident patrons can now remotely access online subscription content using our library’s link: https://bit.ly/EGconsumer.

If you are on a device connected to the library’s network, clicking the link above will take you directly to the unlocked website. If you are not in the library, you will be prompted for your library barcode number. Enter the whole number with no spaces. If your card is rejected, there could be a few reasons:

  • There is a space somewhere in the number entered. Solution: try entering the number again.
  • Your library card has expired. Solution: contact us to renew your card.
  • Your library card is no longer in good standing (too many fines/fees/overdue items). Solution: login to your account and pay any fines/fees accrued. Then try again.
  • You are not a resident of East Greenbush/Schodack. Solution: contact the library where you pay taxes and request Consumer Reports access.
  • You are a resident, but to do not have a resident card. Solution: contact us to prove residency and we will issue a new resident card at no charge.

Got questions? Want to let us know what you think of the service? Please let us know in the comments.