Library Blog

Sara Churchill

Sara Churchill is the Digital Services Specialist and Assistant Supervisor in the Information Services Department at Main Library. A major fan of technology devices and computer research resources at work, she enjoys helping everyone learn to use their devices and the library's many online resources.  She loves reading Science Fiction/Fantasy books, British cozy mysteries, True Crime and other true stories, plus a past reader of horror fiction by the likes of Stephen King and John Saul (among others).  Also, she’s a big fan of Sci-fi, action, horror, spaghetti westerns, and based-on-a-true story movies.  Her blogs are for adults and the entire family to enjoy reading and trying out the many online resources free for PLYMC library cardholders to use.

The Latest From Sara Churchill

Francophiles Unite for Bastille Day 2021

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For all who love everything French, Bastille Day, the National Holiday of France, is a great day to celebrate. This day commemorates the fall of the French military fortress and prison, the Bastille, in 1789. It signaled the start of the French Revolution. For an overview of this historical event, check out Salem Online‘s article:… read more >>

LinkedIn Learning is Here!

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As of May 6th, our library has now transitioned to LinkedIn Learning. This is a great educational resource, the successor to Lynda.com. There are thousands of video-based online courses freely available to all Ohio library cardholders. These courses cover the broad categories of Business, Technology, and Creativity.  You will find anything from accounting courses to computer courses to playing… read more >>

Mometrix eLibrary for Job Seekers

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Let’s take a look at the newest online resource available to those looking for new jobs: Mometrix eLibrary.  This is a resource which will help people study for almost any required standardized test or career test that is available. You can prepare for a high school equivalency exam, studying for the GED or the HiSET. For those getting ready for college, there is study… read more >>

National Talk Like Shakespeare Day

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Did you know that April 23 is William Shakespeare’s birthday? Not only that, but it has become known as “National Talk Like Shakespeare Day” as way of celebrating his life.  This ‘holiday’ began in 2009 through the efforts of the Chicago Shakespeare Theater.  In 2011, the Governor of Illinois recognized their work by proclaiming April 23rd at “Talk Like Shakespeare Day.” The… read more >>

Science for Everyone!

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The month of April is Citizen Science Month, and April 16th is Citizen Science Day.  If you enjoy science, there are lots of projects where you can help out. Any person in the world can participate with helping to researchers gain insights about all sorts of topics from the environment through health.  And, best of… read more >>

Lots of Ways to Learn & Improve Nutrition

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March is National Nutrition Month. Do you know what’s good for you to eat? Would you like to improve your diet? Well, the library has some great resources to help you learn about nutrition! These resources are available for all PLYMC library card holders, with most found on the Health Resources webpage and others from our Digital Resources webpage. But this… read more >>

Preparing for St. Patrick’s Day Fun and Festivities

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— Using Online Resources Looking for some fun and creative ways to celebrate on St. Patrick’s Day? The library has some great resources for you to try out! We all enjoy wearing green, and many even enjoy eating and drinking green foods & drinks on this day. But there’s lots of other ways to enjoy this national holiday of… read more >>

Celebrate Valentine’s Day – using Online Resources

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Valentine’s Day will soon be here. Did you know that you can find both information to learn and activities to do for Valentine’s Day by using the library’s Online Resources? For example, you can use History Reference Center to locate some interesting articles to share with your family. In fact, here are some interesting articles found by searching “Valentine’s Day”:  Rosin, Nancy. “‘Mother of the American… read more >>

February is National Heart Health Month

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Did you know that the leading cause of death in the United States is heart disease?  In fact, it is at the top of the list worldwide as a cause of death, even when you consider the deaths from the pandemic as noted in an NPR news broadcast. Thankfully, there’s lots you can do to help improve your heart health.   The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of… read more >>

New Year, Improved Mind with Online Resources

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Happy New Year! Are you one of the many that has made a New Year’s Resolution? A popular goal many people choose to do is to learn something new.  If you are interested in picking up new skills or crafts, we have many online resources to help you succeed! To make them easy to find, we have… read more >>