Free apps for Earth Day!



We’re featuring free apps for Earth Day to use year round that focus on Green Living as well as a few that are great for getting out into nature and identifying plants and trees.


Good Guide helps you find “safe, healthy, green and socially responsible products”. You can use Good Guide to search for products, or it has a feature to scan bar codes to get information about products while you’re shopping.  Android/iPhone

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Seafood Watch  From the folks at the Monterrey Bay Aquarium, this app helps you identify sustainable seafood and sushi options that are ocean-friendly. Users can interact and add locations of restaurants and stores where they’ve found sustainable seafood. Android/iPhone

Light Bulb Finder provides information about different kinds of light bulbs including how switching will pay off financially and environmentally.Android/iPhone

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iRecycle helps you find places to recycle different objects in your neighborhood.iRecycle provides access to more than 1,600,000 ways to recycle over 350 materials”. Android/iPhone

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Joulebug is a brand new app that helps you discover ways to be more green and sustainable. It allows you to earn points as you make changes in your own habits toward becoming more green. Android/iPhone

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Leafsnap was created by researchers at Columbia University, the University of Maryland, and the Smithsonian Institution. Use the app to snap photos of plants, trees and flowers, which it will then help you identify based on visual recognition software. This one is great for when you’re walking through Prospect Park now that the weather is nice. iPhone

Plantifier is “a crowdsourced plant recognition tool”—take photos of your plants and upload them, and other members will help you identify your plant! Android/iPhone

Nature Gate This app can be used offline and helps you identify plants, birds and insects on your nature walk! Android/iPhone

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Locavore U.S.A.: How a local-food economy is changing one community free chapter from the book available as ebook  Android/iPhone

Tuesday Tech: Intro to Adobe Illustrator

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ONLINE: Fri, May 2, 3–5pm ET

Click Here to Watch a Past Recording

Adobe Illustrator can be insanely useful for creating graphics for web, print, signage, or anything! Unfortunately it’s not very intuitive for beginners to learn. In this seminar we’ll show you the fundamentals of Illustrator in a way that makes them approachable for someone who’s just getting started. Experience with another Adobe graphics app will help, but is not required.

Here is a sampling of the great stuff we’ll demonstrate in this seminar:

  • Vector Graphics versus Pixel-Based Graphics
  • Drawing Basic Shapes
  • Build Complex Shapes by Combining Easy to Draw Shapes
  • Unlocking the Mystery of the Pen Tool
  • Fill and Stroke Colors
  • Adding Effects such as Drop Shadows
  • Using the Appearance Panel
  • How to Save Files (Appropriate File Formats for Print and Web)

Register, here.

librarylinknj:

librarianbyday:

"Voice: Your brand personality described in an adjective. For instance, brands can be lively, positive, cynical, or professional.
Tone: A subset of your brand’s voice. Tone adds specific flavor to your voice based on factors like audience, situation, and channel.
Essentially, there is one voice for your brand and many tones that refine that voice.
Voice is a mission statement. Tone is the application of that mission.”
(via How to Find Your Social Media Marketing Voice and Tone)

Essential reading & food for thought for, well, everyone.

librarylinknj:

librarianbyday:

"Voice: Your brand personality described in an adjective. For instance, brands can be lively, positive, cynical, or professional.

Tone: A subset of your brand’s voice. Tone adds specific flavor to your voice based on factors like audience, situation, and channel.

Essentially, there is one voice for your brand and many tones that refine that voice.

Voice is a mission statement. Tone is the application of that mission.”

(via How to Find Your Social Media Marketing Voice and Tone)

Essential reading & food for thought for, well, everyone.

brooklynmuseum:

Fans of street art and Swoon, we’ve got an event for you!
This Thursday, Brooklyn Street Art founders Jaime Rojo (Left) and Steven P. Harrington (Right) will lead a dynamic multimedia conversation that explores the evolution of street art stories as told by the earliest graffiti writers to today’s D.I.Y. artists. They’ll reveal secret backgrounds, show what stylistic themes are recurring today, and hint at the future of street art in New York.
Joining @brooklynstreetart will be artists Swoon and Luna Park, and curator Keith Schweitzer. A reception with a DJ, cash bar, and a guest-inclusive art-making project will follow. More at bit.ly/BSAatBKM

Posted by Brooke Baldeschwiler

brooklynmuseum:

Fans of street art and Swoon, we’ve got an event for you!

This Thursday, Brooklyn Street Art founders Jaime Rojo (Left) and Steven P. Harrington (Right) will lead a dynamic multimedia conversation that explores the evolution of street art stories as told by the earliest graffiti writers to today’s D.I.Y. artists. They’ll reveal secret backgrounds, show what stylistic themes are recurring today, and hint at the future of street art in New York.

Joining @brooklynstreetart will be artists Swoon and Luna Park, and curator Keith Schweitzer. A reception with a DJ, cash bar, and a guest-inclusive art-making project will follow. More at bit.ly/BSAatBKM

Posted by Brooke Baldeschwiler

littlebrown:

A password is like the key to your home. There are weak locks and strong locks, but neither does any good when a pickpocket swipes your key. Security is always about the weakest link.

Most identity thieves don’t bother with trickery. They pick the low-hanging fruit—the passwords easiest to guess. One recent study found that nearly 1 percent of passwords can be guessed in four tries.

"How to Outguess Passwords," an excerpt from William Poundstone’s upcoming book, Rock Breaks Scissors

Learn English for Business & the Workplace

Brooklyn Public Library offers free advanced business English conversation classes that will prepare you for success in the workplace and in business. If you are an immigrant professional with a university degree, a business owner or just exploring new career options, these classes are for you.

  • Practice talking about work and business with others
  • Learn important business vocabulary
  • Meet and connect with other professionals
  • Explore library and community resources
  • Improve your understanding of American business and workplace culture

Registration is required on the first day of class.  Applicants will be screened for intermediate or advanced English proficiency.  Visit one of the participating branches for more information and also check out this flier with the upcoming dates and locations.

Friday Favorites: Fiber Arts Group

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The Fiber Arts Group has met since September 2009. They typically meet in the Trustees Room on Wednesday evenings, but the die-hard members use the Info Commons on Thursdays for extended projects. It gives them time to complete special projects like when they crocheted blankets for Super Storm Sandy victims in 2012.  

Photos from top left: Patricia Taylor, Kayfrances Frye; Arlene Greaves; supplies; Donna Rae; Karen Simon; Close-up of crocheted scarf by Simon.

Fiber Arts Group, meets on Wednesdays from 6:00 to 8:00pm, in the Trustee’s Room on the 3rd Floor. (Note: The room may sometimes vary, check with the Art & Music division at 718-230-2183 to confirm the location.)  

http://www.bklynpubliclibrary.org/locations/central/arts#fiberartsgroup