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ConsumerReports.org

Anna Cangialosi - Posted on

ConsumerReports.orgConsumerReports.org is one of the most trusted resources for information and advice on consumer products — and is freely available with your Troy Public Library card.

Access leading consumer product reviews online in each of the following categories:

    • appliances
    • automobiles
    • babies & kids
    • electronics
    • food
    • health
    • home & garden
    • money & personal finance

Frequently updated information enables you to make better purchasing decisions. Content includes product reviews, ratings, recommendations, and videos.

To access ConsumerReports.org click here. A Troy Library card is required.

Print Vehicle Registrations, Licenses, and More at the Troy Library

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Visitors to the Troy Library can now use a Library computer to renew license plate tabs and print a copy of their vehicle registration thanks to a convenient “print and go” feature available through ExpressSOS.com, the  online, no-wait Secretary of State. The self-printed registration allows drivers to legally operate their registered vehicle while waiting for the tabs to arrive in the mail.

Library users can also renew a driver’s license online and print an operator’s permit, enabling them to drive legally until the license arrives in the mail. They can also print State IDs, duplicate copies of vehicle or boat registrations, and duplicate copies of titles directly from ExpressSOS.com.

Maintaining a Reading History List

Holly Clarke - Posted on

Wondering what you have already read? Forgot where you are in a series? You can keep a Reading History of all the items you have checked out My Recordwith your Troy Public Library card and never have to wonder about these things again.

First, log in to your Library account via our webpage, then follow these steps.

1. Click on My Account, located in the light blue bar across the top of the page.

2. Select My Record from the dropdown list.

3. Click on Contact Information and Preferences in the middle of the screen.

4. Scroll down to Preferences near the bottom and find Maintain reading list

sc5. Click on the box next to Maintain reading list to place a check there. You will get a pop-up warning saying that your reading list may be reviewed by law enforcement without your consent.

6. Click OK to continue

7. Click Submit Change Request at the bottom to save the change to your account. Don't forget to this step.

You will now have the option to select Reading History from the My Account dropdown list to display the items that you have checked out on your account since you initiated the list. This list is not retroactive. When you first make this change you will not have any titles listed. It may take 24 hours or so after making this change before the titles show up on your Reading History list.

Getting the Most Out of Your Personal Reading Lists

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Lists that you have created on your Troy Public Library account can be viewed by logging in to your account, then following these steps:

- Click on Search (located in the light blue bar across the top of the page)change list

- Select My Lists from the dropdown menu

- You will see the lists you have created in the box called My Lists under the heading Saved Title Lists on the left of the screen. Click on the title of the list you wish to view. 

- Change the list you are viewing by clicking on the dropdown menu under Show List and selecting a different list title.list format

- Change the format in which your list if viewed by cllicking on the dropdown menu under Format and selecting the desired display.

Mighty Girls

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Super GirlBilled as "The world's largest collection of books, toys and movies for smart, confident, and courageous girls," A Mighty Girl is a website devoted to providing information and material for girls of all ages. While adventure books focusing on male characters have been popular for years, A Mighty Girl aims to provide resources that show female characters in lead and confident roles.

Promoting strength and courage in all children at a young age can build a more confident young adult. The Troy Public Library has many resources that highlight strong female characters, including books, magazines, music, DVDs, and more. Check them out and show young readers they can be just as mighty!

(Image: Emily Balsley)

Learn a Language at the Library

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Have you ever wanted to tame a bull in Spain, or order kare-kare at your favorite Filipino restaurant? Have you ever wondered how to pronounce the name of Eyjafijallajökull, the famous volcano in Iceland, or what it would be like to have a conversation with the Swedish Chef of Muppets fame? Well now you can!

In addition to the 30 international languages and 12 ESL courses that are currently offered by the Library through the Mango Languages eResource, there are now four new languages in the Mango Languages Learning Center: Castillian Spanish (a dialect spoken in northern and central Spain), Icelandic, Swedish, and Tagalog (the national language of the Philippines).

To get started learning a language, all you need to be is a Troy resident with a Troy Public Library card. Then visit the Mango Languages Learning Center. And remember, you can also learn a language on the go with Mango Languages Mobile Apps. Click here for more information. 

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