Creating an ebrary or eBook Account

Creating an ebrary or eBook account seems difficult but in truth it’s very easy. You can find a link to this page from the Library’s homepage under Research Tools. Outside the College you will be asked for your 14 digit barcode.
Click on Sign In and create a new account.
OK, next step, complete the form. Ebrary is not fussy about user names, emails, or passwords but to make life easier; use your real name, your Bank Street email address, and make an easy password to remember.


You have now created an ebrary – eBook account, bravo!
Now, you are all set to read and make the most of what eBooks have to offer. In a nutshell, making an account:

  • Provides a better reading experience
  • Lets you place eBooks in folders and on bookshelves
  • Allows you to annotate
  • And print 60 (sometime more) pages.

There are also options to download entire books onto the device of your choice for 14 days (you’ll need Adobe Digital Editions – it’s free). Still having problems signing up – see Peter or Maureen at the reference desk or search Jackie’s eBook Research Guide.

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Nimbus Screenshots

Nimbus is a very useful screen capture tool. It sits quietly in your menu bar waiting to help you with the following tasks:

  • Capture the whole browser window
  • Create your own drawing or model from scratch
  • Paste different patterns and text boxes to your screenshot
  • Resize and crop your screenshot
  • Add arrows and stickers to your screenshot
  • Save screenshots in any of the following formats: JPG, PNG, BMP;
  • Save screenshots to Google Drive.Capture the whole Web page or a required section of it

Nimbus comes in two flavors – Firefox as an extension and Chrome as an app in the chrome web store.

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Martin Luther King, Jr., Day 2015

This year we’ve added our instagram hashtag #bankstreetlibrary to the poster below. Let us know how you are celebrating MLK Jr., Day (a.k.a. Day of Service) this year. Note, we are using our new unsmooshed Bank Street logo.
MLK 2015

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2 Sided Printing, Staple & Hole Punch! (on a PC)

Here’s a quick overview on how to print two-sided, staple & hole punch using a PC. For information on how to do this on a MAC see 2 Sided Printing, Staple & Hole Punch! (on a MAC). And, if your browser of choice is Chrome see Two-Sided Printing with Google Chrome.Printing-Stapling-Punching

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Citing Social Media in APA

This is a really useful post from the APA style blog, with lots of detail on how to cite social media.




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Wave Hill

Last Friday many librarians and support staff joined the first ever, all inclusive, retreat at Wave Hill, Riverdale. Like this huge tree at Wave Hill, Bank Street has a long history (nearly 100 years) and many branches, but like this tree it is still one (One Bank Street)!

None of us wanted to miss out on the excitement of what feels like a new beginning for Bank Street. Yes, the topics were difficult to discuss but that’s what retreats are all about. And, some of us felt a little apprehensive about contributing to discussions but we all appreciated the opportunity to be involved – thank you!

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New Books!

Here are some of our newest acquisitions that caught my eye! As always, you can find new books in the window behind the reference desk.

Other People’s English: Code-meshing, Code-switching, and African American Literacy

This book presents an empirically grounded argument for a new approach of teaching writing to diverse students in the English language arts classroom. Responding to advocates of the “code-switching” approach, four uniquely qualified authors make a case for “code-meshing” — allowing students to use standard English, African American English, and other Englishes in formal academic writing and classroom discussions. This practical resource translates theory into a concrete road map for pre- and in-service teachers.

The Art of Play: Recess and the Practice of Invention

What can the art of play teach us about the art of play? Showcasing the paintings of more than one hundred Philadelphia public elementary school children, folklorist Anna Beresin’s innovative book The Art of Play, presents images and stories that illustrate what children do at recess and how it makes them feel. Beresin provides a nuanced, child-centered discussion of the intersections of play, art, and learning.

Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison

One in three American children will be arrested by the time they are twenty-three, and many will spend time locked inside horrific detention centers that defy everything we know about how to rehabilitate young offenders. In a clear-eyed indictment of the juvenile justice system run amok, award-winning journalist Nell Bernstein shows that there is no right way to lock up a child. The very act of isolation denies delinquent children the thing that is most essential to their growth and rehabilitation: positive relationships with caring adults.

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