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The information below is provided by the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) and the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) at the Department of Homeland Security.

Holiday Scams and Malware Campaigns

Original release date: November 19, 2018

As the holidays approach, NCCIC reminds users to be aware of seasonal scams and malware campaigns. Users should be cautious of unsolicited emails that contain malicious links or attachments with malware, advertisements infected with malware, and requests for donations from fraudulent charitable organizations, which could result in security breaches, identify theft, or financial loss.

NCCIC recommends the following actions:

If you believe you are a victim of a scam or malware campaign, consider the following actions:

Stay safe this season! 

This year has been great for adaptations. Check out this list of new and upcoming movies and TV shows based on books, then grab one and get reading! 

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

May 20, 2018 (HBO)

Michael B. Jordan, Aaron Davis, Sofia Boutella

August 10, 2018

Jessica Brown Findlay, Tom Courtenay, Michiel Huisman

Bad Art Night

 

Join us for this freestyle crafting event on Tuesday, October 16, 7:00-8:30 pm. We'll provide the art supplies, you create something terrible. Hideous painting,  tacky sculpture,  ghastly drawing,  the sky's the limit - as long as it's bad! 

Participants will have 45 minutes to create something dreadful. Then,  each piece will be displayed and attendees will enjoy light refreshments as they vote for the worst piece of art. The winner will have the distinction of Best Bad Artist and receive the Bad Art trophy. Good luck!  

This program is for 18+. Registration is required. 

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Keeping it Real: How to Spot Fake News

Have you ever shared something on social media only to learn that it's not 100% accurate? Or, worse still, wholly untrue? If so, you're not alone. In today's hyper-connected world we're inundated with information and it's not always clear where that information comes from. It can be difficult to separate fact from fiction in such an environment - but we can help!

Join us on Saturday, September 29, 10-11:30 am to learn how to identify common types of digital information, as well as tips and tricks for sorting fact from fiction. Don't be embarrassed - identify bias, bluster, and baloney before you share!   

Ages 18+.  Registration is required. 

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Make Facebook Fun Again

Concerned about keeping your data safe after the Cambridge Analytica/Facebook data scandal? Tired of ads, spam, and political posts in your news feed when all you want to do is keep in touch with friends and laugh at animal memes? Join us, and we'll show you how to maintain your privacy and keep your sanity. Learn how to tailor Facebook to meet your needs and help you live your best life. Make Facebook fun again! Ages 18+. Registration is required.

 

*Participants must have a valid Facebook account, know their log-in information (user name and password), and be comfortable using Facebook. Instruction will take place using desktop and laptop computers. 

 

Stressed Businessman by Emma Woo/Shutterstock.com 

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Frankenstein

This year marks the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and NPR is honoring it with the theme of their summer readers poll: horror!  This year they want to know,  what books give you the heebie-jeebies, the willies, the creeps?  What stories make you jump when you hear a noise, or afraid to go to sleep?  

After you vote for your top 5 titles, NPR will use the votes to identify the top 100 horror stories - which you can then use to find popular titles you haven't read!  After all, what better time to read these dark stories than in the warm summer sunshine?  Vote for your top 5 horror stories here. 

Not a fan of horror?  Use these links to view the booklists from NPR's previous readers polls:

100 Best Comics and Graphic Novels

100 Top Sci-fi and Fantasy Books

100 Swoon-Worthy Romance Novels

100 Backseat Reads for Kids 9-14

 

And don't forget about The Great American Read, happening this summer on PBS!

The Great American Read is an eight-part documentary series on PBS that celebrates the power of reading. The series will examine 100 of America's best-loved novels, chosen through a national survey. The series kicks off with a two-hour episode on Tuesday May 22, at 8:00 pm and continues with one-hour episodes focused on different themes found in books on the list. The sixth and final episode, airing in October, will reveal the results of a nationwide vote to select America's best loved novel. The series will feature interviews with authors, celebrities, and regular people - book lovers of all stripes!  

 

All 100 books on the list are available - either on our shelves or via MeL. You may also ask a librarian for help finding any of the books on the list - we're happy to do so! 

 

Voting begins online at PBS.com and via social media   (#GreatReadPBS) with the premier on May 22nd and continues throughout the summer. Starting in the fall, viewers will also be able to vote via text messaging and by calling a toll-free number (which will be announced later). 

 

We hope you'll get involved in this national conversation about books and reading!

Follow the links below for additional information. 

Get the List: America's 100 Most-Loved Books

Quiz: How Many of the 100 Have You Read?

Preview the Show: Watch the Trailer 

Vote for the Most-Loved Book (starting 5/22): The Great American Read

Marble Party

colorful marbles

 

Join us on Monday July 9, 2:00-3:30 pm as we celebrate all things marbles!

Play the classic marble game Ringer, make art with marbles, race marbles, and build Lego marble mazes to challenge each other. We will also have a jar filled with marbles - see if you can guess how many! 

All ages welcome, no registration required. 

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Dot Painting

 

Looking for a fun and creative way to relax? 

Join us on Thursday June 28, 7-8:30 pm, as we create works of art using the wrong end of the paintbrush! This activity requires a bit of concentration and a little creativity. Animal templates will be provided. 

 

This program is for ages 18 and up.

Registration is required. 

 

 

Animal by GDJ licensed under CC0 1.0

Upcoming sessions

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