Staying Healthy with Your Library: LGBTQ History & Culture

With materials from hundreds of institutions and organizations, including major international activist organizations, local, grassroots groups, and governments, the database LGBTQ History & Culture (also known as the Archives of Sexuality and Gender) collects an incredible set of primary sources for the historical study of sex, sexuality, and gender. Use this resource to investigate how sexual norms have changed over time, health and hygiene, the development of sex education, the rise of sexology, changing gender roles, social movements and activism, erotica, and many more topic areas.

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Free Access to Magazines and Newspapers through PressReader

If you love magazines and newspapers but need to limit your personal subscriptions, or if you’re trying to keep up with current events via reputable sources without worrying about firewalls, you may be interested in a giant online periodical resource called PressReader that is available free to Seattle Public Library cardholders, through our website.

Why try PressReader:

  • Free access to more than 7,000 magazines and newspapers from the US and around the world.
  • Original print layout provides an online experience that mimics print, with images intact.
  • Read articles in dozens of original languages; some articles also offer translation from one language to another.
  • Adjust text size to match your preferences or have articles read aloud to you.
  • Engage with other readers by commenting on articles within PressReader, or sharing them with friends via email and social media. (Requires making a free account.)
  • Download the app to take your reading material with you wherever you go.

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Staying Healthy with Your Library: Consumers’ Checkbook – Healthcare Providers

Consumers’ Checkbook is the local Consumer Reports, but for services instead of products. It’s a consumer-driven non-profit with clear methods for ratings and reviews. In the Puget Sound region, you’ll find they have reviews for thousands of doctors, dentists, massage therapists, psychologists, nursing homes, and more.

To access this database from your own device, sign in with your library card number and PIN, then select Consumers’ Checkbook from our list of Online Resources.

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Staying Healthy with Your Library: Consumer Reports – Health Products

Consumer Reports logoConsumer Reports, publishing their well-known magazine since 1936, is an “independent, nonprofit member organization that works side by side with consumers for truth, transparency, and fairness in the marketplace.” Consumer Reports online includes buying guides with ratings for hundreds of health-related products in dozens of categories including hearing aids, bike helmets, sunscreens, and fitness trackers.

To access this database from your own device, sign in with your library card number and PIN, then select Consumer Reports from our list of Online Resources.

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Connect with Mango Languages

As we patiently await a time where we can all connect with each other again in person, many of us are seeking ways of connection that can be done from within the walls of our homes, or even the comfort of our beds. We engage with our digital devices to reach out to friends, keep up with news, or simply distract our minds for a while. One way SPL offers a way to connect from home, even allowing you to stay cozy in bed for a bit, is with a longer term goal in mind: language learning. Why not use this time to learn a new language, or continue your education with one you’re already familiar with? That way, when we all make our way back into the world, there’s an opportunity for connection that maybe you didn’t have before.Mango LanguagesMango Languages is an online language learning platform that Seattle Public Library offers free to all its patrons. It’s available from your web browser, or can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play – you just have to access it through SPL’s Online Learning page first.

Mango Languages AvailableThere are over 70 languages to learn from, including dialects for different regions (seems best to know Castilian Spanish vs Latin American Spanish if you’re planning to travel to Spain, right?), and it adapts to your learning style and pace, because we don’t all learn in the same way, and that’s important if we want all this great information to stick. Continue reading “Connect with Mango Languages”