Bedford Public Library

Bedford, New Hampshire

Reference Blog

Submitted by: Reference on 04/16/2020 - 4:07pm
We’ve had a lot of queries at the Library from people looking for ways to keep healthy and fit while social distancing.  Exercise can be a great way to stay in shape, both physically and mentally.  While we’re not able to recommend or vet fitness routines for your individual needs, here’s a few resources to help you find something that works for you. Online Databases: Great Courses and Hoopla Two of our online databases include...
Submitted by: Emily on 04/14/2020 - 1:33pm
  The Library staff’s genre study book group meets bi-monthly to learn about different genres.  We’ve covered mystery, science fiction, romance, historical fiction, young adult literature, horror, and the top-selling books of the 2010s.  Usually, we meet at 8 am before the library opens.  Staff members read the assigned books on their own time.  Meetings begin with a presentation about the characteristics and appeal of the genre, then we discuss...
Submitted by: Reference on 04/06/2020 - 3:33pm
  As we all stay home to try to prevent the spread of COVID-19, more and more meetings and even social events are migrating online.  One popular platform for hosting these online group events is Zoom.  However, a variety of news sources have been highlighting concerns about privacy and safety.  Here are a few simple and practical tips to help enhance your security when using Zoom.   Don’t share...
Submitted by: Emily on 03/31/2020 - 3:27pm
Dear Patrons, Thank you for your ongoing support and patience as we continue to evaluate and adjust our library operations in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. We strive to be a reliable source of information and assistance as always. Even though we are not seeing you face to face the library staff is working to offer as many virtual services as we can and to help you feel comfortable accessing them. We are posting reading recommendations on...
Submitted by: Caitlin on 03/31/2020 - 12:17pm
Although our physical building is closed, Bedford Public Library staff are still excited to share their favorite recent reads with you! All of these titles are available through CloudLibrary, Hoopla, or Overdrive--I've noted where you can find each one at the end of the review. The easiest way to get them is to download the free apps for each (Overdrive's app is called Libby). You'll need your library card and password to log in. If your library...
Submitted by: Reference on 03/26/2020 - 2:38pm
While most museums are closed to the public these days, that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all that these amazing institutions have to offer.  Here’s a peek at some of the ways museums are reaching out while their communities are stuck at home. Virtual Tours and Online Exhibits If you can’t get to a museum during quarantine closures, many museums will come to you!  Virtual tours can be a fun way to explore from home and...
Submitted by: Reference on 03/07/2020 - 11:42am
In times like these, accurate information is your best friend.  The following resources provide useful, reliable, up-to-date information about COVID-19 (coronavirus). NH Department of Health and Human Services: https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/2019-ncov.htm Centers for Disease Control: ...
Submitted by: Reference on 02/20/2020 - 12:18pm
The Bedford Public Library is pleased to have Kathy Stoughton, M. Ed., joining us on March 17 for a program for parents all about affordable education options.  (Visit the registration page to learn more.) In the meantime, did you know that there’s a section in...
Submitted by: Reference on 01/19/2020 - 2:23pm
Did you just finish a book from a series and want to read more, but don’t know where to start?  Or maybe you’ve found a new author and want to make sure you start at the beginning and read the books in order?  Or are you just looking for the most recent book featuring your favorite detective?  Reading series can be challenging sometimes, but here at the Bedford Public Library we have tools to help keep your reading on track! For those who like...
Submitted by: Reference on 01/13/2020 - 12:06pm
Did you know that most New Year’s resolutions are broken on January 17th? The library has many resources to help you keep your resolutions well into 2020; free with your library membership! Did you resolve to diversify your reading habits? Join one of our book groups and enjoy a stimulating conversation with fellow readers, focusing on a variety of book selections. The daytime book group meets the second Monday of the month at 10am, while the...

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